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Old 08-04-2010, 11:03 PM   #1
May 2010
Coralville, IA
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So I am getting palate fatigue from the citrus/grapefruit/fruity/pineapple/mango hops such as Cascade, Amarillo, Citra, and so on. I am starting to seek out beers with grassy and dank hops. While I think very highly of the New Belgium mission and eco-friendly approach to brewing, I do not think much of their beer. However, the Ranger IPA, in my mind, is a great bear and is the hop portfolio I am thinking of when I say grassy/dank. They list Simcoe and Chinook on their site (in addition to Cascade). Are these the hops I am looking for with grassy and dank characteristics? What others do you recommend?

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Old 08-05-2010, 12:32 AM   #2
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I've really been enjoying New Zealand hops lately. Seven Bridges in Santa Cruz, CA has a nice variety and the prices are reasonable (they ship). Have you tried any of the english varieties such as goldings or fuggles? you might like those also.

+1 for Ranger. Love that beer. Like you, not too fond of their others either.

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Old 08-05-2010, 01:05 AM   #3
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Simcoe and Chinook both have quite a bit of pine flavor, Simcoe I think is fruitier and Chinook is a little spicy. You might also enjoy a lot of the traditional english hops like EKG or Fuggles. Williamette is a nice cheaper domestic hop to use in place of Fuggles.

Ranger uses cascade as the finishing and dry hop, which many people think pairs nicely with the Chinook.

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Old 08-05-2010, 05:46 AM   #4
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+1 on the English varieties. EKG, Fuggles, Northern Brewer, Progress, Challenger, Styrian Goldings.

Simcoe's a fine hop, but it's right in the American citrus/piney wheelhouse. Probably not what you're looking for. Chinook's a better bet of the two.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:33 PM   #5
Jul 2009
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Columbus has a nice dankness to it when used as a dry hop. You might give it a snif sometime.
Too much grapefruit for you when used in the boil. A combo of chinook and cascade in the boil, dry hopped with columbus might be what your looking for. If not, send it to me!

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Old 08-05-2010, 04:45 PM   #6
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+1 on Columbus. Also, Super Alpha, a NZ hop, has a nice grassy flavor.

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Old 08-05-2010, 04:59 PM   #7
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its weird but i get a strong grassy flavor from cascade sometimes.

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Old 08-05-2010, 10:01 PM   #8
May 2010
Coralville, IA
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Thanks for all of the suggestions, fellas!

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