The hop profile series continues with an examination of Northern Brewer hops. The Brew Dudes have used these hops in pre-packaged recipe kits but never took the time to learn more about them. Come with us as we learn more about Northern Brewer hops.
Origin: All sources state that this variety was bred in 1934 in England. It is a hybrid of English and American varieties. There is some confusion on which country’s hop was the daddy…
Aroma: Some descriptors included: Medium-strong with some wild tones (which means nothing to me), woody with evergreen and mint overtones, Ted said: mild or very soft citrus and fruity quality.
Alpha Acid: Between 6.6 – 8.0%
Typical Usage: It was made for a dual purpose of both bittering and flavoring. I think typically it is used as bittering. Northern Brewer hops are the signature variety in Anchor Steam, so if you were to make a California Common beer you may want to use them. I think they can be used in all types of English ales. We posted a brown porter recipe that calls for them.
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