Magnum is a great bittering hop with an aroma similar to a strong Willamette. It therefore works well with Willamette, Fuggles, and British Kent Goldings when used as an aroma hop in later boil additions. Magnum makes an incredibly useful bittering agent in just about any beer, and due its very smooth bitterness, you can really use as much as you want.
This dual purpose hop is a high alpha varietal with a neutral bitterness and intense aroma. Floral and citrus notes come out in both aroma and flavor, but can be very pungent, which makes Columbus great for late additions to a boil or dry-hopping. Columbus is a perfect choice for IPAs, Pale and Imperial Ales. Also referred to as Tomahawk, Zeus, or CTZ.
Brewer Gold Hops are mainly used as a bittering hop, but their intense black currant spice aroma finds traction in Belgian ales. Typical alpha: 8.5-9.5%. Resiny and spicy bittering hop for use in a variety of beers from English ales to German styles and farmhouse ales.
Most widely used for their aromatic properties, UK Challenger hops can act as a bittering agent in your brew, as well. These hops make a great choice for early and late kettle additions, that contribute a spicy, woodsy cedar, and green tea character to any type of Ale. You can also get crisp fruity notes with late kettle additions. This is a granddaughter of Northern Brewer, with lineage also including Target and Northdown.
Centennial is a balanced bittering and aromatic hop with a decidedly American nature and uniquely pungent flavor. An intense citrus aroma with pronounced lemon notes also gives off some floral qualities that blend well with IPAs, APAs, and Pale Ales. Centennial hops are sometimes referenced to as a super charged Cascade without the grapefruit flavors of Cascade. Centennial hops also blend well with Chinook and Columbus hops.
Chinook hops are a very distinctive dual-purpose hop used in Ales for both bittering and flavor/aroma. Chinook hops are commonly used in IPA’s. Distinct, medium intensity spice and pine characteristics with subtle notes of grapefruit. Some consider the bittering quality of this hop is a bit rough because it lingers in your mouth after swallowing. However, some brewers can’t get enough. The flavor/aroma is spicy and unique, with a huge following of loyal fans.
Sometimes called Hallertau Hersbrucker as the Hersbruck region is right next to the Hallertau region and Hersbrucker is grown in both regions. A hop that represents a large acreage in Germany and what has essentially replaced traditional Hallertauer hops as they were more susceptible to disease. Hersbrucker gives you classic noble type German hop flavor. Expect spice, fruit and floral characteristics. Often used as an aroma hop, Hersbrucker has a low alpha acid percentage but generous oil content. Great for Lagers, Pilsners, Bocks, Belgian Ales, Kolsch, Munich Helles, and Lambics.
Though just released in 2012, Mosiac hops have become a high-demand aroma hop. Even with a high alpha content, the intense aroma of fresh pine, mango, blueberry and citrus are the main event when you brew Mosaic hops. Generally used in Pale Ales, IPAs, and Stouts, so far Mosiac has been found to make a great addition to any recipe.
Simcoe hops have definitely become somewhat of a darling in both craft and home brewing recently. True dual purpose application lets Simcoe hops offer a well rounded addition to just about any recipe. Smooth bitterness is met with aromas of earth, citrus, and cannabis. Try Simcoe hops in IPAs, Wheats, Saisons, and Amber Ales.
Amarillo® hops have become super popular with microbrewers. Brewers are describing the flavor and aroma as a supercharged version of Cascade. Floral, tropical, and citrus (lemon, orange and grapefruit) characteristics. However, it has a distinctive Orange character to it that is very different from Cascade. Supply has been very limited the last few years so make sure to buy some while it is available.
A new American high alpha hop, Calypso is also heavily used for its soft aromatics. You'll get a pleasantly fruity aroma of apple, pear, and citrus that adds a crisp flavor to Pale Ales, IPAs, and Stouts. You will also get some tropical fruit flavors.
Cascade hops are the classic American hop that really started the hop craze. Defined by its citrus, and often more specifically grapefruit flavor, it is now sought out around the World. Cascade hops are a true dual purpose hop that can be used for bittering, at the end of the boil, or the fermenter. Used in so many craft brewed pale ales, but none more famous than Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. You cannot go wrong using Cascade hops in all kinds of American style ales.