I’m not as knowledgeable about hops as I am about the other beer ingredients, but this is something I’m trying to change.
Thus far my strategy has been to add hops to a beer that are regionally appropriate to the style, so noble hops for lagers and Fuggles or Goldings for British style ales. This works just fine because I make malty beers.
I want to make an English Pale Ale, though, to make a more hop-forward beer in a style that I would like to drink. I specifically want piney hops to pair with the Maris Otter base malt, and I’m going to keep the recipe crystal-malt free.
So, I go to some resources on hop varieties to figure out which ones are evergreeny, and no two resources ever agree on anything. One source suggested Simcoe, but others say Simcoe is a tropical fruit hop primarily.
I don’t really get why you can’t get a straight answer on this. Various resources on malts give basically similar information. Everyone agrees that Munich is sweeter than Pilsener.
So does anyone have any suggestions for a really piney hop?
Does anyone have a suggestion for a resource on hop flavors that has proven accurate for them?