Origin and Description

Liberty Hops is an extension of the Hallertau family of hops and was bred in 1983 from Hallertauer Mittlefrüh and a disease (Downy Mildew, Verticillium Wilt) resistant male, otherwise known as USDA 64035M. Liberty Hops has some notable relatives, as it is half sister to Ultra, Mt. Hood Hops, and Crystal Hops.

Like its German heritage, from the largest growing hops region in the world (Hallertau), Liberty Hops is an aroma variety with an alpha acid rating of 3.0%-6.0%. This variety, which was released in 1991 is likened to noble hops varieties, and comes with a delicate floral bouquet that has essence of spice. Liberty Hops is used in many different fashions and in many styles of beers. It will contribute bitterness at the beginning of a boil, and is used in that capacity often. Liberty is more aggressive on the aroma contribution late in the boil, as it comes equipped with high levels of humulene and caryophyllene oil. Humulene provides the earthy spice and withstands heat better than caryophyllene, which is known for its essence of grapes, peaches, and vanilla.

Liberty Hops is in wide use in many beers, mostly in the U.S. but also world wide. Its important that fresh hops are used, in the case of liberty, as its storage capacity is near the bottom. The yield for Liberty is very low, and the medium compact cones come early to mid season after a vigorous growth cycle. Success was attained at creating a mildew resistant strain, as Liberty has a high tolerance for Downy Mildew.

Liberty Hops Usage

Liberty hops is aromatic qualities.
Liberty hops is commonly used as as aroma agent in beer.

Liberty Hops Characteristics

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

Liberty Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 3%-6.5%Liberty Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 3 To 6.5 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3%-4%Liberty Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3 To 4 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 24%-30%Liberty Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 24 To 30 Percent

Liberty Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Liberty Lupulin ColorDark YellowDark Yellow Lupulin Color for Liberty Hops
Liberty Cone SizeMediumLiberty Hop - Medium Cone Size
Liberty Cone DensityCompactLiberty Hops - Compact Cone Density

Liberty Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly to Mid SeasonLiberty Hops - Early to Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Liberty Hops is Low at 1000 - 1764 kg/hectare
Liberty Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateVigorous
Liberty Hops - Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsLiberty Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilityLiberty Hops maintains 35%-55% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CLiberty Hops Storability - Poor
Ease of HarvestGood to ExcellentLiberty Hops - Good to Excellent Pickability

Liberty Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.7-1.9 mls/100 gramsLiberty Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.7-1.9 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition24%-32%Liberty Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 24-32 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition30%-40%Liberty Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 30-40 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition9%-12%Liberty Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 9-12 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Liberty Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Liberty Hops Substitutes

Hallertau (U.S.)U.S. Hallertau originates from the Hallertau variety in Germany. The German Hallertau variety has largely be...
HallertauThink Hallertau Hops and think Bavarian beers styles. The Hallertau variety once dominated the region from which it was named before being replaced by a
Hallertauer TraditionHallertauer Tradition is another invention of the Hull Hop Research Institute in Germany, and was bred for is resistance and tolerance to disease and fungus. I...
Mount HoodMt Hood is another descendant of the Hallertau family of Hops and is specifically a cross between a colchicine induced tetraploid Hallertau Mittelfrueh and USDA...

Common Beer Styles for Liberty Hops

    Beer Style
    American Wheat
    Cream Ale
    Brown Ale
    Pale Ale
    Amber Ale
    California Common
    Blonde Ale
    American Amber Ale
    American Lager

    Liberty Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Montana Brewing Company
    Brown Ale
    Prescott Brewing Company
    Prescott Pale Ale
    Port Aransas Brewing Company
    Pop Pilsner
    Port Aransas Brewing Company
    Hooked Up Hefeweizen
    Harvest Moon Brewery and Cafe
    Full Moon Pale Ale
    Ballast Point Brewing Company
    Yellowtail Pale Ale
    El Toro Brewing Company
    Poppy Jasper Amber Ale
    Saint Arnold Brewing Company
    Amber Ale
    Eel River Brewing Company
    Climax California Class
    Cascade Lakes Brewing Company
    Blonde Bombshell
    Milestone Brewery
    Shine On
    Roosters Brewery
    North Star Craft Brewery
    Old Dominion Brewery
    Millennium Ale
    The Corner Stone Brewing Company
    Grindstone Gold
    Sly Fox Brewing Company
    Liberty Pale Ale