#Mashtag Day 3: The Hops

#Mashtag Day 3: The Hops

The votes are in. They have been counted, double counted and many bribes have been turned down in the name of true democracy.

And #Mashtag Day 2 winner is........................American Brown Ale.

American Brown Ale 37%

Imperial Brown Ale IPA 35%

Session Brown Ale 28%


Here is how MashTag Works:

Every day this week we will post a blog at 12 noon offering you 3 options for various elements of the brew. You cast your votes on twitter, on facebook or on our blog.

Monday - Beer Style - decided as Brown Ale.

Tuesday - Malt Bill & ABV - decided as American Brown Ale

Wednesday - Hops & IBU

Thursday - Special Twist (barrel aged? Dry hopped? Belgian yeast? Addition of a pasturised mouse?)

Friday - Name


Votes need for the Hops need to be cast by 1800 GMT. Simcoe will count the votes on his abacus and announce them the following day when we give you the next round of options. So today, you guys need to vote on the hops we are going to use in the American Brown Ale.

The malt bill for the 7.5% beer we have chosen is based on Caramalt, Amber Malt, Roasted Barley and Pale Malt. This will give us a malty and robust backbone with a caramel, nutty and toasty flavour.

Today we will choose the specific hops and also the bitterness of the final beer. the higher the IBU number, the higher the bitterness.

Today's choices are:

English Hops - 55 IBU - East Kent Goldings and Bramling Cross

Moderate bitterness and a huge amount of flavour and aroma hops. The spiced autumnal fruit, berries and earthy notes of these hops should really compliment the malt base of this beer style.

American Hops - 75 IBU - Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial

The purist's choice. High bitterness provided by the tough Columbus hop before a satisfying explosion of citrus, and piney notes gush across your pallet from the Amarillo and Centennial hops.

New Zealand Hops - 95 IBU - Pacific Gem, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin

A high bitterness wild card. The high alpha of the Pacific Gem will provide an aggressive bite whilst the Motueka and Nelson hops will impact a tropical fruit twist.

Remember votes close at 1800 GMT today, let us know what you want the hops and IBU to be and tomorrow we will announce the winner and give you options for the signature twist.

Happy voting scamps!

