Favorite Hop...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tjwarren, Jul 5, 2013.

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  1. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

  2. immobilisme

    immobilisme Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    Kern River 5th Anniversary (now Winter Ale)
    Half Acre Callow Knife
    Half Acre/Mikkeller Guest Lager
  3. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    The citrus/tropical ones.
  4. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    Prairie Hop is Simcoe and Citra
  5. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Colorado

  6. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Pooh-Bah (2,079) Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Nelson, Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic to name a few. Citra out front at the moment...
  7. Premo88

    Premo88 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,436) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    though the thread surely was going to attract nothing but American pale ale, American IPA and American double IPA hop-heads, hops are hops. and i've had some lagers that are *very* hoppy. so i threw in my $0.02.

    if all i want is a hop salad, honestly I'm not sure which hops are my favorites ... Stone's Enjoy By has 9 different hops in it, so i like all 9? Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale is awesome, so i like that blend of cascade, centennial and chinook. Sierra Nevada's Torpedo has citra in it, but how much? i don't know, but i love that brew ... and when i want the big citrus/pine taste, i've found handfuls of American ales/IPAs/DIPAs that are fantastic.

    but over time, i am finding more and more that i enjoy balance more than anything, and while "balance" means a good amount of malt, it also means a good amount of hops. there's plenty of styles in which you can get that balance, including in the American ale styles, but for me, the spiciness and grassy taste of the nobles (in a 40+ IBU range) melting into a big bready yeasty sweetness ... it leaves me with no doubt that the noble hops are my favorite. *and* i'm glad there are some Texas breweries using them and using them well.
  8. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

  9. Premo88

    Premo88 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,436) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    dude, brew it ... or fly to Germany, break into a brewery with a sackful of citra and torpedo one of their pils vats.

    does nobody make a brew like this? it's a great idea. it'd break the German purity law something fierce, but screw that ... we need to try it!
  10. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan

    Yeah, I saw that. It looks really interesting. I'm going to set up an ISO for it and Simtra. Have you had either? What did you think?
  11. Chuk_Hell

    Chuk_Hell Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2012 Texas

    Nelson Sauvin; it's unique tropical and grape-like flavors I find fascinating.

    Big ups to Cenntinial, Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo and Cascade and all the other hops I've loved.
  12. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    I haven't had either. Prairie Hop is in my fridge and I'll drink it soon. I've brewed a Citra Simcoe beer and it was pretty tasty, but it smelled like a cat pissing on a pine tree.
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  13. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan

    Haha, yeah. Have you had Fresh Squeezed yet? That's a stanky brew.
  14. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    Yes. I thought it had a dank hop aroma without pee and had too much caramel malt to fully appreciate the flavor of the hops. It was ok.
  15. fab80

    fab80 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2009 California

    The best hops are without a doubt CHINOOK!!

    Psss... I've just said that because I don't want them to buy Mosaic:wink:
  16. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Grand Pooh-Bah (4,626) Jan 31, 2005 California
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  17. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    None, or all. I think people get a little too HOPPED up on thinking they like this hop or over the next.
    example: does Knee Deep's Citra hop profile taste the same as Zombie Dust? Both are all Citra pale ales.

    The yeast effects the flavor, but for the most part, hops take on a lot of different flavors, and just because you use Simcoe or Citra, it doesn't mean you're making the most Tropical, Dank beer out there.

    Just sayin.
  18. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    I mean... SAAAAZZZZ
  19. Flibber

    Flibber Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 England

    Most of my favourite beers seem to contain some of these: Fuggles, Goldings, WGV, Challenger, Styrian Goldings, Saaz, Tettnang, Hallertau, Strisselspalt
  20. koopa

    koopa Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey

    Toss up btw Citra and Simcoe
  21. dbol

    dbol Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2007 California

    galaxy, citra and nelson sauvin
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  22. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Florida

    I dry hopped my homebrewed berliner weisse with Nelson Sauvin, and it's now definitely up there among my favorite hops now.
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  23. Biffster

    Biffster Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2004 Michigan

    It's like asking which is your favorite child....

    Actually, I am very fond of Cascade and Simcoe, of course. I also love Northern Brewer, believe it or not. But a perennial favorite for me, which shows up in lots of my beers where you might not even expect it, is Saaz. I just love the subdued peppery impression.
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  24. dbc5

    dbc5 Savant (1,081) Jun 18, 2009 Arizona

    Amarillo for me. Gumballhead and Amarillo Brillo by Maumee Bay Brewing are great beers featuring Amarillo hops.
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  25. maDUECEgunner

    maDUECEgunner Initiate (0) May 23, 2013 Minnesota

    GALAXY...it's like unicorn tears.

    Well Citra, Nelson, Centennial, and Simcoe are really good too.
  26. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Grand Pooh-Bah (3,142) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Chinook right now. It pairs well with all the hot new hops. Chinook + citra, my favorite homebrew combo.
  27. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    Satisfaction Jackson is all Cenntenial
  28. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Pooh-Bah (2,473) Mar 28, 2009 California

    No way to pick just one hop or beer.

    Simcoe - enjoy by
    Citra : zombie dust
    Mosaic: societe apprentice - mosaic
    Galaxy: galactica and far out ipa
  29. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    Whatever the 5 hops in NG Moon Man are, followed by...

    Centennial - Two Hearted
    Amarillo - Ballistic IPA (Ale Asylum)
    Citra - Pseudo Sue (Toppling Goliath), Bedlam (Ale Asylum)
  30. kegster

    kegster Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2005 California

    Using only whole cone Horizon has been working really well for hombrewed Pale ales and IPA's.
  31. Flibber

    Flibber Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 England

    Let's not forget Willamette either
  32. ChugginOil

    ChugginOil Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2010 Illinois

    Mosaic all day
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  33. mrcraft

    mrcraft Grand Pooh-Bah (3,260) Dec 15, 2012 California
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    My favorite California IPA is Alpine Nelson, so Nelson Sauvin.
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