Current AA: 12-15%
Complex fruity aromas of orange and apricot mesh with hints of black tea-like character and a pleasant fresh herbal bouquet.
Available in 1 lb packages: Idaho 7 Hops
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I've read that Idaho 7 and Simcoe go together well and did a Pale Ale with just 2 row and a bit of Munich and used Idaho 7 heavy at the end of the boil as well as a 15 minute steep and a good dose at dry hop. The aroma is outstanding!!! I was hoping for the flavor to carry over with the aroma and while it was a tasty brew, I got a tad bit of earthiness to it. That's not a bad thing. I ordered more and will either try a SMaSH or only use something else for the bittering and then only Idaho 7. I think this hop would work well with many other hops including the C's and Galaxy and Mosaic.
My club did an experiment with 24 different finishing hops. This one stuck out to me as nice an complex by itself. Used 4 oz of it in a wheat. Lemon and tea spices are the predominant aromas I got from this hop. Buying more for a brett saison. You'll like this hop if you like making "rustic" beers.
Couldn't get my hands on Nelson, so after reading the description, I tried Idaho 7. Was so pleasantly surprised. Just ordered more and can't wait for the next IPA with it.
I added this hop in with my hop blend for a dry-hop in my American Session IPA. I combined it with Simcoe and Cascade. It accentuated the orange, sweet fruit-sugar, and herbal spiciness of the other two hops, bringing forth its own brightness. In my humble and inexperienced opinion, Idaho 7 are similar to Cascade. They blend well with Cascade and add more soft, fruity sweet aromas, more orange juice, as opposed to grapefruit juice. I like this hop profile, as I tend to brew lower IBU hop bombs with a softer hop intensity that aims to bring forth intense hop aroma and flavor without being overly tannic and bitter. I want to try these in an English Bitter in lieu of Fuggles or EKG.
I don't think this will be knocking Simcoe/Citra/Amarillo/etc. off any pedestal, but its a good one to try out. Bought four ounces after hearing a podcast talk about it. Got orange, apricot and dank/pot in flavor and aroma. Some say garlic, but didn't get that. Worth the 6 bucks.