Possibly one of South Africa’s most unique hop varieties. Unlike most high-alpha varieties, African Queen possess a considerably rich and complex aroma. Developed by SAB Hop Farms in George, South Africa, African Queen was created by hop breeders Gerrie Britz and Beverley-Anne Joseph. Development began in 1998 and concluded with its commercial release in 2014.
So potent is African Queen’s aroma breeder Beverley-Anne (2013) told Voice of America, “If you walk through the fields where we’re growing it you just smell passion fruit – actually a variety of fruit flavors, like gooseberry and blackcurrant aromas. If we kiln it we get that same aroma.” (Taylor, 2013, para. 14)
It is described as featuring a fruit-forward aroma profile with heady elements of berries, black currant and stone fruit alongside hints of chillies, lemongrass and even bubble gum.
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|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Fruit forward with blackcurrant and passion fruit|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||13 – 15%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3.9 – 5.6%|
|Co-Humulone Composition||22 – 27%|
|Lineage||Cross of 91J7/25 and SA male 94US2/118|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI)|
|Total Oil Composition||1.3 mL/100g|
|Substitutes||Amarillo, Cascade, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra|
|Style Guide||Extra Special Bitter, American India Pale Ale, Belgian India Pale Ale, Imperial India Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Bitter|
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