Strata, formerly known as X-331, is Indie Hop’s first hop variety to be released out of the breeding program at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Born in 2009, Strata is the progeny of an open pollinated Perle located in an Oregon State experimental hop yard. From the get go, this hop was out to impress. Between its strong disease resistance, vigorous growth habit, and complex layers of aroma, x331 rose to the top of an impressive group of competitors.
An IPA/Session-IPA/Pale Ale (and believe it or don’t, lager hop) with many layers of different fruit flavor, dried and fresh, anchored with a dried chili-cannabis-funk that does not have any diesel, machine oil, or catty ‘baggage’. Late hot side additions bring out layers of rounded-tropical plus bright-fresh fruit flavors; dry hopping yields more grapefruit and cannabis. Nice with roasted malts too.
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I've had only a few craft beers that included Strat and liked them all. So naturally, I had to try to brew one for myself. I kept the grain bill simple and only used Strat. It definitely stands out. I get much more of the tropical aspects and very little, if any, weed but that's just fine. I do wonder what pairs well with this but I can't wait to get my hands on more in the future.
Do not buy them. They are mine. Leave them alone. Did NEIPA with Strata, Citra and Idaho 7, but mostly featured the Strata at all points from bittering through dryhop. The keg was drained so fast it collapsed. 5 gallons gone in three hours. Holy smokes, what an amazing hop. Best beer I ever made. Since supplies are limited, everyone needs to find different hops, I call dibs on these!
The summit end of these hops comes through but it's a nice Balance between the other parent hop (nugget). Used in boil and dry hopping worked awesome. However that dank onion smell fades off in a couple days.
finished off an IPA with X331 and 007 hops, a fantastic combo!
Did a 5 gallon batch using 4 oz of this in the boil in 2 in dry hopping. The smell is amazing and the taste is DANK, with a lot of pineapple and passion fruit. Hints of something different on the finish, resinish, and maybe pine. I'm not sure will have to drink more of it. I can't wait to use this hop again in a mix with some NZ hops.