Released to the public in 1972, Challenger hops were developed at Wye College from varieties Northern Brewer and German Zattler. It accounted for a significant percentage of the hops grown in the UK during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Challenger features decent bitterness and a floral aroma and as such are considered fine for bittering or for dry hopping. Its flavor is smooth with balanced floral characteristics, some citrus and a dash of spice.
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|Also Known As||Wye Challenger|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||6.5%-9%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3.2%-4.5%|
|Cone Size||Medium to large|
|Cone Density||Moderate to compact|
|Yield Amount||1400-1800 kg/hectare (1240-1610 lbs/acre)|
|Resistant to||Resistant to downy mildew and powdery mildew|
|Susceptible to||Susceptible to verticillium wilt|
|Storability||Retains 70%-85% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|Ease of Harvest||Difficult|
|Total Oil Composition||1-1.7 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||30%-42%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||25%-32%|
|Substitutes||Perle (US), Northern Brewer, Admiral|
|Style Guide||Golden Ale, Barley Wine, Imperial Stout|
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