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Hops: The Complete Guide

Browse 250+ Hop Varieties:

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Beer Maverick has compiled the largest and most extensive database of current hop varieties and their details. We’ve scoured the internet looking for Co-Humulone levels, hop substitutes, common beer styles and flavor profiles for over 250 of the most current and often used hops.

Don’t forget to check out our Hop Comparison Wizard as well as the Hop Substitution Chart.

Hops Purpose in Beer

Hops are used to impart bitterness and aromatic flavors to beer, however certain compounds added by hops also possess antimicrobial properties. The iso-alpha-acids in particular add strong antibacterial qualities against certain strands of bacteria.

In historical times, “gruit” or other vegetation were used to add bitterness to beer, but were quickly replaced by hops as it was found that hops simply did a better job at keeping the beer stable and safer over longer periods of time.

All hops are classified as bittering, aroma or dual-purpose varietals, each corresponding to their typical use cases in brewing beer. In general, bittering hops are added early in the boil, aroma hops are added late in the boil and as a dry hop. Dual-purpose hops can be used at any stage of the beer production process.

Where Did the Data Come From?

If we are asking you to trust our site full of data, we should give you as much information about how it was collected. Our hop database with well over 250 distinct cultivars was populated with data from a variety of sources, including but not limited to:

  • Hop Farms (like Crosby, BSG, Haas, etc)
  • Hop Breeders (like Hopsteiner, HBC, Yakima Chief Ranches, NZ Hops, etc.)
  • Hop Sellers (like Yakima Valley Hops, Northern Brewer, etc)

Unfortunately, many times these sources provided information that was different or blatantly contradictory for the same hop. In many cases (like for alpha acids, oils) we simply expanded the range of that particular value we provide to you. This should create the most accurate average found anywhere online.

We’ve normalized a lot of non-numerical data as well. All aroma tags, countries, IDs, beer styles and hop names have been normalized throughout our full database. We can safely say that this database is the most extensive and most accurate of any hop DB anywhere.

Hop Information Available as API

In creating our own products, we also developed a robust API to deliver the data. While the API is currently only available for internal use, we may consider opening up access to it if a business case arises. Please contact us to find out more.

Hops by Country of Origin

All 250+ hops we’ve compiled data on have been broken down by their common country of origin. Click on each hop to view its brewing values as well as aroma profiles, substitutes, and commonly paired hops.

Australia

Astra, Eclipse, Ella, Enigma, Feux-Coeur Francais, Galaxy, Helga, HPA-016, Melba, Pride of Ringwood, Summer, Super Pride, Sylva, Topaz, Vic Secret & Vienna Gold

Canada

Lumberjack & Sasquatch

China

Marco Polo & Tsingdao Flower

Czechoslovakia

Agnus, Amethyst, Bohemie, Boomerang, Bor, Gaia, Harmonie, Kazbek, Mimosa, Premiant, Saaz (CZ), Saaz Late, Sládek & Vital

France

Aramis, Barbe Rouge, Bouclier, Elixir, Mistral, Petit Blanc, Strisselspalt, Tardif de Bourgogne & Triskel

Germany

Akoya, Ariana, Aurum, Brewer's Gold (GR), Callista, Hallertau Blanc, Hallertau Gold, Hallertau Mittelfrüh, Hallertau Tradition, Herkules, Hersbrucker, Huell Melon, Hüller Bitterer, Magnum (GR), Mandarina Bavaria, Merkur, Monroe, Northern Brewer (GR), Opal, Orion, Perle (GR), Polaris, Relax, Saphir, Smaragd, Solero, Spalt, Spalter Select, Tettnanger, Wurttemberg & Yellow Sub

Japan

Golden Star, Sorachi Ace & Toyomidori

New Zealand

Brooklyn, Dr. Rudi, Green Bullet, HORT9909, Kohatu, Motueka, Moutere, Nectaron, Nelson Sauvin, Pacific Gem, Pacific Jade, Pacific Sunrise, Pacifica, Rakau, Riwaka, Smooth Cone, Southern Cross, Sticklebract, Taiheke, Wai-iti, Waimea & Wakatu

Poland

Junga, Limbus, Lubelska, Magnat, Marynka, Sybilla & Zula

Slovakia

Apolon, Atlas, Aurora, Bobek, Cardinal, Celeia, Dana, Styrian Fox, Styrian Golding, Styrian Kolibri & Styrian Wolf

South Africa

African Queen, Southern Aroma, Southern Brewer, Southern Dawn, Southern Passion, Southern Promise, Southern Star, Southern Sublime, Southern Tropic & XJA2/436

Ukraine

Zagrava

United Kingdom

Admiral, Archer, Beata, Boadicea, Bramling Cross, Challenger, Defender, East Kent Goldings, Endeavour, Epic, First Gold, Flyer, Fuggle, Godiva, Hallertau Taurus, Harlequin, Herald, Jester, Minstrel, Olicana, Omega, Phoenix, Pilgrim, Pilot, Pioneer, Progress, Sovereign, Sussex, Target, Whitbread Golding Variety (WGV) & Yeoman

United States of America

Adeena, Ahtanum, Altus, Amarillo, Apollo, Aquila, Azacca, Banner, Belma, Bianca, Bitter Gold, Bravo, Brewer's Gold (US), BRU-1, Bullion, Buzz Bullets, Caliente, Calypso, Cascade, Cashmere, Centennial, Chelan, Chinook, Citra, Cluster, Columbia, Columbus, Comet, Contessa, Crystal, CTZ, Delta, Ekuanot, El Dorado, Equinox, Eroica, Eureka, Falconer's Flight, Falconer's Flight 7CS, Galena, Glacier, Golding, Grungeist, Hallertau (US), HBC 360, HBC 472, HBC 692, Horizon, Idaho 7, Idaho Gem, Independence, Jarryllo, Lambic, Lemondrop, Liberty, Loral, Lotus, Mackinac, Magnum (US), Medusa, Meridian, Michigan Copper, Millennium, Mosaic, Mount Hood, Mount Rainier, Multihead, Newport, Northdown, Northern Brewer (US), Nugget, Olympic, Pacific Crest, Pahto, Palisade, Paradigm, Pekko, Perle (US), Saaz (US), Sabro, Samba, Santiam, Satus, Simcoe, Sonnet, Sterling, Strata, Sultana, Summit, Sun, Super Galena, Tahoma, Talisman, Talus, Tettnang (US), Tillicum, Tomahawk, Trident, TriplePearl, Triumph, Tropica, Ultra, Vanguard, Warrior, Willamette, X13459, Yakima Cluster, Yakima Gold, Zappa, Zenia, Zenith, Zeus & Zythos


If you see an error in our data, please let us know!

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