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Nugget hops were created in 1970 by the USDA in a breeding program that paired up brewers gold, early green, cantebury golding, bavarian, and an unknown hop together to create this hybrid hop. The breeding was done primarily to aid in disease resistance, including downy mildew, powdery mildew, and Peronospera.
Used heavily by the brewing community, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ve had a beer with nugget hops in it before. The huh alpha acid content in nugget hops gives beers they are in an extra kick of bitterness, which is a good thing for higher bitterness beers like Imperial IPAs. Nugget hops rank second for amount grown in Oregon, and have about 14% of the total US hop market.
The Low Down
Source – Breeding program from USDA.
Brewing Usage – Mostly bittering, some aroma.
Aroma – Floral, resiny, herbal
Flavor – Often the same as aroma, with some added bitterness that in not detected on aroma.
Alpha Acids – 12-14.5%
Beta Acids – 4-6%
Possible Substitutions – Magnum, Columbus
Beer Styles – Ales, Stouts, Barley Wine, Saison
- Troegs Nugget Nectar
- Mikkeler Nugget Single Hop IPA
- Toppling Goliath Brewing Golden Nugget
More Information On Nugget Hops
- Beer Legends
- Brooklyn Brew Shop
- Yakima Chef
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