Posted February 10, 2014 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts

Late Hopping to Maximize Hop Flavor in IPAs

Simcoe Hops
Simcoe Hops

To brew an IPA or related IPA sub-style (India Red Ale, Black IPA, White IPA, Belgian IPA) try adding big additions of hops during the last 30 minutes of the boil, for a massive burst of hop flavor in the final beer. Hop oils which provide flavor are best extracted during shorter boiling times. At sixty minutes or higher of boiling, hops will only add bitterness, and lose their flavoring components. Dry-hopping (adding hops after primary fermentation) provides strong hop aromas, but does not pull the flavoring oils out of the hops, though it can add perceived flavor, since the sense of smell is closely related to taste.


First Wort Hopping (adding hops to the wort at sparking time) can also add a component of hop flavor to craft beer.

Try some of the late hopping combinations below in your next home-brewed IPA:

California Citrus Bonanza

1 oz. Amarillo, 1, oz. Centennial, 1 oz. Sorachi Ace, 20 minutes

1/2 oz. Amarillo, 1/2, oz. Centennial, 1/2 oz. Sorachi Ace, 10 minutes


Pine and Grapefruit Blast

1 oz. Cascade, 1 oz. Simcoe, 1 oz. Chinook, 20 minutes

1/2 oz. Cascade, 1/2 oz. Simcoe, 1/2 oz. Chinook, 20 minutes


Tropical Fruit Fest

1 oz. Citra, 1 oz. Galaxy, 1 oz. Mosaic, 15 minutes

1/2 oz. Citra, 1/2 oz. Galaxy, 1/2 oz. Mosaic, 10 minutes


Dank & Earthy Hop Flavor

1 oz. Columbus, 1 oz. Nugget, 1 oz. East Kent Goldings, 20 minutes

1/2 oz. Columbus, 1/2 oz. Fuggles, 10 minutes


Southern Hemisphere Splash

1 oz. Nelson Sauvin, 1 oz. Motueka, 1 oz. Pacific, 15 minutes

1/2 oz. Nelson Sauvin, 1/2 oz. Motueka, 1/2 oz. Pacific, 10 minutes


Try these commercially brewed craft beers which feature late hop additions for flavoring.

Six Point Hi-Res Imperial IPA (11.1%, 111 IBUs) – Massive late hopping with Citra and Galaxy hops.

Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA (7.3%, 71 IBUs) – Late hopped with Simoce and Amarillo hops.

BrewDog Punk IPA (5.6%, 45 IBUs) – Late hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe hops.