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Gemita 28.03.2013 @ 11:21am
JonB 28.03.2013 @ 10:58am
American. pls.
Me 28.03.2013 @ 9:29am
Nz, but you must send some to NZ
David S 28.03.2013 @ 8:39am
cho 28.03.2013 @ 6:18am
New Zealand Hops
David G 28.03.2013 @ 3:23am
NZ Hops
iDink 28.03.2013 @ 12:33am
New Zealand!!!!!
midikey 28.03.2013 @ 12:23am
milestron 27.03.2013 @ 11:28pm
NZ hops for the win
Bob Hop 27.03.2013 @ 9:58pm
New Zealand
Clarisse 27.03.2013 @ 9:58pm
Better wetter 27.03.2013 @ 8:46pm
GB Hops, please
kiwis 27.03.2013 @ 8:31pm
New Zeeeeeeealand
Alekks 27.03.2013 @ 8:18pm
New Zealand, fo sho!
stephanos 27.03.2013 @ 7:34pm
New Zealand ftw
Daniel M 27.03.2013 @ 7:09pm
New Zealand hops please!
ace 27.03.2013 @ 7:08pm
English hops, please :)
Degmau5 27.03.2013 @ 6:50pm
bulletproof wolf 27.03.2013 @ 6:37pm
New Zealand for the win
bulletproof wolf 27.03.2013 @ 6:36pm
New Zealand for the win
discoalla 27.03.2013 @ 6:03pm
New Zealand hops all the way!
Fatbaldingoldgit 27.03.2013 @ 6:01pm
English hops, please
VK 27.03.2013 @ 5:55pm
New Zeeland hops
Wammo 27.03.2013 @ 5:54pm
Make 'em taste like New Zealand
Kyle 27.03.2013 @ 5:47pm
New Zealand gets my vote.
Frenchie 27.03.2013 @ 5:41pm
English Hops
Alex15 27.03.2013 @ 5:36pm
American Hops please
Englishman 27.03.2013 @ 5:32pm
English please
PuppySlayer 27.03.2013 @ 5:32pm
American hops
prc 27.03.2013 @ 5:30pm
new zealand for tropical fruitiness
J.bax 27.03.2013 @ 5:15pm
New Zealand please!
Ghost 27.03.2013 @ 5:08pm
English hops for a proper brown ale
Andrew C 27.03.2013 @ 4:53pm
New Zealand
R Rabbit 27.03.2013 @ 4:37pm
colorado 27.03.2013 @ 4:31pm
New Zealand Hops - 95 IBU - Pacific Gem, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin
Damo 27.03.2013 @ 4:22pm
American hops for the american brown!
mats 27.03.2013 @ 4:13pm
timf13 27.03.2013 @ 4:08pm
English please
Göte 27.03.2013 @ 3:53pm
New Zealand Plz
Graculus 27.03.2013 @ 3:48pm
American hops for an American BA
Clark 27.03.2013 @ 3:37pm
English hops
Saetia 27.03.2013 @ 3:08pm
Hh 27.03.2013 @ 2:54pm
Jul 27.03.2013 @ 2:49pm
American Hops
BrewDogSarah 27.03.2013 @ 2:48pm
I'm from Kent so I should be voting that way but I just can't resist how yummy the New Zealand hops are! Tropical terrorism for my tastebuds? Yes please!
mark h 27.03.2013 @ 2:45pm
A good helping of NZ hops to get us all puckering up!
capngokey 27.03.2013 @ 2:41pm
American hops
Simon B 27.03.2013 @ 2:32pm
I'm going to stick with the 'proper' brown ale theme, English hops all the way
stoms 27.03.2013 @ 2:27pm
Cs 27.03.2013 @ 2:15pm
English for me, EKG FTW!!!
Cape Town 27.03.2013 @ 2:05pm
New Zealand
The Heavy Badger 27.03.2013 @ 1:54pm
New Zealand!
James H 27.03.2013 @ 1:52pm
New Zealand
CUSA 27.03.2013 @ 1:51pm
NZ bro
brew1 27.03.2013 @ 1:47pm
Stevepage405 27.03.2013 @ 1:27pm
New Zealand hops it is. Just so we can smash thr granny out of the taste.
SourSalty 27.03.2013 @ 1:24pm
Fran ! 27.03.2013 @ 1:22pm
American Hops!!
Martin B 27.03.2013 @ 1:18pm
Lets crank up the IBU. New zealand please
InPivoVeritas 27.03.2013 @ 1:18pm
New Zealand!
Sylvain 27.03.2013 @ 1:17pm
New Zealand
sheldon 27.03.2013 @ 1:16pm
Eddy 27.03.2013 @ 1:15pm
New Zealand Hops. We need a twist.
Fergus 27.03.2013 @ 1:15pm
English hops please.
JonnyBright 27.03.2013 @ 1:12pm
American hops please.
Andrew 27.03.2013 @ 1:03pm
New Zealand!!! Nelson Sauvin all the way.
Rab 27.03.2013 @ 1:03pm
Johniebowe 27.03.2013 @ 1:03pm
NZ Hops fore please.
Hallvard P 27.03.2013 @ 1:02pm
English. I love massive IPA's, but like the sound of english better in this one.
JBrewth 27.03.2013 @ 1:01pm
NZ hops
Don 27.03.2013 @ 12:58pm
New Zealand Hops.
Dokster 27.03.2013 @ 12:47pm
New Zealand!
JunkBox 27.03.2013 @ 12:47pm
Think this time its going to have to be the English - One for the home team
PH 27.03.2013 @ 12:45pm
New Zeeland for sure !!!
ellab19 27.03.2013 @ 12:43pm
new zealand hops please.
Puzzler 27.03.2013 @ 12:38pm
English hops please.I just think they'll provide a better balance in the overall flavour.
maxbog 27.03.2013 @ 12:37pm
Richard P 27.03.2013 @ 12:35pm
New Zealand
gsandri 27.03.2013 @ 12:32pm
American Hops
concon 27.03.2013 @ 12:31pm
I would vote for the english hops, sounds like a nicer compliment of hop variety to the malts
Ben F 27.03.2013 @ 12:29pm
Predictable but I say American. How can you make an American Brown Ale with anything else?
JayBartons 27.03.2013 @ 12:29pm
New Zealand Hops as the season is right (for me anyway)
AleBeHonest 27.03.2013 @ 12:26pm
Was hoping for a Session Ale here, but seeing as we've gone down the American Brown route, it has to be English or NZ hops, to make this beer as unique as the people making it.My vote... English
Tommy 27.03.2013 @ 12:25pm
New Zealand Hops - 95 IBU. Should give it a real twist compared to other American Brown Ales, along with some serious bitterness!
Immy 27.03.2013 @ 12:24pm
American Hops please!
Mark C 27.03.2013 @ 12:24pm
An American Brown Ale with anything other than American hops would surely be farcical.
chedgefa 27.03.2013 @ 12:23pm
New Zealand Hops
Nikolaos K 27.03.2013 @ 12:22pm
American Hops of course as the beer is American Brown Ale!!!
EccyEccyPtang 27.03.2013 @ 12:19pm
Gimme them Kiwi Hops!
Pete H., Nottm 27.03.2013 @ 12:18pm
My favourites are the South Pacific hops, BUT, as it is an American Brown Ale, then stick with tradition and use American Hops - 75 IBUs. Ta !
thetondon 27.03.2013 @ 12:17pm
New Zealand Hops...make life exciting...wonder what a multi national would choose???...oh yeah o'de chemicals
Nacheis 27.03.2013 @ 12:16pm
I'm torn, but it'll have to New Zealand I think!
BrewerLeif 27.03.2013 @ 12:13pm
New Zealand hops for 95 IBU! 'cause you got to live on the wild side!
Jasondpd 27.03.2013 @ 12:11pm
New Zealand Hops!
TheCraftyBugger 27.03.2013 @ 12:11pm
Lets have a go at New Zealand Hops
vogod 27.03.2013 @ 12:10pm
English, please. Let's not make this an IPA.
ThatGeekGuy 27.03.2013 @ 12:09pm
Go with the English to keep it mellow, we'll give it a twist tomorrow :)
Christoffer H 27.03.2013 @ 12:09pm
New Zealand Hops, 95IBU FTW!! and love nelson sauvin.
Jonny 27.03.2013 @ 12:07pm
English Hops! Brown and Earthy!
tunengine 27.03.2013 @ 12:07pm
new zealand
Otterdance 27.03.2013 @ 12:07pm
LocALE Beer Geek 27.03.2013 @ 12:06pm
75 IBU - Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial.All excellent hops, and 75 on the IBU scale isnt too overpowering!
Doktorb 27.03.2013 @ 12:03pm
New Zealand Hops please!
Parkside Pete 27.03.2013 @ 12:01pm
New Zealand Hops get my vote
Pete 27.03.2013 @ 12:00pm
English hops for an American Brown please
alecwallace 27.03.2013 @ 11:58am
English Hops please
NickD 27.03.2013 @ 11:57am
Mf 27.03.2013 @ 11:52am
New Zealand