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Bravo Hop United States of America Hop

Bravo Hop

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Purpose:Bittering
Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:BRO
Cultivar/Brand ID:01046
Ownership:™ Hopsteiner

Purchase Bravo Hops

Bravo 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.

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Origin of Bravo Hops

Bravo's lineage includes Zeus crossed with a male (98004 x USDA 19058m). It was released in 2006.

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Bravo Hops

Bravo is a bittering hop that is commonly used only to bitter the beer during brewing, and not for too much flavor and aromas.

The Bravo hops have aroma descriptors include orange, vanilla and floral. It is an excellent bittering variety and can provide pleasant fruit and sweet floral aroma characteristics in some applications.

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Brewing Values for Bravo Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Bravo 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.
13-18%
15.5% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.3-5.5%
4.3% 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 - 6:1
4:1 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.28-35%
31.5% 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 »1.6-3.5 mL
2.6mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: pine, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 25-60%
42.5% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, hoppy, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 8-20%
14% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, spicy, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 6-8%
7% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, woody (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 11-61%

Hop Pairings with Bravo 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 hops are commonly used alongside the Bravo 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 1 hops that are used with Bravo:



Beer Styles using Bravo Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Bravo hop include American IPA, American Pale Ale & American Stout.

Bravo Hop Substitutions

If the Bravo 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 Bravo available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Bravo 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.

Bravo 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 Bravo hop:

  • In 2019, Bravo was the 25th most produced hop in the US.
  • Between 2014 and 2019, Bravo's harvested pounds decreased by 63%.

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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