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Hop Comparison Wizard

Many hop varieties share characteristics. However, some of these qualities — such as alpha-acids, oil content, and flavors — are not similar enough; you probably shouldn't use them interchangeably. Use our hop comparison wizard to see how up to three different hops stack up against each other.

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 Flavor & Aromas

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 Brewing Values

Alpha Acids

Alpha acids are the main source of bitterness in beer. Longer boil times will result in the isomerization of more alpha acids, leading to increased bitterness.

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Beta Acids

Beta acids are the component of hop resins that contribute volatile aromatics and flavor properties. Beta acids do not contribute bitterness.

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Alpha-Beta Ratio

The ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades during aging. 1:1 ratios are common in aroma varieties.

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Co-Humulone as % of Alpha

Low-cohumulone hops impart a smoother bitterness; high-cohumulone hops add a sharper bitterness to the final beer.

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 Oil Composition

Total Oils (mL/100g)

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Did you know?

These highly volatile oils are quickly boiled off but contribute flavor and aroma when added very late in the boil or during fermentation.

The primary oils contained within hops are Myrcene, Humulene, Caryophyllene, and Farnesene. Each one adds unique flavors and aromas to the finished beer.


Total Oil Breakdown:

Myrcene

Flavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)

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Humulene

Flavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)

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Others

Including β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene

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Caryophyllene

Flavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)

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Farnesene

Flavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)

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Data Sources

The data we used to build this tool came from many, many sources. While some hops have well established information on them, others not so much. We've manually curated this data by scouring hundreds of websites, research papers and marketing material from hop breeders, sellers and farms. We've done our best to accurately provide as much information as possible for each hop inside our database. This tool is a one-of-a-kind product that you can only find on Beer Maverick. We take pride in or ability to produce quality tools for the brewing community.