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Old 02-07-2013, 01:39 AM   #1
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Default Citra/El-Dorado IIPA?

I just purchased 12oz of El Dorado hops, as I hear they're quite an interesting west coast IPA style high-AA hop. Almost a candy-like citrus flavor.

That of course immediately made me think about my Citra hops, so why not combine them?

Has anyone else tried this combo? It's kinda rare. I was thinking a rather simple 1.085ish 2-row+C60 DIPA, Citra for bittering, Citra+ElDorado for flavoring, and El Dorado for aroma. Then follow by El Dorado dry hop for about a week.

I usually go for leaf hops with IPAs, but will be using all pellet this time.

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Did you end up brewing this? I was thinking of doing something similar. Thanks.

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El Dorado = Watermelon candies with hints of mixed citrus
Citra = Lychee fruit and mango with hints of grapefruit

The fruitiness will definitely overpower using only these two hops. I would advise cutting it with a dank or piney hop like Columbus. Use a lot of Columbus early and mid boil, then pound it out with all three for the aroma steep, and dryhop with only Citra & El Dorado...maybe some Cascade if you have it.

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El Dorado = Watermelon candies with hints of mixed citrus
Citra = Lychee fruit and mango with hints of grapefruit

The fruitiness will definitely overpower using only these two hops. I would advise cutting it with a dank or piney hop like Columbus. Use a lot of Columbus early and mid boil, then pound it out with all three for the aroma steep, and dryhop with only Citra & El Dorado...maybe some Cascade if you have it.
Bobbrews, my plan is to use Apollo early and mid boil and possibly even late. I wanted to check with the OP to see how Citra and El Dorado worked together. I have used them both in SMASH IPAs and found them both very assertive, so I wanted to check to see how the two worked together in order to determine if I need to add some Apollo at the end as well.
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Apollo is an excellent choice, too. I definitely think mixing all three (with the right hop schedule/amounts, grist selection, and yeast choice) will work out very well.

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El Dorado = Watermelon candies with hints of mixed citrus
Citra = Lychee fruit and mango with hints of grapefruit

The fruitiness will definitely overpower using only these two hops. I would advise cutting it with a dank or piney hop like Columbus. Use a lot of Columbus early and mid boil, then pound it out with all three for the aroma steep, and dryhop with only Citra & El Dorado...maybe some Cascade if you have it.
Strongly disagree. Why not keep it a citrus/fruity IIPA? I see no reason to cut it with anything, I think it sounds great as is.
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It won't really be all that citrusy. The fruit will overpower. Too many hopbursted homebrewed IPAs end up tasting like fruit juice. Not my cup of tea and I feel that some hop complexity will help an IPA with a one note tropical fruitiness.

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It won't really be all that citrusy. Too many hopbursted homebrewed IPAs end up tasting like fruit juice. Not my cup of tea and I feel that some hop complexity will help an IPA with a one note tropical fruitiness.
I still disagree, and I enjoy the fruity hop character (ad think the Citra will play well and balance the El Dorado), but what our palettes enjoy is absolutely subjective, so do what you think you'll enjoy
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