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Just some of the varieties of Hops we offer. Please contact us to receive a current quote and inquire about other hops not on this list.
USA Hops
Amarillo

This American hop varietal is both good for bittering and has amazing aromatics, making it a versatile, dual purpose brewing ingredient. Commonly added to all types of IPAs from American to Belgian and Imperial IPA’s, Amarillo hops are also a great addition to American Pale Ales. An alpha acid range from 8% to 11% presents a moderate bittering quality while lush floral and orangery citrus aromas add fresh flavor to any type of beer. These well balanced characteristics and make Amarillo a popular hop.

Aromas:  Floral, tropical, and citrus (lemon, orange and grapefruit) characteristics

Citra

One of the most widely used hops in commercial, craft, and home brews, the Citra hop packs a pungent flavor that has been used in in many beer styles. Bred from four different hops including East Kent Golding and US Tettnang and released in 2007, this hop provides high levels of both alpha acids and oils. These characteristics lend Citra hops to both bittering and aromatic uses, most commonly found in styles like IPAs and Pales Ales. Bright orange, grapefruit, lemon and other wonderfully tropical fruit flavors create an aroma that is totally unique to this popular hop. An alpha acid range from about 11% to 13% provides the perfect bittering agent in in a boil, and lets aroma shine through when dry hopped. Combining Citra hops in whole or pellet form with other fruity varietals like Simcoe and Mosaic works well, while these can also be substitutions for Citra.

Aroma: orange, grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruits

Cascade

​The popular Cascade hop was first developed by the U.S.D.A. around 1972 in Oregon and has given life to the same varietal from other regions such as New Zealand and Argentina. All Cascade hops have the same essential traits but are influenced by the region they are grown in. Dual purpose applications and wide accessibility makes Cascade hops the most commonly used varietal in home and commercial craft brews. With an alpha acid range of 4.5% to 7% and a fruity, citrus aroma with spicy notes, Cascade brightens-up IPAs, APAs, and other American Ales. You could substitute with Centennial or Amarillo hops.

Aromas: flowery and spicycitrus-like quality with a slight grapefruit characteristic

Centennial

​Centennial hops were first developed back in 1974 from a predominant Brewer’s Gold hop mixed with Fuggle and East Kent Golding, among others. The result was a balanced aromatic and bittering hop which was released in 1990. Sometimes referred to as a Super Cascade, the Centennial hop offers a more citrus heavy aroma and taste that blends perfectly into IPAs, Pale Ales, or Bitters. An alpha acid range of 9.5% to 11.5% balances the crisp, fruity aroma when added to your boil. While it is easy to find the Centennial hop in both whole and pellet form, it has been said that blending Columbus and Cascade hops provides the closest replacement option.

Aromas: berry, apricot, passion fruit, and citrus, but also has pronounced aromas of pine and woodsy earth.

Chinook

This popular hop among craft brewers was developed in Washington State by the USDA in 1985. A cross between Petham Golding hops and a high alpha male, this dual purpose hop delivers both bittering power and a rich aroma. Intensely spicy and piney flavors influence the aroma added to any brew with a hint of bright grapefruit. This full flavor provides the perfect balance to a high alpha acid content between 12% and 14%. Earthy aroma and heavy bittering characteristics make Chinook hops perfect for styles like IPAs, APAs, and seasonal brews like Winter Ales and Stouts. As Chinook grows in popularity, it is easy to find in both whole and pellet form for your brew, though for a less intense bitterness you can certainly substitute with Northern Brewer, Columbus, or Nugget hops.

Aromas: herbal, piney, and smoky 

Mosaic

A product of Nugget and Simcoe hops, American bred Mosaic hops are one of the most in-demand aroma hops on the market. Released in 2012 by the Hop Breeding Company, Mosaic presents a complex bouquet of earthy, pine, and fruit aromas from berry to mango. Though Mosaic does contain an alpha acid range between 11.5% and 13.5%, it is generally not used for bittering. The overall characteristics of Mosaic hops make for a lovely addition in just about any beer style, though most commonly used in pale ales, IPAs, and stouts. Due to the high demand for this aromatic hop, you may need to substitute with parents Simcoe or Nugget

Aromas: earthy, pine, and fruit aromas from berry to mango.

Idaho 7

known for their piney, tropical, fruity, citrusy, earthy, and floral flavors and aromas. Typically used as an Aroma/Flavor hop with high alpha acid levels and average cohumulone content. Its strong hop character makes it ideal for IPAs, APAs and any other hop forward beer.

