Fiddlehead IPA- hops used

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Love Fiddlehead IPA, only info I know is ~6.5%, 53 IBUs, 1 bittering and 3 dry hops. Aroma is full of pine, earth and resembles weed. No clones and the brewery is not interested in sharing guesses at hops used, which I understand.

I'm thinking the dry hop is a blend of Centennial, Columbus and perhaps Chinook. Brewed a 10g batch yesterday, plan on hopping entire batch with Chinook and Columbus, then splitting the 2 kegs with Centennial and Columbus in one, Chinook and Columbus in the other.

Anyone have any opinion of the hops used in this fantastic beer?
 

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Great beer and you're probably not far off. Wouldn't surprise me if they also use some Simcoe in there.
 

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Great beer and you're probably not far off. Wouldn't surprise me if they also use some Simcoe in there.
I was just talking to a buddie of mine and was telling him how dank the recent FIddlehead batches have been.

From experience of brewing tins of hop forward(primarily NEIPA) and getting a pretty good grasp of the typical hop character of most hops I would think they are using one of these combos. I am pretty confident about the Columbus and Citra

1) Columbus, Cascade(possibly good centennial) Citra at 2:2:1 ratio

2) Columbus, Simcoe, Citra
 

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I was just talking to a buddie of mine and was telling him how dank the recent FIddlehead batches have been.

From experience of brewing tins of hop forward(primarily NEIPA) and getting a pretty good grasp of the typical hop character of most hops I would think they are using one of these combos. I am pretty confident about the Columbus and Citra

1) Columbus, Cascade(possibly good centennial) Citra at 2:2:1 ratio

2) Columbus, Simcoe, Citra
Not a fan of Fiddlehead but this is a much better beer than Second Fiddle.

Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe, Galaxy according to http://burlingtonbeer.blogspot.com/2012/02/fiddlehead-ipa.html?m=1
 
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Thanks for the responses.

I agree with Simcoe. I hate to use that stupid word 'dank', but it really applies here.

For my 10g test batch I made yesterday, I only did a WP addition of 5.75oz citra and 5 oz amarillo. Only reason I used those hops was I had some older stock I wanted to cycle out of. I think both of those will take a back seat to Columbus and Chinook in the dry hop.

Now I think I'll split the keg dry hop columbus/chinook for 1 keg and columbus/simcoe in the other. Neighbor is bringing back some Fiddlehead cans tomorrow for more research :)
 
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Any update on this one? Love fiddlehead ipa and would like to try to match the hop profile
 

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I can definitely smell Columbus and possibly Amarillo but I wonder if Citra might be part of that equation b/c it’s fairly similar Fort Point by trillium which is columbus/Citra

fiddlehead ipa has one other element outside those two but I don’t get Galexy.
 

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I can definitely smell Columbus and possibly Amarillo but I wonder if Citra might be part of that equation b/c it’s fairly similar Fort Point by trillium which is columbus/Citra

fiddlehead ipa has one other element outside those two but I don’t get Galexy.
I agree on no Galaxy personally. Citra Amarillo and Columbus would make sense, especial since that’s the hops in Juice bomb by sloop and I think those beers are almost identical
 

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Unless you have their hops it would be pretty hard to replicate exactly. Brewers will purposely select late harvest to amplify the dank/weed character of certain varieties.

I would agree that Citra/Amarillo/Columbus is probably a solid foundation. Apollo and Simcoe could be in there too.
 

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Yeah I agree you can never exactly “clone” any beer but I like to use commercial examples as inspiration.

I try to make a Strong Golden like Duvel, but know that I’ll never match their 50+ years of experience on my little stovetop with a mesh bag lolz.
 

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