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 roots extending back to Hallertau, Cascade, Brewer’s Gold and Early Green. Commercially it is used in a great variety of beers from Rogue Brutal Bitters to Mountain Sun’s Belgian Dip Chocolate Stout.

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Also Known As
Characteristics Woody, floral and fruity with spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 2.8%-4.4%
Beta Acid Composition 5.8%-7%
Co-Humulone Composition 21%-26%
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Late
Yield Amount 2020-2460 kg/hectare (1800-2200 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Very high
Resistant to Resistant to verticillium wilt
Susceptible to Moderately susceptible to downy mildew
Storability Retains 65% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 0.82 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 47%
Humulene Oil Composition 26%
Caryophyllene Oil 7%
Farnesene Oil Trace Amounts
Substitutes Liberty, Mount Hood, German Hallertau, Ultra, Strisselspalter, Hersbrucker
Style Guide Bitter, Pilsner, Light Lager, Golden Ale, Nut Brown Ale, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Stout, Chocolate Stout, American Lager

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