Vic Secret Hop
Origin of the Vic Secret Hop
Developed in 2000 in Victoria, Australia alongside sister variety Topaz.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Vic Secret
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.
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Brewing Values for Vic Secret
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 Acids (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.
|Beta AcidsThe ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades as beer ages. Higher levels of beta acids will result in a slower decline of bittering.||5.7-8.7%7.2% avg|
|Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer.||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|
Common Hop Pairings with Vic Secret
Some hops just taste better together. We agree, so 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, although many others have also been seen with it.
Here is the relative frequency of the top 7 hops that are used with Vic Secret:
Common Beers and Styles using Vic Secret
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Vic Secret hop include Pale Ale, IPA, Stout & Porter.
Vic Secret Hop Substitutions
If any version of the Vic Secret hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to use one of these other hops as a substitution for a similar outcome:
Is Vic Secret Available in Cryo/Lupulin Powder Form?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Vic Secret hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2) nor Haas (Lupomax) have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. This new type of hop product is pure concentrated lupulin powder, which leads to more flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
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