Strisselspalter

Strisselspalt hails from the Alsace region of France around Strasbourg and is likely related to German Spalt and/or Hersbrucker hops. Thought to be an old land race, its acreage is dwindling due to its inherent low yield but it survives largely on the back of a strong domestic demand for the variety. It is considered a pleasant continental-style aroma hop …

Vanguard

Vanguard hops possess a unique acid profile. They feature a somewhat rare balance of low alpha acid and high beta acid and an oil profile dominated by high levels of humulene and yet very low levels of cohumulone. Despite exhibiting some similarities to Hallertau Mittelfrüh, surely as a result of their close lineage, this unusual profile gives Vanguard a pronounced …

Liberty

Born in 1983, Liberty is half-sister to Crystal, Ultra and Mt. Hood. It originates from Hallertau Mittelfrüher and a disease resistant German aroma male. Liberty’s yield is low but it still enjoys popularity, especially in the US. It is a genetically sterile variety and not suitable for breeding. Harvest Moon Brewery uses Liberty liberally in their Full Moon Pale Ale …

Mount Hood

Released in 1989, Mount Hood is an American-bred cultivar stemming from Hallertau Mittelfrüher. Popular among American craft brewers, it makes a good aroma hop, with characteristics similar to a Hallertau or Hersbrucker and is also half-sister to Crystal, Ultra and Liberty. It features a pleasant noble hop aroma and has been noted to impart somewhat of a flavor “punch” when …

Hersbrucker

German hop Hersbrucker was originally bred with the intention of producing a variety resistant to verticillium wilt that could act as a replacement for Hallertau Mittelfrüh. Hersbrucker reached the height of it’s popularity in the 1970’s and 1980’s but despite that, Germany’s overall production of this hop today still exceeds 1000 metric tons each year. It can even be found …

Hersbrucker E

Hersbrucker E (for England) was planted and grown at Wye College, England in the 1970’s. It is largely identical to the original Hersbrucker variety grown in the Hersbruck Mountains. The storage stability, especially of its soft resins, is low. Also Known As Characteristics Purpose Aroma Alpha Acid Composition 4%-6% Beta Acid Composition 5%-7% Co-Humulone Composition 22%-24% Country UK Cone Size …

Crystal

Despite a relatively low yield, Crystal’s has made it a fairly popular hop. It’s woodsy, green, floral and fruity with herb and spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. Extremely versatile, it’s even used for its notable aromatic qualities in IPAs and Bitters despite its low alpha acid content. First bred in 1983, it has an interesting lineage with …

Hallertau (US)

Hallertau (US) is definitely a tenacious, Bavarian-style hop. It long dominated its heritage region and is still in demand by craft brewers for Bavarian-style ales. As an American hop, it is outperformed by Mt. Hood and Liberty but is still holding its own. Its low alpha acids and high humulene contribute to a mild, flowery and delicately spicy aroma and …