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Azacca Hop United States of America Hop

Azacca Hop

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Purpose:Dual
Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:AZA
Cultivar/Brand ID:ADHA-483
Ownership:® American Dwarf Hop Association

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Origin of Azacca Hops

Azacca is a descendant of Northern Brewer and Summit it's a cross between Toyomidori and an unknown variety. Bred by the American Dwarf Hop Association, it was released in 2013.

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Azacca Hops

Azacca is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.

Azacca has an amazingly refreshing aroma. It's descriptions usually include aromas and flavors of mango, papaya, orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine, spice, pineapple, grassy, tropical fruit, and citrus. However, the Azacca hop has a very delicate hop aroma that can be easily overpowered by other hops and flavors.

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Read More: The Most Common Hops Used in IPAs



Brewing Values for Azacca Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Azacca 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.
14-16%
15% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.4.0-5.5%
4.8% 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.3:1 - 4:1
3:1 avg
Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer.38-45%
41.5% 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 »1.6-2.5 mL
2.1mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: pine, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 46-55%
50.5% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, hoppy, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 14-18%
16% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, spicy, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 8-12%
10% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, woody (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 14-32%

Hop Pairings with Azacca Hops

Some hops just taste better together. We recently analyzed [1] hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Mosaic, Citra, Ekuanot, Cascade, El Dorado & Idaho 7 hops are commonly used alongside the Azacca hop. This is not a complete list, but should give you a good idea of what hops are commonly used together.

Here is the relative frequency of the top 6 hops that are used with Azacca:



Beer Styles using Azacca Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Azacca hop include Pale Ale, IPA, Fruit Beer, Sour & Saison.

Azacca is also sometimes featured as a single hop in beers to highlight its unique flavors and aromas. Some popular examples of commercial beers that use 100% Azacca hops in their recipes are Founders Azacca IPA.

Azacca Hop Substitutions

If the Azacca hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with one of these other hops for a similar outcome:

Is Azacca available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Azacca hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2) nor Haas (Lupomax) have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. This new type of hop product is pure concentrated lupulin powder, which leads to more flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.

Azacca Hop Statistics

We love statistics. We've analyzed hundreds of IPAs, dug into the Hop Growers of America's annual reports[2] and researched the history behind some of the most popular beer ingredients. Here are a few of the things we've found interesting about the Azacca hop:

  • Azacca production grew by 339% between 2014 and 2019.
  • In 2019, Azacca was the 18th most grown hop in the United States.

If you see an error in our data, please let us know!

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References:
  1. https://beermaverick.com/the-most-common-hops-used-in-ipas/
  2. https://beermaverick.com/analyzing-the-usa-hop-production-statistics-of-2019/

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