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Nightshade 04-20-2013 08:39 PM

Challenger and Citra together?
Wondering if they would be a combo that works well together?

Planning to use Challenger more as the bittering and some flavor with Citra as a flavor and aroma addition in an IPA.

What say ye?

BridgeBrew 04-20-2013 09:33 PM

Try not to go too nuts with the challenger, it will get spicy on you and take away from the Citra. I make an amber with .5 oz of challenger and then Amarillo later on in the boil and they work well together. Ive gone as far as 1.3 oz of Challenger and then it gets into that English style IPA/ESB.

Nightshade 04-20-2013 11:44 PM

Thanks for the info, kind of on the fence about using Challenger for just that reason, don't want it to dominate the flavor of the IPA and allow the Citra to do a little talking.

jonmohno 04-21-2013 02:13 AM

I thought Challenger was mild-medium and its even described as that. Citra is prety intense.I doubt it would overpower the citra. I think the citra would overpower the challenger and possibly almost mute it depending on how much you use of each. But they probably would work good together. I would stick with the plan. Let us know how it turns out.

Randy_Bugger 04-21-2013 04:05 PM

I've used Challenger as a bittering hop and it doesn't seem to interfere with citrusy/tropical hops.

I've used 1oz. of Challenger to bitter and 2oz. as a flavor addition and it provided a red grape or currant type of flavor.

If you only use it for bittering, it won't interfere with Citra flavor.

wort_bear 06-18-2014 03:18 AM

I used challenger and citra together on an imperial IPA made with Jaggery and a lot of Vienna malt.

Worked quite well, the three combined to make an earthy but crisp brew with a lot of aroma. But it wasn't meant to highlight citra, and certainly didn't have a typical nose for an american IPA.

In most brews I would think challenger would kind of muddle the Citra - make the beer more complex, not just supporting the featured hop.

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