Boadicea, Olicana hops - best use?

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Boadicea, Olicana hops - best use?

Post by TheSumOfAllBeers » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:48 pm

I picked up these 2016 hops when Malt Miller were doing a clear out.

Anyone brewed with them before? Should they be mixed or used with something different (I have some first gold that could mix with them).

I would like to put together an english Pale Ale / Bitter style that showcases the hops, and I am wondering what the hops will do, whether I should go very pale, or big up the background maltiness.

Does anyone know any commercial beers that really showcase these hops strengths?

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Re: Boadicea, Olicana hops - best use?

Post by orlando » Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:49 pm

Olicana is supposed to be England's answer to Cascade etc. Er, it isn't. However, it is a fairly nice hop in its own right so I would do a SMASH with it to really get to know it.
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Re: Boadicea, Olicana hops - best use?

Post by Dennis King » Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:42 pm

I've brewed a few single hop brews with Boudicea either all pale malt or with a small amount of crystal. Makes a nice bitter.

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Re: Boadicea, Olicana hops - best use?

Post by TheSumOfAllBeers » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:22 pm

Think I am settling on a pale/low colour style, like all pale malt with some light crystal, to about 45 gravity, then early hop with Boadicea, and late hop with Olicana.

Wondering should I reserve some for Dry hopping?

Was thinking about using the Lallemand ESB yeast for this, any thoughts? I heard it can be a low attenuator, which could make for an unpredictable FG/IBU ratio.

Cant use liquid strains atm and I want to try out some english yeasts with a bit more character than nottingham.

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Re: Boadicea, Olicana hops - best use?

Post by orlando » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:46 pm

Given Olicana is grown for aroma a dry hop is a must in my view.
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