Originally Posted by SixStringBeer
You'd be surprised. Your analogy is a bit flawed as well, as we're not talking about flavours that clash. Ever had a mild/brown ale/porter/stout/whatever else that was well hopped with a hop like Bramling Cross or First Gold? While Amarillo is obviously more fruit, less earth/woods/spice, the flavours still work together just fine.
Actually, I have. I'm not a fan of Bambling cross or of fuggles, but first gold is "ok". Amarillo screams GRAPEFRUIT and I wouldn't like it in a nut brown.
I might like northern brewer, though, in a nut brown, if someone held a gun to my head and said I must dry hop it. Otherwise, I like it better without the dryhops and with all that great malt flavor, and with the carbonate water flavor bringing out the great English hops. I would not ruin such a nice beer by dumping amarillo hops into it.
Amarillo hops and the nut brown ale flavors ARE flavors that will clash. My analogy may not be one you like, but it's a good one.
You can put chili on your spaghetti. And while "interesting", it will not be great. You won't want 5 gallons of it.
The same is true of amarillo hops and a Northern English (nut) brown. You can put all kinds of crap in it. It won't make it better, necessarily, if the flavors clash. And I totally stand by my opinion that amarillo hops and Northern English browns would clash.