Distinct spice, earthy, onion, garlic and citrus (pink grapefruit, orange and tangerine) notes, Summit has found utilization mainly as a bittering hop. Overuse of the hop typically will enhance the garlic and onion characteristics.
With flavors and aromas of pepper, gooseberry, wild garlic, incense and aniseed, Summit may be used as a late edition hop in moderate quantities.
Sterling features excellent flavor and aroma characteristics with herbal, earthy notes, spiciness with a hint of floral & citrus including lemon and pineapple. For pilsners, lagers, American and Belgian-style ales, Sterling is often considered a more than adequate substitution for Czech Saaz, creating similar noble 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Noted for a sharp bittering quality, Brewers Gold imparts a fruity, spicy aroma and flavor. Brewer's Gold proves suitable for a wide range of styles from English Ales to German Lagers, providing the bittering element for beers finished with noble hop varieties such as Tettnang and Hallertau Mittelfruh. With flavors and aromas described as dried fruits, lemon, red and black currant, Melissa and spices, Brewers Gold provides a “European” element to a variety of beer styles.
Palisade is a flavor and aroma variety with fruity, pungent and earthy undertones. With flavors and aromas described as orange, apricot, yoghurt, passion fruit and honey, Palisade is often utilized for aroma and moderate bittering in American and English style ales.<
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.
Orange marmalade aptly describes the citrusy aroma notes achieved through late addition. For a variety of lager and ale styles, Pacifica adds classic Hallertau character with some citrus and floral notes while early additions yield a soft, yet solid bittering qualities.
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.
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.
Extensively used in the kettle and for dry hopping, US Kent Goldings is the American grown version of the classic English Ale hop typically associated with all varieties of English bitter, porter, stout, brown ale et al.
Characterized as smooth and delicate, UK Kent Goldings has flavors and aromas often described as floral, lavender, citrus, spice, artichoke, honey, earth, woodruff and lemon with thyme overtones, albeit inflected differently from growing conditions in the United States, including an aroma and flavor of tea, chocolate and berry.
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.
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.
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.
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.