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Calypso-Hopped IPA Recipe Critique

Do you have any tips on this recipe?

I’m looking to make an IPA to highlight my Calypso hops I just got for Christmas. I may also dry hop depending on how how hoppy the 68 IBU tastes. I’ve already milled everything except for the Crystal. Woo! Milled the grain in my converted cheapo pasta mill!

70.2 % 8.25 American Two-row Pale 38.8 2.7
8.5 % 1.00 Vienna 3.8 0.7
4.3 % 0.50 Munich Light 2.1 0.7
4.3 % 0.50 CaraPils 2.1 0.2
12.8 % 1.50 Crystal 80L 5.5 21.8

Hops
% Wt Weight (oz) Hop Form AA% AAU Boil Time Utilization IBU
33.3 % 1.00 Chinook Whole/Plug 12.8 12.8 60 0.243 42.4
8.3 % 0.25 Chinook Whole/Plug 12.8 3.2 40 0.214 9.3
8.3 % 0.25 Chinook Whole/Plug 12.8 3.2 30 0.187 8.2
8.3 % 0.25 Chinook Whole/Plug 12.8 3.2 20 0.147 6.4
8.3 % 0.25 Chinook Whole/Plug 12.8 3.2 5 0.049 2.1
33.3 % 1.00 Chinook Whole/Plug 12.8 12.8 0 0.000 0.0
3.00 68.4

Obviously consider all the hops as Calypso… the recipe calculator at Tastybrew.com doesn’t have Calypso yet.

I would take the 40 and 30 min additions and add them at 15 and 10 minutes.

+1 to moving the 30 and 40 additions.

I did an all-Calypso APA and I didn’t like it as a bittering hop. It had an odd harshness that clashed with the flavor hops. I’m planning to use a more neutral bittering hop next time. YMMV, but I though I’d share my experience.

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+1 Cohumulone is 40+

Yeah I’ve heard Calypso has a high Cohumulone- I’m just curious why they would choose to create a hop variety with such weird bitterness and such high AA.

I thought high AA hops were normally created to offer low-cost bittering, not aroma?

[quote=“BrewingRover”]
I did an all-Calypso APA and I didn’t like it as a bittering hop. It had an odd harshness that clashed with the flavor hops. I’m planning to use a more neutral bittering hop next time. YMMV, but I though I’d share my experience.[/quote]

+1 to not being a fan of the Calypso at bittering. It was fine at first, but after a few more weeks, it developed this really odd bittering taste.

I still have like 10 oz, so I’ll be using them late.

Super interested in this thread! I too made an IPA with Calypso hops, but only used Calypso for late addition hop burst. The bittering hops were Galena (.75oz 60min) and Magnum (.25oz 60min). I also noticed an odd bittering taste. I would describe it as a little astringent, which after doing some reading I learned can be attributed to big late hop additions.

1oz 10min
1.25 5min
1.5 1min
2oz dry hop

I’m not certain, but I’m contributing the off flavor to the heavier late additions.

I made a all calypso IPA several months back, and was pretty unsatisfied with the results as well. I dont have the recipe handy, but i know i dry-hopped with about 4oz (yea, a metric $#it-ton!) and there was an incredible amount of astringency/off-flavors… if i were to do another batch soon i would definitely cut back the hops by like 75%! ha ha ha

I’m digging the smell from the fermentor, but I’ll check back and let you know!

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