Hops and beer styles
Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 15:01:11 -0500
From: MOREY Dan
Subject: Cascade and other hops

Brian Lundeen writes:

Now, in truth, Cascade hops are not inherently bad, people just do bad
things with them. Used with a subtle hand, they can add a pleasant character
to a beer. However, some homebrewers, not all homebrewers, but probably a
sizeable portion of homebrewers, have all the subtlety of the closing
choreography of Monty Pythons fish-slapping dance when a bag of Cascade is
put in their hands. When more liquid is soaked up by the hops than the
grains in the mash tun, you gotta think that theres just a little bit of
excess going on there.

I agree, not much worse than a fish slapper!

Clearly, some homebrews that subscribe to "more is better" when it comes to
hops. I admit that I prefer hoppy beers, but they need to be balance. Any
hop become objectionable when over done IMO. A while back there was a dry
hopped lager thread. Dave Miller recommended dry hopping in this book
Continental Pilsner, however I find it objectionable for Pils and I find
Saaz particularly nasty when use this way.

I enjoy cascade and find them to work nicely for flavor and aroma in most
American ale styles. For bittering hops I tend to stick with mid-alpha
varieties. Cascade fits in this group, and I find that I can use it most
styles. I have noticed if the IBU level is high, some citrus character can
come through in the bittering addition so I avoid it in high IBU beers that
should exhibit this character.

One hop that I have found that I cannot stand is Fuggle. To me, it has a
very course flavor and aroma. The flavor seems excessively grassy every
time I try to use it. Strangely, I do not notice this objectionable
character Willamette, a Fuggle hybrid. So when I want a change from
Goldings (my favorite BTW), I tend to use Willamette. Here is a list of
some of my favorite hops and there use. What are yours?

General bittering purposes: N. Brewer, Cascade, and Perle.

Style Hop Varieties
Alt Perle, Tettnang, Hallertau, and Saaz
APA Cascade, Goldings, and Perle
Barley Wine Chinook, N. Brewer, Cascade, Goldings, and
Bitter/Pale Ale Goldings, N. Brewer, Hallertau, and Willamette
Bock Tettnang, Perle, Hallertau, and Spalt
Brown/Mild Goldings and Willamette
Cal Com N. Brewer and Cascade
Dubbel Hallertau, Tettnang, Saaz, and Styrian Golding
Kolsch Perle, Hallertau, Spalt, and Tettnang
Pilsner Saaz, Hallertau, Tettnang, Perle, and Styrian Golding
Porter Goldings, N. Brewer, Cascade, and Hallertau
Stout Goldings, Perle, Cascade, and Willamette
Tripel N. Brewer, Styrian Golding, Hallertau, and Saaz
VOM Tettnang, Hallertau, Styrian Golding
Weizen Perle, Hallertau, and Saaz
Wit Golding and Saaz

Dan Morey
Club B.A.B.B.L.E. http://hbd.org/babble
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Hops and beer styles