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Which Hops Have a Stone Fruit Aroma?

Stone Fruit Hops

Try these hops types which include a stone fruit aroma:

Variety Aroma Wheel Placement Description
Galena Citrus, Stone Fruit, Spicy Spicy, blackcurrant and citrus (grapefruit) tones
Palisade Stone Fruit, Herbal, Grassy Apricot, grass and clean floral charcteristics
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Which Hops Have a Herbal Aroma?

Herbal Hops

Try these hops types which include a herbal aroma:

Variety Aroma Wheel Placement Description
Admiral (UK) Citrus, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Pleasant, resinous hop aroma with hints of citrus (orange) and herbal flavors
Equinox Citrus, Herbal, Tropical Fruit A pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics. Specific descriptors include lemon, lime, papaya, apple, and green pepper.
Glacier Herbal Pleasant hop aroma
Hallertau Floral, Spicy, Herbal Mild and pleasant, yet spicy, with herbal and floral characteristics
Millenium Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild and resinous with floral and herbal tones
Mt. Hood Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild, herbal and somewhat pungent or spicy
Northern Brewer (GR) Floral, Herbal Medium intense herbal and floral tones
Nugget Spicy, Herbal Mild and pleasant with spicy, herbal tones
Palisade Stone Fruit, Herbal, Grassy Apricot, grass and clean floral charcteristics
Perle Floral, Spicy, Herbal Slightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics
Santiam Floral, Spicy, Herbal Slightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics
Sorachi Ace Citrus, Herbal, Grassy Unique lemon and dill characteristics
Tettnang (GR) Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild and pleasant with balanced earthy, herbal and floral aroma impressions
Vanguard Floral, Herbal Herbal and floral tones
Warrior Citrus, Herbal, Pine Mild and resinous with subtle citrus, pine and herbal characteristics
WGV (UK) Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Fresh earthy, botanical and floral flavors
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Which Hops Have a Tobacco Earthy Aroma?

Earthy Hops

Try these hops types which include a tobacco earthy aroma:

Variety Aroma Wheel Placement Description
Admiral (UK) Citrus, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Pleasant, resinous hop aroma with hints of citrus (orange) and herbal flavors
Ahtanum Citrus, Floral, Tobacco/Earthy Floral, earthy, citrus and grapefruit tones
EKG (UK) Floral, Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Smooth and delicate with floral, lavender, spice, honey, earth, lemon and thyme overtones
Fuggle Fruity, Tobacco/Earthy, Grassy Mild wood and fruit characteristics
Millenium Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild and resinous with floral and herbal tones
Mt. Hood Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild, herbal and somewhat pungent or spicy
Northern Brewer Tobacco/Earthy, Pine Medium intensity, pine and mint characteristics
Saaz Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Mild spice and earth tones
Simcoe Citrus, Tobacco/Earthy, Pine Unique passionfruit, pine, earth and citrus characteristics
Summit Citrus, Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Distinct spice, earthy, onion, garlic and citrus (pink grapefruit, orange and tangerine) tones
Tettnang (GR) Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild and pleasant with balanced earthy, herbal and floral aroma impressions
WGV (UK) Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Fresh earthy, botanical and floral flavors
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Which Hops Have a Grassy Aroma?

Grassy Hops

Try these hops types which include a grassy aroma:

Variety Aroma Wheel Placement Description
Fuggle Fruity, Tobacco/Earthy, Grassy Mild wood and fruit characteristics
Mosaic Citrus, Floral, Grassy A complex array of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine characteristics
Palisade Stone Fruit, Herbal, Grassy Apricot, grass and clean floral charcteristics
Sorachi Ace Citrus, Herbal, Grassy Unique lemon and dill characteristics
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Which Hops are the Hoppiest?

What's the hoppiest hop?

Which hops are the hoppiest? That depends on what you mean by hoppy. Some people associate bitterness with hops, others associate aroma and flavour with hops. Some beers with loads of hops aren’t bitter, others with loads of hops don’t have as much aroma. Hops can be added at different stages of the brew process to increase bitterness (early) or flavour and aroma (late). Let’s explore the hops contents which influence hop bitterness, aroma and flavour.

Which hops have the most flavour and aroma?

In short, the hops which have the most flavour also have the most essential oil content. Hops are partially comprised of essential oils that dictate flavour and aromatic qualities when added within the last 15 minutes of the wort boil, or when dry hopped in the fermenter. In general, hops which are boiled lose their oils; the longer they’re boiled, the less aroma and flavour they impart, except for Beta-demascenone levels which increase with boiling time. Beta-demascenone imparts a flavour of stale hops.

