Purchase Epic Hops
Epic hops are available to be purchased at 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 Epic Hop
Found as a chance seedling in 1987 and grown as an ornamental garden plant until 2004, Epic was expanded for commercial production in winter 2014-2015. The history of the field, combined with the oil composition of Epic, strongly suggests that the lineage includes Alliance hops.
English hops begin to be harvested annually in the fall starting at the beginning of September, and often continuing into early October.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Epic Hops
Epic is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
Early brewing with the Epic hop indicates medium intensity, deep fruit and berry-like aromas without any citrus or floral notes. Epic is an excellent late aroma hop. Well balanced, rounded, mild and fruity when used in bittering addition.
Brewing Values for Epic Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Epic 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.||1.7-2.5%2.1% 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.||1:1 - 3:12:1 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 »||30-33%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 »||0.4-0.8 mL0.6mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||11-12%11.5% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||41-43%42% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||1-2%1.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||1-2%1.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||41-46%|
Beer Styles using Epic Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Epic hop include Pale Ale.
Epic Hop Substitutions
If the Epic 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 Epic substitutions.
There are no manually picked substitutions for this hop variety. You can instead use our tool that uses data to find similar hops.
Is Epic available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Epic hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2), Haas (Lupomax) or Hopsteiner have created versions of this hop variety in lupulin powder form yet. Too bad too - it is pure hop lupulin powder, which leads to huge, concentrated flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
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