New Hops to look for in your IPA’s

The more hop crazed of beer searchers may have already heard or consumed beers made from these hops but I thought it would be good to give a quick primer on them so you can choose what will make your palate sing.

Palisades – a new hop variety from the Pacific Northwest. It has moderately strong bittering, with a grassy, apricot-like aroma that’s often described as “pretty.” Can be tasted in Alameda Brewing beer.

Citra – A brand new variety first released in 2008. Citra is generally used in IPAs and hoppy specialty beers, prized for flavor and aroma of tropical and citrus fruit; including lime, melon, pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit, papaya, lychee and others. Can be tasted in Kern River beer.

Glacier – is another 21st century variety. It was specifically bred for a balanced bittering profile and excellent aromatic qualities. Glacier is generally 4-6 percent alpha acid, and works well in American or British-style ales of all types. Can be tasted in ???

One Reply to “New Hops to look for in your IPA’s”

  1. The Harpoon Brewery has put out a Glacier Wet Hop beer every year for the past three years as part of their 100 Barrel Series (which I’m a big fan of). If they keep to the same schedule, we should see the next Glacier beer in a few months (at the end of this summer).


    PS – Sean, you have Mt. Rainier as one of the tags for the post – do you have any info on that hop? I have a couple ounces in my freezer, but I don’t know what to expect from it.

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