Hop essential oils are found in the lupulin gland, where they are formed in the final stages of hop cone maturation. As the hop cone ripens, trace amounts of oxygenated compounds of the essential oil appear first. Caryophyllene and humulene follow next, and then myrcene.

Flavours and aromas increase with the percentage of oil content in the hops. Aromas and flavours can have hints of apple, pear, melon, berry, floral, spicy, herbal, pine, resin, grass, earth/wood, onion/garlic, dank/catty, citrus, tropical fruit and stonefruit. Here is an opinion on the notes / character provided by different types of essential oils found in hops:

caryophyllene » woody (others say herbal and European)
citronellol » citrusy, fruity
farnesene » floral
geraniol » floral, rose, geranium
humulene » woody, piney (others say spicy, herbal and European)
limonene » citrusy, orange
linalool » floral, orange
myrcene » green, resinous, piney (others say floral, citrus and piney)
nerol » rose, citrusy
pinene » spicy, piney
3-mercaptohexanol » guava, tropical
3 mercaptoheyl acetate » muscat, passion fruit
4-mercapto-4-methyl-pentan-2-one » black currant, tropical

If you’re keen to develop your aroma experience, it’s possible to find isolated alpha acids for purchase.

If you’re using a blend of hops, try using a hop oils calculator to visualise the flavours and aromas on a radial graph (spider chart).

Here’s a table ranking hops by total oil content:

Variety Total oil Aroma Wheel Placement Description
Equinox 3.6 Citrus, Herbal, Tropical Fruit A pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics. Specific descriptors include lemon, lime, papaya, apple, and green pepper.
Bravo 3.2 Fruity, Floral Pleasant fruity and floral aroma characteristics
Columbus 2.9 Citrus, Spicy Pungent, black pepper, licorice characteristics with subtle citrus overtones
Citra 2.8 Fruity, Citrus, Tropical Fruit Strong citrus and tropical tones of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee
Centennial 2.4 Citrus, Floral Medium intensity floral and citrus (lemon) tones
Sorachi Ace 2.3 Citrus, Herbal, Grassy Unique lemon and dill characteristics
Millenium 2.2 Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild and resinous with floral and herbal tones
Nugget 2.2 Spicy, Herbal Mild and pleasant with spicy, herbal tones
Mosaic 2 Citrus, Floral, Grassy A complex array of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine characteristics
Chinook 2 Citrus, Spicy, Pine Distinct, medium intensity spice and pine characteristics with subtle notes of grapefruit
Brewers Gold 2 Fruity, Spicy Spicy, fruity characteristics, black currant
Simcoe 1.9 Citrus, Tobacco/Earthy, Pine Unique passionfruit, pine, earth and citrus characteristics
Mt. Hood 1.9 Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild, herbal and somewhat pungent or spicy
Warrior 1.8 Citrus, Herbal, Pine Mild and resinous with subtle citrus, pine and herbal characteristics
Galena 1.8 Citrus, Stone Fruit, Spicy Spicy, blackcurrant and citrus (grapefruit) tones
Newport 1.8 Mild
Triplepearl 1.8 Pleasant and balanced with notes of melon, orange citrus, resin, spice and pepper
Herkules (GR) 1.7 Floral Spicy, floral and hop notes with hints of pine, black pepper and melon
Amarillo 1.7 Citrus, Floral, Tropical Fruit Floral, tropical, and citrus (lemon, orange and grapefruit) characteristics
Santiam 1.7 Floral, Spicy, Herbal Slightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics
Summit 1.6 Citrus, Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Distinct spice, earthy, onion, garlic and citrus (pink grapefruit, orange and tangerine) tones
Magnum 1.6 No distinct aroma characteristics
Palisade 1.6 Stone Fruit, Herbal, Grassy Apricot, grass and clean floral charcteristics
Cascade 1.5 Fruity, Citrus, Floral Medium intense floral, citrus and grapefruit tones
Chelan 1.4 Citrus, Floral Mild floral and citrus characteristics
Bitter Gold 1.4 No specific aroma characteristics
Brewers Delight 1.4
Northern Brewer 1.4 Tobacco/Earthy, Pine Medium intensity, pine and mint characteristics
Sterling 1.4 Citrus, Spicy Herbal and spicy, with a hint of floral, citrus (lemon/pineapple) characteristics
Crystal 1.4 Spicy Mild, spicy and floral
Tahoma 1.3 Citrus, Cedar, Pine Predominate citrus and lemon notes with cedar, pine, floral, pepper and subtle green melon notes.
Northern Brewer (GR) 1.3 Floral, Herbal Medium intense herbal and floral tones
Mt. Rainier 1.3 Citrus, Floral, Spicy Floral and noble aromas, with citrus and licorice overtones
Ahtanum 1.3 Citrus, Floral, Tobacco/Earthy Floral, earthy, citrus and grapefruit tones
Horizon 1.2 Floral, Spicy Pleasant and spicy, with floral characteristics
Perle 1.2 Floral, Spicy, Herbal Slightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics
Bullion 1.2 Fruity Strong and zesty blackcurrant characteristics
Saaz 1.2 Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Mild spice and earth tones
Willamette 1.2 Floral, Spicy Mild and pleasant, with slightly spicy and floral tones
Perle (GR) 1.1 Fruity, Floral, Spicy Delicate floral, fruit, spice and mint tones
Liberty 1.1 Citrus, Spicy Mild and spicy with subtle lemon and citrus characteristics
Ultra 1 Floral, Spicy Mild and pleasant with spicy, floral tones
Yakima Gold 1 Mild and pleasant
WGV (UK) 0.9 Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Fresh earthy, botanical and floral flavors
Glacier 0.9 Herbal Pleasant hop aroma
Styrian Aurora 0.8 Floral, Pine Intense and pleasant displaying floral, pine and hoppy characteristics
Hallertau 0.8 Floral, Spicy, Herbal Mild and pleasant, yet spicy, with herbal and floral characteristics
Brewers Gold (GR) 0.8 Fruity, Spicy Black currant, fruit and spice characteristics
Hallertau (GR) 0.8 Mild, yet spicy, with floral and citrus tones
Styrian Celeia 0.8 Floral Pleasant and hoppy, similar to traditional European varieties
Golding 0.7 Floral, Spicy Mild and delicate with sweet floral characteristics
Tettnang 0.7 Spicy Noble aroma that is pleasant and spicy
Fuggle 0.7 Fruity, Tobacco/Earthy Mild wood and fruit characteristics
Vanguard 0.6 Floral, Herbal Herbal and floral tones
Cluster 0.5 Floral, Spicy Strong floral and spicy characteristics
Tettnang (GR) 0.5 Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild and pleasant with balanced earthy, herbal and floral aroma impressions
EKG (UK) 0.4 Floral, Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Smooth and delicate with floral, lavender, spice, honey, earth, lemon and thyme overtones
Admiral (UK) 0.2 Citrus, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Pleasant, resinous hop aroma with hints of citrus (orange) and herbal flavors

