Purchase USDA 008 Hops
This hop variety can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.
Origin and Geneology of the USDA 008 Hop
Nugget is 008's mother and was crossed with another experimental male. 008 was selected from the Elite growing line during Hopsource that was hosted by the Brewers Association here at Yakima Valley Hops.
US hops begin to be harvested in mid-to-late August for most aroma varieties.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of USDA 008 Hops
USDA 008 is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
USDA 008 is very fruit-forward with tangerine, meyer lemon, and stonefruit. There is a nice backdrop of fresh pine that makes it complex in a classic west coast IPA kind of way. Notes of green apple, peach, and mango are rounded out with grassy and subdued earth characteristics. A great choice for adding a new dynamic to West Coast IPAs and hoppy/hazy pale ales.
Brewing Values for USDA 008 Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with USDA 008 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.||2.7-3.3%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.||3:1 - 4:14:1 avg|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI)The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C). The freshest hops will always be the best.||32% (Fair) 0.317|
|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 »||25-26%25.5% 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 »||1.6-1.7 mL1.7mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||6-7%6.5% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||48-49%48.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||16-17%16.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||26-30%|
Beer Styles using USDA 008 Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the USDA 008 hop include IPA & NEIPA.
USDA 008 Hop Substitutions
If the USDA 008 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 USDA 008 substitutions.
There are no manually picked substitutions for this hop variety. You can instead use our tool that uses data to find similar hops.
Is USDA 008 available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the USDA 008 hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2), Haas (Lupomax) or Hopsteiner have created versions of this hop variety 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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