|Country:||United Kingdom (UK)|
Purchase Target Hops
This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.
Origin and Geneology of the Target Hop
Target was released by Wye College in 1992. It is a cousin of Challenger and descendant of Northern Brewer and Eastwell Goldings.
English hops begin to be harvested annually in the fall starting at the beginning of September, and often continuing into early October.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Target Hops
Target is a bittering hop that is commonly used only to bitter the beer during brewing, and not for too much flavor and aromas.
Specific aroma descriptors of the Target hop include fresh green sage, spicy and peppery, and hints of citrus marmalade. Whirlpool or dry hop additions play up the spice character. Target offers crisp bittering and moderate alpha acids.
Brewing Values for Target Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Target 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.||4.3-5.7%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.||1:1 - 3:12:1 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 »||35-40%37.5% 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 »||1.0-1.4 mL1.2mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||45-55%50% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||17-23%20% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||8-10%9% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||11-30%|
Beer Styles using Target Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Target hop include British Ale, British Lager & Pale Ale.
Target Hop Substitutions
If the Target 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 Target substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Target:
Is Target available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Target 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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