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Posted May 8, 2013 by Crafted Pours in
 
 

Hop Flavor and Aroma in Craft Beer

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Hops provide three primary purposes in the production of craft beer; add aroma, add flavor, and add bitterness.  Hops are harvested annually in the Fall, and the oils in the hops which provide these characteristics can change each year.  Hops are used in whole cone/leaf and compressed pellet formats. For flavor and aroma, they are added near or at the end of the boiling process, and after primary fermentation – dry hopping.

The list of hop varieties below highlights the flavor profiles and typical beer styles which use the hops. We’ve included some new varieties which are just starting to be used for commercially brewed craft beers. If you’re a home brewer the new ones are great to experiment with.

 

Popular Hop Types Used for Aroma and Flavoring in Craft Beer
Ahtanum

Piney, bright floral, citrusy. Popular in American Pale Ales and IPAs.  View beers with Ahtanum hops

Amarillo

Tangerine, citrus, orange, flowery. Popular in American Pale Ales and IPAs.  View beers with Amarillo hops

Azacca

Tropical fruit, orange, lemon, light pine, pineapple. Popular in IPAs, Wheat Beers, and Pale Ales.  View beers with Azacca hops

Belma

Citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple, melon. Used in Pale Ales, Blonde Ales, Belgian Ales, and Wheat Beers. View beers with Belma hops

Bramling Cross

UK hop with notes of black currant, vanilla, earthiness. English Stye Ales, Porters. View beers with Bramling Cross hops

Calypso

Fruity aromas, apple, pear, tropical fruit. Popular in American Pale Ales and IPAs. View beers with Calypso hops

Cascade

Flowery, citrusy, grapefruit, piney. Popular in American Pale Ales, IPAs, Porters.  View beers with Cascade hops

Centennial

Floral, citrusy. Popular in American Pale Ales and IPAs.  View beers with Centennial hops

Chinook

Grapefruit, piney, spicy. Popular in Double IPAs, Imperial IPAs.  View beers with Chinook hops

Citra

Guava, passion fruit, citrus.  Popular in Double IPAs, Imperial IPAs.  View beers with Citra hops 

 
Cluster

Spicy, floral. Popular in Pale Ales, Pale Lagers.  View beers with Cluster hops

Columbus

Herbal, dank, earthy, light citrus.  Popular in IPAs, Imperial IPAs, Pale Ales, Stouts.  View beers with Columbus hops

Crystal

Floral, spicy, black pepper, cinnamon. Popular in Pale Lagers, Pilsners.

 
Dana

Slovenian dual purpose floral hop with notes of lemon, citrus, and pine.

 
East Kent Golding

Earthy, floral. Popular in Bitters, ESBs, English Style Ales.  View beers with East Kent Golding hops

El Dorado

Stone fruit, pear, watermelon, light tropical fruit. Popular in IPAs, Pale Ales, Wheat Beers.  View beers with El Dorado hops

Falconers Flight

Earthy, mild spice, citrus, grapefruit. Popular in IPAs, Red Ales, Pales Ales.  View beers with Falconers Flight hops

Fuggle

Earthy, mild spice. Popular in Bitters, ESBs, English Style Ales, Porters, Stouts.  View beers with Fuggle hops

Galaxy

Citrus, passion fruit.  From Australia, popular in Pale Ales, Bitters, Blonde Ales.  View beers with Galaxy hops 

 
Glacier

Herbal, woody, mild citrus. Popular in American Pale Ales, Bitters, Blonde Ales.  View beers with Glacier hops

HBC342

Pine, citrus, watermelon rind. New experimental variety used in IPAs, Pales Ales. View beers with HBC342 hops

Hallertau

Earthy, mild spice. Popular in German Lagers, Bocks, Pilsners.  View beers with Hallertau hops

Hallertau Mittelfruh

Very floral, mild spice. Popular in German Lagers, Pilsners.  View beers with Hallertau Mittelfruh hops

Hallertau Blanc

White wine grapes, fruity, floral. New German variety.

 
Huell Melon

Honeydew, melon, apricot, strawberry. New German variety.

 
Legacy

Grapefruit, black currant, mild spice. Used in Stouts and Porters.

 
Mandarina Bavaria

Mandarin orange, citrus. New German variety used in IPAs, Wheat Beers. View beers with Mandarina Bavaria hops

Mosaic

Fruity, pineapple, grapefruit, blueberry.  Popular in American Pale Ales, IPAs.  View beers with Mosaic hops 

 
Motueka

Lemon, lime, tropical fruit, light peppery notes.  Popular in Pilsners, Belgian Ales, IPAs.  View beers with Motueka hops

Nelson Sauvin

White wine grapes, gooseberries. Popular in Pale Ales, IPAs.  View beers with Nelson Sauvin hops 

 
Pacifica

Orange marmalade, clean floral, mild cinnamon. From New Zealand, popular in Pale Ales, IPAs.  View beers with Pacifica hops

Pacific Jade

Lemon, lime, spice, tropical fruit. From New Zealand, popular in Pale Ales, IPAs.  View beers with Pacific Jade hops

Palisade

Floral, apricot. Popular in American Pale Ales, IPAs.  View beers with Palisade hops

Perle

Mild spice, floral. Popular in German Lagers, German Ales, Stouts.  View beers with Perle hops

Polaris

Minty, herbal. New German variety. Used in Weiss Beers, Pilsners, Saisons. View beers with Polaris hops

Riwaka

Mild citrus, passion fruit. Popular in Pilsners, Pale Ales.  View beers with Riwaka hops

Saaz

Mild spice. Popular in Pilsners, Belgian Ales, Wheat Beers.  View beers with Saaz hops

Santiam

Flowery. Popular in German Lagers, Belgian Ales.  View beers with Santiam hops

Simcoe

Clean pine, woody, citrus. Popular in IPAs, Double IPAs, American Pale Ales.  View beers with Simcoe hops

Sorachi Ace

Lemon, citrus, mild coconut. Japanese hop popular in Saisons, Farmhouse Ales. View beers with Sorachi Ace hops

Stella (now called Ella)

Piney, fruity, mild anise. From Australia, popular in IPAs, Red Ales, Pales Ales. View beers with Stella hops

 

Summit

Grapefruit, tangerine, citrus. Popular in IPAs, Imperial IPAs.  View beers with Summit hops

Tettnanger

Spicy, grassy, floral. Popular in German Lagers, Belgian Ales.  View beers with Tettnanger hops

Topaz

Dank aromas, apricot, lychee, mild citrus. From Australia, popular in IPAs, Double IPAs. View beers with Topaz hops

Warrior

Pine, grapefruit, lemon. Popular in IPAs, Imperial IPAs.  View beers with Warrior hops

Waktu

New Zealand hop – floral, lime citrus. Popular in IPAs, Pale Ales.  View beers with Waktu hops

Willamette

Mild spice, fruity, earthy. Popular in American Pale Ales, Brown Ales.  View beers with Willamette hops

Zythos

Tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, pine. Popular in IPAs, Belgian IPAs, Pale Ales. View beers with Zythos hops