Sussex hops are an award-winning dwarf variety discovered by Peter Cyster in Northiam, East Sussex in 2005. Its brewing use uncovers a powerful aroma alongside delicate tropical flavors and great flavor retention. It is considered to be forwardly fruity and its unique aroma afforded it third place in the hedgerow category of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling’s British Hop Competition in 2012.
Analysis conducted by Wye Hops Ltd. concluded its oil profile is unlike that of any other hop variety. Brewing trials however have likened its delicate flavor to Fuggle. Though it is classified as being more useful as a flavor and aroma variety, when used as an early addition it imparts a well-rounded and classic bitterness.
Harvey’s Brewery released its Sussex Wild Hop brew in July of 2013 with Sussex as its primary hop.
|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Delicate tropical flavors and a unique fruit-forward aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||4.3%-5.8%|
|Beta Acid Composition||2.4%-3.2%|
|Resistant to||Tolerant to verticillium wilt and moderately resistant to downy and powdery mildew|
|East of Harvest|
|Total Oil Composition||0.4-0.6 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||42%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||23%|
|Farnesene Oil||< 1%|
|Substitutes||Progress, Whitbread Golding, Fuggle|
|Style Guide||English Ale, Pale Ale, Belgian Ale|