Which hops are the most bitter?

In short, the most bitter hops have the highest alpha acid content. Bitterness increases with the percentage of alpha acids content in the hops. Bitterness in beer is measured in International Bitterness Units (IBUs) which represent the parts per million of iso-alpha acid present in a beer.

Brewers believe that alpha acids are of primary importance to consider when brewing a beer.  Beta acids are only important when considered in context with alpha acids.  As compared to humulone, the addition of some carbons on the lower part of the lupulone molecule result in beta acids being insoluble.  Alpha acids are soluble in the brewing process and are converted to iso-alpha acids.  Iso-alpha acids content is measured and reported as International Bitterness Units (IBUs).  Beta acids on the other hand are relatively insoluble during brewing and therefore do not contribute much to the perceived bitterness of beer.

Beta acids comprise a significant percentage of lupulin and hop oils.  In fact, most hops contain just as many beta acids as alpha acids.  The beta acids do not seem important during the brewing process.  However, beta acids isomerize when stored over time.  And when they isomerize, beta acids do contribute to perceived bitterness.  In fact, isomerized beta acids are perceived as being much more bitter than alpha acids (and not in a good way).  Therefore, the ratio of alpha acids to beta acids does seem to matter in the sense that a higher alpha to beta ratio is better than a low alpha to beta ratio.

Below is a list of some known alpha and beta acids:

Alpha acids:
(1) Humulone
(2) Cohumulone
(3) Adhumulone
(4) Posthumulone
(5) Prehumulone

Beta acids:
(1) Lupulone
(2) Colupulone
(3) Adlupulone

Which hops have the most alpha-acids? Here is a table ranking hops by bitterness based on alpha acid content:

