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An Incomplete List of Hops and their Aromatic Qualities

It seems like every year there are more and more hops that curious homebrewers want to use in their brew. This is because there are active hop breeding programs all around the world! Older varieties gradually lose acreage to the new entrants, some of whom flare briefly on to the market before disappearing themselves. I assembled this table as part of a different project, which you can read all about here. It is so useful with the search function in the upper right that I reproduced it over here. Enjoy!

We chose to exclude typical alpha acid range because 1) it doesn’t have a direct correlation to the aromatics, and 2) then someone would want the beta acid range, followed by cohumulone, volatile oil composition, ect. We’re keeping it simple and focused!

An Incomplete List of Hops and their Aromatic Qualities

AdmiralUKPleasant, resinous hop aroma with hints of citrus (orange) and herbal flavors.¹
Ahtanum™USAFloral, earthy, citrus and grapefruit tones.¹
Amarillo®USAFloral, tropical, and citrus (lemon, orange and grapefruit) characteristics.¹
ApolloUSALine, pine, grapefruit, onion.³
AramisFranceVery fine spice and herbal notes with subtle citrus characteristics.¹
Aurora (nee Super Styrian)Styria (Austria)Intense and pleasant displaying floral, pine and hoppy characteristics.¹
Azacca™USAIntense tropical fruit profile, with sustained impressions of apricot and very ripe mango and notes of pears, apples and pine.4
Bitter GoldUSANo specific aroma characteristics.¹
BoadiceaUKMild floral and spicy characteristics with slightly grassy overtones.¹
Bobek (aka Styrian B)Styria (Austria)Intense and pleasant with floral, pine and hop overtones.¹
BorCzechHoppy, spicy.³
Bramling CrossUKStrong spice, blackcurrant, loganberry and lemon characteristics.¹
Bravo®USAPleasant fruity and floral aroma characteristics.¹
Brewer's GoldUSASpicy, fruity characteristics, black currant.¹
Brewer's GoldGermanyBlack currant, fruit and spice characteristics.¹
BullionUSAStrong and zesty blackcurrant characteristics.¹
CalypsoUSAApple, pear, tropical, mint.³
CascadeUSAMedium intense floral, citrus and grapefruit tones.¹
CascadeNew ZealandExceptional levels of citrus moving more toward grapefruit. Distinct from US Cascade due to "terriour".²
CashmereUSAMild herbal aroma with strong melon, lemon, lime and slightly spicy notes.¹
Celeia (aka Styrian C)Styria (Austria)Pleasant and hoppy, similar to traditional European varieties.¹
CentennialUSAMedium intensity floral and citrus (lemon) tones.¹
ChallengerUKCedar, green tea and sweet floral characteristics (as a late addition, it can provide crisp, fruity flavors).¹
ChelanUSAMild floral and citrus characteristics.¹
ChinookUSADistinct, medium intensity spice and pine characteristics with subtle notes of grapefruit.¹
Citra®USAStrong citrus and tropical tones of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee.¹
ClusterUSAStrong floral and spicy characteristics.¹
ColumbiaUSASubtle earth and mild fruit tones.¹
Columbus (aka Tomahawk, Zeus)USAPungent, black pepper, licorice characteristics with subtle citrus overtones.¹
CometUSAA pungent, wild American aroma with citrus (grapefruit) flavors.¹
CrystalUSAMild, spicy and floral.¹
DeltaUSAApricot, ginger, lemon, earthy.³
Dr. Rudi (nee Super Alpha)New ZealandFresh citrus peel, pine and lemongrass flavors.¹
East Kent GoldingUKSmooth and delicate with floral, lavender, spice, honey, earth, lemon and thyme overtones.¹
El Dorado™USAWatermelon, pear, candy, or stone fruit. Often a citrus undertone.4
Ella (nee Stella)AustraliaSpicy, hoppy and floral with hints of anise.¹
Equinox™USAPronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics.¹
EroicaUSAForward fruit flavors.¹
HBC 291
USATypically described as peppery, floral and fruity.¹
HBC 342
USAMild citrus, tropical fruit and melon notes.¹
Falconer's Flight®USAHopUnion Blend. Strong fruit and citrus characteristics, with layers of spicy and earthy overtones.¹
