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.
A new offering from the Hop Products Australia breeding program, Enigma is a high alpha variety that’s said to impart unique characteristics of redcurrants, raspberries, stone fruit, and Pinot Gris to beer. Enigma has gained a reputation for being a “chameleon” in that different aspects of this enigmatic variety are accentuated depending on things like wort composition, yeast choice, and other hops its paired with.
Nelson Sauvin is sure to delight those looking to impart a unique aroma to their beer. Nelson hops are an excellent dual purpose hop that can be used to produce a punch or sparingly for subtler bittering qualities. The aromas have best been described as resembling a white wine “fruitiness” with fresh crushed gooseberry and grape infused tropical flavors. Ideal for American-style Pale Ales and specialty beers.
Japanese developed Sorachi Ace hops are best known for the unique lemon, citrus, dill and cilantro notes they add to the famous Sapporo Lager. Though primarily used as a bittering agent, Sorachi Ace is essentially dual purpose, and works well alongside Citra and Simcoe hops. A great choice for IPAs and Pales as well as Lagers.