Quite popular in the craft brewing industry, Crystal hops display similar characteristics as Hallertau Mittelfruh. The most pungent of hops derived from the Hallertau variety, Crystal has found utilization in a wide variety of American ales and lagers, from Pilsener to IPA.
Similar in character to Hersbrucker, Strisselspalt exhibits flavors and aromas of citrus, cassis, grapefruit, lemon grass and eucalyptus. Quite spicy, herbal, floral, and with notes of fruit, the varietal is recommended for French farmhouse styles such as, saison and biere de garde, but proves suitable for pilsner, lager, wheat and Belgian ales.
A dual-purpose and uniquely American hybrid hop, Simcoe may be used as a bittering hop. The variety provides a clean, pine-like aroma and flavoring with a slight hint of citrus. Less astringent than other piney hops, Simcoe has been highly sought after for creating distinctive and unique Pale Ales.
Mild, pleasant and slightly spicy, German Spalt is regarded as a traditional noble aroma hop. Providing a distinct hoppy flavor, Spalt is often utilized in lager, pilsner, bock, kölsch, and Munich helles. With flavors and aromas described as tea, barrique, ripe bananas, tonka beans and woodruff, German Spalt hops provide the classic earthy qualities of the varietal in styles such as alt bier and German dark lager.
Hersbrucker is a traditional German hop variety from the Hersbruck area, exhibiting citrus, black tea, marjoram and ginger. With a pleasant hop aroma, Hersbrucker is often specified in lagers, pilsners, bock, weizen bock, wheat, Belgian-Style Ales, Kolsch and Munich Helles.
With a mild and slightly spicy character, Liberty displays similar aroma and flavor characteristics to imported German aroma varieties, especially Hallertau. Often utilized for finishing American and German ales and lagers, Liberty provides a pleasant floral aroma with aspects of spice, lemon and citrus.
A newer variety of aroma hop in the noble vein, Celeia provides a pleasant hoppy aroma and peppery tingle on the palate. Celeia proves excellent as a bittering hop and often finds utilization in English and Belgian-style Ales, Lager and Pilsner style beers.
Mild and pleasant, the Tettnang hop exhibits some spiciness and is known as a traditional Noble hop variety. With flavors and aromas reminiscent of chocolate, gingerbread, Lily of the valley, floral, black tea, Tettnang provides an overall earthy quality for a variety of lager styles.
Nelson Sauvin is described as imparting a fresh crushed gooseberry, herbal fruitiness and Sauvignon Blanc flavors and aromas. While the fruitiness may overpower the un-initiated, the varietal provides bold hop character, applicable to a variety of beer styles such as pale ale IPA, blonde ale and pilsners and seasonal and specialty craft beers.
Willamette is a quality aroma hop with a mild, herbal aroma and flavor and utilized as a finishing and dry hopping additions in American and British Ales. Mild and pleasant with slightly spicy and floral tones, Willamette exhibits flavors and aromas of citrus, incense, elderberry, caramel, curry and lemon. Willamette provides versatility in flavoring and aroma additions, especially in dry hopping for a wide range of beer styles.
Chinook provides a mild to medium-heavy, spicy, distinct piney aroma. With flavors and aroma’s of Fennel, Basil, Elderberry, Lychee, Red berries, Chinook is a high alpha acid hop with a more than acceptable aroma profile. Delivering piney and resinous aromas, especially as a dry hopping addition, Chinook was originally developed as a bittering hop.
Cascade exhibits flavors and aromas of grapefruit, lychee, blackberry, toffee, strawberry in the finished beer. While mainly utilized as a flavor and aroma hop, the varietal proves acceptable as a bittering hop. In the category of classic American C hops, Cascade provides distinct characteristics in numerous styles of ale.
A citrusy all-purpose hop, Centennial’s aroma’s and flavors are reminiscent of a well-ripened grapefruit and/or blood orange. While a good alternative to Cascade, the hop provides an intensely and distinctive floral aroma, quite unlike most other hop varieties.
An excellent high alpha variety with balanced bittering and aroma characteristics, Galena is mainly used for bittering, but has found favor as a dual – purpose variety. Quite bitter, Galena blends well with finishing hops. Suitable for all beer styles, especially American Ales and Lagers.
A traditional IPA hop, Nugget exhibits intense bittering quality, providing herbal and spicy notes. With high alpha acids and good aroma profile, the varietal functions predominantly as a bittering hop in American style ales and lagers.
Considered a general-purpose bittering hop, Warrior offers a neutral, clean bittering primarily in ale styles. With a high alpha range and a relative low cohumulone content, the varietal has a smooth, pleasing bitterness with a quite mild aroma especially for IPA and pale ale styles.
With no real distinct aroma characteristics, Magnum is viewed favorably as a clean bittering hop for a wide range of Ales and Lagers. Having gained acceptance in craft beer brewing, Magnum often comprises the majority of the bittering qualities in numerous commercial pale ale’s and Imperial styles.
A dual purpose hop, Challenger combines a good kettle hop aroma with a moderate level of alpha acid. Versatile, Challenger delivers a mild to moderate spicy aroma. For both early and late kettle hopping, Challenger for English-style Brown ale, Porters, Stouts, ESB, Bitter, and Barley wine.
Cluster is a general-purpose hop with balanced bittering aroma potential. Described as a hop with strong floral and spicy characteristics, the varietal has often been used in traditional pre-prohibition cream ales or classic American pilsners and even stouts.
Grown in the United States, the North American version of Fuggle has been described as mild, woody and fruity with a hint of forest earth. A traditional ale hop, the varietal finds utilization in finishing and dry hopping applications. Often combined with Goldings to increase drinkability, Fuggle is great for bitters, pale ale, porter, stout, and Lambic styles.
An excellent, newer variety, Glacier imparts balanced bittering properties combined with a good aroma profile in the finished beer. For Pale Ale’s, ESB, Bitter, English Style Pale Ale, Porter and Stout, Glacier is an excellent dual purpose variety, finding utilization as a bittering and aroma hop.
Mild and somewhat pungent, Mt Hood is an aroma hop variety, similar to the finest German noble hop varieties. Mt. Hood is often used for aroma and flavor in American and German ales and lagers. With flavors and aromas described as honey, lemon cake, lemon tea, tarragon and fennel, Mt. Hood proves comparable to Hallertau and Hersbrucker varieties.
Displaying similarities to the varieties Saazer parentage, Motueka provides lemon and lime along with tropical fruit notes in the finished beer. For SMaSH beers, the varietal proves excellent for multiple flavor and aroma additions, presenting a mild and pleasant effect following fermentation.
With the bold aromas and flavors of fresh citrus, mild earth, grass, pine and crushed black pepper, Pacific Jade delivers a pleasing soft bitterness due to the varieties low Cohumulone levels. When employed as an early kettle addition, Pacific Jade provides balance to dryer lager styles, easily showcasing the varieties smooth bittering qualities.
With delicate floral, fruit, spice and mint tones, German Perle is a good dual-purpose hop with moderate and balanced bittering potential. With flavors and aromas often described as straw, apricot, honey, citrus, German Perle is often considered a hop with mild and pleasant characteristics in the finished beer.
A quintessential noble hop, Czech Saaz is described as very mild, spicy and earthy, associated with Czech Pilsner and utilized in a number of styles, including continental lager, wheat beer, and pils style lager.
Often specified in a variety of Belgian style ales, the noble variety has flavors and aromas often described as honey, bergamot, chamomile tea, woody, tarragon, lavender, cedarwood, smoked bacon and spiciness.