November 21, 2013

Northwest Hops™ Variety and Selection Chart

Hop Varieties and Selection Chart.

A helpful guide to selecting hardy Northwest Hops™ for growing in your backyard.  Any questions can be sent to

Varieties Climate It Grows Best InGrowth HabitAroma Alpha Acids Storage Yield (lbs/acre) Disease Substitutions Maturity Beer Styles
Cascade All ClimatesGood to Excellent

spicy, flowery, citrus
4.5 - 7.0% w/w
1400-2000 Partially tolerant to verticillium wilt, good resistance to powdery mildew Centennial Mid-season Pale Ale, IPA, Porter, Barley wines
Centennial All ClimatesGood and Neat
Dual Purpose

Bittering Hop with some floral and citrus flavors
9.5 - 11.5% w/w
Some what resistant to powdery mildew and verticillium wilt
Cascade Mid-season Ale, also used with wheat beer
ChinookAll ClimatesGoodBittering

Spicy, piney, distinctive grapefruit
12-14% w/wGood
1700 - 2100 Tolerant to infection with Prunus necrotic ring-spot virus, moderately resistant to downy mildewNugget, ColumbusMid - LatePale Ales, IPA’s, Stouts, Porters, and in Lagers for bittering
Fuggle Great in damp climates, suffers a little in hot climatesNeat and ManageableDual Purpose

Traditional mild flavor with some bitterness
4.0 - 5.5% w/w
1000-1600 Vulnerable to powdery mildew,  resistant to downy mildew Willamette Early English Style or American Ales
GalenaAll ClimatesVery good,
Dual Purpose

Citra aroma
12.0 - 14.0% w/wExcellent
2500 - 2800Resistant to powdery mildewBrewer's gold, Columbus, NuggetMid - LateEnglish and American style ales
Golding Mild, moist climates, does ok in hot climatesAverage

Delicate, gentle,
4.0-5.5% w/w
1350-1600 Vulnerable to powdery and downy mildew, sensitive to wilt Kent Golding Early - Late
 Kettle hopping, English  Ales
LibertyMild climates, but can grow in hot climates.Columnar and quite vigorousAroma

Mild and pleasant, some spicy character
3.0-5.0% w/wFair
1000-1700Susceptibility Moderately resistant to downy mildew.US or German Hallertau, German Tradition, Mt HoodEarly - Mid-seasonLager, Pilsner, Bock, US Wheat, Kolsch
MagnumGrows well in all climatesVery Good, vigorousHigh Alpha

clean bittering hop with some spice and citrus aroma
12 – 17% w/wExcellent
80% +
1340 – 1700Good resistance to wilt and downy mildew,
susceptible to powdery mildew
German Magnum, Horizon, Northern Brewer, Galena, NuggetMid-season - LateAll Ales and Lagers
Mount HoodAll ClimatesFairly vigorous but manageableAroma

Mild, pleasant and clean, a little pungent
5.0-8.0% w/wGood
1520-1960Moderately resistant to downy mildewCrystal, French Strisselspalt, HersbruckerEarly - Mid-seasonLager, Pilsner, Bock, US Wheat, Alt, Munich Helles
NewportAll ClimatesGoodHigh Alpha
Mild, fairly pungent
13.5-17% w/wGood
1990-2550Resistant to powdery and downy mildewGalena, Nugget, Fuggle, Magnum, Brewer's GoldModerately LateAles, Stout, Barley Wine
Nugget All ClimatesGoodHigh Alpha

Heavy, high alpha acid hop
12.0 - 14.0% w/w
1700-2200 Some what resistant to powdery mildew and downy mildew Columbus, Chinook Mid-season Any Ale or Stout
PerleDoes not like hot weatherGood Dual Purpose

Pleasant and slightly spicy
7-9.5% w/wExcellent
1160-1600Tolerant to prunus necrotic ring-spot virus infection.  Fairly resistant to downy and powdery mildew.German Perle, German and US Northern BrewerEarlyPale Ale, Porter, Stout, Lager, Weizen, Alt, Barley Wine, Kolsch
SantiamAll ClimatesVery GoodAroma

Excellent herbal, noble hop notes
5.5-7% w/wFair
1425-1780Moderately resistant to downy mildewGerman Tattnang, German Spalt, German Spalter selectEarly to Mid-SeasonLager, US Ales, Pilsner, Belgian-Styles, Kolsch, Bock
Willamette All ClimatesGood, vigorous but manageableAroma

Mild and pleasant with some spice
4.5 - 7.0% w/w
1300-1700 Fair resistance to powdery and downy mildew but can be vulnerable to verticillium wilt Fuggle Early to Mid-season Pale Ale, ESB, Bitter, English style Ales, Porter, Stouts

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