All right, it’s time to tackle the final frontier of hop profiles: Noble Hops
Look – I waited until we had 2 years of blogging under our belt. You can’t say we’re some Johnny-come-latelys…
We have built some credibility. We have built some trust. We hope you will enjoy our 4 part noble hop profile series.
The first profile: Spalt Hops
Spalt hops originate from a town in Bavaria called Spalt. This is a traditional hop that is known as a landrace variety. It became a variety because of the environment it grew in…and not because of human tinkering.
I am not sure if Spalt Hops are widely available to homebrewers. I have read that it is hard to grow the traditional hop and there isn’t a large enough volume to distribute around the globe. A variation of this hop named Spalt Select is more readily available. It was released in the 1980s as a replacement for the traditional hop, but it important to note that the Select version is not a descendant of Spalt but bred using the Hallertauer Mittelfrüh variety.
Here are more details:
Aroma/Flavor: Spicy, Pungent, low bitterness
Alpha Acid: 4% to 5.5%
Typical Usage: Flavoring/Finishing.
Beer Styles: Bocks, Alts, Munich Helles, Pilsners
Other Noble hops include: