Comet

Comet has an intriguing parentage of English Sunshine and a native American hop, bringing out a “wild American” flavor. Released in 1974 by the USDA, Comet was originally bred to address the needs for higher alpha hops. Today, it is no longer in commercial production and is somewhat difficult to find. Comet’s flavor profile rests heavily on a strong accent …

El Dorado ®

El Dorado is a relatively new kid on the block. Created by Moxee Valley-based CLS Farms, LLC in 2008, it was released to the public in 2010. A product of the Yakima Valley’s cooler climate, it features a uniquely fruity flavor profile in addition to desirable bittering and aromatic properties. High vigor, high alpha acids, lots of oils and resins, …

Eroica

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 …

Aquila

Aquila was developed in the U.S. and was established in three-acre commercial trials throughout the Northwest in 1988. It was officially released in 1994 but due to its overly high cohumulone content, its use was been considered limited and it is no longer available commercially. North American brewing giant Anheuser Busch lost interest in the variety in 1996, ultimately spelling …

Banner

Banner did not fare well on the commercial market. Bred from a Brewer’s Gold seedling in the early 1970’s through open pollination, its first test plot was abandoned due to severe mildew problems. It was finally released along with its half-sister Aquila in 1996 having caught the interest of goliath American brewing company Anheuser Busch. Eventually though, after several years …

Bitter Gold

Super-alpha variety Bitter Gold’s heritage comes from varieties Bullion, Brewer’s Gold, Comet and Fuggle. It features an alpha-acid percentage higher than any of its parents and higher even than Galena or Nugget, to which it is often compared. Released for production in 1999, Bitter Gold is quite versatile and can be used as a bittering or flavor addition imparting strong …

California Cluster

Generally considered to be indistinguishable from other Cluster varieties, California Cluster is a true dual use hop. Used prolifically by US brewers in the early-to-mid 1900’s, Clusters were widely available and cheap – providing a generic but pleasant bitterness and flavor. California Cluster’s exact lineage is vague. The name itself is also representative of a number of different Cluster varieties. …

Chelan

Chelan is a privately patented bittering hop and daughter to Galena. Developed by John I. Haas, Inc. and grown exclusively in Washington State, it was released in 1994 and has found popular use in male styles of ales – particularly American style ales. Despite being comparable in style, Chelan enjoys higher yields and a higher alpha percentage than its parent …