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Old 02-13-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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I made a pale ale recently - sort of an inventory clean out ale. It is 2.5 weeks out now, and I legged it yesterday. While clearly not yet mature, the beer has a darkness - for lack I better words - that I haven't appreciated yet in my beers.

The hops included magnum at 69, nugget at 20, and sorachi ace at 5 mins. Also cascade dry hop. Is the darkness from the nugget? Or perhaps not so fresh hops?


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Old 02-13-2013, 01:54 PM   #2
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By "darkness," I assume you mean "dankness?" (per the thread title)?

I'm not familiar with the particular flavours of Magnum or Sorachi, but I think you can confidently rule out Cascade as the culprit. Cascade's flavour is very bright and citrusy.

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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Yes - darn auto correct.

Yes, I did t suspect cascade - but since nugget is a somewhat unconventional late addition - made me suspect that. The sorachi is a very lemony in my experience.

Could always be that the hops were poorly stored (4C and opened once).

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:02 PM   #4
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Normally I would say Simcoe but do not see that on your hop bill. Probably the Nugget but I have seldom used that.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:04 PM   #5
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Both nugget & fuggle have an earthy quality to them. It's from the nugget.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:05 PM   #6
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Nugget for sure. Sorachi will give you dill flavors that might contribute to dankness, but not likely.

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Old 02-13-2013, 06:38 PM   #7
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It is the nugget. I made a pale ale using that as the bittering hops and it had an unusual off flavor that I never encountered before. It took 2 months for it to be drinkable. I never dared to use nugget again it was so bad. There are a lot of brewers who use it for IPAs with good results.

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Old 02-13-2013, 06:46 PM   #8
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The dankest of dank = Apollo, Summit, Columbus... maybe Chinook

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Old 02-13-2013, 06:50 PM   #9
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Definitely the nugget, especially at a 20 minute addition I would say will give you the dankness. Cascade dry hop is probably contributing a slight amount also.

FWIW I make a pale ale with Nugget and Cascade only (generally equal additions) and it is always one of my most-liked brews.

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Old 02-13-2013, 06:51 PM   #10
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Its the nugget. I LOVE nugget. It has an herbal, earthy, peachy flavor to me.

Got some nugget nectar in the fridge and its one of the most balanced full flavor beers I have ever drank.

I wouldnt call it a truly "dank" hop though. For that look at Chinook, simcoe, and supposedly apollo but I dont have any experience with it.

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