  • Citra Shortage

Many of you have been affected by the shortage of Citra in the market today which will continue at least throughout 2019. We have brewers that are substituting now with US Comet. This variety has seen a recent surge in popularity and has been referred as, “Citra’s little sister” by brewers who prefer it’s lower Alpha Acid level (9-12%) and well-rounded flavor profile. Comet has a blend of both grassy "Wild" aromas, and a zesty grapefruit character. We have spoken with brewers who have made the switch and are satisfied with the results. The cost of the T90 Comet is about 60% of Citra. Contact us for more information.

Comet

A cross between English Sunshine and a native American wild hop, the Comet hop was bred by the USDA in 1974 to meet the need for a higher alpha producing hop. Though commercial production has slowed in recent years, it offers a unique flavor that is best suited to American Ales. With an alpha acid range of about 9.4% to 12.4%, Comet hops offer a substantial bittering quality paired with a distinctly American grassy and citrus aroma. Bittering your American style brew with Comet hops can be objectionable to some, but when done properly the result is one of a kind. Galena and Summit both offer a more readily available substitute to Comet when necessary.

Aromas: Wild American, Citrus, Grapefruit

Cashmere

The appropriately named Cashmere hop adds a silky smooth taste to all kinds of brews. Though this varietal is new to the market, having been released by Washington State University in 2013, it is quickly growing in popularity. A product of parents Cascade and Northern Brewer, the Cashmere hop has a unique aroma of herbal, spicy and melon flavors with citrus fruits. It also contains an alpha acid range of about 7.7% to 9.1%, giving it a moderate bittering quality that works well in an IPA, APA, or any American Ale. You could also combine Cashmere with parents Cascade and Northern Brewer, which also work as substitutions.

Aromas: herbal, spicy and melon flavors with citrus fruits

Bravo

The wonderfully bittering Bravo hop was first developed by The Hopsteiner Breeding Company and released commercially in 2006. Gaining popularity from craft breweries across the American West Coast, this young hop is now being more widely used in styles like APAs and IPAs. With a high alpha acid range anywhere from 14% to 17%, Bravo hops are certainly best utilized in Pale Ales, but can be used in any style where smooth bitterness is desired. Spicy, earthy, and floral notes contrast the heavy bitterness for a smooth finish you’re sure to enjoy. Substitute Bravo hops with Apollo

Aromas: Spicy, earthy and floral

El Dorado

El Dorado hops were developed by American CLS Farms, LLC in 2008 and commercially released in 2010. Specifically bred for a high level of alpha acids and heavy aroma, this hop is the epitome of a dual purpose brewing ingredient. A high level of alpha acids normally ranging from about 14% to 16% delivers intense bittering quality to beer styles like IPAs and Pale Ales. The robustly fruity, almost candy-like aroma evokes everything from cherry, to peach and mango through lighter brews like wheats. Being such a young varietal means the El Dorado hop is not too hard to get your hands on, but if you would like to switch it out, try using Galena hops.

Aromas: cherry, peach, mango and wheats

Simcoe

Another home-brewer favorite, the Simcoe hop. While its parentage is unknown, Simcoe is often compared to Cascade for its light aroma and dual purpose uses in brewing. An alpha acid range from 12% to 14% combined with a rich aroma of earthy pine and citrus makes Simcoe a well-rounded addition to just about any style of beer. Try these hops in your next Pale Ale, IPA, Saison, Wheat, or Bitter recipe. Since Simcoe is so popular in the craft and home brewing community, its usually easy to find both whole and pellet hops. If you are looking for a substitute, try Summit, Citra, or Mosaic instead.

Aromas: earthy pine and citrus

Lemon Drop

With an Alpha Acid of 5.0-7.0% this Aroma variety has a unique lemon-citrus character, pleasant aroma, lemon, mint, green tea and melon notes. Perfect for Session, Ales, and Lagers. Possible substitutions CascadeCentennialMandarina Bavaria

International Hops
Czech Saaz

One of the Noble hops that orginated near the town of Saaz in the Czech Republic and is now grown around the world. Whether American, Australian, or European in origin, the Saaz hop is one of the most popular and replicated varietals in the world. Saaz was originally used as an aromatic hop famous for European lagers. It has been found that in popular styles like Belgian Ales, Light Lagers and Pilsners, Saaz can be used for its soft bittering quality as well. Has an alpha acid range of about 3% to 5%. Prized for its classic herbal, earthy, and spicy aroma.

