High alpha hop data sheet

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Super Alpha:



New Zealand Green BulletBreeding:

This triploid variety was bred from the New Zealand Smoothcone variety cross open pollinated at the New Zealand Horticultural Research Centre (now known as HortResearch) and released in 1976.


Generally selected now for its dual-purpose ability the Super Alpha was at one time only considered as an Alpha variety. Selectors note a slight fresh grassiness beneath a mix of aromas such as pine needles and lemongrass when if used as a late addition will become quite evident in the finished beer.

Brewer’s notes:

A very versatile hop in the brew house where it can be used to deliver a very crisp bitter edge on the back palate as well as excellent aroma qualities. Like most New Zealand varieties the exceptional oil profile sets it apart as a hop with many applications. A mainstay in the New Zealand Brewing industry since the mid 1970s' the Super Alpha can now be found in breweries throughout the Asia Pacific region where it is sought for its ability to integrate and finely balance many regional Ales and Lagers.

"A really super hop"

Grower comments:


Maturity Mid Season
Yield   Moderate
Growth Habit   Moderately vigorous spring growth, clavate frame
Cone Structure   Long compact cones
Disease Resistance   New Zealand is hop disease free
Storage Stability   Good

Technical data:

HPLC & Oil Composition (Measured within 6 months of harvest, stored at 0 ºC)

Alpha Acids 10.0 - 12.0 %
Beta Acids   7.0 - 8.5 %
Cohumulone   36.0 - 39.0 % of Alpha Acids
Total Oil   1.3 mls oil per 100 gram cone weight
Concentration   97 uL Oil/gram Alpha
Myrcene   29.2 %
Humulene   33.2 %
Caryophyllene   10.1 %
Farnasene   0.5 %
Citrus-Piney Fraction   8.0 %
Floral Estery Fraction   2.4 % (Linalool 1.4 %)
Xanthohumol   0.7 %
Other   12.6 %


Used in Lagers and Ales where its slight resinous character builds to develop an excellent bitterness. Mixes well with aroma varieties to create first rate new-world and classic beer styles.

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