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Lagunitas Sucks hops

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SeaOfShells, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. SeaOfShells

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    Hey all.

    I sent an email to Lagunitas on Friday inquiring about the hops they use in Sucks, and I got a response this morning. I also asked about future 32oz format plans. Here is the response

     
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    kinda surprised at that hop bill
     
  3. SeaOfShells

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    Agreed. I was almost certain they used Citra.
     
  4. jcb7472

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    Dammit! Please make this year round, Lagunitas!
     
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    I had that HBC-342 hop variety in Slumbrew Snow Angel as well. Both are great beers; the Snow Angel is a little more sweet and has more fruit notes, whereas the Sucks is a little more aggressive and resiny and piney. Again, both are excellent.
     
  6. sacrelicio

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    So maybe that's where the sweet fruity hop notes come from.
     
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    Coulda sworn its dry hopped with citra.
     
  8. raffels

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    Chinook and Nugget. Now I know the answer to my question from last night about "what am I tasting". Both of those have flavors I find a bit overwhelming. Thanks...
     
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    A good cook never gives up all of the ingredients of a recipe. Does a good brewery give up all of the ingredients of a beer? Perhaps there are Citra hops in Sucks.
     
  10. SeaOfShells

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    I don't think the hops themselves are secret. I'm pretty sure they'd never reveal the hops schedule though. Although I'm not that familiar with HBC342, I've read that it has a citrus quality similar to Citra.
     
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    That would be a good one to bug the wait staff at beer bars: "which is the best beer with HBC342 hops?" That would get you quite a look, I'd wager.
     
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    HBC342 hops were developed by the same people who came up with Citra.
     
  13. luwak

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    me too.
     
  14. jhartley

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    I thought there was Chinook & Simcoe. Surprised as much as everyone else that there's no Citra.
     
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    Thanks for the post! Good information to know.
     
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    Enjoying a Sucks now as I type. Very impressed with this beer
     
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    Anyone know the significance of the name "HBC342"?
     
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  19. Dirtinabottle

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    So it looks like its a patent number. Is it a composite of mixed hops? I couldn't tell from the description other than the fact that they were pellets. Interesting. Thanks for the site.
     
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  20. SeaOfShells

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    http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f37/hbc-342-hops-274501/

     
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    As stated HBC=Hop Breeding Company. That was formed from Select Botanicals and John Hass's breeding programs.

    The 342 is the field trial number. sometimes you will see X-342. Citra was HBC-394, and Mosaic was X-369.

    Field trials, maybe a 2-3 acres, are the last step in the breeding program. If the hops have good agronomics and are liked by the brewers, then commercial planting begins and the hop is given a trade name.
     
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    After drinking another Sucks, I searched what hops where in it. This was great to find as it gave me a bit more info on the HBC 342 hops. I asked Toppling Goliath if they used this hop in any of their X-Hop batches.
     
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    thanks for posting, i've been wondering this myself.
     
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    Citra used to be called X114 I think, pre 2009. There are tons of experimental hop strains, that won't be named until they pick up popularity.
     
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    Curious to know what this new varitey will be called... citra had its number name stated above as did mosaic, could be the next hot hop.
     
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    I wondered where that melon flavor came from.
     
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    How long before colorado starts spitting out Marijuana hopped beers? I believe the buds are of the same genus as hops.
     
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    People in Cali have already experimented doing so with wine. I wouldn't imagine too long before this becomes a thing if possible to maintain a steady brewing process.
     
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    Secret ingredients in Sucks: Sour Diesel & OG Kush!
     
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    It needs Pineapple Express with a touch of the MILF weed...maybe the Brown Bomber too.
     
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    What was the response from Toppling Goliath? I suspect they were testing out hops even newer than HBC-342.
     
  32. Donco

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    If this is a "seasonal", wouldn't it make more sense to have it in the late Spring? Very much a hot weather beer!
     
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    i definitely thought it was nelson and citra
     
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    Whatever they use, I don't care. Shit's insane.

    I wish I knew what Lagunitas used to get that tea flavor in their beer. Maybe it's their yeast? All their IPAs have a distinct flavor to me.
     
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    They told me that they could not reveal which hops were being used.
     
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    Such an awesome well balanced brew!
     
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    I would think it is their "house" yeast. I do like that distinct flavor in their beers.
     
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    Trainwreck Kush x with Sour Diesel x with Super Silver Haze. Mmm, liquid dreams.
     
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    Finally, finally found a six pack of Sucks here. Apollo? Interesting.
     
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    I bought a growler of Hanf (Hemp) beer from Siebensternbrau in Vienna last Thanksgiving. Served it to my daughter and her study abroad classmates at dinner. Definitely herbal tasting.

    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4098/35389/
     
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