Aromatic Hops Varieties & Analytics

Aromatics and Quality

Fresh hops

What does all this mean for you? That our wet hops will be lusciously aromatic and our whole leaf and pellets will pack a robust nose!

The heart of our operation focuses on aromatic hops varieties. The terroir provided by our soil (Hadley Silt Loam) and growing conditions in this region create a new landscape for brewers to explore, a place where Magnums aren’t just for bittering and a Nugget isn’t just herbal, but also packs a citrus punch.

We work hard to bring the highest quality hops to your brews and we do that by: listening to Mother Nature, investing a lot of time in caring for the plants (irrigating, fertilizing, weeding, pest management, the list is long), analyzing our crop each season, and collaborating with regional universities and agriculture programs on hops research.

Because our focus is on getting the best/most aromatic characteristics out of our hops, timing our harvest is critical. Each week, throughout the months of August and September we scout our yards, taking moisture samples and tracking each variety so that when the plants say they’re “ready,” we can start harvesting.

2016 Hop Varieties

Cascade

Versatile with a wonderful citrusy-spicy aroma. As one of the top producers at the farm, Cascade consistently offer strong yields and fantastic aromatics.

Centennial

A versatile hop with a balanced depth of bitterness and forward aroma (floral in both flavor and aroma). Its alpha acid content it is well suited to Pale Ales and IPAs.

Crystal (2017)

Woodsy and green, floral and fruity, with herb and spice notes.). We gave Crystal a trial run in our research yard this year and we’re eager to hear your thoughts!

Magnum

Known as a bittering hop we've been surprised at the intense, citrusy/fruity nose our magnums give. Officially called Aromatic Magnum around here, some brewers go so far as to call them pineapple bombs.

Nugget

Popular in IPAs, Imperials, and other super hoppy brews. Traditionally its high myrcene content plus the high alpha content results in a green, herbal aroma. Ours however, also pack a strong lemon punch.

Rakau (Alpharoma)

Developed as a dual hop, Rakau is bursting with a lot of typical New Zealand fruity aromatics (mango, guava, passion fruit, etc.). We're excited about what the Rakau have to offer as they're holding true to their southern hemisphere characteristics.

Teamaker

A high aroma breed making a unique splash in the world of medicine, food, and brewing. With notes of black tea, Teamaker has been a hit with our sour beer making friends. They say it also makes a great iced tea because of it's lack of bitterness.
     

Hop Analytics

You wouldn’t buy a car without looking under the hood or at least kicking the tires, so why should buying hops be any different? We send samples from each variety we grow to reputable labs in Vermont and the Pacific Northwest to learn about the Alphas, Betas, HSI, and oil profiles. Hops are remarkable plants as the acids they produce can change dramatically each year in direct response to the environmental pressures the plants face – meaning those subtle, nuanced aromatics will change from season to season.

2016 Analytics

Variety% Alpha% BetaHSI
Cascade4.74.8.2
Centennial7.82.7.28
Magnum7.74.2.25
Nugget13.23.2.26
Rakau10.82.4.261
Teamaker2.26.9.23