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Purchase Summer Hops
This hop was discontinued and it is not available for purchase.
Origin and Geneology of the Summer Hop
Summer is the result of open pollination of a tetraploid Czech Saaz. It was bred in 1997 at Tasmanian Bushy Park Breeding Garden.
2017 was the last harvest of Summer by HPA, as it was retired.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Summer Hops
Summer is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
Summer hops have delicate notes of grass, stone fruit (peach), passion fruit, and citrus. It showcases distinct apricot and melon characteristics in dry hopping applications. It is not as spicy as its Czech parent.
Brewing Values for Summer Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Summer 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.||4.8-6.1%5.5% 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.||1:1 - 1:11:1 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 »||20-25%22.5% 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 »||1.4-2 mL1.7mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||29-38%33.5% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||28-50%39% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||8-11%9.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||0-35%|
Beer Styles using Summer Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Summer hop include American Ale, Belgian Ale, IPA & Wheat.
Summer Hop Substitutions
If the Summer 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 Summer substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hops as substitutions of Summer:
Is Summer available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Summer 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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