Origin and Description

Eroica Hops is the sunset in the brewer's evening...fading towards night. It's production and usage has been on the decline, and this is likely why its hard to find in commercial beers. Lagunitas Brewing Company dedicated an Eroica Ale just for its farewell party. It can still be found on the shelf to satisfy your recipe and curiosity however.

Eroica Hops is a bittering hops that is a descendant of, yes, Brewer's Gold. It is a sibling of Galena Hops, and was produced with open pollination in Idaho in 1968. In fact Galena has served as a part of the demise as it is commonly substituted with Eroica hops. However, Eroica flaunts a hefty 12%-15% alpha acid rating, making it suitable for beers such as American Pale Ales, India Pale Ales, and dark beers such as Porter and Stouts. It has a spiky fruity aroma, likely from the high myrcene oil content.

This hops variety does well at tolerating wilt and mildew, however is susceptible to ringspot and different mosaic viruses. Eroica Hops is a fairly strong yielding plant that produces compact cones, and is ready for harvest late in the summer. The ease of harvest, however, is slightly difficult as the cones are hard to pull from the bine.

Eroica Hops Usage

Eroica hops has bittering qualities.
Eroica hops is commonly used as as bittering agent in beer.

Eroica Hops Characteristics

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

Eroica Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 12%-15%Eroica Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 12 To 15 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3%-5.3%Eroica Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3 To 5.3 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 40%-46%Eroica Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 40 To 46 Percent

Eroica Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Eroica Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Eroica Hops
Eroica Cone SizeMediumEroica Hop - Medium Cone Size
Eroica Cone DensityCompactEroica Hops - Compact Cone Density

Eroica Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityLate SeasonEroica Hops - Late Season Maturity
YieldYield for Eroica Hops is Moderate at 1800 - 2200 kg/hectare
Eroica Hops - Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate to Vigorous
Eroica Hops - Moderate to Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Prunus Mecrotic Ringspot,Apple Mosaic Virus,Hop Mosaic Virus,
Resistent To:
Verticillium Wilt,Downy Mildew,
Eroica Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilityEroica Hops maintains 75%-80% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CEroica Hops Storability - Moderate to Excellent
Ease of HarvestPoorEroica Hops - Poor Pickability

Eroica Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.8-1.3 mls/100 gramsEroica Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.8-1.3 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition55%-65%Eroica Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 55-65 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition0%-1%Eroica Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition7%-13%Eroica Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 7-13 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Eroica Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Eroica Hops Substitutes

BullionBullion Hops is a sibling to Brewer's Gold and was a seed collected off a female plant taken from a wild variety from Morden, Manitoba. It was open pollination...
Brewers GoldBrewer's Gold is an old man in the history of modern brewing. While its character isn't exactly celebrated by an abundant amount of commercial beers, it's lega...
GalenaGalena Hops was part of an Idaho breeding program in 1978 that involved the cross between Brewers Gold...
GlacierGlacier Hops was released by Washington State University in 2000. This varieties roots are planted in the lineage of many other great hop varieties, and is mad...

Common Beer Styles for Eroica Hops

    Beer Style
    Pale Ale
    Amber Ale
    India Pale Ale

    Eroica Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Lagunitas Brewing Company
    Eroica Ale