Vic Secret Hop
Purchase Vic Secret Hops
This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.
Origin and Geneology of the Vic Secret Hop
Vic Secret was created by the HPA breeding program in 2000 and commercialized in 2013. Its ancestry is a cross pollination of high alpha Australian and Wye College hops, which provides an interesting mix of English, European and North American heritage.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Vic Secret Hops
Vic Secret is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
Vic Secret is an Australian hop known for its bright tropical character of pineapple, pine, and passion fruit. Other aroma descriptors include tropical fruit, pine and herbs. It displays a more earthy character when added late in the boil, but is now commonly added as a whirlpool or dry hop in IPAs. Its flavors are similar to Galaxy hops, but are lighter in nature.
Read More: The Most Common Hops Used in IPAs
Brewing Values for Vic Secret Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Vic Secret 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.||5.7-8.7%7.2% 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.||2:1 - 4:13:1 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 »||51-57%54% 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 »||1.9-2.8 mL2.4mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||31-46%38.5% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||9-21%15% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||9-15%12% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||17-51%|
Hop Pairings with Vic Secret Hops
Some hops just taste better together. We recently analyzed  hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, Waimea, Simcoe, Amarillo & Motueka hops are commonly used alongside the Vic Secret hop. This is not a complete list, but should give you a good idea of what hops are commonly used together.
Here is the relative frequency of the top 7 hops that are used with Vic Secret:
Beer Styles using Vic Secret Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Vic Secret hop include Pale Ale, IPA, Stout & Porter.
Vic Secret is also sometimes featured as a single hop in beers to highlight its unique flavors and aromas. It can be added either as a fresh hop, or via hop pellets. Some popular examples of commercial beers that use 100% Vic Secret hops in their recipes are Cinderlands Test Piece: Vic Secret.
Vic Secret Hop Substitutions
If the Vic Secret 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 Vic Secret substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Vic Secret:
Is Vic Secret available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Vic Secret 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.
Vic Secret Hop Statistics
We love statistics. We've analyzed hundreds of IPAs, dug into the Hop Growers of America's annual reports and researched the history behind some of the most popular beer ingredients. Here are a few of the things we've found interesting about the Vic Secret hop:
- Vic Secret is Australia's second-most produced hop behind Galaxy, as of 2019.
- In 2019, Australia produced 225 metric tonnes of Vic Secret, which was an increase of 10.8% over 2018.
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