African Queen Hop
|Country:||South Africa (SA)|
|Cultivar/Brand ID:||J17 or J-17-63|
Purchase African Queen Hops
African Queen hops are available to be purchased from multiple suppliers. We've conveniently linked to the most popular hop suppliers as well as Amazon.com. Every supplier may have different prices, harvest years and amounts available for purchase.
Origin and Geneology of the African Queen Hop
African Queen is a diploid seedling selected from a cross between 91J7/25 and an SA male 94US2/118. It was released in 2014.
South African hops are usually harvested in the late summer months, which is typically around late February into March.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of African Queen Hops
African Queen is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
The aroma profile of the African Queen hop includes dank, blueberries, stone fruit, black currant, gooseberries, bubble gum, lemongrass, and chilies. This hop also works well with subtle blended beers such as those with coffee, fruit, and spices.
Brewing Values for African Queen Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with African Queen hops over the years. Each year's crop can yield hops that have slightly different qualities, so these number ranges are based on history.
|Alpha Acid % (AA)|
Alpha acids are the main source of bitterness in beer. Longer boil times will result in isomerization of more alpha acids leading to increased bitterness. Learn more »
|Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.||3.9-6.2%5.1% avg|
|Alpha-Beta RatioThe ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades during aging. 1:1 ratios are common in aroma varieties.||2:1 - 4:13:1 avg|
|Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops may impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer. Learn more »||22-30%26% avg|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)These highly volatile, not very soluble oils are easily boiled off, but add flavor and aroma to the finished beer when added very late in the boil or during fermentation. Learn more »||0.7-1.5 mL1.1mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||20-29%24.5% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||21-30%25.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||10-17%13.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||5-7%6% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||17-44%|
Beer Styles using African Queen Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the African Queen hop include IPA, Pale Ale, Belgian Ale & Saison.
African Queen Hop Substitutions
If the African Queen hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with a similar hop. The old way of choosing replacement hops was done by experience and "feel". There is nothing wrong with that way. However, we wanted to build a data-driven tool to find your African Queen substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of African Queen:
Is African Queen available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the African Queen hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2), Haas (Lupomax) or Hopsteiner have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. Too bad too - it is pure hop lupulin powder, which leads to huge, concentrated flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
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