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Old 04-11-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default Citrus-y IPA... hop pairing!

...looking to brew a citrusy ipa this weekend...

here's the grain bill... not very malty, i want the citrus to stand out..

5 gallon batch:

10 lbs 6.4 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 88.7 %
7.2 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 3.9 %
4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 3 2.1 %
10.0 oz Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM) Sugar 4 5.3 %

right now, i'm leaning towards this pairing:

nugget, centennial, and brewers gold

would you change anything up? think it's good to go?

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Old 04-11-2013, 06:20 PM   #2
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If you want a citrusy IPA, I'd suggest using hops that are notably citrusy. Nugget and brewer's gold aren't known to be citrusy. Nugget is spicy, and herbal tasting. (I don't care much for it in late additions, but some do). Brewer's Gold is not citrusy, either, but sort of harsh and better as a bittering hop if used at all.

Centennial is floral/citrusy- I get some floral aroma underneath the citrus flavor. For real citrus flavor, think amarillo (grapefruit), sorachi ace (lemon), and cascade (grapefruit, but not as much as amarillo).

I like a combination of amarillo/simcoe for intense citrus, centennial/cascade for a citrus with a hint of floral, and cascade/willamette for an earthy citrus flavor.

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or Citra...

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I brew an IPA with Amarillo/cascade and it is a great citrus combination.

Be sure to load the hops on the back end also-go with your bittering addition (that could be nugget) and wait til about the 10 minute mark and add your flavor/aromas up to and including flameout.

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i really like cascade... my last IPA was Cascade / Willamette only...

i based my citrus pairing fom this chart: http://zekeshore.com/hops_v1.12.png

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i really like cascade... my last IPA was Cascade / Willamette only...

i based my citrus pairing fom this chart: http://zekeshore.com/hops_v1.12.png
I can't see the chart (old eyes) but if they are telling you that nugget and brewer's gold are citrusy, throw out the chart.
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or Citra...
This. They give a great aroma and flavor.
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I vote for Citra as well. Zombie Dust = heaven in a glass.

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i don't get any citrus from citra, despite the name. very fruity and tropical but not citrusy

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I recently brewed an IPA with only Citra hops. About 7 ounces if I remember correctly. It'll give you all the citrus you can possibly want. My wife calls it Juice beer.

With that being said, I know Citra hops are very hard to come by this year.

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