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Old 01-22-2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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I have been reading a lot about cascade and amarillo for good citrus hops, but not much on citra hops? I am thinking of making a blonde with cascade and citra, and want to know if anyone can vouch for the taste in citra hops? I am thinking of going with cascade for 60 mins and citra for 5.


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Old 01-22-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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I loveeee Citra hops. They are high AA (mine are 14.5), so a little goes a long way. I think they are good as a falvoring hop, but they are probably my favorite as an aroma hop.

Their taste is VERY citrusy, a whole brighter shade up compared to cascade and amarillo. Very lemon-lime with a touch of mango notes.

I vouch. Get some, they are unlike anything else out there.


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Old 01-23-2013, 12:39 AM   #3
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I would use them for bittering but I think it will be way too much for a blonde ale. On Beersmith, it gets me an ibu amount of 46 for 1 ounce at 60 minutes, and I want to keep it around 25 ibu's.
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I would use them for bittering but I think it will be way too much for a blonde ale. On Beersmith, it gets me an ibu amount of 46 for 1 ounce at 60 minutes, and I want to keep it around 25 ibu's.
Then use less?
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Dont waste your Citra on bittering!! Find another hop for bittering, preferably something clean and neutral in flavors to let the Citra come through. Maybe a 1/4 to 1/2 ounce of warrior or magnum. Even if you run a bit high on the IBU's you can just change from a blonde to an APA in beersmith. Or if you are set ona blonde, use the Cascade for bittering.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:22 AM   #6
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If you are using Citra(you are going to love it to bits!) then I think you would do well to bitter with Northern Brewer.
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I just finished a keg of APA that I dry hoped with Citra ( .5oz in 5 gal). The citrus aroma and flavor was great. I'm pretty sure I used chinook for bittering and flavoring in the boil.
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I love citra. Probably my favorite aroma and flavor hop. I have done a few beers in which I add 1/2 oz per five min with twenty minutes left in the boil. I'll dig up my recipe if you'd like. Sometimes I get a melon and tropic fruit flavor along with the citrus. Smells great too.
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Citra is more tropical than citrusy in nature. The Lychee notes are huge. The Grapefruit notes take a backseat. It's a great hop when combined with something citrusy, oily, and floral like Amarillo, Cascade, or Centennial. I don't like it on it's own however since it can be too fruity/ juicy/one note.
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Citra is more tropical than citrusy in nature. The Lychee notes are huge. The Grapefruit notes take a backseat. It's a great hop when combined with something citrusy, oily, and floral like Amarillo, Cascade, or Centennial. I don't like it on it's own however since it can be too fruity/ juicy/one note.
Right on, agreed.

Bob, I think you've also said you like it late in the kettle or flameout; I'd agree with this. I don't dry hop with it anymore, at least not in large amounts, because it comes through too strong. But late in the kettle it's perfect, combined with a different dry hop.


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