Alpha Acid: 12.9%
Dual Purpose hop with a pleasantly complex fruity, citrusy aroma,
hints of pear, apple, sweet lemon lime brilliance, as well as notes
of earthy tea, hints of unique tropical fruit aroma.
Typical Brewing Styles: Ale, Stout, and Barley Wine
Possible Substitutions: Cascade, Belma or any fruity hop
Posted by Jody Chinn on 23rd Nov 2012
A few months back I brewed an all-calypso pale ale using a very standard pale ale recipe and US05 yeast. It had a fruitiness that really reminds me of some of the esters that come from english ale yeasts, particularly stone fruit and a slight oaky ester. The bittering is very smooth and somewhat mellow. There is a distinct apple-like note which reminds me of half-dried apple peel rather than fresh apples. Imagine if you took a crabapple that was slightly decayed after falling off the tree and touched just the outer skin. There is also a very faint pear note that is more of a secondary aroma. I could also distinguish a somewhat herby complexity much like the same herby, dank, and garlicky notes that some find from Nugget hops.
I also brewed a fresh hopped Imperial IPA using a pound of wet Simcoe hops and an ounce of dried Calypso for bittering where all the fresh hops were added with 15 minutes or less in the boil. This is an outstanding beer and the bittering is very very smooth.
Thirdly I used calypso as the primary bittering hop in an Ordinary Bitter recipe. Not only was the bittering exceptionally smooth, but the beer also won the english pale ale category in a local homebrewing competition.
Definitely worth a try and worth having in my arsenal, especially as a bittering hop.