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TRIPLEMSU 01-09-2012 09:35 PM

IPA Hops...Best/Worst???
i love IPA's and Red Ale's...mostly will be brewing these the 1st few kits i get...

quick question:

what hops make the best ipa's??? and what are the worst??? i know lots of factors can alter taste/etc easily...just wondering what people like

also what hops would be best for me since i really like "two hearted" & "dog fish 60 minute"

jonmohno 01-09-2012 09:46 PM

Look up the recipes . You can usually find out what hops are used in some of your favorite beers also via website or recipe sharing.Use the hops that are in your favorite ipa,red ales. I can tell you 2 hearted is all centennial,and dogfish is warrior,amarillo,simco.

downtown3641 01-09-2012 09:51 PM

It's not so much about what's best as it is about your tastes. Check out brewery's websites for hops used in beers you enjoy. I've found that helps with developing hop profiles in my own beers. I think about what sort of flavor profile I'm looking for and get info on beers that have similar flavors.

poislb 01-09-2012 09:51 PM

My favorites for IPAs..


Yooper 01-09-2012 09:51 PM

Exactly what johnmoho said! Two-Hearted is all centennial hops. There is a good clone recipe posted in the database, so take a look and see. It's really quite good, and I've made it several times.

DFH has flavor hops of simcoe/amarillo. That's my absolute favorite combo, but those hops may be hard to come by right now.

As far as "best" hops, it really depends on your taste. Centennial hops are citrusy and floral, while amarillo hops are citrusy like a grapefruit. Simcoe is citrusy/piney. Those are my favorite hops in IPAs, but some people like "earthy" hops (fuggles and willamette) while others may like citrusy like cascade hops.

Stone APA has ahtanum hops, which I like. Sierra Nevada Torpedo has a subdued citra (tropical fruit) hop aroma and flavor.

If you know what IPAs/APAs you like we can help you get the right hops. I've never met a hop I didn't like, until I met fuggles. They taste like dirt to me, while others really enjoy the "earthiness" they have. It's all a matter of taste.

Most American IPAs have the citrusy hops at the forefront.

pelipen 01-09-2012 11:10 PM

I don't think you can go wrong with centennial, I love it. I also like the earthy willamette notes.
Probably the best thing I did was split a batch into 1 gallon secondaries with different dry hops. Doing that will tell you more than any written description.

Piratwolf 01-09-2012 11:11 PM


Originally Posted by pelipen
Probably the best thing I did was split a batch into 1 gallon secondaries with different dry hops. Doing that will tell you more than any written description.

this x 10!

beergolf 01-09-2012 11:14 PM

Yooper nailed it.... It really depends on your taste. Try some beers with known hops to find what you like.

I love the Simco/Amarilo combo. Centenial is great. Cascade plays well with others. Citra is good ,but only in combo with other hops.

Unlike Yooper I actually like Fuggles when used un combo with something else. To me a Cascade Fuggles combo work.

It is like food... some people like certain foods and other hate them. It is all aout what you like.... That is the beauty of brewing your own. You can make something the YOU like.

Beerbeque 01-09-2012 11:28 PM

Tomorrow I will bottle a batch of IPA that features all US Northern Brewer hops and lots of them.

duckmanco 01-10-2012 03:15 AM

I like readily available cheaper American citrus hops for ipas-

Chinook - piney grApefruit
Cascade - floral grapefruit
Centennial - cascade on steroids IMO
Columbus - citrus semi dank

I use these all the time with a warrior as a great and cheaper bittering hop..... Now all that said, my favorite hop ever is Simcoe, but it can be tough to get. My lb won't last much longer.

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