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Old 12-05-2012, 04:33 PM   #11
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Bringing this back to life...How do you think glacier's would work as the dry hop for an ordinary bitter??

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:41 PM   #12
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Hopefully excellent . . . . because that is exactly what I am going to be doing this weekend

I am going to basically do "the innkeeper" recipe from N. Brewer and use Glacier hops. I think it will work very well as it does have an "english ale" flavor to it, IMO.

I have used it as a dry hop before in a Sam Adams Stock Ale clone I did and really liked the flavor/aroma. Perhaps my favorite underated hop to use.

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Old 12-05-2012, 10:34 PM   #13
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I think it'd be good - but then I'm biased. I was actually thinking of doing an "American bitter" using all Glacier. Expect it to be brighter than EKG (what I normally use for an English bitter) and with no earthy character.

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I actually made an all-glacier hopped pale a couple months ago, which was particularly exciting given that I live on the border of Glacier National Park. Hopbursted it significantly in the last 20 minutes. Unfortunately, I was a bit underwhelmed. It had some earthy elements, and some spiciness, but I was really expecting more of a citrus/typically hoppy kinda deal. They smell very much like cascade to me when in raw pellet form. Not so much in this particular beer. I brewed the pale ale over again, with almost exactly the same grain bill but went half-and-half the whole way with Glacier and Cascade mixed together and thought it was much better. I've often used Glacier as a substitute for Cascade in the 90-30 minute part of boils simply because I always seem to have a pound of it laying around. Good results there.
I hope somebody else will have a better experience with the all-glacier-hopped beer than I did...and tell me how to do it!

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:05 PM   #15
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It's amazing how little info you can find on this variety. Hop union's aroma description is just : "balanced".

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I've used Glacier, but only for bittering. Found it to be a very clean hop for that purpose.

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Clean, not overwhelming, middling bitterness, middling earthyness, a hint of citrus and floral notes on the nose. Very very versitile, plays well with others, and cheap. Whats not to like? One of my very favorite go to hops. Its never the 'star' of the show like Citra or Amarillo, but it's really, really useful, and gives an all around great hop flavor and aroma to any beer. Blend it, and reap the excellent beer and savings!

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:28 PM   #18
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Glacier is a Fuggle decedent.

It contains balanced and moderate humulene, myrcene, and caryophyllene oils.
Citrus and other fruit (peachy/pear) notes as well as an herby and woody aroma.

It's low alpha (5.5) means it's not ideal for bittering.

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It's low alpha (5.5) means it's not ideal for bittering.
Low alpha doesn't mean no alpha. You can bitter just fine with low alpha hops, it just takes a little more. I've bittered with Glacier many times, and the beers came out great. One of the great things about brewing on a small scale is that the cost difference between 1 ounce of Amarillo and 2 ounces Glacier is too small to have a significant financial impact. If you find a hop you like, try it in all positions in your beers. Learn it, love it!
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not ideal for bittering.
Not ideal doesn't mean no bittering.
...thus the qualification.
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