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Enigma Hop Australia Hop

Enigma Hop

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Purpose:Aroma
Country:Australia (AUS)
International Code:ENI
Cultivar/Brand ID:02-016-008
Ownership:™ Hop Products Australia (HPA)

Purchase Enigma Hops

Enigma 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 Enigma Hops

Enigma is a hop variety released by the Hop Products Australia in 2013 with a breeding program using Swiss Tettnang and North American hops. It was originally cultivated in 2002.

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Enigma Hops

Enigma is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.

The Enigma hop has distinct tropical fruit, berry, stone fruit aroma descriptors. It also has hints of juicy red fruits like raspberries and red currants, but what sets it apart from other varieties are the white wine notes.

Tags: #tropical  #berry  #stonefruit  #raspberry  #redcurrant  #whitewine  

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Brewing Values for Enigma Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Enigma 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.
13.5-19.4%
16.5% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.4.5-7.1%
5.8% 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.2:1 - 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.37-43%
40% 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 »1.8-3 mL
2.4mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: pine, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 23-30%
26.5% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, hoppy, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 12-19%
15.5% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, spicy, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 6-8%
7% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, woody (β-farnesene) 9-12%
10.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 31-50%

Beer Styles using Enigma Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Enigma hop include IPA & Pale Ale.

Enigma Hop Substitutions

If the Enigma 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 Enigma available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?

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

Enigma 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 Enigma hop:

  • Enigma is Australia's fifth most produced hop as of 2019.
  • In 2019, Australia produced 90 metric tonnes of Ella, which was an increase of 125% over 2018.

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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