Hop Combo favorites

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Yungcoolship, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. Yungcoolship

    Yungcoolship Initiate (44) Aug 16, 2017 Wisconsin
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    I recently bought a few pounds of "cheater" hops and am having trouble deciding on which combo to use. I have a pound of each at of the following and am looking to use a combo of 2... maybe 3:

    Citra
    Mosaic
    Sabro
    Simcoe
    Nelson-Sauvin
    Galaxy

    Out of the options, I've used Mosaic/Citra, Simcoe/Galaxy, Simcoe/Citra in the past and thought they worked really well together. I'm hesitant to try something like Nelson/Galaxy in fear that the parts individually would be greater than the sum.

    I'm curious to hear everyone's opinion on the matter whether it is homebrewed or commercial.
     
  2. wasatchback

    wasatchback Disciple (372) Jan 12, 2014 Bahamas
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    Sabro is the outlier of that bunch. All those other hops are great by themselves or paired.

    I always recommend instead of splitting them at each addition try using one hop at certain times. Or focus on one hotside and one cold.
     
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  3. Yungcoolship

    Yungcoolship Initiate (44) Aug 16, 2017 Wisconsin
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    I'm a big fan of Simcoe on the hot side, not so much cold side. Unless in dialed back and in conjunction with another varietal.
     
  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,662) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Last month I homebrewed an IPA using Galaxy & Mosiac (more Galaxy than Mosaic) and I am very pleased with the result. I brewed a 'regular' IPA (i.e., no flaked adjuncts, no oats, I used US-05) but this beer because of its flavor profile is reminiscent of a 'NEIPA'.

    A couple of months ago I brewed an IPA solely using Sabro for flavor, end of boil and dry hopping. That beer was quite interesting with a combination of coconut, tropical fruits and citrus flavors. My wife, who is a BIG hop head, loved that batch. It was all gone very quickly.

    I have never brewed with Nelson Sauvin so I have no input here.

    Cheers!
     
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  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,662) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Have you brewed with Simcoe lately? Back in the old days (5+ years ago) I would pick up a notable pine aroma/flavor from Simcoe hops. One of my favorite combinations for an IPA was a 50/50 combination of Simcoe & Amarillo and I enjoyed the combination of piney and citrus flavors. I have not picked up pine in Simcoe in a long time.:slight_frown:

    Cheers!
     
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  6. Yungcoolship

    Yungcoolship Initiate (44) Aug 16, 2017 Wisconsin
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    Yes, I tend to use Simcoe quite a bit. In moderation it can really add a nice dimension of piney dankness. It’s my go to bittering hop if I had to choose one for IPAs.
     
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  7. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,662) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    It would seem that you have been more lucky than I have. All of the Simcoe hops that I have purchased recently (e.g., last 5ish years) have had no perceptible pine aroma/flavor. We homebrewers are 'bottom feeders' when it comes to selecting/purchasing hops.:slight_frown:

    Cheers!
     
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  8. Yungcoolship

    Yungcoolship Initiate (44) Aug 16, 2017 Wisconsin
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    I understand that the common homebrewer is last in mind from a supply chain perspective. That said, I’ve been mostly satisfied the past few years with purchasing hops directly from Yakima Valley Hops.
     
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  9. Yungcoolship

    Yungcoolship Initiate (44) Aug 16, 2017 Wisconsin
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    @JackHorzempa I went with Galaxy & Mosaic for this round, thanks for the suggestion!
     
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  10. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,662) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Please report back on what you think of your beer.

    My wife drank three bottles of my Galaxy/Mosaic IPA yesterday. I have a feeling this batch will be gone real soon!:astonished:

    Cheers!
     
  11. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Devotee (493) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    i like coolships combos used so far, but am not a mosaic fan. Have been a big fan of citra at 5 FO, then dry hopped with 4 oz galixy.
    simco with citra or galixy always good for me, have not tryed the others.
     
  12. Jasonja1474

    Jasonja1474 Initiate (162) Oct 15, 2018 Tennessee
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    I used the Sabro in a brown ale recently that I dry hopped with toasted coconut. The coconut was phenomenal in it. It was not artificial tasting at all. I did use to much in the hot side and it was bitter. But I can fix that next time
     
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  13. Prep8611

    Prep8611 Disciple (312) Aug 22, 2014 New Jersey

    Saaz and tettnang
     
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  14. Yungcoolship

    Yungcoolship Initiate (44) Aug 16, 2017 Wisconsin
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    Sounds rustic
     
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  15. MrOH

    MrOH Meyvn (1,253) Jul 5, 2010 Maryland

    Sounds highly refined to me.
     
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  16. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,662) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Sounds noble to me!:slight_smile:

    Cheers!

    @Prep8611
     
  17. MrOH

    MrOH Meyvn (1,253) Jul 5, 2010 Maryland

    If we're going to state things outside of what OP @Yungcoolship mentioned, for an IPA, I really like:
    Centennial, Amarillo, and Simcoe
    Chinook, Columbus, and Simcoe
     
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