Origin: Germany. An offspring of Brewer’s Gold with some ancestry from an American wild hop, this English-bred high alpha variety later found favor and acreage all over the world. In Germany it is known primarily as a bittering hop.
Usage: Dual purpose. German grown Northern Brewer has a more noble and less pungent profile than when grown elsewhere, which makes it suited to a variety of traditional European styles where a strong or “American” hop signature may not be appropriate – German lagers, Belgian and Trappist ales, farmhousestyle beers.
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Predominantly spicy with an undercurrent of woods and wild fruit, suggestive of its Brewer’s Gold parentage. Overall balanced with lasting flavor that reads as simply “hoppy” – not as outright woodsy and bright as US-grown Northern Brewer.
Alpha Acid Range: 6.0 – 10.0%
Beta Acid Range: 3.0 – 5.0%
Co-Humulone as % of alpha: 27 – 32
Total oils mL/100 gr.: 1.6 – 2.1