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If a cat peed in the forest . . .

. . . what beer might the resulting aromas make you think of?

For extra credit consider some or all of these options: Campers in the forest ate garlic pesto pizza last night; had mango ice cream for dessert; grapefruit at breakfast . . .

Now what beer?

 

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36 Responses to If a cat peed in the forest . . .

  1. Zac July 21, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    Mmmmm…cat pea…I need an IPA/DIPA stat!

  2. Zac July 21, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Or cat “pee.” (Maybe I need coffee first.)

  3. K July 21, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    What kind of forest?

  4. Steve July 21, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    “What kind of forest?”

    Indeed.

  5. Stan Hieronymus July 21, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    I was tempted to answer “beer forest” but instead I’ll make that optional. You can specify or not.

  6. Bill July 21, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Given all the digestion and elimination examples you gave, maybe this beer should be mixed with the one made with coffee beans that were previously eaten and pooped out by civets.

    • Stan Hieronymus July 21, 2011 at 7:52 am #

      Bill – People would likely stand in line for hours, or day, and happily pay $35 for a bottle of such a beer.

      I guess I should have stuck with “if a cat peed in the forest,” and maybe specified pine.

  7. Zac July 21, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    I do like that weasel poop stout…

  8. Kristen England July 21, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    I’d say Citra something. Smells like a cat peeing on a pine tar covered pineapple to me…

  9. Zac July 21, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Kristen, that’s a beer review waiting to be written, me thinks.

  10. Kristen England July 21, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Seriously. Citra, to me, is how Stan wrote the thing above. Pineapple, Mango (piney), cat piss. The Summit is the only hop I can think of that smells like garbage water ie garlic chives.

  11. Brett S July 21, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA?

    “Cat Peeing on Pine” sounds to me like the logical movie sequel to “Snow Falling on Cedars.”

  12. Stan Hieronymus July 21, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    Kristin – Amarillo for garlic. Only at times (Schlafly AIPA with Amarillo tasting pretty good right now). Seems to be particularly sensitive to when it is picked.

  13. Kristen England July 21, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Amarillo huh? Never really gotten that. Try Green Flashes Imperial IPA. Nugget and Summit. very very garlic chivey stinky.

  14. Jim L July 21, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Devil Dancer

  15. Joe Stange July 21, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    “Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA?”

    That was going to be my answer.

    • Stan Hieronymus July 21, 2011 at 10:24 am #

      I was surprised first time I had Weyerbacher Double Simcoe. I thought it would be cattier. Perhaps a matter of going in with certain expectations.

  16. Sid Boggle July 21, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    BrewDog “IPA Is Dead” Citra on keg, not in the bottle. Cats’ piss, squishy fruit… I don’t say this often in relation to their beer, but lovely.

  17. Chris Wilson July 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    We were going to put a cat peeing on a pine tree on the label but the TTB wouldn’t let us. Stupid Rules!! Not true, I made that up, but it would be an interesting image. Question is, would you buy it?

  18. Kristen England July 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    hhahahah Thats pretty funny. Uncle Tom’s Pine Forest or Coniferous Tom

  19. Brett July 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Anything with citra or… http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/evil-twin-cats-piss/123377/3/1/

  20. Jeff Alworth July 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Yeah, Summits are intensely oniony to me. Oskar Blues’ Gubna is so intense that it smells like a Durian. I had to dump it.

    Here’s another interesting one. Sorachi Ace, which is pure lemon to me, comes across as dill to my homebrew partner and wife. Anyone get that?

    Nelson Suavin take the cake, though: human sweat.

    I would love it if we could get some scientists to look into these compounds–it’s a great unknown in the brewing world. So little research goes into the aromatic and flavor compounds of hops. I guess the micros don’t pay for those studies the way macros pay for studies about ultra high alpha strains and cohumulone.

    • Stan Hieronymus July 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

      I would love it if we could get some scientists to look into these compounds–it’s a great unknown in the brewing world. So little research goes into the aromatic and flavor compounds of hops. I guess the micros don’t pay for those studies the way macros pay for studies about ultra high alpha strains and cohumulone.

      I’ve heard there’s a book in the works that might address that. (And, in fact, the big guys care a lot about cohumulone.)

      And re Nelson Sauvin. I’ve heard that Schneider is going to do an anniversary beer with that hop. If I have time to get to Kelheim when I am in Germany I will get details. Might be an overstatement to call Hans-Peter Drexler a hophead (or even a hopfhead) but he’s sure open minded about trying things.

  21. Kristen England July 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Jeff – Durian is a wonderful description, however most people have no idea what one is nor smells like. Sorachi Ace smells nearly exactly like citronella to me.

    Re the Nelson Sauvin – I’ve had two different types. The first, how you describe aka ‘mank’. these turned out to be pretty old. The other was pretty musty but rather nice. these were fresh.

  22. Kristen England July 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Jesus Stan…you nearly had it. Hopfkopf! I’m taking that so all you cheating thieves keep your dirty hands off it!

  23. Zac July 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Jeff, I used Sorachi Ace in a Saison I brewed with additional lemon zest and rosemary. I don’t get the dill, but I get a lemon cleaning product smell. As the hops fade, the rosemary is coming out.

  24. Stan Hieronymus July 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Hopfkopf.com remains available, for those of you who consider snatching up domain names sport.

  25. Jeff Alworth July 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Stan, you don’t say? Hurry, will you–I think there’s another book in the works that would benefit from this handy resource.

  26. olllllo July 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    I have to ask. Was this a were-cat that turned back into campers?

  27. Stan Hieronymus July 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Thanks olllllo, now I’m going to have nightmares. Probably involving big wet hop cones and cats.

  28. LStaff July 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    I have never experienced garlic/green onion in Amarillo hops. Summit for sure and Columbus every so often. Why so many base their hop forward beer’s flavor around Columbus is beyond me – its just not consistent. Anderson Valley Hop Ottin, Avery Hog Heaven, and Green Flash IPA have been oniony at one time or another.

    I don’t get the same cat pee out of Citra than I detect with Simcoe – sure there’s a herbal edge to it that reminds me of cattails that grow in swampy areas, but not quite getting to that cat pee/pine levels like Simcoe. I’ve probably made almost a dozen Citra influenced IPA’s in the last two years, and I like it when you get other hop character out of Citra’s way and let it shine. So much depth and complexities ranging from melon, to citrus, mango, and other tropical fruit. Mixing with other hops seems to deaden its magic and becomes more one-dimensional sweet melon like while also wrangling the other hops’ character around the neck. Weird, wild, wonderful hop.

  29. Bill July 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Stan, did you have a particular beer in mind when you wrote the post?

  30. Stan Hieronymus July 22, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    Bill – Not sure I should give away all my secrets. I was listening to Bruce Cockburn’s “If A Tree Falls” (a song about the environment for those who don’t know) and thought of the headline. I considered making it one of those headline only (eom) posts.

  31. Steve July 22, 2011 at 6:02 am #

    Stream of thought brainstorming once again inspired by Bruce Cockburn. ;)

  32. Jorge - Brew All Grain July 22, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    A silent cat pee IPA brewed with citra, and simcoe hops…

  33. Juan Valdez August 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Sounds to me as though Stan was thinking of Santa Fe Brewing Co.’s Happy Camper IPA when he wrote this post.

    As others have alluded to, those darn Summit hops are godawful. Durian is an apt comparison.

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