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Strata Hop

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Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:STT
Cultivar/Brand ID:X-331, OR91331
Ownership:™ Indie Hops

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This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.

Origin and Geneology of the Strata Hop

The Strata hop is the result of an open pollinated Perle in Corvallis, Oregon in 2009. While it was born in 2009, it wasn't officially released until 2018. Strata was Indie Hops’ first hop variety to be released out of their breeding program in cooperation with Oregon State University.

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

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Strata Hops

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

The Strata hop has many layers of different fruit flavor, dried and fresh, anchored with a dried chili-cannabis-funk. Late hot side additions using Strata bring out layers of rounded-tropical plus bright-fresh fruit flavors; dry hopping yields more grapefruit and cannabis. Other descriptors include passion fruit, strawberry and dank.

Tags: #cannabis  #grapefruit  #passion_fruit  #strawberry  #dank  #musty 

Brewing Values for Strata Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Strata 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 »
11.8% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.5-7%
6% 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 »21%
21% 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 »2.3-3.5 mL
2.9mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 52-65%
58.5% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 22-30%
26% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 5-13%
9% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 0-21%

Hop Pairings with Strata 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, Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic & Sabro hops are commonly used alongside the Strata 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 5 hops that are used with Strata:

Beer Styles using Strata Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Strata hop include IPA, Pale Ale, Stout, Sours, Saison, Pale Ale & Lager.

Strata is also sometimes featured as a single hop in beers to highlight its unique flavors and aromas. It can be added either as a fresh hop, or via hop pellets. Some popular examples of commercial beers that use 100% Strata hops in their recipes are Lowercase Brewing Strata IPA & Worthy Strata IPA.

Strata Hop Substitutions

If the Strata 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 Strata substitutions.

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

Is Strata available in lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Strata 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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