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Old 10-25-2012, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default Help me choose my hops for DIPA

I went on a hop buying binge recently, and my freezer is overflowing with hops. So, I think that it is time to brew a big DIPA. I have at least 1/2 lb of each of the following:

Sorachi Ace
HBC 342

I do not have any experience with any of these except Columbus, Nugget, and Simcoe. I like citrus bombs with some pine in the background. My grain bill will be mostly 2-Row with some melanoidin for some color and malt backbone. I'm thinking of bittering with Columbus or Nugget; and Simcoe for flavor and dry hop.

Does anyone have any suggestions of combinations of the remaining hops that will give me a big citrus aroma? Thanks for your help.

Keg: Fresh-Hop Amber; Galaxy/Simcoe/Citra IPA; Maharaja Clone; Winter Warmer
Primary: Rye Pale Ale; Red Dragon (Imperial Red Ale)
On Deck: Tripel; Smoked Porter; Marzen; Ahtanum/Belma/Columbus IPA
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I recently made an IPA and dry hopped with Soriachi Ace. Even though it has a high alpha acid content it is an excellent hop for late additions and dry hopping. It has a very unique lemon tartness and a wonderful smell and aroma.
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Sounds like you would enjoy the Three Floyd's Dreadnaught clone... or even the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid clone. Check them out. Both are searchable through this website.

I've lumped these into families of similarity:

Apollo - dankest of the bunch, super resiny, marijuana, citrus
Columbus - dank, resiny, herbaceous, citrus

Simcoe - a tropical blast of pine cone fruits (quite unique, not dank though)

Belma - strawberry, orange, earth, pineapple, grapefruit
HBC342 - orange, watermelon, earth, citrus (this is a hop blend - 4 diff hops)

Sorachi Ace - lemon floor cleaner (avoid unless you want a lemon focused beer)

Nugget - herbal, peachy, earth, citrus
Bravo - spice, herb, fruity, floral (my choice for bittering this beer)

Legacy - currant, spice, floral (a bit out of place for an AIIPA)
...not sure of the others you mentioned, but I'm sure you could search them on here
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