Variety Alpha Aroma Wheel Placement Description
Herkules (GR) 17.2 Floral Spicy, floral and hop notes with hints of pine, black pepper and melon
Summit 17.1 Citrus, Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Distinct spice, earthy, onion, garlic and citrus (pink grapefruit, orange and tangerine) tones
Millenium 16.8 Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild and resinous with floral and herbal tones
Columbus 16.5 Citrus, Spicy Pungent, black pepper, licorice characteristics with subtle citrus overtones
Bravo 16.1 Fruity, Floral Pleasant fruity and floral aroma characteristics
Warrior 15.9 Citrus, Herbal, Pine Mild and resinous with subtle citrus, pine and herbal characteristics
Nugget 15.3 Spicy, Herbal Mild and pleasant with spicy, herbal tones
Equinox 15.2 Citrus, Herbal, Tropical Fruit A pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics. Specific descriptors include lemon, lime, papaya, apple, and green pepper.
Galena 14.7 Citrus, Stone Fruit, Spicy Spicy, blackcurrant and citrus (grapefruit) tones
Admiral (UK) 14.2 Citrus, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Pleasant, resinous hop aroma with hints of citrus (orange) and herbal flavors
Chelan 14.1 Citrus, Floral Mild floral and citrus characteristics
Citra 13.8 Fruity, Citrus, Tropical Fruit Strong citrus and tropical tones of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee
Magnum 13.7 No distinct aroma characteristics
Bitter Gold 13.6 No specific aroma characteristics
Simcoe 13.6 Citrus, Tobacco/Earthy, Pine Unique passionfruit, pine, earth and citrus characteristics
Mosaic 13.2 Citrus, Floral, Grassy A complex array of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine characteristics
Chinook 13.2 Citrus, Spicy, Pine Distinct, medium intensity spice and pine characteristics with subtle notes of grapefruit
Sorachi Ace 11.7 Citrus, Herbal, Grassy Unique lemon and dill characteristics
Newport 11.6 Mild
Brewers Delight 11.4
Horizon 10.4 Floral, Spicy Pleasant and spicy, with floral characteristics
Centennial 10.2 Citrus, Floral Medium intensity floral and citrus (lemon) tones
Brewers Gold 10 Fruity, Spicy Spicy, fruity characteristics, black currant
Triplepearl 9.3 Pleasant and balanced with notes of melon, orange citrus, resin, spice and pepper
Ultra 9.1 Floral, Spicy Mild and pleasant with spicy, floral tones
Amarillo 9 Citrus, Floral, Tropical Fruit Floral, tropical, and citrus (lemon, orange and grapefruit) characteristics
Palisade 8.4 Stone Fruit, Herbal, Grassy Apricot, grass and clean floral charcteristics
Perle 8.3 Floral, Spicy, Herbal Slightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics
Cluster 8.2 Floral, Spicy Strong floral and spicy characteristics
Northern Brewer 8.2 Tobacco/Earthy, Pine Medium intensity, pine and mint characteristics
Bullion 8.1 Fruity Strong and zesty blackcurrant characteristics
Sterling 8 Citrus, Spicy Herbal and spicy, with a hint of floral, citrus (lemon/pineapple) characteristics
Cascade 7.4 Fruity, Citrus, Floral Medium intense floral, citrus and grapefruit tones
Yakima Gold 7.4 Mild and pleasant
Santiam 7.4 Floral, Spicy, Herbal Slightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics
Styrian Aurora 7.2 Floral, Pine Intense and pleasant displaying floral, pine and hoppy characteristics
Tahoma 6.8 Citrus, Cedar, Pine Predominate citrus and lemon notes with cedar, pine, floral, pepper and subtle green melon notes.
Northern Brewer (GR) 6.8 Floral, Herbal Medium intense herbal and floral tones
Mt. Hood 6.5 Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild, herbal and somewhat pungent or spicy
Saaz 6.3 Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Mild spice and earth tones
Mt. Rainier 6.1 Citrus, Floral, Spicy Floral and noble aromas, with citrus and licorice overtones
Perle (GR) 6.1 Fruity, Floral, Spicy Delicate floral, fruit, spice and mint tones
WGV (UK) 5.9 Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Fresh earthy, botanical and floral flavors
Willamette 5.4 Floral, Spicy Mild and pleasant, with slightly spicy and floral tones
Vanguard 5.4 Floral, Herbal Herbal and floral tones
Golding 5.1 Floral, Spicy Mild and delicate with sweet floral characteristics
EKG (UK) 5.1 Floral, Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Smooth and delicate with floral, lavender, spice, honey, earth, lemon and thyme overtones
Glacier 5 Herbal Pleasant hop aroma
Hallertau 4.9 Floral, Spicy, Herbal Mild and pleasant, yet spicy, with herbal and floral characteristics
Tettnang 4.9 Spicy Noble aroma that is pleasant and spicy
Liberty 4.7 Citrus, Spicy Mild and spicy with subtle lemon and citrus characteristics
Brewers Gold (GR) 4.7 Fruity, Spicy Black currant, fruit and spice characteristics
Crystal 4.6 Spicy Mild, spicy and floral
Fuggle 4.4 Fruity, Tobacco/Earthy Mild wood and fruit characteristics
Ahtanum 4.3 Citrus, Floral, Tobacco/Earthy Floral, earthy, citrus and grapefruit tones
Hallertau (GR) 3.8 Mild, yet spicy, with floral and citrus tones
Tettnang (GR) 3.4 Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild and pleasant with balanced earthy, herbal and floral aroma impressions
Styrian Celeia 2.7 Floral Pleasant and hoppy, similar to traditional European varieties

