|Country:||United States of America (USA)|
Purchase Liberty Hops
This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.
Origin and Geneology of the Liberty Hop
Bred in 1983, Liberty is an extension of the Hallertau hop family. It is a half-sister to Ultra,
Mt. Hood and Crystal. It is a triploid seedling of the German Hallertau variety.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Liberty Hops
Liberty is a bittering hop that is commonly used only to bitter the beer during brewing, and not for too much flavor and aromas.
Liberty hops have aroma descriptors that include noble, delicate, floral bouquet and spice. It displays mild floral and spice characteristics with some subtle citrus notes.
Brewing Values for Liberty Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Liberty 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.||3.0-4.0%3.5% 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 - 2:11:1 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 »||22-30%26% 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 »||0.6-1.8 mL1.2mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||15-25%20% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||35-45%40% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||10-15%12.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||14-40%|
Beer Styles using Liberty Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Liberty hop include American Lager, German Lager, Pilsner, Bock, Kolsch & Wheat.
Liberty Hop Substitutions
If the Liberty 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 Liberty substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hops as substitutions of Liberty:
Is Liberty available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Liberty hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2), Haas (Lupomax) or Hopsteiner have created versions of this hop 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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