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Vanguard Hop United States of America Hop

Vanguard Hop

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Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:VAN

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Origin and Geneology of the Vanguard Hop

Vanguard is a cross between a selected, Hallertauer daughter and a USDA selected, German aroma male; a triploid hop, similar to Hallertauer Mittelfrüh. It was bred in 1982 by the USDA and released in 1997.

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

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Vanguard Hops

Vanguard is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.

Vanguard hops have aroma descriptors that include woody and cedar notes. It is an aroma variety with similar characteristics to Hallertau Mittelfrüh. Vanguard is typically utilized in traditional German style beers as a noble type variety.

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Brewing Values for Vanguard Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Vanguard 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 »
5.3% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.5.5-7%
6.3% 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 - 1:1
1:1 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 »14-20%
17% 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 »0.4-1 mL
0.7mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 5-15%
10% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 49-55%
52% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 13-17%
15% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 12-33%

Beer Styles using Vanguard Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Vanguard hop include Lager, Pilsner, Bock, Kolsch, Wheat, Munich Helles & Belgian Ale.

Vanguard Hop Substitutions

If the Vanguard 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 Vanguard substitutions.

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

Is Vanguard available in lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Vanguard 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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