Cat Urine Hops

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GodOfThunder
beers 1271 º places 41 º 14:50 Wed 6/1/2011

I just cracked a fresh can of Surly Bitter Brewer and the cat urine smell is over the top! I don’t mind it, so it isn’t a bad thing, but I always thought Simcoe hops added the most cat urine aroma. According to Surly’s website, they use Columbus and Glacier hops in Bitter Brewer.

Would either of those varieties add that kind of aroma? What other hop varieties add that cat urine aroma?

 
konstifik
beers 573 º places 37 º 14:53 Wed 6/1/2011

I’ve personally never associated simcoe with cat urine. I think nelson sauvin can have that kind of aroma, specially if it’s a single hop.

 
Gazza
beers 727 º places 167 º 15:29 Wed 6/1/2011

Simcoe and Citra definitely, Columbus a tiny bit... Citra are probably the hops which smell most like cat’s piss IMO.

 
Dickinsonbeer
beers 5073 º places 31 º 15:37 Wed 6/1/2011

Columbus can be all over the charts from Pine, to Citrus, to Garlic and onion, do ridiculous dank weed, to cat urine. Just depends on the lot/crop they are using.

 
Goldorak
beers 438 º places 119 º 15:48 Wed 6/1/2011

Originally posted by Gazza
Simcoe and Citra definitely, Columbus a tiny bit... Citra are probably the hops which smell most like cat’s piss IMO.


Agreed 100%, Nelson Sauvin as well.

 
erway
beers 1004 º places 41 º 17:01 Wed 6/1/2011

Simcoe for sure. Pretty consistently this is the hop that exhibits it out of what is popular, and I for one love it in moderation.

Citra was big on it last year, this year, not so much. Amarillo in the past. Cluster has always had it and in a really bad way.

 
jcwattsrugger
beers 13029 º places 3 º 17:17 Wed 6/1/2011

Jay-
Hands down when it shows the smell...
CHINOOK!!

cheers john

 
obguthr
beers 8000 º places 22 º 17:49 Wed 6/1/2011

For cat urine, I vote Simcoe as well. I have come to really enjoy Columbus and Nelson Sauvin. Nugget, Centennial, and Citra are some of my besties.

 
mixmasterob
beers 1060 º places 11 º 21:32 Wed 6/1/2011

My favorite. Can’t wait to try some of these...

I have never associated a hop with an aroma of cat urine though. As others have said, Simcoe gets that rap, Summit too.

 
GodOfThunder
beers 1271 º places 41 º 03:03 Thu 6/2/2011

I drank a few 4-packs of Bitter Brewer last year and don’t remember this aroma, either. I’m wondering if that aroma fades quickly or not, while some other hop aromas linger.

Either way, I love this beer.

 
drowland
beers 10889 º places 416 º 08:33 Thu 6/2/2011

I think I remember hearing Amarillo having that association?