As Mike mentioned in his post about the lack of a hops shortage at the Modern Brewer (Cambridge, MA), Phoenix hops were available for purchase there. This variety seems pretty new since there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information online about it. So, I pulled together what I could from sites and I did some research offline too. Yes, information does live offline.
Origin: UK – specifically Wye College in Kent.
Aroma: Many sources did not have a description for Phoenix hops aroma. One said it had a pleasant English aroma. Other sources stated this variety is similar to UK Challenger, which has a mild to moderate aroma but quite spicy.
Alpha Acid: There were some discrepancies in the alpha acid levels. Some claim it has a range of 4.2 to 5.5%; others claim it was higher (9 – 13%). From the descriptions I read, I would say that the alpha acids were in the higher ranges
Typical Usage: Because it was bred as a replacement for Challenger (it is early-ripening and wilt resistant), it is a true dual purpose hop with bittering and aroma properties although a source claimed that “late hop additions for aroma have tended to be disappointing with only very mellow aromas coming through”.
Beer Styles: English Ales including porters, stouts, ESBs, and bitters.