Cascade Hops

Possibly one of my favorite hop variety would be none other than Cascade hops. This was the first commercially accepted American-bred aroma hop, which was released in 1972.

The hop was derived from a cross between a Fuggle male plant and a Russian hop variety known as Serebrianka.

Although, these hops have poor storage qualities, they remain as one of the most popular hop variety within the craft-brewing industry.

Here’s what you need to know about these hops:

Cascade Hops Alpha Acid %

4.5- 7 %

Cascade Hops Beta Acid %

4.5 – 7 %

Cascade Hops Oil Content

0.8 – 1.5 5 %

Cascade Hops Cohumulone

35 – 40 %

Some of the most common beer styles that use these hops are pale ales, IPA, porters, and barleywine. They are commonly used for dry-hopping to give beer  a pleasant, flowery, spicy and citrusy flavor and aroma. Some brewers are starting to use this hop variety on witbiers as well. It can give you a bit of grapefruit flavor.

You can recognize this hop variety because they have a moderate amount of yellow color which may make you think they are oxidized, but they are not. Although you may want to buy them as needed, since they will only retain about 48 to 52% of alpha acids after 6 months sitting at 70 F.

Some possible hops you can use to substitute are Centennial hops, Columbus hops and Amarillo hops.

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