What Hop variety did you experience recently in a beer for the first time..

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  1. Daktah

    Daktah Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Illinois

    Another mention for Galaxy - had it in Flat 12's Walkabout Pale Ale. Delicious flavor from that hop, though I wish that particular beer had a little better balance - almost too fruity.
  2. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,195) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Sorachi Ace hops are nice. I like that lemony note. I really enjoy the strawberry and melon notes that come from Mosaic, too.

    On the other end of the spectrum, Summit hops make me want to blow myself away.
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  3. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Belma, you could buy a lb from Hops Direct for something like $6 last fall.
    A guy in my homebrew club brewed a Pale Ale with them, it tasted like it was brewed with Strawberrys. Interesting and subtle hop.
  4. MDDMD

    MDDMD Poo-Bah (1,749) Jun 4, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Also recently tried Mosaic hopped pale ale and it was fantastic! Hope to see more brewer's using this varietal.
  5. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Disciple (359) Apr 29, 2012 California
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    Mosaic--actually dry hopped an IPA with it yesterday--its fantastic!
  6. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Maybe it was the first time you had a beer with 'Crystal' in the name, but I doubt it was the first time you had a beer with Crystal hops in it.
  7. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    JP Bam Biere is 100% Crystal hopped. Rogue's Brutal Bitter IPA is mostly Crystal. Sierra Nevada uses it in Torpedo and probably Celebration too.
  8. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,003) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Just had mosaic for the first time two nights ago, it pairs well with citra.
  9. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Meyvn (1,374) Oct 30, 2005 Arizona
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    I really enjoyed the Mosaic hop in the Pompeii and Sosus beers from Toppling Goliath. My local brewery (Dragoon) makes an IPA with Zythos and I love that beer. They also have been using Calypso hops both in a Pale Ale and Double IPA as of late.
  10. flexabull

    flexabull Poo-Bah (2,265) Mar 9, 2006 California
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    I didn't care for Triskel either, it kinda tasted like a strange version of Nelson Sauvin to me.
  11. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,255) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Celebration is Chinook, Centennial, and Cascade.
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  12. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,255) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Had the beer that was dry hopped in the Firkin with the hop formally known as Victoria Secret. Compared it to the base house Pale Ale. The dry hopped version had a big dose of resin, tropical fruit like mango and passion fruit (not overpowering), and some nutty flavors like lychee. Halfway through the pint I picked up a spicy/peppery note. Interesting hop, and would like to try a single hop beer with this one.
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  13. LI_PO12

    LI_PO12 Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Galaxy-Clown shoes galactica
    Mosaic-Terrapin Mosaic

    Both awesome
  14. EdH

    EdH Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2005 Utah

    Epic has been using Mosaic quite a bit lately; and the 1210 hops in a pale ale. All good stuff...
  15. stormywaters

    stormywaters Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2011 California

    Galaxy, just had prairie funky galaxy. Clown shoes galactica is on order and I am pumpt
  16. basscram

    basscram Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2006 Maine

    galaxy. it was totally different for me. totally different taste than what I'm used to.
  17. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Aspirant (202) Nov 16, 2010 Washington

    Sounds good! Resin like pine or resin like weed?

    Which maybe this deserves its own thread but there needs to be a hop reference that's actually worth a shit. The BYO one is..barely ok. Too many hop varietals have descriptors such as "spicy" or "fine". WTF does that mean? Surprised the AHA doesn't have a better resource. Guess I'll head over there and start the thread there.
  18. pitweasel

    pitweasel Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2007 New York

    Honestly, I rarely even look to see what kind of hops are used in a brew. Heck, the only one that I really know for sure that I enjoy regularly is simcoe.
  19. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,255) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Dr. Bam forth has said the same thing, as wine has a more specific vocabulary, while beer is so general it says little.

