Sterling was successfully bred to overcome Saaz’s susceptibility to mildew. Developed over 8 years in Corvallis, Oregon it was released in 1998.


Sterling’s oil content is rather unusual with both very high farnesene and very low carophyllene. This creates a delicately spiced, citrusy aroma with both a floral and herbal punch. Sterling’s heritage is complex too and is the result of a mix of Saaz, Cascade, Early Green, Brewer’s Gold and another, unknown variety.

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Also Known As
Characteristics Spicy, citrus aroma, herbal notes
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 4.5%-9%
Beta Acid Composition 4%-6%
Co-Humulone Composition 21%-28%
Country US
Cone Size Medium
Cone Density Compact
Seasonal Maturity Mid
Yield Amount 1800-2000 kg/hectare (1610-1785 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate to high
Resistant to Resistant to downy mildew and powdery mildew
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 60%-75% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest Difficult
Total Oil Composition 0.6-1.9 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 44%-48%
Humulene Oil Composition 19%-23%
Caryophyllene Oil 5%-8%
Farnesene Oil 11%-17%
Substitutes Saaz
Style Guide India Pale Ale

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