Falconer's Flight® 7C'sUSAHopUnion Blend. Distinct tropical, floral, lemon and grapefruit characteristics.¹
First GoldUKSlightly spicy, but smooth, with tangerine, orange marmalade, magnolia and floral flavors.¹
FuggleUSAMild wood and fruit characteristics.¹
FuggleUKDelicate and pleasant mint, grass and floral tones.¹
GalaxyAustraliaDistinct citrus, peach and passion fruit flavors.¹
GalenaUSASpicy, blackcurrant and citrus (grapefruit) tones.¹
GlacierUSAPleasant hop aroma.¹
GoldingUSAMild and delicate with sweet floral characteristics.¹
Green BulletNew ZealandSubtle spiciness.¹
HallertauUSAMild and pleasant, yet spicy, with herbal and floral characteristics.¹
Hallertau AromaNew ZealandMix of floral and slight citrus character.²
Hallertau BlancGermanyFloral and fruity with passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, grape and lemongrass overtones.¹
Hallertau MittelfruhGermanyMild, yet spicy, with floral and citrus tones.¹
HBC 438USATropical and stone fruit, exceptionally unique herbal and mint.
HelgaAustraliaVery mild and pleasant with delicate floral and herbal tones.¹
HeraldUKOrange, grapefruit.³
HerkulesGermanySpicy, floral and hop notes with hints of pine, black pepper and melon.¹
Hersbruker (Hallertau Hersbruker)GermanyMild, herbal and floral characteristics, with fruity overtones.¹
HorizonUSAPleasant and spicy, with floral characteristics.¹
Hull (Huell) MelonGermanyDistinct fruit characteristics including honeydew melon and strawberry flavors.¹
Jarrylo™USABanana, pear, orange and spice.4
LemondropUSALemon, mint, green tea, slight melon/mango.³
LibertyUSAMild and spicy with subtle lemon and citrus characteristics.¹
LublinPolandMild aroma typical of classic noble hops.¹
MagnumUSANo distinct aroma characteristics.¹
Magnum (Hallertau Magnum)GermanyA delicate aroma with inclinations towards floral and fruit flavorings and a prevalent hoppy tang.¹
Mandarina BavariaGermanyDistinct tangerine and citrus flavors.¹
MarynkaPolandGrapefruit, lime, anise.³
(Hallertau Merkur)
GermanyStrong earthy, floral and citrus impressions.¹
MillenniumUSAMild and resinous with floral and herbal tones.¹
Mosaic™USAA complex array of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine characteristics.¹
MotuekaNew ZealandLively lemon and lime tones with background hints of tropical fruit.¹
Mt. HoodUSAMild, herbal and somewhat pungent or spicy.¹
Mt. RainierUSAExcellent floral and noble aromas, with citrus and licorice overtones.¹
Nelson SauvinNew ZealandDistinct cool climate and white wine "fruitiness" with fresh crushed gooseberry and grape flavors.¹
NorthdownUKPleasant spice, cedar and pine characteristics with hints of floral and berry flavors.¹
Northern BrewerUSAMedium intensity, pine and mint characteristics.¹
Northern BrewerGermanyMedium intense herbal and floral tones.¹
NuggetUSAMild and pleasant with spicy, herbal tones.¹
(Hallertau) NuggetGermanyFruity, sugar-like, mint, pineapple.³
OlympicUSACitrus characteristics with subtle spicy notes.¹
OpalGermanyEven dispersal of all aroma characteristics - fruity, floral, herbal and hoppy tones all appear.¹
OrionGermanyGratifying hoppy noble aroma.³
OuteniquaSouth AfricaPunchy.³
Pacific GemNew ZealandNo distinct characteristics. Some brewers have noted delicate blackberry and floral or oak tones.¹
Pacific JadeNew ZealandBold herbal aromas with hints of fresh citrus and crushed black pepper.¹
Pacifica (nee NZ Pacific Hallertau)New ZealandClassic Hallertau character with some citrus and floral notes.¹
Palisade®USAApricot, grass and clean floral charcteristics.¹
PerleUSASlightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics.¹
PerleGermanyDelicate floral, fruit, spice and mint tones.¹
PhoenixUKCrisp and mellow tones of pine, chocolate, molasses and spice characteristics.¹
PilgrimUKDistinct fruit and spice character with lemon, grapefruit, pear and berry.¹