Here is a table ranking the quality of bitterness:

Variety Alpha/Beta Aroma Wheel Placement Description
Citra 3.73 Fruity, Citrus, Tropical Fruit Strong citrus and tropical tones of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee
Bravo 3.66 Fruity, Floral Pleasant fruity and floral aroma characteristics
Mosaic 3.57 Citrus, Floral, Grassy A complex array of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine characteristics
Chinook 3.57 Citrus, Spicy, Pine Distinct, medium intensity spice and pine characteristics with subtle notes of grapefruit
Nugget 3.40 Spicy, Herbal Mild and pleasant with spicy, herbal tones
Simcoe 3.40 Citrus, Tobacco/Earthy, Pine Unique passionfruit, pine, earth and citrus characteristics
Warrior 3.31 Citrus, Herbal, Pine Mild and resinous with subtle citrus, pine and herbal characteristics
Summit 3.23 Citrus, Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Distinct spice, earthy, onion, garlic and citrus (pink grapefruit, orange and tangerine) tones
Millenium 3.17 Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild and resinous with floral and herbal tones
Equinox 3.17 Citrus, Herbal, Tropical Fruit A pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics. Specific descriptors include lemon, lime, papaya, apple, and green pepper.
Columbus 3.06 Citrus, Spicy Pungent, black pepper, licorice characteristics with subtle citrus overtones
Herkules (GR) 3.02 Floral Spicy, floral and hop notes with hints of pine, black pepper and melon
Triplepearl 2.91 Pleasant and balanced with notes of melon, orange citrus, resin, spice and pepper
Centennial 2.55 Citrus, Floral Medium intensity floral and citrus (lemon) tones
Bitter Gold 2.43 No specific aroma characteristics
Ultra 2.39 Floral, Spicy Mild and pleasant with spicy, floral tones
Brewers Delight 2.28
Golding 2.22 Floral, Spicy Mild and delicate with sweet floral characteristics
Styrian Aurora 2.18 Floral, Pine Intense and pleasant displaying floral, pine and hoppy characteristics
Perle 2.13 Floral, Spicy, Herbal Slightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics
Magnum 2.11 No distinct aroma characteristics
Yakima Gold 2.00 Mild and pleasant
Admiral (UK) 1.97 Citrus, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Pleasant, resinous hop aroma with hints of citrus (orange) and herbal flavors
Northern Brewer 1.95 Tobacco/Earthy, Pine Medium intensity, pine and mint characteristics
Brewers Gold 1.92 Fruity, Spicy Spicy, fruity characteristics, black currant
Bullion 1.84 Fruity Strong and zesty blackcurrant characteristics
Newport 1.78 Mild
Sorachi Ace 1.72 Citrus, Herbal, Grassy Unique lemon and dill characteristics
EKG (UK) 1.70 Floral, Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Smooth and delicate with floral, lavender, spice, honey, earth, lemon and thyme overtones
Tettnang 1.69 Spicy Noble aroma that is pleasant and spicy
Galena 1.69 Citrus, Stone Fruit, Spicy Spicy, blackcurrant and citrus (grapefruit) tones
Horizon 1.65 Floral, Spicy Pleasant and spicy, with floral characteristics
Fuggle 1.63 Fruity, Tobacco/Earthy Mild wood and fruit characteristics
Northern Brewer (GR) 1.58 Floral, Herbal Medium intense herbal and floral tones
Hallertau 1.58 Floral, Spicy, Herbal Mild and pleasant, yet spicy, with herbal and floral characteristics
WGV (UK) 1.55 Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Fresh earthy, botanical and floral flavors
Cluster 1.55 Floral, Spicy Strong floral and spicy characteristics
Sterling 1.51 Citrus, Spicy Herbal and spicy, with a hint of floral, citrus (lemon/pineapple) characteristics
Chelan 1.50 Citrus, Floral Mild floral and citrus characteristics
Willamette 1.46 Floral, Spicy Mild and pleasant, with slightly spicy and floral tones
Amarillo 1.45 Citrus, Floral, Tropical Fruit Floral, tropical, and citrus (lemon, orange and grapefruit) characteristics
Liberty 1.31 Citrus, Spicy Mild and spicy with subtle lemon and citrus characteristics
Brewers Gold (GR) 1.27 Fruity, Spicy Black currant, fruit and spice characteristics
Perle (GR) 1.22 Fruity, Floral, Spicy Delicate floral, fruit, spice and mint tones
Saaz 1.21 Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Mild spice and earth tones
Palisade 1.15 Stone Fruit, Herbal, Grassy Apricot, grass and clean floral charcteristics
Styrian Celeia 1.08 Floral Pleasant and hoppy, similar to traditional European varieties
Cascade 1.06 Fruity, Citrus, Floral Medium intense floral, citrus and grapefruit tones
Santiam 1.01 Floral, Spicy, Herbal Slightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics
Mt. Hood 0.94 Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild, herbal and somewhat pungent or spicy
Vanguard 0.92 Floral, Herbal Herbal and floral tones
Tahoma 0.88 Citrus, Cedar, Pine Predominate citrus and lemon notes with cedar, pine, floral, pepper and subtle green melon notes.
Ahtanum 0.86 Citrus, Floral, Tobacco/Earthy Floral, earthy, citrus and grapefruit tones
Mt. Rainier 0.84 Citrus, Floral, Spicy Floral and noble aromas, with citrus and licorice overtones
Hallertau (GR) 0.75 Mild, yet spicy, with floral and citrus tones
Glacier 0.69 Herbal Pleasant hop aroma
Tettnang (GR) 0.69 Floral, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild and pleasant with balanced earthy, herbal and floral aroma impressions
Crystal 0.63 Spicy Mild, spicy and floral

