Brew Dudes

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Northern Brewer Hops

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.

Check out some other hop profiles:

Liberty Hops

Ahtanum Hops

Apollo Hops


2008 Maine Brewers Festival


Getting Friends To Brew


  1. Eugene

    Now everyone is talking about the American economy and eclections, nice to read something different. Eugene

  2. Funny, I was going to write a post about brewing in an economic meltdown.

    I will modify the theme a bit.

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