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, good storage stability and an exceptional yield also make this, on paper at least, an outstanding commercial variety. It exhibits bold tropical fruit flavors, said to be reminiscent of pineapple and mango, in addition to a resinous back note. On the nose, it imbues aromas of pear, watermelon, stone fruits and even candy. To date, it has seen use in wheat beers, Pale Ales and IPA’s.
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|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Flavors of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango. Aromas of pear, watermelon, stone fruit and candy.|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||13%-17%|
|Beta Acid Composition||7%-8%|
|Yield Amount||2650-2880 kg/hectare (2300-2500 lbs/acre)|
|Storability||Retains 60%-75% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|Ease of Harvest|
|Total Oil Composition||2.50-3.3 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||55%-60%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||10%-15%|
|Style Guide||Wheat, India Pale Ale|
Where to Buy El Dorado Hops
As a listing requirement, all suppliers below ship nationally to their respective countries.
- Yakima Valley Hops (USA)
- Great Fermentations (USA)
- Hop Alliance (USA)
- Northwest Hop Farms (Canada)
- BeerCo (Australia)
- Hops Direct (USA)
- Amazon (USA)
- Humlegårdens Ekolager (Sweden)
- Brook House Hops (United Kingdom)
- Brewshop.no (Norway)
- Kegland (Australia)
- Brewshop.co.nz (New Zealand)
- Grain and Grape (Australia)
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Also known as Bitter Gold. It’s the same hop according to Yakima Chief.
It’s also used in at least one cider. ‘El Dorado’ by Western Cider.
El Dorado and Bitter Gold are not the same hop. El Dorado is much more aromatic. Perhaps they were recommended as substitutes for each other, as both are similar to Galena.