You might also be interested in reading the answers to these questions:
Which Hops have the Most Humulene?
Which Hops Have the Most Myrcene?
Which Hops Have the Most Linalool?
Which Hops Have the Most Geraniol?
Which Hops Have the Most Farnesene?
Which Hops Have the Most Caryophyllene?

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How to Make Hop Essence

Hop Essence Recipe

Hops Essence Recipe

Try making hop essence to add to your brew when bottling, it tastes great and isn’t messy to use.

You’ll need:

  • 4 to 5 L of clean-filtered Water
  • 10L pot
  • 100g hops

Instructions:

  • Add the hops to the water and boil for 20 minutes.
  • Strain and allow to cool, with a lid on the pot.
  • When cooled to room temperature, place in sterilised jars and refrigerate.
  • Add to brew at bottling time.

 

 

 

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How to Add Hops to Homebrew

Boil Hopping

People often ask how to add hops to homebrew. Here are some tips and some common questions. 

When to add hops to beer?

You can add hops at various stages of the brewing process. Hops can be mash hopped, first wort hopped, dry hopped, boil hopped, and late hopped. Choose a technique that suits your chosen beer style. When hopping you can use fresh wet ops or usually pellet hops. Contain the hops with mash so that they don’t create a mess. Many brewers filter for clarity.

How do you use hop pellets in homebrew? Usually the pellets will dissolve during boil and settle down to the bottom of your kettle when you cool your wort. Then, when transferring to the fermenter you can just leave them behind (easier to do with a siphon). Use a hop bag – put the pellets on the bag, when you are done with the boil simply pull the bag out. Using a hop bag avoids the mess of having to strain hops from your wort.

How much hops should I add to my beer? Overall, if your dry hops plus your late hops together weigh 40–60g, you’re in the right zone. For an IPA, late hopping in the 30 – 60g per 20L range will give you the right amount of aroma, presuming you’ve dry hopped the beer.

Do you keep first hops, boil hops or late hops in for the ferment? You definitely don’t intentionally keep boiled hops in during fermentation, because they add nothing to that process. Hops added to the boil are usually left behind when draining the kettle to the fermentor, or at least if they are transferred, it is with the intent to rack off of them (and the other trub) soon.

Mash Hopping

Mash hopping is the addition of hops directly to the mash tun. Hops can be placed on top of the grain bed and left to sit as the mash is sparged. Some might say that mash hopping provides a better overall balance and character to the beer, though it adds almost no bitterness, but most people would consider it an ineffective use of hops.

Mash hopping is rarely done because it requires a fairly large amount of hops and adds little in terms of flavor. Since the hops are never boiled, no bitterness is released and most of the flavourful oils from the hop flower are lost in the boil that follows.

Brewers reckon that most of the benefits from mash hopping are due to the lowered pH (greater acidity) from mash hopping and not the hops itself. Given the high cost of hops, as well as many cheaper methods for reducing the pH of your wort, home-brewer’s rarely mash hop.

First Wort Hops

First wort hops are hops added to the boil pot at the very start of the lautering process. Unlike mash hops, first wort hops remain in the boiler during the boil and therefore do contribute bitterness to the wort.

First wort hopping is an old German method that’s made a come back. First wort beers are smoother, better blended and have less of a bitter edge and aftertaste. First hopping on lightly hopped styles reduces bitterness without upsetting the malt-bitterness balance of the beer.

