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Old 06-09-2010, 03:27 AM   #1
Oct 2009
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What is your favorite hops/hop combo? I know this has been brought up before, but what do you like, and more importantly, WHY? Its subjective and tastes change based on season, experience, age, style, etc.., but what is it about whatever type of hops that makes you go ?

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Old 06-09-2010, 12:51 PM   #2
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My favourite style is an APA and for me the best hops combo is:

Chinook @ 60 mins
Cascade @ 15 mins
Cascade & Amarillo @ 1m

Nice citrussy hit up front and then a nice smooth bitterness in the background
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:20 PM   #3
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Simcoe and amarillo together. It's like heaven. Except drinkable. That's my all-time favorite. It's a grapefruity/piney combo that is fresh and aromatic.

I like all of the C-hops, in any combination, also.

Another good combo is cascade and willamette. I don't use them together often, but when I do I, I remember why I love that combo.
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:24 PM   #4
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I'm a fan of cacades in just about any style.

East Kents and Fuggles also taste good together to me.

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Old 06-09-2010, 01:25 PM   #5
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Anything with Simcoe. I’m a big fan of Troeg’s Nugget Nectar. I loved the grapefruit-citrus quality. After finding the hops Troegs used and looking at clone hints/ideas here, I made a brew with Simcoe, Nugget, Palisades & Warrior. When I got the ingredients and opened up the Simcoe and smelled it, I was punched in the face with the strong grapefruit/pine aroma I was hoping for. I used the majority of the hops in late flavor/aroma additions and am very happy with the results.

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Old 06-09-2010, 08:02 PM   #6
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+1 to Nugget Nectar! A neighbor's cousin brought me some from PA a couple of years ago. Wish I could get it here.

Cascade and Amarillo live in my freezer by the pound. Everything else by the ounce. They even get eaten raw...

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Old 06-09-2010, 08:04 PM   #7
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+1 on Simcoe and Amarillo combo. Like peanut butter and jelly.

If I only had one hop to choose from, it would be Cascade.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:12 PM   #8
Oct 2009
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I have had huge success with Amarillo and Cascade for the citrusy types. I have yet to try chinook, centennial, and simcoe but I am looking forward to it.

Huge bonus using Willamette with any cascade-ish hop - it enhances the flavour I find.

Also, for a massive hop flavor that is not citrusy, try Fuggles & Willamette - Oh my gawd that is GOOD.

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Old 06-09-2010, 08:14 PM   #9
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For dry hopping, Simcoe + US Goldings yields fantastic results.

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