|Country:||United States of America (USA)|
Origin of the Crystal Hop
A triploid Hallertau Mittelfrueh x (Cascade x USDA 65009-64034M). Half-sister of Mt. Hood, Liberty and Ultra
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Crystal
The Crystal hop has aromas of woods, green, floral and fruity with herb and spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper.
#woody #floral #green #fruity #spicy #cinnamon #nutmeg #blackpepper
Brewing Values for Crystal
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Crystal 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 Acids (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.
|Beta AcidsThe ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades as beer ages. Higher levels of beta acids will result in a slower decline of bittering.||4.5-7%5.8% 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.||20-26%23% 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 »||0.8-2.1 mL1.5mL avg|
Common Hop Pairings with Crystal
Some hops just taste better together. We agree, so we recently analyzed hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Simcoe, Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook & Centennial hops are commonly used alongside the Crystal hop, although many others have also been seen with it.
Here is the relative frequency of the top 5 hops that are used with Crystal:
Common Beers and Styles using Crystal
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Crystal hop include Lager, Kolsch, ESB, Pilsner, IPA, Pale Ale & Belgian Ale.
Crystal Hop Substitutions
If any version of the Crystal hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to use one of these other hops as a substitution for a similar outcome:
Is Crystal Available in Cryo/Lupulin Powder Form?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Crystal 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.
Crystal Hop Statistics
We love statistics. We've analyzed hundreds of IPAs, dug into the Hop Growers of America's annual reports 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 Crystal hop:
- In 2019, Crystal was the 22nd most produced hop in the United States.
- Production of the Crystal hop has decreased by 5% between 2014 and 2019.
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