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Nugget Hop United States of America Hop

Nugget Hop

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Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:NUG
Cultivar/Brand ID:7005-194

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Purchase Nugget Hops

This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.

Origin and Geneology of the Nugget Hop

Nugget is a cross between Brewers Gold and a high alpha-acid male. It was released in 1983.

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

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Nugget Hops

Nugget is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.

Nugget is an excellent high-alpha bittering hop for most craft styles that can also be used for its mild, pleasant and herbal aroma notes.

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Brewing Values for Nugget Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Nugget 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 »
12.8% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.3.0-5.8%
4.4% 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 - 5:1
3:1 avg
Hop Storage Index (HSI)The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C). The freshest hops will always be the best.25% (Good)
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 »0.9-3.3 mL
2.1mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 48-59%
53.5% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 12-22%
17% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 7-10%
8.5% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 8-33%

Hop Pairings with Nugget Hops

Some hops just taste better together. We recently analyzed [1] hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Citra, Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, Summit, Simcoe & Crystal hops are commonly used alongside the Nugget hop. This is not a complete list, but should give you a good idea of what hops are commonly used together.

Here is the relative frequency of the top 7 hops that are used with Nugget:

Beer Styles using Nugget Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Nugget hop include Ale, Stout, Barleywine, Saison, Biere de Garde & IPA.

Nugget Hop Substitutions

If the Nugget 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 Nugget substitutions.

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

Is Nugget available in lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Nugget 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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