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Which Hops Have a Spicy Aroma?

Spicy Hops

Try these hops types which include a spicy aroma:

Variety Aroma Wheel Placement Description
Brewers Gold Fruity, Spicy Spicy, fruity characteristics, black currant
Brewers Gold (GR) Fruity, Spicy Black currant, fruit and spice characteristics
Chinook Citrus, Spicy, Pine Distinct, medium intensity spice and pine characteristics with subtle notes of grapefruit
Cluster Floral, Spicy Strong floral and spicy characteristics
Columbus Citrus, Spicy Pungent, black pepper, licorice characteristics with subtle citrus overtones
Crystal Spicy Mild, spicy and floral
EKG (UK) Floral, Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Smooth and delicate with floral, lavender, spice, honey, earth, lemon and thyme overtones
Galena Citrus, Stone Fruit, Spicy Spicy, blackcurrant and citrus (grapefruit) tones
Golding Floral, Spicy Mild and delicate with sweet floral characteristics
Hallertau Floral, Spicy, Herbal Mild and pleasant, yet spicy, with herbal and floral characteristics
Horizon Floral, Spicy Pleasant and spicy, with floral characteristics
Liberty Citrus, Spicy Mild and spicy with subtle lemon and citrus characteristics
Mt. Hood Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy, Herbal Mild, herbal and somewhat pungent or spicy
Mt. Rainier Citrus, Floral, Spicy Floral and noble aromas, with citrus and licorice overtones
Nugget Spicy, Herbal Mild and pleasant with spicy, herbal tones
Perle Floral, Spicy, Herbal Slightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics
Perle (GR) Fruity, Floral, Spicy Delicate floral, fruit, spice and mint tones
Saaz Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Mild spice and earth tones
Santiam Floral, Spicy, Herbal Slightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics
Sterling Citrus, Spicy Herbal and spicy, with a hint of floral, citrus (lemon/pineapple) characteristics
Summit Citrus, Spicy, Tobacco/Earthy Distinct spice, earthy, onion, garlic and citrus (pink grapefruit, orange and tangerine) tones
Tettnang Spicy Noble aroma that is pleasant and spicy
Ultra Floral, Spicy Mild and pleasant with spicy, floral tones
Willamette Floral, Spicy Mild and pleasant, with slightly spicy and floral tones
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Popular International Hops Varieties

Cascade Hops

What are the most popular hops?

Hop varieties for brewing purposes are loosely grouped according to their alpha acid percentage (bitterness) and essential oil content (aroma). The terms used to identify the key varietal groups are bitter, aroma and dual purpose.

The International Hop Growers Convention (IHGC) maintains a comprehensive list of hop varieties grown worldwide. The IHGC is a member‐based organisation with the primary goal of safeguarding the common interests of hop growers and hop merchants. Its activities are non‐political and focus mostly on furthering the economic and technical aspects of hop production.

The complete 2016 IHGC Hop variety list includes details for 247 varieties grown by member organisations from 20 nations. The list is too large to reproduce here, however, it can be accessed via the IHGC web site (

The peak body for hops production in the United States of America is USA Hops. This organisation prepares an annual statistical report that contains data on US domestic and international hops production. The 2016 USA Hops statistical report is a useful source of data on varieties produced in the USA. It is accessible via the USA Hops web site (

Below are the top 10 varieties currently planted in the USA. This list gives us insight to the range of key variety types grown by the largest producing nation. It is clear that, to meet the demand of the brewing
industry and its consumers, a mix of bittering, aroma and dual purpose hops are grown.

Top 10 varieties by acreage in the USA in 2016. Source: International Hop Growers’ Convention (2016).

Variety or brand name, Type, Origin & Plant variety rights

  1. Cascade, aroma, USA – public USDA
  2. Centennial, dual, USA – public WSU
  3. Citra®, HBC 394, aroma, USA private breeding program US Patent
  4. Simcoe®, YCR 14, dual, USA private breeding program US Patent
  5. Zeus, bitter, USA private breeding program
  6. Mosaic®, HBC 369, aroma, USA private breeding program US Patent
  7. Chinook, dual, USA – public WSU
  8. Summit, bitter, USA private breeding program US Patent, EU PVR
  9. Nugget, bitter, USA – public USDA
  10. Willamette, aroma, USA – public USDA


  • International Hop Growers Convention
  • IHGC hop variety list

Here are some questions people often ask:

What are the best hops? It depends on what you mean by “best”. It’s subjective. You could consider the hops aroma, flavour, purpose, its acid content and more.

How many varieties of hops are there? There are about 80 different hops plant types commercially available today, but that number is not hard and fast. Beer brewing is a complex business, and new varieties are constantly being bred and developed.

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Hops Varieties Grown in Australia

Hops Australia

Which hops are grown in Australia?

There is no comprehensive list of all hop varieties available to grow in Australia. Only those that are grown on a commercial scale are identified in the IHGC world hop variety list.

Varieties grown commercially in Australia in 2016 (Source: www.hmelj‐

Variety or brand name, Type, Origin, Plant variety rights

  1. Astra, flavour, Australia, Ellerslie
  2. Cascade, aroma, USA
  3. Centennial, dual, USA
  4. Cluster, dual, USA
  5. Ella, flavour, Australia, HPA
  6. Enigma, flavour, Australia, HPA
  7. Galaxy, flavour, Australia, HPA
  8. Helga, aroma, Australia, HPA
  9. Melba, flavour, Australia, Ellerslie
  10. Pandora, flavour, Australia, Ellerslie
  11. Pride of Ringwood, bitter, Australia
  12. Spalter Select, aroma, Germany
  13. Summer, flavour, Australia, HPA
  14. Super Pride, bitter, Australia, HPA
  15. Topaz, flavour, Australia, HPA
  16. Victoria Secret, flavour, Australia, HPA
  17. Willamette, aroma, USA

Where are hops grown in Australia? Hops are predominantly grown in the eastern states, with Australia’s largest producers located in Victoria and Tasmania. With only very small quantities of hops grown in WA, many WA breweries sourced dried product from interstate and overseas.

Hops Growing involves considering crop rotation, soil, position, frost tolerance, feeding, companion plants, spacing, sowing and planting, harvesting and trouble shooting.