Aromas: herbal, earthy, and spicy

Hallertau (Mittelfruher)

​This German varietal is one of the four original Noble Hops. Expect the traditional European aroma of mild spice, floral and a touch of citrus associated with these original Noble Hops. Traditional roots make these hops best suited for most lagers, particularly German pilsners. An alpha acid content between 3% and 6% is low, but this hop can still be used as a bittering addition. Since Hallertau Mittelfruh hops are not always available, try substituting with Liberty or German Tradition.

Aromas: mild spice, floral and a touch of citrus

Sorachi Ace

This Japanese hop was created from a mix of Brewer’s Gold, a Saazer parent, and Beiki male by Sapporo Brewers. Released in 1984, this hop is a cornerstone of the world famous Sapporo Lager. With an alpha acid range of about 10% to 16%, this high alpha is predominantly used for its sharp bittering agent. Sorachi Ace also adds a uniquely fresh aroma of lemon, citrus, dill and cilantro to everything from IPAs and Pale Ales to Lagers. Sorachi Ace pellet or whole hops compliment Citra and Simcoe, and could be substituted with those varietals. If you’re looking for a taste of Sorachi Ace, just head to your nearest sushi bar and grab a bottle of Sapporo!

Aromas: lemon, citrus, dill and cilantro to everything from IPAs and Pale Ales to Lagers. Sorachi Ace pellet or whole hops compliment Citra and Simcoe

Hull Melon

Huell Melon is known for its distinct notes of summer melon (notably honeydew), ripe strawberries, and mild apricot. It also may bring low whispers of orange, vanilla, Geranium, and fruit tea.Its bitterness is usually characterized as mild, but still noticeable. Huell Melon is considered an aroma hop variety. However, it has successfully been used in single-hopped pale ales and even IPAs. Its mellow bittering and noticeable fruit profile make it an ideal choice in beer styles that require a lighter bittering profile. Its profile can also pair nicely in styles with characterful yeast profiles, such as Belgian ales and wheat styles.

Aromas: orange, vanilla, Geranium, and fruit tea

Magnum

A cross between Galena and a German male hop, Magnum hops are available in both German and U.S. grown varieties. The German varietal is known as Hallertau Magnum, so it’s generally clear where your hops came from. Primarily used as a bittering hop, Magnum has only a mild, herbal, piney and resinous aroma typical of high alpha varietals. The alpha acid range of 10% to 14% provides perfect bittering in beer styles like IPAs, Pale Ales, and even Stouts. This clean bittering agent is what makes Magnum hops so popular. If you can’t find Magnum try substituting with Nugget or Hallertauer Taurus. 

Aromas: black pepper and nutmeg, and also a slight hint of citrus

Galaxy

Australian developed Galaxy hops are sought after for their intensely aromatic characteristics. Bred from an Aussie high alpha female and Perle male, the result is a wonderfully bright, citrus forward flavor and aroma.  Galaxy has a slightly higher alpha acid range between 13% and 15%,but the most common use is as a late addition or in dry hopping, which lends the fullest pungent citrus and tropical passion fruit flavors to a brew. Try these hops in your favorite IPA or Pale Ale recipe.

Aromas: passion fruity character along with aromas and flavors of clean citrus and peach. It may also carry threads of pineapple and tropical fruit. In short, its characteristics are all fruit with no floral, pine, or spice.

East Kent Golding

It has an amazing aroma profile with lavender, spice, honey and notes of thyme. Flavor-wise it is earthy and mildly bittering with a sweet, silky, honey-like character. East Kent Golding is considered to be the quintessential English hop, long held as one of the island's favorites for ales and pale ales.Has Aromas of lavender, spice, and honey. Perfect for Pale Ale, Extra Special English Ale, English Dark Ale, and Belgian Ale

Aromas: sweet, silky, honey-like character

Mandarina Bavaria

Mandarina Bavaria has a fruity and citrus-heavy profile. The sweet fruity character can bring notes of gooseberry, strawberry, and blackcurrant. Citrus elements can be quite intense with strong lemon, pineapple, lime, and tangerine. Mandarina Bavaria is usually categorized as a flavor hop, but with the ability to bring high quality bitterness, it is really more a dual-purpose hop. It has high quality bitterness and can easily be used for all the additions in a single hopped beer.

Probably the first thing you’d think to use Mandarina Bavaria in is a fruity IPA or Pale Ale, but give it a try as a standalone hop in something like an American Wheat or Saison, too.

Aromas: Citrus elements can be quite intense with strong lemon, pineapple, lime, and tangerine

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