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Loral Hop United States of America Hop

Loral Hop

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Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:LOR
Cultivar/Brand ID:HBC 291
Ownership:® Hop Breeding Company

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Purchase Loral Hops

This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.

Origin and Geneology of the Loral Hop

Loral's father is Nugget and its mother is Glacier. Loral has a noble French pedigree on its mother’s side, with Glacier being the granddaughter of Tardif De Bourgogne. It was released publically in May 2016.

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

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Loral Hops

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

Loral hops have a very pleasant, floral, peppery, citrus aroma with some dark fruit character. The floral, fruity, citrus, character tends to be more prominent in a beer made with this hop, while the qualities of earthy and herbal notes stay more subdued.

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Brewing Values for Loral Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Loral 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 »
13.5% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.1.5-6.5%
4% 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 - 11:1
6:1 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 »20-24%
22% 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 »1.5-3.4 mL
2.5mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 52-58%
55% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 17-18%
17.5% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 5-6%
5.5% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 17-26%

Beer Styles using Loral Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Loral hop include IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, Pilsner, Wheats & Saison.

Loral Hop Substitutions

If the Loral 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 Loral substitutions.

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

Is Loral available in lupulin powder?

Yes! There is a version of the Loral hop in lupulin powder form. Loral 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.

Loral 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 Loral hop:

  • In 2019, Loral was the 33rd most produced hop in the United States.

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