|Country:||United States of America (USA)|
Purchase Ultra Hops
Ultra hops are available to be purchased from multiple suppliers. We've conveniently linked to the most popular hop suppliers as well as Amazon.com. Every supplier may have different prices, harvest years and amounts available for purchase.
Origin and Geneology of the Ultra Hop
Ultra hops are a combination of four parts Hallertau Mittelfrüh one part Saaz and one part an as unnamed varietal. This triplod is a half sister to Mt. Hood, Liberty and Crystal.
US hops begin to be harvested in mid-to-late August for most aroma varieties.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Ultra Hops
Ultra is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
Ultra hops have aroma descriptors that include mild, spicy and floral bouquet. Ultra is related to traditional German varieties and can be utilized in similar applications.
Brewing Values for Ultra Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Ultra 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.||3.6-5%4.3% 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 »||25-35%30% 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 »||0.8-1.5 mL1.2mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||50-60%55% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||10-15%12.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||6-9%7.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||15-34%|
Beer Styles using Ultra Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Ultra hop include Oktoberfest, Blonde Ale, Wheat, Lager, Pilsner, Pale Ale & Bock.
Ultra Hop Substitutions
If the Ultra 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 Ultra substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Ultra:
Is Ultra available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Ultra 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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