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Meridian Hop United States of America Hop

Meridian Hop

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Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:MER
Cultivar/Brand ID:w12244
Ownership:™ Indie Hops

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Purchase Meridian Hops

Meridian hops are available to be purchased from multiple suppliers. We've conveniently linked to the most popular hop suppliers as well as Every supplier may have different prices, harvest years and amounts available for purchase.

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Origin and Geneology of the Meridian Hop

A chance discovery in 2011, this hop was accidentally grown by Indie Hops at Goschie Farms, Oregon, when they were trying to recreate and grow Columbia hops, which itself descends from the Willamette hop.

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

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Meridian Hops

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

The Meridian hop has aromas that include citrus (lemon), mixed berry, tropical fruit, and spearmint. This hop can also be combined with more aggressive hops in IPAs to brighten the overall impression of the beer and lend a seductive finish.

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Brewing Values for Meridian Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Meridian 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 »
6% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.6-9%
7.5% 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 »45-50%
47.5% 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 »1-1.6 mL
1.3mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 29-31%
30% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 7-9%
8% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 3-4%
3.5% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 55-61%

Beer Styles using Meridian Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Meridian hop include Belgian Ale, Pale Ale, Lager, IPA & Wheat.

Meridian Hop Substitutions

If the Meridian 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 Meridian substitutions.

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

Is Meridian available in lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Meridian 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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