Rakau, or AlphAroma as it was previously known, was developed in New Zealand. Languishing in its disease free habitat, Rakau features a high concentration of myrcene is said to pair it beautifully to dry-hopped American Pale Ales.


It was initially bred in the late 1970’s from Smooth Cone through open pollination but it was not released to the market until 1983. It was re-released under the new name in 2007. According to New Zealand Hops Limited, AlphAroma no longer exists as a commercially named variety. Despite that, it is currently being grown and sold under its old name by Dutchess Hops of New York who planted it in the US in 2013.

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Also Known As AlphaAroma, AlphAroma
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 5.8%-10.9%
Beta Acid Composition 2.6%-4.8%
Co-Humulone Composition 27%
Country New Zealand
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Late to very late
Yield Amount 1230-3810 kg/hectare (1100-3400 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Very high
Resistant to
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 72% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 1.21 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 44%-65%
Humulene Oil Composition 15%
Caryophyllene Oil 3%-8%
Farnesene Oil 5%
Style Guide Pale Ale, Lager

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