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
Aside from having the best name, Fuggle hops are a great aromatic addition to many beer styles and have a long history.
Fuggle was first documented in Kent, England in 1861 and brought to market by Richard Fuggle in 1875. Fast forward to 1946, and almost 80% of all hops grown in England were Fuggle.
Since then, they crossed the pond and are now growing in both Oregon and Washington, though the US version is less potent than its English-grown brother.
Fuggle was also used in breeding Cascade, Willamette and Glacier hops.
Originally, brewers used this hop for both bitterness and aroma, but Fuggle hops' Alpha Acid content of just 3.5-5.5 means that newer crops with higher Alpha Acid content have led brewers to use Fuggle primarily as an aroma hop in recent years.
With the cold winter months approaching, many beer lovers are starting to search for stouts, porters, winter seasonals, brown ales and strong British ales, all of which are great vessels for Fuggle hops. Pale ales, Lambics and IPAs are also a natural fit for the minty, floral and grassy aroma that Fuggle imparts.
Fuggle flavor adds a pleasant herbal earthiness in varieties where the hop is the star.
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