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Pacific Jade Hop New Zealand Hop

Pacific Jade Hop

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Country:New Zealand (NZ)
International Code:PJA
Cultivar/Brand ID:HORT1524
Ownership:™ NZ Hops, Ltd.

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Purchase Pacific Jade Hops

This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.

Origin and Geneology of the Pacific Jade Hop

The Pacific Jade hop is a triploid high-alpha variety bred by HortResearch Centre in Riwaka, NZ. It was released in 2004. Pacific Jade's ancestry includes New Zealand First Choice (itself related to the Late Cluster) and an Old Line Saazer male.

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

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Pacific Jade Hops

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

Pacific Jade hops have descriptors that include fresh citrus and complex spice characters with some bold herbal aromas and hints of black pepper. It is suited for use as a bittering hop but also delivers bold aroma characteristics.

Tags: #citrus  #spicy  #herbal  #black_pepper 

Brewing Values for Pacific Jade Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Pacific Jade 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% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.7.0-8.0%
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.2:1 - 2:1
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 »23-25%
24% 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 »1.1-1.5 mL
1.3mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 33-34%
33.5% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 32-33%
32.5% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 10-11%
10.5% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 21-25%

Hop Pairings with Pacific Jade 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, Nelson Sauvin & Pacifica hops are commonly used alongside the Pacific Jade 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 3 hops that are used with Pacific Jade:

Beer Styles using Pacific Jade Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Pacific Jade hop include Lager, Ale & Porter.

Pacific Jade Hop Substitutions

If the Pacific Jade 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 Pacific Jade substitutions.

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

Is Pacific Jade available in lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Pacific Jade 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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