This is a big aroma hop with intense floral characters of pine needles and tropical fruit. Trial brews brewed with this hop were only moderately hopped and displayed great quality of bitterness and well rounded fruity hop characters.
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I just tapped an all-Kohatu IPA and find that it smacks of classic Hawaiian Punch fruit flavors. Strong passion fruit and red cherry flavors dominate, some grape juice...maybe even a little watermelon and pineapple. And underneath it all there is a rather subtle but firm piney-ness...reminiscent of Northern brewer or Simcoe. I'm considering further dry hopping with some simcoe in the keg to help bring out this more subtle element, as its very pleasant. It's a very interesting hop, but lacks the pungent, smack-you-in-the-face citrus or resinous character that has come to be synonymous with American IPAs. Brett W., Algonquin, IL