I have a unique chance of testing a variety of locally grown hops (native, yet there is a lack of information and the owner wants to know what we can use these hops for.) All the hops have been tested for their alpha properties, so making a balanced beer should be relatively easy.
So, from what I know #1, it's easy to know what aroma hops will give by crushing them and doing a smell test. #2 bittering is fairly simple as we know the alpha %. The last thing we need to know is flavor imparted and that is only known in making a brew with them and trying it out. So my question is that: what type of beer should be made so as to be able to test out the flavors? I was thinking of a simple, quick aging English Bitter, Belgium Saison or Pale Ale. I would try to brew 2-3 of the same grain bill, yeast, bittering hop and just do different flavor hops. Then do a drink test.
Any thoughts on this? What am I missing?!?
Output 2012: 56 gallons
Goal 2012: 120 gallons