Ultra hops are one of those varieties that were bred in the ’80s and released in the ’90s. It fits into the Mt. Hood, Liberty, and Crystal hops family which seem to me to be the varieties that were bred to grow here in the States as noble hop replacements. They have noble hop flavor and aroma qualities without the susceptibilities to pests and disease as the true noble hop varieties have.
Ultra hops were originally bred in 1983 and released in 1995. They were bred from:
- Hallertauer Mittelfrüh
- Unknown (my favorite)
Here’s more stats on Ultra hops:
Aroma/Flavor: Descriptions include: spicy, floral, fine, mild
Alpha Acid: 4.5 – 5.0%
Typical Usage: Aroma
Beer Styles: Because it is bred from noble hop varieties, it works in styles that call for noble hops. I am thinking pilsners and American wheats.