After learning and writing about Millennium hops, I thought I would take a trip down the road to discovering Nugget hops, Mike has brewed with these hops before. I feel they are a pretty well known American hop variety. I learned they were first bred in 1970 from a fairly extensive mix of parent hops including:
- Brewers Gold
- Early Green
- Canterbury Golding
My favorite from this list, of course, is Unknown. It’s like my favorite poet – Anonymous.
Nugget hops were released to the public in 1983 by the USDA.
Origin: I think Yakima, WA – United States
Aroma: Descriptors include Heavy (I like that one), spicy-herbal, and similar to Northern Brewer.
Alpha Acid: 12.5 – 14.0%
Typical Usage: Bittering mostly. Some sources reported getting some good dry hopping results from using Nugget.
Beer Styles: Another great one for American ales and lagers.