Popular Hops Varieties In Homebrewing -  Flavor and Aroma Profiles

Popular Hops Varieties In Homebrewing - Flavor and Aroma Profiles

The era of craft beer had driven the popularity of brewing great beer to a level we had previously never seen.  With the surge in growth from startup small scale brewers globally, the desire to differentiate from their peers, brewers are crafting out new beer styles, flavors and aroma. One area of rapid development is the hop industry. The surge in hybridizing new hops varieties has resulted in a massive niche industry of hops growers and continues to increase the number of hop varieties available to profession and home brewers alike.

The following list provides the aroma and flavor characteristics of the most popular hops varieties in homebrewing. Some of these varieties are classic hops, while others have rapidly gained in popularity.

 Cascade:
Aroma: Floral, spicy, citrus
Flavor: Grapefruit, floral, pine
Centennial:
Aroma: Floral, citrus, earthy
Flavor: Balanced bitterness, floral, citrus
Simcoe:
Aroma: Pine, earthy, berry
Flavor: Pine, earth, hints of berry and citrus
Amarillo®:
Aroma: Orange zest, floral, tropical
Flavor: Orange, tangerine, tropical fruit
Mosaic:
Aroma: Tropical fruit, citrus, pine
Flavor: Blueberry, mango, citrus
Citra:
Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit
Flavor: Bright citrus, lime, tropical fruit
Chinook:
Aroma: Pine, spicy, grapefruit
Flavor: Resinous, pine, herbal
Saaz:
Aroma: Earthy, herbal, spicy
Flavor: Mild bitterness, herbal, spicy
Nelson Sauvin:
Aroma: White wine, gooseberry, tropical fruit
Flavor: Grape, gooseberry, tropical fruit
Hallertau:
Aroma: Floral, herbal, earthy
Flavor: Mild bitterness, floral, herbal
Cashmere:
Aroma: Citrus, melon, herbal
Flavor: Peach, coconut, herbal tea
Galaxy:
Aroma: Passionfruit, citrus, peach
Flavor: Tropical fruit, citrus, pineapple
El Dorado:
Aroma: Tropical fruit, pear, watermelon
Flavor: Candy-like sweetness, tropical fruit
Strata:
Aroma: Passionfruit, grapefruit, herbal
Flavor: Dank, citrus, tropical fruit
Azacca:
Aroma: Tropical fruit, citrus, pine
Flavor: Mango, pineapple, citrus
Willamette:
Aroma: Floral, spicy, earthy
Flavor: Mild bitterness, floral, herbal
Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ):
Aroma: Spicy, earthy, pine
Flavor: Resinous, herbal, citrus
Northern Brewer:
Aroma: Woody, herbal, spicy
Flavor: Mild bitterness, woody, herbal
Fuggle:
Aroma: Mild, woody, earthy
Flavor: Moderate bitterness, woody, herbal
East Kent Goldings:
Aroma: Floral, earthy, honey
Flavor: Mild bitterness, floral, herbal
Magnum:
Aroma: Herbal, spicy, resinous
Flavor: Clean bitterness, herbal, spicy
Perle:
Aroma: Spicy, floral, minty
Flavor: Mild bitterness, herbal, spicy
Sorachi Ace:
Aroma: Lemon, dill, herbal
Flavor: Citrus, herbal, lemon zest
Southern Cross:
Aroma: Pine, citrus, spice
Flavor: Lemon, lime, spicy
Sapphire:
Aroma: Noble, floral, earthy
Flavor: Mild bitterness, floral, herbal
Crystal:
Aroma: Spicy, floral, fruity
Flavor: Mild bitterness, woody, herbal
Target:
Aroma: Spice, floral, earthy
Flavor: Moderate bitterness, floral, herbal
Sterling:
Aroma: Herbal, spicy, floral
Flavor: Mild bitterness, herbal, spicy
Calypso:
Aroma: Pear, apple, herbal
Flavor: Bright fruit, pear, mint
Warrior:
Aroma: Mild, herbal, pine
Flavor: Clean bitterness, herbal, pine
Ella:
Aroma: Floral, spicy, tropical fruit
Flavor: Apricot, citrus, spice
Cluster:
Aroma: Floral, earthy, fruity
Flavor: Balanced bitterness, floral, herbal
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