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Old 06-22-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default Too much Amarillo Dry-Hop: A Cautionary Tale

Don't use 4 ounces of Amarillo to dry-hop with for a 5g batch.

I've made a bunch of different variations of a rye IPA. I always hit it hard with the dry-hop because I really like to smell my IPA (know what I mean?). I've used centennial and chinnook in the past, but this last batch I decided to use Amarillo.

At first it had a strong cat urine smell. Fortunately, that is starting to fade, but now there is a very strong bitter-mango aroma and flavor. It's not a good thing. I hope it subsides more. A little mango would be acceptable.

I think the Amarillo would have been better in combination with other hop varieties. Learn from my mistake.

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Old 06-22-2012, 12:18 AM   #2
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I agree. Amarillo is a grand combo hop (ie the much used simcoe/amarillo) but on its own I find it to be lacking. I've never dry hopped with 4 ounces of the stuff, but I've used it as a 10 min + 5 min + flameout hop and I didn't care for the resulting pale ale... glad I didn't dry hop that one!

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I have used 2 ounces of Amarillo to dry hop a Rye Pale Ale with good results. Currently have an IPA dry hopping with an ounce of amarillo and an ounce of cascade, just took a sample and it's tasting and smelling mighty nice. Here's hoping time will heal your brew!

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I've heard a few pro-brewers and BJCP judges mention how Amarillo hops can give a strong 'diesel fuel' type of flavor when used in very high amounts. Never though much about it, until I had a homebrewed all-Amarillo IIPA recently and sure enough they were right. I really like dry-hopping amarillo with simcoe or centennial to cut some of the fruitiness, in moderate amounts.

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Old 06-22-2012, 02:20 PM   #5
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Don't use 4 ounces of Amarillo to dry-hop with for a 5g batch.

I think the Amarillo would have been better in combination with other hop varieties. [B]Learn from my mistake.
This depends. I usually regular dryhop IPA's with an 1.060-1.070 OG range at the rate of 0.50 to 0.65 oz. dryhops per gallon of beer. If your OG was within that range, you probably overdid it at the rate of 0.80 oz. dryhops per gallon of beer. I wouldn't blame the Amarillo, rather the actual dryhop rate you used. On it's own, Amarillo in LARGE amount is quite fruity with sweet grapefruit notes. Add Citra to the mix, and it's even fruitier. Add Simcoe, and the fruitness becomes subdued a bit with some complex pine notes. If you dryhopped with 2.5 oz of pure Amarillo, you would have more of a light floral fruitiness with some mild grapefruit.
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That's interesting. I've made an all Amarillo IIPA before, and everyone raved about it, even people who weren't big fans of IPA's. That one had a 90-minute boil, with 3 oz. in the boil, and another 3 oz. in dry hop. It took a little longer to really come into its own than some other IPA's I've made, but once done it was great.

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I like to do a "ying/yang" thing with my dry hops. I almost always use at least two kinds, and then use two different "styles" of hops. Citrusy/piney or citrus/earth, or floral/earthy, etc. I did a test batch once and in one half I used Centennial and Amarillo, and in the other I used Centennial and Chinook. The chinook/centennial combo was the consensus favorite. The citrus/citrus combo was a bit too much and the citrus/piney combo was more complex and interesting (my homegrown chinook is very piney, and not so grapefruity).

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I like to do a "ying/yang" thing with my dry hops. I almost always use at least two kinds, and then use two different "styles" of hops. Citrusy/piney or citrus/earth, or floral/earthy, etc. I did a test batch once and in one half I used Centennial and Amarillo, and in the other I used Centennial and Chinook. The chinook/centennial combo was the consensus favorite. The citrus/citrus combo was a bit too much and the citrus/piney combo was more complex and interesting (my homegrown chinook is very piney, and not so grapefruity).
Yep, the centennial/chinnook combo was my favorite also. I'm out of both unfortunately.
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OK, maybe it's grapefruit, not mango. It's just like pink grapefruit.

Wish I liked grapefruit.

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IMO Amarillo and citra play together very nicely in the dh

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