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Old 10-05-2012, 03:59 AM   #1
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Default Tropical Fruit Pale ale advise/critique..

Looking for get a nice medium bodied, citrus fruit/ tropical fruit flavored pale ale. Looking for mango/pineapple/grapefruit and pine flavors.

anyway, this is what I've got:
OG:1.055
SRM: 10.1
IBU: 78
ABV: 5.7%
Efficiency: 62%
Mash @154

10# Pale 2 row
1# Crystal 60
1# Crystal 20
8 oz. Flaked Wheat
8 oz. Cara Pils

0.5 oz Warrior @60 (FWH)
0.5 oz Columbus @60 (FWH)
0.5 oz Simcoe @10 & 5
0.5 oz Centennial @10 & 5
0.5 oz Chinook @10 & 5
0.5 oz Columbus @FO

WLP 001

Any advise on the hop selection/additions would be great. Really wanting some nice tropical fruit and grapefruit flavors in this one.

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Old 10-05-2012, 04:04 AM   #2
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Looking for get a nice medium bodied, citrus fruit flavored pale ale. Looking for mango/pineapple/grapefruit and pine flavors.

anyway, this is what I've got:
OG:1.055
SRM: 10.1
IBU: 78
ABV: 5.7%
Mash @ 154
Efficiency: 62%

10# Pale 2 row
1# Crystal 60
1# Crystal 20
8 oz. Flaked Wheat
8 oz. Cara Pils

0.5 oz Warrior @60 (FWH)
0.5 oz Columbus @60 (FWH)
0.5 oz Simcoe @10 & 5
0.5 oz Centennial @10 & 5
0.5 oz Chinook @10 & 5
0.5 oz Columbus @FO

WLP 001

Any advise on the hop selection/additions would be great. Really wanting some nice tropical fruit and grapefruit flavors in this one.
Nelson Sauvin for the tropical win. Cascade for all the grapefruit you want. Chinook, imho, tastes like Pine Sol. Centennial can be good if used in moderation. It easily overpowers other hops in my experience.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:07 AM   #3
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Well, I think that is a nice start on the grainbill. That said, too much crystal. With 60 and 20 and carapils you got almost 20% of your grainbill, I'd cut it down to 10%. Also, I always want to add a bit of flaked wheat for head retention and body because it always seems like a good idea but I almost always cut it out. Go simple.

As far as hops go I would cut one of the FWAs, maybe warrior. That's a lot of IBUs for a 1.055 beer. The hop combo isn't bad though. That said, I just used Galaxy hops for the first time and loved them. If you can find some and want fruity/mango/citrusy I'd try some of those with centennial and simcoe. Just an idea. Otherwise you're looking good!

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Nelson Sauvin for the tropical win. Cascade for all the grapefruit you want. Chinook, imho, tastes like Pine Sol. Centennial can be good if used in moderation. It easily overpowers other hops in my experience.
Good point, missed the Chinook in there. Not necessarily what you're going for in your description. Haven't used the Nelson Sauvin but have been very interested in them for an APA but like I said, Galaxy are good too.
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Might try some Citra in place of the Centennial or chinook. It has a nice mango/passion fruit flavor. It really lacks any of that pine-y grapefruity flavor that you're going to get plenty of from the other hops, IMHO. I'm kind of a sucker for Citra.

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Ok, made some changes:

OG: 1.053
SRM: 9
IBU: 57
ABV: 5.5%

10.5 lbs 2 row
1 lbs crystal 60
8 oz cara pils
8 oz flaked wheat

0.5 Columbus @60 (FWH)
0.25 Centennial @10 & 5
0.5 Cascade @10 & 5
0.5 Simcoe @10 & 5
0.5 Nelson Sauvin @10 & 5 (or Galaxy, which ever I can find)
0.5 Columbus @FO

Dry Hop:
.5 oz. Cascade
.5 oz. Simcoe
.5 oz. Nelson Sauvin

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I might be the only one but I get crazy pineapple from Amarillo. That and Galaxy would be my recommendation. Replace Simcoe with one of these maybe?

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I might be the only one but I get crazy pineapple from Amarillo. That and Galaxy would be my recommendation. Replace Simcoe with one of these maybe?
I want to keep the simcoe for pine, but I think I might replace the centennial with the Amarillo. It's been sold out here for awhile though..
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IMO you have to go citra if you want mango/tropical. All citra beers taste like mango juice. Be careful with the nelson as it is very strong. I have an all nelson beer right now that has a strong wine grape flavor and aroma. Very young though so maybe that will fade.

I'd go simcoe, centennial, and citra if it were me. Pine, citrus, and mango.

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IMO you have to go citra if you want mango/tropical. All citra beers taste like mango juice. Be careful with the nelson as it is very strong. I have an all nelson beer right now that has a strong wine grape flavor and aroma. Very young though so maybe that will fade.

I'd go simcoe, centennial, and citra if it were me. Pine, citrus, and mango.

After thinking more about it I'm now thinking, Keep in mind, and I should have mentioned before I'm looking at going nice and hop forward

1 oz Columbus @60 (fwh)
0.5 simcoe @10 & 5
0.5 citra @ 10 & 5
0.5 cascade @ 10 & 5 (or galaxy)


Dry hop:
1 oz cascade (or galaxy)
1 oz citra
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