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.

2017 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 (think citrusy floral). Its alpha acid content it is well suited to Pale Ales and IPAs.

Crystal

A noble-ish hop with floral and spice notes. We gave Crystal a trial run in our research yard in 2015/16 and we're pleased to announce that we've added them to our yard in a big way (available 2017 harvest).

Magnum

Known traditionally 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.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier is a dual purpose hop with noble aroma characteristics (comparable to Hallertau). We're also finding tremendous citrus notes with a heavy pinch of pine. You're not going to want to miss this hop.

Pépite

The terroir of our soil transforms this well known hop variety into something entirely different than it's west coast counterpart, so much so that we decided to give it a new name! Popular in IPAs, Imperials, and other super hoppy brews this dual purpose variety packs a bright citrus and sticky fruit flavor/aroma profile. Can you guess it's original name?

Rakau (NOT AVAILABLE IN 2017)

Developed as a dual hop, Rakau is bursting with a lot of typical New Zealand fruity aromatics. We're excited about what the Rakau have brought to the table, our 2016 crop offered stone fruit flavors and aromas to every batch (think peach forward with a dried apricot finish).

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.

2017 Analytics

Variety% Alpha% BetaHSI
Cascade 20174.54.6 - 7.30.225 -0.228
Cascade 20164 - 5.34.3 - 5.30.227 - 0.248
Centennial10.4 - 12.73.70.259 - 0.275
Crystal5.78.20.211
Magnum10.3 - 12.46 - 7.50.235 - 0.243
Mt. Rainier6.78.10.218
Pépite 201712.6 - 143.6 - 3.80.242 - 0.245
Pépite 201611.8 - 14.52.8 - 3.50.252 - 0.265
Teamaker2.6 - 7.07.4 - 7.80.208