Bud Light Dry Hop Experiment – The Results

A couple weeks ago I shared that we were going to experiment with dry-hopping Bud Light to taste the difference in hop varieties.  Bud Light is a good delivery vehicle due to its wat… mild flavor profile.

After adding 1 gram of hop pellets to each bottle I allowed them to sit at room temperature for two days then cold-crashed them overnight.  Brian and I got together with another friend to taste the results, here’s what we all thought.

Delicious Dry-Hopped Bud Light

Delicious Dry-Hopped Bud Light

CHALLENGER

  • TD – Slight aroma, bit of ‘funk’ on the nose.  Sweetness and dankness on the palate.  Grassy!
  • BH – Very little aroma, slightly sweet on the nose.  Super-watery, washed out, effervescent.
  • ET – Light and refreshing hop, not overpowering.  No discernible aroma.

CITRA

  • TD – I love this hop.  AMAZING aroma, nice citrus on the palate.  My new favorite hop.
  • BH – All about the aroma, beautiful and delightful, I want to snort it.  Bit more body and presence than Challenger.  “Oranginess” that sticks around, somewhat refreshing with better flavor than Challenger.
  • ET – Very pungent and dank.  Do not like this hop at all.

FUGGLES

  • TD – Fruity aroma, very light.  Slightly sweet and musty flavor.
  • BH – Little to no aroma.  Fruity quality… possibly pear or very mild apple.  Not overpowering.  Maybe kiwi?
  • ET – Pear, apple on the aroma.  Soft fleshy fruit, like apricot or peach.

NUGGET

  • TD – Sweet aroma, citrus/pine.  Doughy-grass and pine on the palate.
  • BH – Like licking an evergreen tree.  Aroma is like a musty and mild Citra, cut grass on the palate.
  • ET – Musty-basement and wet dog aroma with a hint of pine.

CHINOOK

  • TD – Light citrus aroma.  Piney-grapefruit flavor.  Noticeable lack of sweetness compared to the others.  White pepper.
  • BH – A little sweet and piney on the nose, maybe grapefruity-pine.  Effervescent and peppery with a faint orange/tangerine.
  • ET – Light floral aroma.  Sweet citrus, more flesh/pulp than rind flavor, some bitterness… maybe pepper but not sure.

CENTENNIAL

  • TD – Reminds me of the Citra on the aroma, very nice citrus/pine.  Lighter flavor profile with a pine sap characteristic.
  • BH – Evergreen and pepper, palate kind of shot at this point.
  • ET – Dank and foresty, more pine than citrus.  No real tasting notes, too many to tell at this point.

Dry Hopping Bud Light – Part 1

A friend shared this link with me recently on testing the characteristics of hop varieties by dry-hopping Bud Light.  Now I know what you’re thinking, why ruin the perfectly balanced deliciousness that is Bud Light but fear not, we’re only going to make it better.

Pretty simple process here… sanitize everything, drop some hops in the bottle, recap and let it sit.  The original poster said he left them at room temp for 3 days then cold-crashed them overnight so that’s what I’m going to go for as well.

We’ll be trying these on Saturday and will report back after that with the results!

Time to add more hops!

Time to add more hops!

Hops? Check.

Hops? Check.

1 gram should do.

1 gram should do.

All hopped up!

All hopped up!