New hops are coming on to the market every year, and before they are given a name, they must prove themselves as Bravo hops did. These hops are grown in Washington state by Golden Gate Hop Ranches, Inc., although it is managed by S.S. Steiner, Inc. out in Yakima, Washington.
Because they are so new, there isn’t much information available on them yet, but because of their high Alpha Acid content, they seem to be good for American-style IPA’s. They seem to give beer a very clean and smooth bitterness. They also seem to be extremely aromatic with a mix of earthy, spicy and citrus flavors.
Here’s what you need to know about these hops:
Bravo Hops Alpha Acid %
14 – 17 %
Bravo Hops Beta Acid %
3 – 5 %
Bravo Hops Oil Content
1.6 – 2.4 %
Bravo Hops Cohumulone
29 – 34 %
There are no clear substitutes for this unique hop as of yet, but you can always mix the two hops used to produce this hop, which are Zeus hops and an unnamed hop #98004 whose mother is from the Nugget hops variety.
I guess Zeus is where Bravo hops got the pleasant aromas and Nugget gives it the spicy, earthy tones.
If you have any experience in brewing with this hop variety please let me know what styles you used them for. For now, I’m guessing it would be a good bittering hop for pale ales, and IPA’s.
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