Which Hops Go Well Together (For IPAs, Pale Ales, Stouts, & More!)

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Popular hop combinations include Citra & Mosaic and Amarillo & Simcoe, as well as many other combinations of the hundreds of varieties of hops available on the market today. Each of these hops has its own flavors and characteristics, so blending varieties creates complexity. 

Keep reading to delve into why blending hops works. In addition, we’ll explore specific pairings, how their characteristics work together, and examples of commercial breweries that use the pairing.   

Why do brewers use multiple hop varieties in their beer?

In some cases, rather than using just one kind of hop for a specific flavor, supplementing it with another, complementary hop can really bring out the desired flavors in a way that the first hop couldn’t do alone. 

Hop pairing guide

When deciding which hops will go well together, it is important to look at each hops’ characteristics and experiment with how various combinations may complement, boost, or tone down each other.  

Citra & Mosaic

The woodsy characteristics present in Mosaic can help bring the overall sweetness of the pairing down a notch. 

Amarillo & Simcoe

While Simcoe contains enough citrus for both varieties, the floral and pine combo creates a dry yet resiny experience. 

Cascade & Nugget

Nugget’s popularity as a clean bittering hop in cahoots with Cascade’s fruity and versatile nature means this isn’t a one-trick pony — the two can be used for a variety of beer styles .

Comet & El Dorado & Galaxy

This trio packs a slightly wild, juicy, tropical punch. 

El Dorado & Mosaic

Tropical on tropical, yes, but brought down to earth by Mosaic’s woodsy qualities. 

A Smorgasbord of Hop

Some breweries like to go wild, challenging themselves to cram as many hop varieties as possible into one beer. 

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