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 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%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3%-5.3%|
Eroica Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Eroica Lupulin Color||Yellow|
|Eroica Cone Size||Medium|
|Eroica Cone Density||Compact|
Eroica Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Yield||Yield for Eroica Hops is Moderate at 1800 - 2200 kg/hectare|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to Vigorous|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests||Susceptible To:|
Prunus Mecrotic Ringspot,Apple Mosaic Virus,Hop Mosaic Virus,
Verticillium Wilt,Downy Mildew,
|Storability||Eroica Hops maintains 75%-80% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Poor|
Eroica Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||0.8-1.3 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||55%-65%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||7%-13%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
Eroica Hops Substitutes
|Bullion||Bullion 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 Gold||Brewer'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...|
|Galena||Galena Hops was part of an Idaho breeding program in 1978 that involved the cross between Brewers Gold...|
|Glacier||Glacier 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
|India Pale Ale|
Eroica Hops Use in Commercial Beers
|Website||Brewing Company & Beer or Product|
|Lagunitas Brewing Company|