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El Dorado Hop

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Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:ELD
Ownership:® CLS Farms, LLC

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Purchase El Dorado Hops

This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.

Origin and Geneology of the El Dorado Hop

The lineage for the El Dorado hop goes back to Brewer's Gold, Bullion, Comet and Fuggle and was released in 2010 by CLS Farms in Moxee, Washington.

US hops begin to be harvested in mid-to-late August for most aroma varieties.

Flavor & Aroma Profile of El Dorado Hops

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

El Dorado hops elicit responses of fruity notes and tropical fruit flavors. When used as a bittering hop, El Dorado lends a soft and balanced bitterness. When used in later additions El Dorado brings bright tropical fruit flavors and aromas of pear, watermelon, candy and stone fruit.

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Brewing Values for El Dorado Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with El Dorado 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 »
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.6.4-8.0%
7.2% 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 - 3:1
2:1 avg
Hop Storage Index (HSI)The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C). The freshest hops will always be the best.36% (Fair)
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 »28-33%
30.5% 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 »2.5-3.3 mL
2.9mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 55-60%
57.5% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 10-15%
12.5% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 6-8%
7% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 16-29%

Hop Pairings with El Dorado 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 Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, Simcoe, Motueka, Galaxy & Cascade hops are commonly used alongside the El Dorado 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 7 hops that are used with El Dorado:

Beer Styles using El Dorado Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the El Dorado hop include American Pale Ale, IPA, Lager, Wheats & Cream Ale.

El Dorado Hop Substitutions

If the El Dorado 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 El Dorado substitutions.

Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of El Dorado:

Is El Dorado available in lupulin powder?

Yes! There is a version of the El Dorado hop in lupulin powder form. El Dorado lupulin powder is suggested to be used at about half the amount as you'd normally use with pellets. The Cryo/LupuLN2 (Yakima Chief Hops), Lupomax (Haas) and Hopsteiner products are pure concentrated lupulin powder, which add big flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.

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