Zythos

I saw the Zythos hops at FH Steinbart’s and thought: that name is awesome. So I picked up a few ounces in order to make a beer that used those and only those hops, in order to understand what they bring to a beer. I don’t know that this is the best or only way to really understand an ingredient (at least I hope not because nobody wants to drink a beer with only Carafa II malt, trust me) but when it is possible, why not?

This beer is a bit fizzy but that’s not a deal breaker. The nose is a bit lemon-lime: not sweet but definitely wafting those aromatics. The bitterness isn’t overwhelming on any front. Again, there is not quite as much body as I would like for this beer. The malt qualities are there but they don’t quite establish themselves as much as I had hoped they would.

All in all, I’d put the Zythos as a good compliment hop. Something that might buttress other flavors, or be really good in a malt-forward beer that someone might want to add just a little zip to, or something that could be dominant in a pale(er)/lager style, because it doesn’t give me an overpowering flavor. It will be noticeable but not aggressive.

Recipe as follows.

Brew date: 7.19.13

Steeping grains:
1.5 lb C 80
1 lb Crystal Rye

Fermentables:
7 lb LME added @ 20

Hops (all Zythos)
1/8th oz in preboil
.75 oz @ 60
.5 oz @ 20

OG: 1.052

FG: 1.012

2ndary on 7.28, added .25 oz of Zythos

ABV: 5.42%

Bottled 8.7.13

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