Southern Cross

Southern Cross was created by New Zealand’s HortResearch breeding program as a cross between Smooth Cone and the result of a Californian and English Fuggle. It was released in 1994.


In brewing, citrus and Spice and everything nice is how one might describe New Zealand’s Southern Cross variety. A soft bitterness makes it a good early addition to the boil. As a later addition, it features a heady lemon zest and pine needle essence, which makes it a star among its kind.

There doesn’t seem to be any substitute that can come close to the characteristics of Southern Cross. Sierra Nevada brewery released their Southern Hemisphere Harvest fresh hops ale in April of 2014 using Southern Cross, along with Pacifica and Motueka as its finishing hops.

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Also Known As
Characteristics Soft bitterness, lemon zest and pine needles
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 13%-14%
Beta Acid Composition 6%-7%
Co-Humulone Composition 28%
Country New Zealand
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Late
Yield Amount 850 kg/hectare (750 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Very high
Resistant to
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 71% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 1.59mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 58%
Humulene Oil Composition 14%
Caryophyllene Oil 4%
Farnesene Oil 5%
Style Guide Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Lager

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