PioneerUKDistinctly hoppy with pleasant citrus (lemon and grapefruit) tones and hints of herbal, cedar flavors.¹
PolarisGermanyIntense floral and pleasant mint tones.¹
PremiantCzechPleasant, mild aroma.¹
Pride of RingwoodAustraliaPronounced and pleasant, a distinct Australian aroma with cedar, oak and herbal tones.¹
ProgressUKModerately strong spicy, grassy, floral, mint, earth and honey tones.¹
RakauNew ZealandFresh orchard fruits, specifically apricot with some resinous pine needle characteristics are noted.¹
RiwakaNew ZealandDelicate citrus and passionfruit.²
SaazUSAMild spice and earth tones.¹
SaazCzechVery mild, with pleasant earthy, herbal and floral overtones.¹
SantiamUSASlightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics.¹
Saphir (Sapphire)GermanyDistinct spicy, fruit and citrus (tangerine) tones.¹
SelectGermanyFloral and fruit characteristics.¹
Simcoe®USAUnique passionfruit, pine, earth and citrus characteristics.¹
SladekCzechFruity flavor profile including hints of peach, grapefruit and passion fruit.¹
Smaragd (Emerald)GermanyPredominantly fruity with strong floral and hop tones.¹
SonnetUSAGoldings-like with floral notes.4
Sorachi AceUSAUnique lemon and dill characteristics.¹
Southern BrewerSouth AfricaNo outstanding flavor or aroma qualities.³
Southern CrossNew ZealandA delicate balance of citrus and spice, including a heady mix of lemon peel and pine needles.¹
Southern PromiseSouth AfricaGrapefruit, ginger, apricot.³
Southern StarSouth AfricaGrapefruit, pear, rose, orange, gooseberries.³
SovereignUKPleasant but intense fruity flavors with mild floral, grassy, herbal and mint characteristics.¹
SpaltGermanyMild and herbal, with spicy, floral and fruit tones.¹
Spalter SelectGermanyEarthy, citrusy aroma.¹
SterlingUSAHerbal and spicy, with a hint of floral, citrus (lemon/pineapple) characteristics.¹
SticklebractNew ZealandCitrus, pine.³
StrisselpaltFranceVery fine spicy, herbal, floral, lemon and other fruit tones.¹
Styrian (Savinjski) GoldingStyria (Austria)Very mild, noble hop flavor.¹
SummerAustraliaBalanced citrus, melon and light apricot tones.¹
Summit™USADistinct spice, earthy, onion, garlic and citrus (pink grapefruit, orange and tangerine) tones.¹
Super GalenaUSAGrass, herbal.³
Super PrideAustraliaMild and pleasant subtle resin and fruit tones.¹
SussexUKDelicate (similar to Fuggle).¹
SylvaAustraliaComplex and subtle, floral and herbal characteristics.¹
TahomaUSAPredominate citrus and lemon notes with cedar, pine, floral, pepper and subtle green melon notes.¹
TargetUKAn intense English hop aroma with distinct spicy, floral, sage and citrus characteristics.¹
Taurus (Hallertau Taurus)GermanyStrong noble characteristics.¹
TettnangUSANoble aroma that is pleasant and spicy.¹
TettnangGermanyMild and pleasant with balanced earthy, herbal and floral aroma impressions.¹
TopazAustraliaResinous, grassy tones with light tropical flavors.¹
Tradition (aka Hallertau Tradition)GermanyMedium intense floral and herbal (grassy) tones.¹
TriplePearlUSAPleasant and balanced with notes of melon, orange citrus, resin, spice and pepper.¹
TriskelFranceStrong floral, fruit and citrus characteristics.¹
UltraUSAMild and pleasant with spicy, floral tones.¹
VanguardUSAHerbal and floral tones.¹
WaimeaNew ZealandIntense tangelo and citrus fruit with subtle pine characteristics.¹
WakatuNew ZealandRestrained floral notes and freshly zested lime.¹
Warrior®USAMild and resinous with subtle citrus, pine and herbal characteristics.¹
WGV (Whitbread Golding Variety)UKFresh earthy, botanical and floral flavors.¹
WillametteUSAMild and pleasant, with slightly spicy and floral tones.¹
Yakima GoldUSAMild and pleasant.¹
ZeusUSABlack pepper, herbal, garlic, slight citrus.³
Zythos®USAHopUnion Blend. Emulates Amarillo®. Distinct tropical (pineapple) and citrus tones, with slight pine characteristics.¹
Information comes from the following websites as posted in February 2015.
Information comes from BSG in June 2015.

For the purposes of this table, “nee” means “originally released as”.