January 24, 2018

Ohhh hops... glorious hops. How can you not love these wonderful flowers and all the wonderful things they do to beer. The range of flavors and aromas they can lend to a beer is vast and overwhelming.  Every day hop farmers are working on what they hope will be the next big varietal.  It's become almost impossible to stay on top of the many varieties and options but what a problem to have for any homebrewer. So many flavors to play with.

Over the years we have written a few "Hop Profile" articles talking about specific varietals and what they contribute to beer.  This post is meant to be a launch pad to those articles.  As we write about more hops, we will continue to flush out this list.


Citra Hops Profile
The smooth floral and citrus aroma of this hop, along with the high alpha acid content bring strong flavor and aroma to beer featuring Citra. Read more about when and how to use this hop on our Citra Hops Profile.
Type of Hop:Dual Use Hop
Used In
: India Pale Ale, American Ales, Amber
Flavors: Citrus, grapefruit, lime, tropical fruits
Alpha Acids: 11% - 15%
Substitutes: Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Mosaic


Fuggle Hops Profile
Fuggle Hops are the quintessential English hop. They are a perfect late addition aroma hop to add to any English style beer. To read more about this hop read our full Fuggle Hop Profile.
Type of Hop:an Aroma Hop
Used In
: Any English Style Beer, US Ales, Lambics
Flavors: Earthy - wood, grass and mint
Alpha Acids: 3% - 5.6%
Substitutes: Willamette, Styrian Golding


Hallertau Hops Profile

Hallertau is about as recognizable as any, and its noble characteristic of high aromatic qualities, and an Alpha Acid rating of 3.5%-5.5%) makes it a prime candidate for late additions and dry hopping. Read more about this hop by reading our Hallertau Hops Profile.
Type of Hop:an Aroma Hop
Used In
: Beglain-Style Ales, Lagers, Pilsners, Weizens, Altbier, Lambic, Kölsch, Munich Helles
Flavors: Earthy, Herbal
Alpha Acids: 3.5% - 6.5%
Substitutes: Mt. Hood, Liberty, Crystal, German Hallertau, German Tradition


Vic Secret Hops Profile
Vic Secret is the next big thing out of Australia. This hop brings a clean fruit and pine flavor and is best used in dry-hopping and whirlpooling. Vic Secret's high level of alpha acid (14%-17%)  makes dry-hopping the best way to attain ideal flavor. Find out more about this hop by reading our Vic Secret Hop Profile.
Type of Hop:
an Aroma Hop
Used In
: Any Hoppy Style
Flavors: Pineapple, Pine, Passionfruit. Similar to what you would find in Galaxy hops but lighter
Alpha Acids: 14% - 17%
Substitutes: Galaxy

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