Boil Hops – Bittering Hops

Do you add hops directly to wort? Bittering hops or boil hops are just that – hops added for the bulk of the boil to add bitterness to the beer. Boiling hops releases the alpha acids that provide bitterness in your beer. I will usually add my bittering hop addition at the beginning of the boil.

Boil hops aka bittering hops are added for the bulk of the boil to add bitterness to the beer. Boiling hops releases the alpha acids that provide bitterness in your beer. The longer you boil your hops, the more bitterness you will add.

Brewing calculators, such as BeerSmith (or BrewersFriend) can help estimate the bitterness for a given hop additions. In general, your bittering additions should be boiled for full length of your boil (about 60-90 minutes) to extract as much bitterness as possible. You can add your bittering hop addition at the beginning of the boil.

30 Minute additions are said to aid mouthfeel and flavor. The bitterness utilization is still fairly high, and the flavor is said to still be there.

Late Hop Additions

What is late hopping? Late hopping is the addition of hops during the latter part of the boil. It is an excellent method for creating hop aroma and flavor in your beer. In general, any additions with less than 30 minutes left in the boil and prior to cooling the wort are considered late hop additions.

Hops added in the last 5-15 minutes of the boil are called late hop additions. They’re usually not added for bittering, though they do contribute a small amount of bitterness to the beer. The main purpose for late hop additions is to add aroma and aromatic hop oils to your beer.

In addition to bittering compounds, hop cones from “aromatic” hop varieties contain volatile hop oils that provide the strong flowery aromatic flavor and scent desirable in many hoppy beer styles. Unfortunately most of these compounds boil off within 10-20 minutes of adding the hops.

Late hop additions should always use “aromatic” hop varieties, and should be done within the last 10 minutes of the boil to preserve as many aromatic oils as possible. In addition, late hop additions are most appropriate for beer styles where a hoppy flavor and aroma is needed. You would not add late hop additions to a malty or low hop beer style.

What does a 0 min boil time mean? It means putting an addition of hops at flameout, or when you turn off the kettle. Those late addition hops can add hop aroma and some nice flavor. I wouldn’t take your hops out when the boil is done for hoppy beers. Leaving those hops in while the wort cools can give you more of that aroma that some styles call for.

The Hop Back

A hop back is a device containing hops used inline between the boiler and chiller to infuse fragile hop oils and aroma directly into the hot wort before it is cooled and transferred to the fermenter. While a hop back does not add any significant bitterness to the beer, it can add great aroma to your finished beer. For more information see our article on the hop back.

Dry Hopping

Dry hopping is the addition of hops after the beer has fermented. Hops are typically added in the secondary fermenter or keg and left for a period of several days to several weeks. Dry hopping is used to add a hoppy aroma to the beer, as no bitterness is added with this method. Dry hopping is also used in many commercial beers for a hoppy burst of aroma.

The basic method is to add a few ounces of hops to the secondary before bottling. If kegging, use about half as much hops. Again you should use only aromatic hop varieties, and you should only use this method with hoppy beer styles where a strong hop aroma is desired.

Combining Hop Methods

Advanced brewers often use a combination of hop additions to achieve a burst of hop aroma and flavor, particularly for hoppy styles like India Pale Ale. In fact, many true hopheads will add substantial first wort and boil hops, followed by multiple late hop additions and a final dose of dry hops.

The “hop bursting” technique, involves adding a fraction of your bittering hops at the beginning of the boil, and the bulk of them at the very end of the boil. This method can give a great aroma and a smoother bittering.

Some try to keep things simple, so they typically add a single boil or first wort addition for bitterness, followed by a single late hop addition in the last 5-10 minutes of the boil to preserve aromatics and dry hopping if appropriate. In these hop starved times, you can also try to use higher alpha bittering hops for the main boil hops and save my precious aromatics for the late addition and for dry hopping.

On non-hoppy styles, brewers often choose to add a single bittering addition, often as first wort hops which give the smooth blending perception this method produces.

 

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Fuggle Hops

Fuggle Hops

Fuggle hops are also known as Fuggles hops and Fuggle UK. Fuggles are also identical to Styrian Golding. Fuggle is used in breeding and is parent to Willamette, Cascade, and Glacier hops.

Fuggle hops profile:

  • Purpose: Aroma
  • Alpha Acids: 2.4%-6.1%
  • Beta Acids: 2.1%-2.8%
  • Origin: UK
  • Substitutes: Fuggle (US), Willamette, Styrian Golding, Tettnanger, Newport
  • Style Guide: English Ale, Porter, Mild Ale, Bitter, Extra Special Bitter, Lambic, Amber Ale, Cask Ale, Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Strong Ale, Nut Brown Ale, Golden Ale, Christmas Ale

Here are some questions people often ask about Fuggle hops.

