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McKenzie Hop United States of America Hop

McKenzie Hop

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Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:MKZ
Cultivar/Brand ID:C-148
Ownership:West Coast Hop Breeding (WCHB)

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Purchase McKenzie Hops

This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.

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

Flavor & Aroma Profile of McKenzie Hops

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

McKenzie hops are the first variety to be released by the West Coast Hop Breeding Company out of Oregon. McKenzie™ was specifically bred to be grown in Oregon and highlight the area's terroir. McKenzie is "bright and fruity" with grapefruit, lemon, nectarine, and melon aromas that is backed by pine, resin, and wood. Fits really well in the classic West Coast IPA or American Pale Ale, but also plays well in fruit-forward and Hazy IPAs.

Tags: #grapefruit  #lemon  #nectarine  #melon  #pine_resin  #thyme  #stone_fruit  #dank  #floral 

Brewing Values for McKenzie Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with McKenzie 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 »
10% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.8-9%
8.5% 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 - 1:1
1:1 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 »Unknown
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 »2.0-3.0 mL
2.5mL avg

Beer Styles using McKenzie Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the McKenzie hop include NEIPA & IPA.

McKenzie Hop Substitutions

If the McKenzie 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 McKenzie substitutions.

There are no manually picked substitutions for this hop. You can instead use our tool that uses data to find similar hops.

Is McKenzie available in lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the McKenzie 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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