|Country:||United States of America (USA)|
|Ownership:||® Virgil Gamache Farms, Inc.|
Purchase Sonnet Hops
This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.
Origin and Geneology of the Sonnet Hop
Sonnet Golding is Virgil Gamache Farms origination of the Saaz and English Kent Golding hops.
US hops begin to be harvested in mid-to-late August for most aroma varieties.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Sonnet Hops
Sonnet is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
Sonnet has a beautiful honeysuckle floral note with a sweet lemon citrus undertone. Use it in classic English styles, and of course cask conditioned ales.
Brewing Values for Sonnet Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Sonnet 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 »
|Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.||2-3.7%2.9% 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 - 4:12:1 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 »||0.2-1.0 mL0.6mL avg|
Beer Styles using Sonnet Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Sonnet hop include Lager, Belgian Ale & English Ale.
Sonnet Hop Substitutions
If the Sonnet 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 Sonnet substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Sonnet:
Is Sonnet available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Sonnet 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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