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Old 04-27-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default Three-hop combinations?

I am looking to brew an ale/IPA with a combination of three hops (just for fun, and my son came up with a fun name for the beer- Tricerahops).

Anybody else tried mixing up three hops, or any suggestions on what combinations to try? I've been thinking Amarillo, Columbus, Cascade, or even Willamette.

Input much appreciated.

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Old 04-27-2012, 03:28 PM   #2
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Ninkasi is a West Coast brewery that released a great DIPA named Tricerahops in 2007.

http://www.ninkasibrewing.com/beers/tricerahops

•Starting Gravity: 1080
•Bitterness: 100 IBUs
•Alcohol %: 8.8
•Malt: 2 Row Pale Malt, Munich Malts (I figure Weyermann Light Munich and Munich II), and Carahell Malt
•Hops: Summit, Amarillo, Centennial, Palisade (they also use Crystal hops in the dryhop, but do not disclose this info)

If you wanted something similar, but did not want to use these hops, then any combination of Nugget, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace, Galaxy, Citra, Horizon, Columbus, Northern Brewer, or Chinook would work well. These are my favorite hops for American IPAs.

A random suggestion you can't go wrong with...

Bittering: Columbus
Late and dryhop additions: Citra, Galaxy, Amarillo

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Old 04-27-2012, 03:47 PM   #3
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Default Argh, thought we were original...

Thanks for the suggestion, and the tip-off on the Ninkasi name. Thought we had an original one for once, sigh.

Sounds like we're going to have some fun with this one this weekend.

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Just did an IPA with Colombus Amarillo and Cascade. Gravity samples from that brew have been amazingly delicious. I highly recomend this combo! I'll have this in the bottle next week and I will give you some feed back when its carbed up.

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I've been doing an imperial with columbus, centennial and cascade for a year now. Fantastic!

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Chinook + Centennial + Cascade = winner. Think SN Celebration with that hop combo.

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I've been doing an imperial with columbus, centennial and cascade for a year now. Fantastic!
my first IPA had those 3, it was delicious. I think I am going to brew something similar this weekend, but also use some amarillo.
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I like Cascade, Centennial and Citra.

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Wow- there are so many IPAs I make with three varieties of hops!

Let's see, some favorite combinations-

Warrior (bittering), simcoe and amarillo (flavor and aroma and dryhopping)

Chinook, centennial, cascade

Magnum (bittering), cascade and willamette for flavor and aroma

Columbus, centennial and cascade

Simcoe, amarillo and ahtanum

Centennial, cascade, simcoe

Magnum (bittering), centennial, and cascade

Magnum, cascade and glacier



And there are several more! I often use three different hops varieties for IPAs- often a neutral one for bittering and then two complementary hops for flavor, aroma, and dryhopping. I don't often use more than three, because I feel that too many different varieties together muddy the flavors.

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Looks like I'm going to try Cascade, Columbus and Amarillo this weekend. Many thanks for all of the suggestions, I'm looking forward to trying lots of these combinations.

KraphtBier, please let me know how yours turns out, and I'll keep you posted as well. I think I'm going to try an IPA (just extract) with some crystal 40 and white wheat in there for a little variation. Using the California 001 yeast, so this could get really hoppy fast.

Yooper, wow, lots of great ideas. It'll take me a while to work through that list...

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