How do you pronounce fuggle? “Fug” rhymes with hug. The “gle” is the same as it is in giggle.

What flavour do fuggles have? Originally used as a bittering and aroma hop, fuggles have more recently been used as primarily an aroma hop. The earthy and woody characteristics of Fuggle makes a great addition in English style ales, milds, bitters and porters.

Beers with fuggles? If you want to taste a single hopped fuggle beer try Little Creatures’ The Fuggle is Real stout in a can.

Can you use Fuggles as a bittering hop? Although they were originally a bittering and aroma hop, Fuggles are now primarily used as an aroma hop. Fuggles aren’t typically used for bittering because their alpha acids are so low. They don’t have a bitter harshness but you can still use them for bittering.

Can you dry hop with fuggles? Fuggles can be grassy and earthy when dry hopped. Some people dislike fuggles dry hopped, but others have a taste for it. Love ’em or hate ’em.

What are the substitutes for fuggle hops? Fuggles can be replaced with Styrian Golding hops, Fuggle (US) hops and Willamette hops. You can also replace Fuggles with Tettnanger and Newport hops.

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Chinook Hops

Chinook Hops

Chinook hops are a very distinctive dual-purpose hop used in Ales, commonly in IPA, for both bittering and flavor/aroma. 

Chinook hops profile:

  • Characteristics: Bouquet of pine and spice
  • Purpose: Bittering & Aroma
  • Alpha Acids: 12%-14%
  • Beta Acids: 3%-4%
  • Substitutes: Galena, Eroica, Nugget, Bullion, Columbus, Northern Brewer, Target
  • Style Guide: Winter Ale, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Porter, Stout, Lager, Barley Wine, American Lager, American Ale

Here are some questions people often ask about Chinook hops:

What flavour do Chinook hops have? Chinook hops are mild to medium-heavy, spicy, piney, and grapefruity.

Which beers have chinook hops? Try the Mikkeller Single Hop Chinook IPA or BrewDog have a Chinook single hopped style in their 4 pack, BrewDog IPA is Dead Single Hop IPA 4 Pack (Chinook, Ella, Pioneer & Mandarina Bavaria).

What can you substitute Chinook hops with? Chinook hops can be substituted with Nugget hops, Columbus hops, Northern Brewer hops and U.K. Target hops.

Which hops can you combine Chinook with? Chinook hops are great on their own but they can also compliment Galaxy hops, Crystal hops, Ahtanum hops and maybe Cascade. They also go well combined with Simcoe and Centennial.

Can you use Chinook for dry hopping? Chinook is primarily used for its high alpha acid content as a bittering hop. These days, however, late additions and even dryhopping with Chinooks is becoming more popular. This hop can contribute herbal, piney, and smoky aromatic qualities to a beer.

 

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East Kent Golding Hops

Kent Golding Hops

EKG Hops profile:

  • Characteristics: Aromas of lavender, spice, honey, thyme, earthy flavors
  • Purpose: Aroma
  • Alpha Acid Composition: 5%-6%
  • Beta Acid Composition: 2%-3%
  • Origin: England
  • Substitutes: Whitbread Golding, Progress, Fuggle, First Gold
  • Style Guide: Pale Ale, Extra Special English Ale, English Dark Ale, English Light Ale, Belgian Ale, Christmas Ale

Here are some common questions people have about EKG hops.

Which beers have EKG hops? There aren’t many EKG single hopped beers around in Australia, we’ve seen there’s a Mikkeller Single Hop East Kent Golding IPA, so it could be a good idea for someone to release a beer single hopped with EKG.

Can you use Kent Goldings for bitterring? East Kent Golding is prized for its aroma, which makes it suitable for dry hopping, but many brewers use it for bittering as well. Like most of the English hop varieties, East Kent Golding is fairly earthy in flavor, and here that quality is combined with apricot and slight notes of spice

What can you subsitute Kent Goldings hops with? You can substitute EKG with Golding Progress, Whitbread Golding, Fuggle and First Gold hops.

What’s the difference between EKG goldings and goldings? They’re very similar hops, the difference is in name reflects where they’re grown. Goldings are a group of traditional and very popular English aroma hops grown prior to 1790, they’re also cultivated also in the USA. They are called East Kent Goldings if grown in East Kent, Kent Goldings if grown in mid-Kent, and Goldings if grown elsewhere in the U.K. There are many different named cultivars such as Amon’s Early Bird, Cobbs, Bramling, Canterbury, Petham Rodmersham and in Worcestershire – Mathon. They tend to have a smooth, sweet flavor. Most types of Goldings will work in place of another (Whitbread Golding Variety for East Kent Goldings, e.g.). Note that Styrian Goldings are not of this family, they rather are identical to Fuggles.

East Kent Goldings for sale.