Purchase Cardinal Hops
Cardinal 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 Cardinal Hop
Cardinal was developed and released by the Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing. Cardinal was bred from European and American germplasm.
Sometimes referred to as Styrian Cardinal.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Cardinal Hops
Cardinal is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
Cardinal hops are known to have a typical citrus and fruity notes as well as a harmonious flavor.
Brewing Values for Cardinal Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Cardinal 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.||3.2-4.6%3.9% 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 - 5:13:1 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 »||31-37%34% 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 »||3.0-4.0 mL3.5mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||40-50%45% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||15-22%18.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||8-11%9.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||5-7%6% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||10-32%|
Beer Styles using Cardinal Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Cardinal hop include IPA & Pale Ale.
Cardinal Hop Substitutions
If the Cardinal 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 Cardinal substitutions.
There are no manually picked substitutions for this hop. You can instead use our tool that uses data to find similar hops.
Is Cardinal available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Cardinal 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.
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