Despite Eroica hops enjoying a high alpha acid percentage, they are, on paper at least, overshadowed by their sister Galena. It appears this comparison is also moving them toward denouement of commercial production along with their cones being considered difficult to harvest and it’s susceptibility to Ringspot and Mosaic virus.
Developed by both the Idaho and Oregon Agricultural Experiment Stations in conjunction the USDA, Eroica is directly descended from Brewer’s Gold. Though the seedling was selected in 1968, the variety wasn’t officially registered until 1982. Flavor-wise, they feature a sharp fruity essence and fortunately can still be obtained for home brewing experimentation.
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|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Sharp fruity essence|
|Alpha Acid Composition||12.3%|
|Beta Acid Composition||4.5%|
|Seasonal Maturity||Late to very late|
|Yield Amount||2020-2470 kg/hectare (1800-2200 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Very high|
|Resistant to||Moderately resistant to downy mildew and resistant to verticillium wilt|
|Susceptible to||Susceptible to prunus necrotic ringspot, apple mosaic virus and hop mosaic virus|
|Storability||Retains 77% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|East of Harvest||Easy|
|Total Oil Composition||0.8-1.3 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||55%-65%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
|Substitutes||Bullion, Brewer’s Gold, Galena|
|Style Guide||Bitter, Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Porter, India Pale Ale|
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