Next beer up was brewed with Calypso. These were 12.8% AA from AHS. The pellets had some tropical fruit aroma, along with a pungent herbal/earthy scent and a hint of tobacco. I also picked up a very distinct aroma that smells like fresh-picked tomatoes, or more specifically, like the smell of a tomato plant after you just snapped off a ripe tomato.
On the nose of the beer itself I get some
aromas of tropical fruit (similar to coconut), some earthiness, and
faint notes of onion/sulfur as well as cocoa butter.
palate there is a fleeting grapefruit/citrus flavor, but the main
character is herbal/grassy with a resinous bitterness that really seems
to cling on. Some earthy and spicy flavors are tucked away in the
background as well. I did start to pick up an interesting cocoa flavor
after a few sips that seemed to intensify as the beer warmed up a bit.
have to admit, with a name like Calypso I was expecting something
totally different from this hop. I was hoping for something that
reminded me of sipping a Mai Tai, but this seems pretty "meh" overall.
This had a really tongue-coating resinous bite, so maybe this could work
as a bittering hop for an IPA. The cocoa flavor was kind of
interesting. I could see this doing well as a late addition in a Robust