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Pale Ale Hop Bill Critique - First Time with Citra

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Omahawk

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I have a Pale Ale recipe with a set grain bill, but I always seem to adjust the hops. It's a nice, light but flavorful malt profile that I really like.

This is my first time trying Citra. I have heard that Citra can overpower the other hops, so want to "babystep" into it by splitting 1 oz between a flavor addition and flameout addition. Here's what I have for a 6 gallon recipe (5 into keg):

Hops:

1.00 oz Centennial [9.50 %] (60 min) @ 28.6 IBU
0.50 oz Citra [12.50 %] (15 min) @ 9.3 IBU
0.50 oz Citra [12.50 %] (0 min)
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (0 min)
1.00 oz Amarillo [8.80 %] (0 min)

1.00 oz Amarillo [8.80 %] (Dry Hop 5 days)

Here's the rest of the recipe:

6.50 lb US 2-Row Pale Malt 54.95 %
3.00 lb German Pilsner Grain 25.36 %
1.00 lb Vienna Malt 8.45 %
0.50 lb CaraHelles - 11L 4.23 %
0.50 lb White Wheat Malt 4.23 %
0.33 lb Victory Malt 2.79 %

1 Pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) [Starter 150 ml] Yeast-Ale

OG: 1.054 SG
Est FG: 1.013 SG
Bitterness (Rager): 37.9 IBU
Est Color: 5.2 SRM


Thoughts on my attempt to get SOME Citra flavor, but not blow everything else away?

Thanks.
 

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Looks good for a balanced hop bill. You may consider adding either an extra 0.5 for dry hopping or moving the 15 or 0 to dry hop, it really is a hop that shines in dry hop!
 
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Looks good for a balanced hop bill. You may consider adding either an extra 0.5 for dry hopping or moving the 15 or 0 to dry hop, it really is a hop that shines in dry hop!
Thanks. I'll probably give it a shot and move the flameout addition to dry hop.
 

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Pretty similar late hops to an IPA I made a while back, though I used Cascade rather than Centennial. I agree with mrmop, I would consider pushing the 15 min addition to 10 or 5.

It is a great dry hop, but it definitely overpowers. I used 0.5 oz of Citra and 1 oz of Amarillo and got way more of the Citra. Not a bad thing, but good to know.
 
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Based on the feedback, here is the slightly adjusted hop schedule. I'll provide followup on how it turns out.

1.00 oz Centennial [9.50 %] (70 min)
0.50 oz Citra [12.50 %] (15 min)
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (0 min)
1.00 oz Amarillo [8.80 %] (0 min)

1.00 oz Amarillo [8.80 %] (Dry Hop 5 days)
0.50 oz Citra [12.50 %] (Dry Hop 5 days)
 
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Had my first pint last night. Great hop profile with some depth of flavors. I'll definitely use Citra in a similar fashion on future APAs.
 
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