Hop Breakdown

ThinkstockPhotos-100836921.jpg“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Why do you love some ales but dislike others? They all pretty much have the same ingredients, so does the type of hops really make that much of a difference? I’ll be the first to tell you that it makes all the difference in the world! Here’s a breakdown of the most common hops and their characteristics, plus a few brew suggestions to help should you choose to do a little taste test of your own (it’s highly recommended):

  • Chinook: spicy, piney, and grapefruity (try Arrogant Bastard Ale)
  • Cascade: flowery, spicy, and citrusy (try Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale)
  • Mosaic: fruity, grassy, floral, and earthy notes (try Founders Mosaic Promise)
  • Citra: citrusy (try Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue)

  • Simcoe: bitter and aromatic hop (try Bison Brewing Kermit The Hop)
  • Galaxy: passionfruit and clean citrus aroma (try Unita Hop Nosh; note, this one also has Chinook hops)
  • Centennial: floral and citrus tones (try Bells Two Hearted Ale)
  • Sorachi Ace: bittering hop with a lemony aroma (try Brooklyn Sorachi Ace)
  • Amarillo: citrusy and flowery (try Rogue Yellow Snow IPA)
  • Willamette: slightly spicy, fruity, floral and a little earthy (try New Belgium Fat Tire; note, this one also has Golding and Nugget hops)

Heather Rogers, Beer Consultant – Tampa
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