Robert Knops of the Knops Brewery explores the world of hops.
Hops are the Spice in beer.
IPA style beers should very much be about the hops although this will vary from super-hopped beers where pretty much all you can taste are the hop bitterness and flavours to more subtle and balanced beers which allow other elements of the beer to contribute to the overall taste.
There are numerous hop varieties and they contribute to flavour in two main ways. One is to provide bitterness which helps to blance the sweeteness derived from malt, the other is to provide aroma and flavour. Hop varieties can be divided into 2 main groups:
Bittering hops – added at the start of the boil and which provide the majority of bittering to beer. These hops tend to be high in alpha-acids.
Aroma hops – added either at the end of the boil or to the finished beer (dry hopping). These hops provide flavour and aroma through their oil content.
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