Here's a variation on a well-worn theme. What's a good and versatile hop, useful in a wide variety of styles?
Other threads have asked, What hop would you choose if you could use only one? but most of the responses reveal more about favorite styles than the hops. Citra and Simcoe say APA and AIPA, POR Australian lagers. EKG or Fuggles English ales and maybe Belgians, Hallertau Mittelfruh German lagers, kölsch and maybe Belgians.
Ideally, early additions should provide smooth bittering with no harsh notes. They should also not add too much or too characteristic a flavour, which would probably rule out Nelson Sauvin or Centennial. It should be possible to adjust the amount of late additions to fit a style.
My first nominee is Challenger. It's a favorite in English ales, but large late additions work in an APA or AIPA. Done it. Tangerine, floral and spice, yum. Maybe leave out late additions in continental styles. Dark lagers?
Other suggestions are Sterling and Topaz.
Edited by yankinoz, 20 November 2016 - 03:03 PM.