Origin: USA. A daughter of Northern Brewer with Northdown stock, this English variety has found a home in the hopyards of the Pacific Northwest.
Usage: A truly versatile dual-purpose hop, Challenger’s alpha content can be harnessed for bittering. It also possesses a smooth, pleasant flavor for early or late kettle additions and dry hopping. Alone or in a blend, Challenger is an excellent option for the hop bill for any British, Irish, or Scottish styles..
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Medium intensity; American-grown Challenger tends to be
more spicy, Cedar-like and less orange marmalade like than English Challenger.
Alpha Acid Range: 6.5 – 8.5%
Beta Acid Range: 3.0 – 4.0%
Co-Humulone as % of alpha: 20 – 23
Total oils mL/100 gr.: 1.0 – 1.5