Also known as Hort 4337, it was bred by NZ Hops in 2004 and has been extensively trialed in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. This sister of Waimea is expected to be the next big New Zealand hop when it makes it's way to our shores. As the name suggests, it has a citrus flavour, but it's the ripe tropical fruit that's getting people excited, expect pineapple, passion fruit and stone fruits such as peach. This big flavour profile is best suited to dry hopped styles such as IPAs and NEIPAs.
Released for brewing in 2020, this newly cultivated hop is the daughter of Sabro and has a lineage of wild American hops from the West Coast. Talus packs a powerful aroma and flavour profile with big hits from tropical fruits, citrus zests, red berries, floral notes, sweet caramel and pine resin. Other subtle flavours can be woody, grassy or herbal tones. Because it is so new, brewers are trying it in different beer styles including wheat, golden, American style lagers, pale ales and IPAs.
Cascade is the quintessential US hop and one of the big 3 C's in craft brewing. Cascade was developed in the 1960's by Oregon State University to be resistant and aromatic, it was derived from the English Fuggle and the Russian Serebrianker. Used primarily for aroma, it has the characteristics of floral, spicy, citrus and grapefruit notes mainly but lychee and pine can also be found. Although it has lower Alpha Acids than some other bittering hops, Cascade is still used for many American Pale Ales including West Coast beers.
Citra was developed in USA by the Hop Breeding Company (HBC) in Yakima Valley and released in 2009 making it a relatively new hop variety. It has high alpha acid and oil content, giving it strong tropical flavours, aromas and bitterness. Used predominantly in IPAs and Pale Ales of all origins. After gaining popularity in the UK, it has become one of the staple flavouring hop of recent years.
Nelson Sauvin was developed in New Zealand before being released in 2000. The hop is often compared to the wine grape of a similar name, Sauvignon Blanc. Because of its heritage and wine characteristics, many brewers and drinkers find its profile isn't to their taste. This hop can give off flavours and aromas of wine, grapes, lychee, mango, gooseberry and black pepper, as a result it it can be a difficult hop for brewers to master. Nelson Sauvin has become a popular hop to use in American style IPAs and Pales. With a complex oil content it can used for flavouring and bittering. It is usually paired with other citrusy hops such as Citra, Cascade and Amarillo.
Sabro comes from Yakima Chief in the USA and is an experimental hop from their breeding program by John Haas. Since its inception and release, Sabro has gathered quite a name for itself because of its broad flavour profile. It has flavours of coconut, mint, citrus fruits and cream making it a versatile hop but also one that sometimes divides opinion. Used mainly in IPAs and Pale Ales because of the flavours it imparts to the brew. Some breweries have used it in milkshake IPAs and ice cream beers due to its flavour range.