    Resin like weed was what I picked up, similar to Columbus.
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  20. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,387) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I had a Mosaic single hop IPA last week, and didn't care for it to be honest, could be the brewer, it was a brew pub, or could be that's it's a twin to Simcoe. A little dank, kinda catty like Simcoe, too much of one thing at least from that brew. A guy I works with used Moasic as part of a blend of hops in his IPA, which also includes Citra as a dry hop, and I believe he also used Warrior. His last batch tasted like a Sucks clone.
  21. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,255) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Mosaic was first called "Son of Simcoe" by some, though that should be daughter as all the hop flowers come from female plants. Mosaic is a cross of Simcoe and Nugget IIRC. I haven't gotten the cat pee, but still have to use the 2012 crop in a homebrew.
  22. BradtheGreat7

    BradtheGreat7 Defender (621) Jul 22, 2011 Ohio

    I just had Fleur de Houblon from Ommegang featuring Bravo hops. If I've had these before I wasn't aware of it. I was shocked at the flavors it was dishing out while still keeping a fairly clean finish with very little bitterness to the aftertaste. It was a very refreshing ale and wonderful for summer.
  23. neophilus

    neophilus Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Mosaic checking in. Yum.
  24. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,114) Mar 18, 2010 California

    They didn't blow me away, but I have had a few beers recently with Helga hops. I believe that is a new varietal.
  25. jfh

    jfh Aspirant (286) Apr 25, 2008 California
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    Me too. Beerfest in Davis, CA; tried a Berryessa Brewing Ale. Can't remember the name, maybe Footpath? Single hopped with Mosaic, Chris did a great job.
  26. jfh

    jfh Aspirant (286) Apr 25, 2008 California
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    great topic!
    I'm sure that other places/brewers do these things, but ....
    in my case, the San Francisco Beer Week has been great for learning. At the Press Club in downtown SF:
    In 2013, Mikkeller brought in 6 beers, identical recipe, different yeasts: American Pale, British Pale, lager, ?, Brett lambicus and Brett bruxellensis. They were all easily different and identifiable. Love the lambicus!

    In 2012, again, Mikkeller, 9 or 12 different single hops in identical recipe ales. have the list at home.
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  27. mrcraft

    mrcraft Meyvn (1,317) Dec 15, 2012 California
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    My favorite IPA is Alpine Nelson. It has this unique taste like no other. It's a rye IPA, so I'm not sure if it's the rye, nelson sauvin hops from New Zealand, or the combination of the two that's producing this unique flavor profile I like so much.
  28. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    I am no hop nut but the newest one I had was NZ Motueka, very interesting favor profile.
  29. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,387) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    An all Amarillo hopped beer In Chasin Freshies . Better in a blend kinda hop
  30. fvernon

    fvernon Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2010 Wisconsin

    i came in here to say the same - just had the crooked stave vieille dry-hopped with Motueka (at least it's my first known interaction with this hop). probably not the best beer to really focus on the hop profile with, though, so i can't say too much about it other than it worked reasonably well with a tart, slightly funky saison.
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  31. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,215) Sep 3, 2007 California
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  32. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Zealot (539) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

  33. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,342) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Nelson Sauvin. They taste like wine grapes or goosberry. =)
  34. mrcraft

    mrcraft Meyvn (1,317) Dec 15, 2012 California
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    Have you had Alpine Nelson? It's my favorite IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. It's hard to describe this beer.
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  35. ebin6

    ebin6 Disciple (347) Jun 11, 2009 California

    Galaxy via Prairie. Quite impressed I must say, but that may just have been the awesomeness of Prairie
  36. ebin6

    ebin6 Disciple (347) Jun 11, 2009 California

    And I'd add 'Merica by Prairie to that list, though not an IPA
  37. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,342) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    That's the one I had. It had a a perfect nose, lightly fruity, sweetly floral and an earthy little musk (must?) on white grapes.
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  38. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,255) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I had Nelson and struggled to finish it. The white grape thing for me was an association with really bad white wines, "foxy" if you know that term for wine.

    Some people hate fuggles as they say those taste like dirt. My wife hates simcoe as it smells like cat piss to her, I get pine. A friend last night said he does not like Cascade as he gets skunk from it. We are all different.
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