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Nectaron Hop New Zealand Hop

Nectaron Hop

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Country:New Zealand (NZ)
International Code:NRN
Cultivar/Brand ID:HORT4337
Ownership:™ NZ Hops, Ltd.

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Purchase Nectaron Hops

This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.

Origin and Geneology of the Nectaron Hop

Nectaron is a triploid aroma type developed by New Zealand’s Plant & Food Research. Nectaron (HORT4337) is a full sister to Waimea and daughter of Pacific Jade. This hop variety was first bred in 2004, expanded in 2016-2017 and finally released commercially in 2020.

New Zealand hops begin to be harvested in late February or March and continues through to early April.

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Nectaron Hops

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

Nectaron has intense tropical fruit and citrus aroma characters evident during selection. Over successive commercial brewing trials in styles such as Strong Pale Ales and India Pale Ales, Nectaron has displayed high levels of tropical fruit characters of pineapple and passionfruit as well as stone fruit (peach) and citrus (grapefruit).

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Brewing Values for Nectaron Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Nectaron 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 »
10.8% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.4.5-5.0%
4.8% 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 - 3:1
2:1 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 »26-28%
27% 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 »1.0-1.7 mL
1.4mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 59-65%
62% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 10-20%
15% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 4-5%
4.5% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 9-27%

Beer Styles using Nectaron Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Nectaron hop include IPA, NEIPA, Strong Pale Ale & XPA.

Nectaron Hop Substitutions

If the Nectaron 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 Nectaron substitutions.

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

Is Nectaron available in lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Nectaron 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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