I like Crystal hops. I wished they were named something different though. My simple mind can’t stand hearing “crystal” and associating it with anything but malts. I guess you could make a Crystal ale where all your specialty malts and hops were all named Crystal. (Hmmm…note to self). I didn’t know Crystal were a part of a 3 hop group like the 3 Cs (Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade). I would have written the profiles together in a series. Oh well.
Crystal was developed from German Hallertau (also Cascade, Brewer’s Gold, and Early Green) in 1983 to breed a replacement for this noble hop variety in America. This program developed Mt. Hood and Liberty hops. It was released 10 years later for commercial use (1993).
Origin: USA – Corvallis, OR
Aroma: Mild, Floral, spicier than Hallertau, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg. More pungent that its sister hops Mt. Hood and Liberty.
Alpha Acid: 3.5 – 5.5%
Typical Usage: Aroma
Beer Styles: Pilsners, Other Light Lagers, Light American Ales
Check out its sisters here:
Also, I saw a lot of critiques of this variety on boards saying it was kinda weak. I don’t think Crystal is supposed to help you with hoppy hoppy ales. Use other hops if you are looking to brew a worthy IPA.