Origin and Description

Centennial Hops is a celebration of the gods in a medium compact cone form. Named after the Washington State festival sharing the same name, this variety was another brain child of the USDA. Once again, Brewer's Gold Hops was used along with Fuggle, East Kent Golding, Bavarian, and one other unknown variety to produce this dark yellow lupulin producer.

Centennial Hops was first created in 1974 and boasts an alpha acid rating of 9.5%-11.5%. It is sometimes referred to as a Super Cascade, however it is lighter on the citrus aromas. Centennial works undoubtedly well in Pale Ales and India Pale Ales, where some bottom line bitterness in beer is needed with the top end aroma. The floral flavor and aroma of this variety is evident in many commercial beers.

Centennial has seen a resurgence in both the beer making and hops growing industry. In its short life, it has seen rise and fall, and is now on an upswing. Its versatility in different beer styles, resistance to disease and fungus, and moderate storagability will keep Centennial in the American mainstream for some time to come.

Centennial Hops Usage

Centennial hops has aromatic and bittering qualities.
Centennial hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.

Centennial Hops Characteristics

Below is a list of characteristics for centennial hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.

Centennial Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 9.5%-11.5%Centennial Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 9.5 To 11.5 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3.5%-4.5%Centennial Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3.5 To 4.5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 28%-30%Centennial Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 28 To 30 Percent

Centennial Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Centennial Lupulin ColorDark YellowDark Yellow Lupulin Color for Centennial Hops
Centennial Cone SizeMediumCentennial Hop - Medium Cone Size
Centennial Cone DensityCompactCentennial Hops - Compact Cone Density

Centennial Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityMid SeasonCentennial Hops - Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Centennial Hops is Low to Moderate at 1500 - 1750 kg/hectare
Centennial Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate
Centennial Hops - Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Hop Mosaic Virus,
Resistent To:
Prunus Necrotic Ring-Spot Virus,Downy Mildew,Verticillium Wilt,
Centennial Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilityCentennial Hops maintains 60%-65% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CCentennial Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodCentennial Hops - Good Pickability

Centennial Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.5-2.5 mls/100 gramsCentennial Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.5-2.5 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition45%-55%Centennial Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 45-55 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition10%-18%Centennial Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 10-18 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition5%-8%Centennial Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 5-8 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Centennial Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Centennial Hops Substitutes

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Common Beer Styles for Centennial Hops

    Beer Style
    Pale Ale
    Red Ale
    Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
    Scottish Ale
    Barley Wine
    India Pale Ale
    Double India Pale Ale
    Brown Ale
    Amber Ale
    American Wheat

    Centennial Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Bell's Brewing Company
    Two-Hearted Ale
    Sierra Nevada
    Harvest Ale
    Sierra Nevada
    Bigfoot Barley Wine
    Bear Republic Brewing Company
    Red Rocket Ale
    Bear Republic Brewing Company
    XP Pale Ale
    Bridgeport Brewing Company
    Hop Czar Ale
    Rogue Brewing Company
    Independence Hop Ale
    La Jolla Brew House
    Big Time Brewery and Alehouse
    Rainfest ESB
    Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom
    Pale Ale
    Ballast Point Brewing Company
    Calico Amber Ale
    Boone Brewing Company
    Blowing Rock Ale
    Deschutes Brewery
    Green Lakes Organic Ale
    Saltaire Brewery
    Cascade Pale Ale
    Stone Brewing Company
    Cali-Belgique IPA
    Pacific Coast Brewing Company
    Blue Whale Ale
    Harmon Brewery and Restaurant
    Point Defiance IPA
    Mate Veza
    Organic India Pale Ale