I know the vast majority on this board brew IPAs and many will have had more experience/knowledge of how to blend hop varieties than I. Yes, we all brew to our own tastes, and sometimes the palate will perceive the same flavors differently, yada yada yada…
But I would like to know what your personal favorite hop schedule is for the ubiquitous american IPA, and why.
I am borderline obsessed with coming up with the right combination for me, and would likely benefit from other’s experience.
One combo I am working on now, in the dry-hopping stage is one that I have high hopes for:
Late hop additions: equal parts Citra and Amarillo
Dry hop: equal part Citra and Simcoe
I’m trying to get that assertive hop presence without an overwhelming grapefruit kick. My hope is that the Amarillo and Simcoe can add a citrus more toward orange/tangerine than grapefruit; that the simcoe might add a touch of the piney character; and that the Citra can do it’s own cosmic thang.
So, what is YOUR favorite combo???