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Old 09-27-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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How Many Hop Varieties Are in the Best IPAs? - A Statistical Analysis

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Old 09-27-2013, 05:48 PM   #2
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I'm not a hop head or great lover of IPAs. But I did sleep at a Holiday Inn last night...

The last couple days I've been transcribing my recipes out of BrewPal so that I have hard copies of everything. The thing I have noticed while going through them is the better ones are the simpler ones: 3 or 4 different grains and 1 to 3 hops varieties. There are a couple exception, like my hazelnut sweet stout, but the rest fit that mold.


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Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA has 6 hop varieties in it. These new generation IPA's are really pretty good. Def a nice change. http://www.samueladams.com/craft-beers/latitude-48-ipa
I used many hops like those in my Cougar Country IPA in the FV now. 2 weeks in this Sunday. Can't wait to taste the gravity sample!...
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The DCA (Black IPA - I hate this name) I just kegged.

I used 2 hops in the boil; CTZ and Cascade.

I dry hopped with 6 hops; CTZ, Amarillo, Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe & Zythos.
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I'd be very interested to hear what you guys shoot for when formulating your IPA hop combos. Do you hope to get a specific character out of that combination? A general hop range, like dank + pine; fruity + dank; citrus + floral? Do you hope they add up to some essence of each, or combine to form something greater than their parts?

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Personally, I try to keep it simple. Generally 2-3 varieties but sometimes a 4th for bittering. I always make sure to have at least one "light" element and one "heavy". So, citrus/floral/fruity with piney/dank/earthy. I lean one way or the other depending on season.
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42.

No, it hasn't been done yet.
So the "best IPA" is clearly Still Out There...

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At his NHC talk, Mitch Steele said they were using more hop varieties to hedge against crop shortages. Seems there's more than one way to hop the same IPA.

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Shoot - what was the question again?


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