Loral hops is a variety I read a lot about when it was first released. With all hop variety, the hype can be a bit much. Loral is a great example for taking the time to brew with them and examining their flavor and aroma. View this video we put together of our evaluation of a SMaSH brewed with Loral hops:

Final Thoughts

Loral hops are not a fruity variety like the other ones that we have encountered over the past 10 years. They are more like traditional, Noble hops with spicy and herbal aromas and flavors.

There may have been a little citrus pith that we picked up in the bitterness; otherwise, it was pretty subtle. It is definitely a candidate for blending with other more fragrant hops.