HBC 342 Experimental Hops (Pellets)

HBC 342 Experimental Hops (Pellets)

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HBC 342 Experimental Pellet Hops 1 lb
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We first tasted this experimental hop when we visited HopUnion in spring of 2012. Hopunion was using one of our Brew Sculptures to make small batches of beer to test the newest and greatest experimental "X-Hops" that were coming out of the joint venture Hop Breeding Company.

HBC 342 is a high alpha aroma variety selected for its pleasant aroma. It's aroma can be described as mild, pleasant, citrusy, and tropical, with some melon notes as well. Most are using this hop in Pale Ales and IPAs, but it would go well in stouts and browns also.

(General AA%: 11-14%) 

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Experience with this
Andrew V on Mar 16, 2022
I am experimenting and this hops is experimental, thus meeting my criteria for selection.
Eric Steadle on May 4, 2021
Experience with this
Andrew V on Mar 16, 2022
John T on May 28, 2021
I am experimenting and this hops is experimental, thus meeting my criteria for selection.
Eric Steadle on May 4, 2021
Frckin’ LOVE this hop. Came up with a bangin’ pale ale recipe with this as the
PATRICK H on Jul 14, 2020
sounded tasty
Ben h on Jul 8, 2020
never used it before. will likely do a pale ale smash
Preston G on Jun 26, 2020
it was cheap and I wanted to try something new
Keith K on May 28, 2020
Sharon P on May 22, 2020
Great aroma
Anthony K on May 17, 2020
Sounds tasty
Joshua E on May 12, 2020
Specialty ipa recipe
John K. on May 4, 2020
Jon F on Mar 26, 2020
low price, intriguing
Paul K on Mar 25, 2020
Ben A on Mar 23, 2020
Liked em
William d m on Mar 18, 2020
Daniel L on Mar 17, 2020
Might be good in my wheaat beers
Katherine H on Mar 16, 2020
Something new!
Michael J on Feb 25, 2020
I like experimenting with hops so why not try Experimental hops
Cody S on Jan 29, 2020
This sounded like a good hops for citrus flavors in an IPA.
Beth R on Oct 21, 2019
Sounds like a good hop for a SMaSH attempt.
Michael A. B on Aug 28, 2019
New hop I haven’t used and a good deal
M J on Jun 10, 2019
James Salvi on Jun 8, 2019
Included in the recipe
Henry F K on Apr 10, 2019
Try something new.
Kale A on Apr 5, 2019
benjamin s on Apr 4, 2019
Great hop, brewed a pale ale with this last summer...
Valued C on Mar 21, 2019
Looks interesting
Valued C on Mar 19, 2019
Great price and new hop.
Jules L on Mar 5, 2019
Clay B on Feb 18, 2019
Why not?
Joe B on Feb 5, 2019
Great price
Michael B on Jan 28, 2019
Trying something new
Christopher D W on Jan 25, 2019
Sounded like good results at a really good price
Valued C on Jan 19, 2019
great price for a floral/citrus hop!
Jay T on Dec 17, 2018
For feindish experiments on his dog Abercrombie.
Eric B on Dec 15, 2018
I am curious to use this new variety
Andrew B on Aug 23, 2018
curious about their flavor
Derrick O on Jun 26, 2018
Trying it out in my IPA beer
Matthew A on May 21, 2018
I've been wanting to try this in a new IPA recipe
James P on Jan 22, 2018
John T on May 28, 2021
Frckin’ LOVE this hop. Came up with a bangin’ pale ale recipe with this as the
PATRICK H on Jul 14, 2020

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Rated 3 out of 5
worth a revisit
I do like the scent of these hops in the bag, but the beer didn't finish amazing with them and they lacked in aroma. We did a dry hop with them so... I did like the flavor/taste, as a gnashy kind of bitter... not too so, but definitely IPAish. I'll plan to use it again in a future IPA recipe with super heady aroma hops added at the end.
September 8, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fun to try
Used with Citra in a hopstand for a NEIPA. Great tropical fruit/citrus aroma and flavor.
November 25, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Wonderful Hop
I bought a lb of this hop when it was on sale and it pairs amazingly with El Dorado. I made a super citrusy and fruity NEIPA with it. I also put some in a saison. I haven't done any early boil additions with it yet. All of my additions have been 15 mins or later.
August 15, 2019
Rated 5 out of 5
I used this as a 5 day dry hop (1 oz) to add some more citrus to a mango saison... wow... using in a summer pale ale next!
June 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
Very nice high-alpha hop. Can definitely be used for bittering or flavor/aroma. Added this to my stock IPA recipe, paired with Falconers Flight and the result is very citrusy and tropical. Will definitely use it again.
May 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
Worked well in this Pale Ale - would definitely brew with it again
I wanted to get the full character of the hop, so I used it in all 4 additions. 5 gallon recipe. Nice, but subtle, citrus notes. I get more of the citrus in flavor, not so much in aroma. Agree with RD above in terms of this being a good dual usage hop.

10 lbs Golden Promise
12 oz Munich
8 oz Wheat (malt)
.75 oz HBC342 @ 60 mins
.25 oz HBC342 @ 30 mins
.25 oz HBC342 @ 20 mins
.75 oz HBC342 @ Flameout
WLP-001 Cal Ale yeast (w/starter)
Mashed for 60 mins at 152
Batch sparged for 20 mins

OG: 1.059
FG: 1.014
ABV: 5.9%
IBUs: 39
SRM: 7.1L

January 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
Great Aroma
Haven't tasted the final product yet but early impressions are great. These have a delicious aroma. I used them as a first addition (1oz) for the MoreBeer Amber GF kit....I can honestly say this simple addition killed the chemically sorghum aftertaste!!! Now, mind you at wort tasting they do have a rather high bitter aftertaste but will see how they pan out. I had planned on the other oz for a dry hop but fear the GF might not be able to handle the high bitter. Overall I am already liking these hops and look forward to using them in my "real" beers!BUt them before they are gone...or don't, so they are still around for me
January 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
Morebeer had their blonde ale kits on sale a while back for $21. I ordered 4 kits and used various hops and DME additions for experimentation. The blonde ale kit is very basic, and too sweet...it only uses 1 oz Wilamette. I took the basic kit and added:
1 pound dark DME W/ supplied 7lb ultralight DME
1 oz Citra @ 60
1 oz HBC32@ 30
1oz Willamette @15
Primary 1 week, transferred and dry hopped:
1 oz Citra
1 oz HBC32
Bottled after 2 weeks total. Waited 2 weeks. This is AMAZING! Great hop flavor in a medium gravity ale, VERY cost effective, puts some of the better IPAs to shame, very drinkable and VERY hard to put down. Yeast included, I had about $27 in this.
June 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
Extra Delicious in an Extra Pale Ale
Great aroma/nose...nice tropical fruit, citrus & melon notes. Used 3 oz. for ALL hop additions in a house recipe Extra Pale Ale. 3/4 oz. at 60', 1/2 oz. at 15'1/2 oz. at 5', 3/4 oz. at flameout & dry hopped with 1/2 oz. for last 4 days of secondary. Made for a delicious EXTRA Pale Ale. I will be using this hop again as long as I can get it!
May 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
Citrusy American Hop
Used this hop in an IPA, only late addition blended with summit, nugget, and simcoe. Added a real nice citrus burst and maybe even a touch of mango-ish aroma.
May 9, 2013