We’ve been a big fan of chaos hops lately at the brewery. While it’s not as assertive as say Citra or mosaic it’s got a really unique flavor and aroma profile of jasmine tea, ripe cantaloupe and papaya and delicate floral notes. This hop is perfect for either kettle/whirlpool additions or dry hopping where you can really maximize the unique nuances this hop provides. It also is a very versatile hop where it could be great in lighter beer styles like Kolsch and Helles but also could be great in NEIPA and Pale Ales. We are big fans of Chaos and the unique attributes in provides to our beers.
Chaos… you know I love that damn hop. It is so ridiculous what happened and even more ridiculous that it works! A “single” hop that is actually two hops blended in a ratio we don’t really know. But here you go, enjoy, it actually makes good beer! In a beer world so focused on precision, it is nice to have an ingredient that forces you to be a bit loose. Embrace the Chaos!
We’ve used it in a dry hopped pale ale we started making in the Spring of 2020, aptly named, Chaos. I think it would also work really well in lower doses in Saisons and would also scale up nicely into a variety of IPA styles. In terms of sensory analysis, the black tea from the Teamaker certainly comes through balanced with a mix of traditional American hop flavors. And it can only ever be grown at Four Star Farms! So unique and so cool!
I’ve used Chaos mainly in NEIPAs. It’s got a real nice soft juicy / fruity character, specifically, we get berries, light lemony citrus, flintstone vitamins (in a good way), floral. It’s good as a mid fermentation or post fermentation dry hop, has no dank/pungent notes to speak of and is also good hot side.
I will say that this particular hop seems fruitier when it is very fresh and displays a little more of a tea-like/noble character after several months. Chaos definitely doesn’t need time to mellow out after harvest/pelletizing, they’re super soft and great to use right away!
At Kismet we believe quality ingredients produce a quality product. When searching for locally grown hops to use in our Hometown Glory beer series, we had to look no further than Four Star Farms. It’s obvious from the second you meet the L’Etoile Family, that they have a true passion for craft beer, and that passion drives both of them to grow the best hops possible. I was blown away with the samples I received. The hops were so fresh, and incredibly aromatic. I knew immediately that I wanted to make a New England Style Double IPA, as the intense aroma of stone fruits and citrus would be perfectly suited for it. I chose Crystal and Chaos to try first, and the resulting beer exceeded my expectations. The beer was complex, fruity, aromatic, and most importantly… unique. In a time when customers are spoiled for choice, and most New England IPAs tend to taste very similar, being unique is a very good thing. The local terroir comes across in these familiar varietals, bringing out flavors and aromas I didn’t think were possible. We have made two versions of Hometown Glory to date, and both have become our customers favorites. We look forward to using more Four Star Farms hops in future brews.