I went to my local homebrew shop and purchased a few hops that I had never seen before. Any time I see a variety that is new to me, I pick up an ounce to brew a SMaSH with for my own knowledge but also for yours.
The new hop variety I bought was a packet of Azacca hops. These hops were introduced to the market in 2013 and have been used in some commercial beers such as Victory Brewing’s Hop Ranch and Cigar City’s Azacca.
Before they were given their brand name, they were known as Experimental Hop #483. Once it decided the variety was going to be released, it was named after the Haitian god of agriculture. Off of the top of my head, I am not sure many other hops have been named after a god except maybe Zeus hops.
Origin: This variety was cultivated by the American Dwarf Hop Association (ADHA) and they are based in Moxee, WA, USA. They are a pretty cool organization dedicated to changing the way hops are produced and they are focused on dwarf or low trellis hop varieties. You can find them at http://www.adha.us/ It appears we will be seeing more new hops from them.
Aroma/Flavor: Here are the descriptors – intense tropical flavors and aromas. Mango is a big one, Papaya is another.
Your citrus notes are in there too – Grapefruit, lemon, orange and are sustained throughout the length of the taste. Other fruits include pears and apples.
Then, there are piney descriptors too. We brewed with these hops and formed our own opinions. Check out our Azacca SMaSH Beer tasting post!
Alpha Acid: 14 to 16%
Typical Usage: This variety should be used in late additions to really maximize all of those intense tropical hop aromas and flavors. I will be putting brewing up a single malt, single hop brew to showcase this hop and we will roll out a tasting video so you can understand more about this hop from us.
Azacca hops sounded tremendous and they lived up to their hype in my brew.
As always – Brew ON!