Developed by the Kirin Brewery Company in Tokyo, Japan, Kitamidori is no longer grown commercially there or anywhere else. It was bred alongside Toyomidori and Eastern Gold as a potential super alpha replacement for Kirin II, which was itself a replacement for Shinshuwase hops. It sports an oil composition with remarkable similarities to Saaz.


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Also Known As
Purpose Bittering
Alpha Acid Composition 9%-12%
Beta Acid Composition 5%-6%
Co-Humulone Composition 22%
Country Japan
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Late
Yield Amount 1490 kg/hectare (1330 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate
Resistant to
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 75% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 1.35 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 34%
Humulene Oil Composition 31%
Caryophyllene Oil 8%-10%
Farnesene Oil 6%-7%
Substitutes Kirin II, Saaz, Toyomidori, Eastern Gold
Style Guide

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