Origin: USA. Sterling’s pedigree includes Saaz, Cascade, Brewers Gold, Early Green, and other European varieties. It was released in 1998 as a higher-alpha replacement for Saaz with improved disease resistance and storability.
Usage: Dual purpose: although primarily used for its exciting, pleasant aromatics, Sterling’s alpha acid levels can contribute in the kettle as well. A good choice for hop-forward lagers, Belgian ales, and other continental styles.
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Moderate and pleasingly “hoppy.” Prominent herbal quality reminiscent of Saaz, with flashes of candied citrus, sweet grass, bright spice, and dried hay.
Alpha Acid Range: 6.0 – 9.0%
Beta Acid Range: 4.0 – 6.0%
Co-Humulone as % of alpha: 22 – 28
Total oils mL/100 gr.: 1.3 – 1.9