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    Floral IPA's?

    I'm definitely not somebody that tastes every nuance in a beer, but I've tried a few IPA's that have a more floral hoppy taste than just a flat out bitter taste. These beers also seem to be more cloudy than your average IPA. I like both styles, but the floral IPA's are pure bliss.

    A couple examples...

    Boneyard RPM and Hop Venom
    Double Mountain Cluster F*ck

    Is this due to style, ingredients or a different variety of hops.

    I'm also using the term "Floral" due to a lack a better descrition. The beer tastes and smells more like what fresh hops smell like.
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    Oldhouse, I recently had the Saison du buff (sp?) from a partnership between Stone and (I think) 21st Amendment. Floral IPA was my exact reaction to the beer. I liked it a lot. Unfortunately, I didn't answer your question though.
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    Probably a combination of the variety of hops and the timing of the hop additions. In general, the later additions keep more aroma. I would guess a combination of late addition hopping and dry hopping. Dry hopping has a tendency to cloud beer. Dry hopping is just adding hops directly to beer after a majority of fermentation is done.
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    RPM is in a category by itself. Even people who don't like IPAs like RPM. I have heard that people visiting bars in Portland or Seattle will just turnaround and go elsewhere if a pub doesn't have RPM on tap. I think of it as more ofa citrus flavor
    like grapefruit rather than floral. Its color is indeed unique, almost an unfiltered hazy look like a hef.

    I think of Crux's Insider or Lagunitas Maximus as the best examples of a floral hop taste. Both kinds are delicious because there are almost no bitter or malt flavors present. I feel the same way about pale ales and prefer something like Vaporizer to a Mirror Pond for the same reason.

    I will definitely try Double Mountains CF because it sounds like your preferences are similar to mine.

    BTW...Deschutes is supposed to have fresh hop IPA's on tap starting LaborDay weekend. Fresh Hops and College football (Go Beavs!) make September one of my favorite months.

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    Weyerbacher Double Simcoe is floral bliss.

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    Wet hopped, harvest IPA's are usually a pretty safe bet for this sort of style/taste. Good stuff! Also recommend Odd Sides CPA out of Grand Haven, MI.

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    Floral IPA's?

    Stone Ruination. Big floral aroma.


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    I was recently exposed to Odell brewing's IPA. Excellent beer that I would describe as very floral with definite citrus notes.

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    Deschutes Fresh Squeezed simply incredible, I have stock piled this beer. I think it will be released again thin June.

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    I find white IPA's to often be more floral than 'standard' IPAs - Chainbreaker is tasty though there are some local options here (not distributed outside Vancouver) that kick its butt.
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    Try Diamond Knot IPA from Washington. This is the first beer I think of when I hear the word "floral."

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    This one!! new leader in the clubhouse - wife and I think its similar to Green Flash West Coast IPA which is floral/citrus and not a bitter trail...

    I may need to stockpile what I can here in Denver!

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