ABOUT HOPS

  • Hops come in two forms:
    Pellets, & Loose Cones.
  • Pellets are the easiest to use:
    simply add to boil, no straining required. Pellets also store better than loose and compressed plugs.
  • Loose hops are the raw form and should be strained out of wort after boil.
A GUIDE TO HOP VARIETIES
VARIETY
KETTLE USE
ALPHA ACID
COMMENTS
Amarillo


Bittering/Aromatic
6 - 8

Very Floral. Resembles a stronger Cascades variety.

Bramling Cross
Bittering/Aromatic
5 - 7
Similar to Kent Goldings. Exhibits spicy tanginess. Great in British ales.
Bullion/Brewer's Gold

Bittering
7 - 9
Sister strains. Very strong, pungent hop. Ideal for porters, stouts, & strong flavored ales
Cascades


Bittering/Aromatic
5 - 6
Medium in bitterness. Very aromatic with an almost "perfumey," floral finish.
Centennial


Bittering/Aromatic
9 - 10
A new, improved Brewer's Gold variety, though, more resembles a strong Cascade-like strain. Very aromatic.
Chinook


Bittering
10 - 12
A pungent Northern Brewer hybrid with even stronger bittering & aromatic qualities.
Clusters

Bittering
6 - 7
Standard U.S. lager hop. Very coarse, best if blended with more refined, aromatic varieties.
Columbus


Bittering/Aromatic
12 - 17
Strong bittering variety. Floral flavor. Similar to Nugget.
Crystal


Bittering/Aromatic
3 - 5
A new variety, descended from Hallertau, Cascades, & Brewers Gold, lush. spicy. floral aroma.
 
First Gold
Bittering/Aromatic 5 - 7
A new strong Golding variety. Somewhat fruity with a spicy aroma.
Fuggles
Bittering/Aromatic
3 - 5
Mild bite, very fruity aroma. Ideal finishing hop for ales. Great in brown ales.
Galena

Bittering
11 - 13
Pungent bittering variety with some bouquet characteristics. Use judiciously & blend with a more aromatic variety

Hallertauer


Bittering/Aromatic
2 - 5
A spicy variety with low to medium bitterness. Versatile German hop.
Hersbrucker
Bittering/Aromatic 2 - 5
One of the more widely planted varieties in the Hallertau region in Germany. Mild & spicy.
Horizon

Bittering/Aromatic
7 - 11
A new domestic strain of Hallertauer. Spicy with a smooth bite. Medium to high bitterness.

Kent Goldings


Bittering/Aromatic
4 - 6
Medium bitterness. Pleasant, mildly sulphuric tanginess. Ideal for pale ales & bitters.
Liberty


Bittering/Aromatic
3 - 5
A newer U.S. variety. Aroma is both spicy & pefumey. Lush!
Magnum


Bittering/Aromatic
12 - 17
A very strong bittering hop of German descent. Spicy aroma.
 
Mt. Hood


Bittering/Aromatic
4 - 6
New, stronger U.S.-grown Hallertau variety. Spicy & perfumey in finish.
Northdown

Bittering
5 - 7
A new British variety. A stronger Fuggles replacement strain.
Northern Brewer


Bittering
6 - 8
A robust bittering hop grown world-wide. Richer in aroma & less herbal / grassy than Bullion or Brewer's Gold.
Nugget


Bittering/Aromatic
11 - 14
Strong bittering hop in the same vein as Eroica & Galena, but more refined.
Perle
Bittering/Aromatic
6 - 9
A cross of Hallertau & Northern Brewer varieties. A good, spicy bittering hop for both ales & lagers.
Pride of Ringwood

Bittering
6 - 10
Strong, pungent bittering hop from Tasmania, Australia.
Saaz

Bittering/Aromatic
2 - 5
Mild bite, very aromatic! Spicy bouquet. Great in finishing those delicate lagers. The hop in Pilsner Urquell!
Saphir
Bittering/Aromatic 3 - 6
Spicy stronger Hallertauer variety with muted citrus notes.
Simcoe


Bittering/Aromatic
10 - 14
Simcoe is a relatively new hybrid variety similar to Cascade but much higher in bitterness. This variety exhibits a distinctive citrus aroma combined with a high alpha-acid content that imparts a strong but pleasurable bitterness. Perfect for the new wave of extra-hoppy ales, e.g. Imperial India Pale Ales.
Spalt

Bittering
3 - 5 Similar to Hallertauer, but somewhat earthier. Good medium bittering hop for lagers & ales.
Sterling

Bittering/Aromatic
5 - 7
A new domestic variety with Saaz lineage. Medium bitterness with smooth finish. Spicy aroma.
 

Strisselspalt


Aromatic
2 - 3
Reminicent of Hallertauer, but even milder. Grown in France.
Styrian Golding
Bittering/Aromatic
5 - 7
A spicy, medium bitter hop from Slovenia. Spicy character. Versatile hop for ales & lagers.
Summit

Bittering/Aromatic
15 - 18
Very Strong Bittering hop. Assertive, citrusy flavor. Think tangerine!. Good in domestic pale ales.
Target

Bittering
8 - 10
A newer, strong, spicy bittering hop from Britain.
Tettnanger


Bittering/Aromatic
3 - 6
A versatile, spicy, sweet hop grown in U.S. & Germany. A great finishing hop for lagers.
Tradition
Bittering/Aromatic
6 - 8
A versatile, spicy, sweet hop grown in Germany. Stronger & more disease resistant than Hallertauer or Hersbrucker.

Warrior

Bittering/Aromatic 15 - 20 Warrior is an extremely potent bittering hops, but has a low co-humulone level to keep that harsh bite under control. Very versatile. Think Dogfish Head IPA!

Willamettes


Bittering/Aromatic
4 - 6
A stronger Fuggles variety developed & grown in the Pacific Northwest.
Wye Challenger
Bittering
7 - 9
A newer British variety. Descended from Northern Brewer, but similar to Goldings, only stronger.
 

 

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