Admiral is an excellent mid-season hop variety derived from Challenger and Northdown. Efforts to create Admiral began in England in 1984 at The College of St. Gregory and St. Martin at Wye, more commonly known as Wye College. The successful breeding program was led by prominent British hop researcher Dr. Peter Darby. It was released commercially to the brewing world in 1996 and was introduced as a potential high-alpha replacement or complimentary addition to Target hops.
It features higher acid content than either of its elders, possesses aggressive but smooth bittering qualities and boasts an orange-citrus and herbal resonance. This profile makes it a favorable choice for more bitter Pale Ales and ESBs. Taste it alongside East Kent Golding in Three Floyds BlackHeart English IPA.
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|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Aggressive but smooth bittering with an orange-citrus and herbal resonance|
|Alpha Acid Composition||13%-16.2%|
|Beta Acid Composition||4.8%-6.1%|
|Lineage||Cross of Challenger & Northdown|
|Cone Size||Small to medium|
|Yield Amount||1300-1900 kg/hectare (1160-1700 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Very high|
|Resistant to||Resistant to verticillium wilt and downy mildew|
|Susceptible to||Susceptible to powdery mildew|
|Storability||Retains 85% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI)||0.85|
|Harvest Difficulty||Easy to moderate|
|Total Oil Composition||1-1.7 mL/100g|
|Substitutes||Chinook, Northdown, Challenger, Centennial, Cascade (US), Amarillo, Target|
|Style Guide||Extra Special Bitter, American India Pale Ale, Belgian India Pale Ale, Imperial India Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Bitter|
Where to Buy Admiral Hops
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http://beerlegends.com/admiral-hops (accessed February 2018)
https://www.hopunion.com/uk-admiral/ (accessed February 2014)
http://www.charlesfaram.co.uk/hop-varieties/admiral/ (accessed 1st October 2017)
https://craftbrewer.com.au/shop/details.asp?PID=3222 (accessed 1st October 2017)
http://www.johnihaas.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Admiral.pdf (accessed 19th May 2017)
https://www.hopsteiner.com/variety-data-sheets/Admiral/ (accessed 28th May 2021)