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Old 07-22-2011, 01:15 AM   #1
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Default Picked up some Delta hops.

They smell amazing. Planning on using them in an IPA. Anyone else with any experience?

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Old 07-22-2011, 01:34 AM   #2
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Not me, but check out Basic Brewing Radio from 7-14-2011.

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Old 07-22-2011, 09:09 PM   #3
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I've used some, as flavor hops in two IPA's also using Cascades and Chinook. I agree that they smell great, but I wasn't that fond of the resulting beers. Both had a harshness that I didn't care for. I can't say for sure that it was the Delta hops, but I probably won't use the remaining 3/4 of a lb that I have.

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Old 07-22-2011, 10:41 PM   #4
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I ordered a lb of whole lead delta hops from www.hopsdirect.com. I made a beer that I originally wanted to name "Delta Bomb" using only this hop because I had Harpoon's Delta ESB and enjoyed it. I'm a little disappointed. I used almost a lb all together and it really didn't come through as expected. It's supposed to have somewhere over 6% AA and I boiled 3 oz for 90 min. It's really not very bitter at all and this is a beer that finished at 1.010. I also dry hopped with 3 oz and keg hopped with another 1 oz. I was expecting a ton of flavor and aroma but it's not too pronounced. It's kind of tangy, a little musty and a little grapefruity.

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Old 07-22-2011, 10:42 PM   #5
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I also through in a whole bunch of late hops as well, didn't mention that in my post.

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Old 07-23-2011, 05:57 AM   #6
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I bought a pound as well, and am slightly disappointed. I'm not 100% sure that I don't like them cause I've used them in two beers both with a estery yeast so the hops are kind of covered up. Though my more recent one with a large dosing of late additions and some dry hopping doesn't have much discernible hop taste. I will try soon with a cleaner yeast and hopefully it will shine through more. It definitely will still be good and drinkable but I think I just prefer more citrusy hops.

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Old 07-23-2011, 03:47 PM   #7
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Thanks all. I used the ounce I bought at 10min in my boil to see if I can pick it out among the Columbus, Centennial, and Cascades.

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I made a Smash with them and Maris. They are a subtle English-style hop. There wasn't anything about it that made me want to brew with them again.

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I used them pretty heavily with a Live Oak hef clone base with Amarillo. Dry hopped with both as well. They smell good but they don't bring the heat like Citra, Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, etc. That's why I thought they might be perfect for an altered hef.

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