Northern Brewer Hops

Northern Brewer HopsIf you are looking for a bittering hop with a clean, medium-strong aroma, then consider using Northern Brewer hops.

The moderately high alpha acid content and relatively strong aroma makes this somewhat of a dual purpose hop.

Some of the more common beer styles where you’ll see this hop variety being used are English Ales such as Porters, American Ales, Kölsch, and Munich Helles.

Here are some of the most important characteristics of this hop variety:

Northern Brewer Hop Profile

Alpha:Beta Ratio: 2.7
Alpha Acids: 8.0 – 10.0%
Beta Acids:
3.0 – 5.0%
Co-humulone:
20 – 30% of alpha acids

Total Oils: 1.5 – 2.0 mL per 100 grams
Myrcene: 50 – 60% of total oils
Humulene: 20 – 30% of total oils

Some possible bittering hop substitutions for this variety are German Northern Brewer, Perle, or possibly Northdown hops… for aroma, Chinook hops may come close to the wild notes of this variety.