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Zeus Hop United States of America Hop

Zeus Hop

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Purpose:Bittering
Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:ZEU

Purchase Zeus Hops

Zeus 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.

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Origin of Zeus Hops

Zeus is a daughter of Nugget. Although genetically different, Zeus is often referred to as part of CTZ along with Columbus and Tomahawk, a trio of similar hops.

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Zeus Hops

Zeus is a bittering hop that is commonly used only to bitter the beer during brewing, and not for too much flavor and aromas.

Zeus hops have aroma descriptors that include pungent, black pepper, licorice, and curry.

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Brewing Values for Zeus Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Zeus 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.
13-17.5%
15.3% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.4-6.5%
5.3% 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.2:1 - 4:1
3:1 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.28-40%
34% 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 »2.4-4.5 mL
3.5mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: pine, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 45-55%
50% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, hoppy, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 9-14%
11.5% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, spicy, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 6-10%
8% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, woody (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 20-40%

Hop Pairings with Zeus Hops

Some hops just taste better together. We recently analyzed [1] hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo & Cascade hops are commonly used alongside the Zeus 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 4 hops that are used with Zeus:



Beer Styles using Zeus Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Zeus hop include IPA, American Pale Ale, Stout, Barleywine & Lager.

Zeus Hop Substitutions

If the Zeus hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with one of these other hops for a similar outcome:

Is Zeus available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Zeus 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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References:
  1. https://beermaverick.com/the-most-common-hops-used-in-ipas/
  2. https://beermaverick.com/analyzing-the-usa-hop-production-statistics-of-2019/

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