If you are looking for a fruity smelling hop you may want to check out the Citra Hop variety. I mean, just the name citra has something about it that sounds like it will make your beer more refreshing.
These hops are fairly new to the industry, barely being released in August of 2008.
They were presented at the World Brewing Congress, and they are just becoming available to home brewers although not all supply shops will have them in stock… you may need to go to some of the big ones.
This hop variety is basically a cross of many other great hops like Hallertau Mittelfreuh, US Tettnanger, Bavarian, Brewers Gold and East Kent Goldings, which makes it a very citrusy with tropical fruit flavors type of hop.
Here’s what you need to know about these hops:
Citra Hops Alpha Acid %
11 – 13 %
Citra Hops Beta Acid %
3.5 – 4.5 %
Citra Hops Oil Content
2.2 – 2.8 %
Citra Hops Cohumulone
22 – 24 %
Some of the most popular beer styles where you’ll see these hops being used are pale ales and IPA. It would be safe to say that they will be a flavor or aroma hop even though they have a high alpha acid percentage… The flavor can be described in many different ways, but it boils down to a gooseberry and passion fruit flavor.
A possible substitute if you can’t find this variety could be Amarillo hops. The difference is that Amarillo hops are more flowery, while Citra hops are more fruity.
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