Origin and Description
Northdown Hops was designed to be resistant to downy mildew and at the time of its release, in the early 1970's, it was considered on the higher side of the alpha acid scale. Northdown hops is a mix of Norther Brewer and a German male with the same resistance.
Northdown Hops is a dual use variety with an alpha acid rating 7.5%-9.5%. It is a versatile hops in the brewing industry, and is used for both its bittering and aroma qualities. The bitterness is considered clean and is used as a foundation in the kettle. Northdown comes with a substantial amount of humulene and caryophyllene oil. Caryophyllene is used in the fragrance as well as food industries and is know for its dry woody spice. Humulene has an herbal aroma as well. Both of these oils degrade fairly quickly with heat, so with early additions they will lose much of their hop. Northdown is appropriate for any point in the process, and its aroma will linger with late additions and dry hop additions.
Northdown is on the low side regarding its yield, and produces loose medium to large cones early to mid season. If it doesn't fall to verticillium wilt or powdery mildew, Northdown will have a moderately vigorous growing cycle. It is used mostly in the U.K., but can be found elsewhere and is available for your kettle.
Northdown Hops Usage
Northdown hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.
Northdown Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for northdown hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Northdown Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition
|Beta Acid Composition
Northdown Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Northdown Lupulin Color||Pale Yellow to Yellow|
|Northdown Cone Size||Medium to Large|
|Northdown Cone Density||Loose|
Northdown Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Maturity||Early to Mid Season|
|Yield||Yield for Northdown Hops is Low at 1320 - 1700 kg/hectare|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to Vigorous|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
|Storability||Northdown Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Northdown Hops Oil Composition
Northdown Hops Substitutes
|Challenger||Challenger Hops has popularity in England, and was bred at Wye College using Northern Brewer and a German variety in 1961. It is a dual use hops with a moderat...|
|Northern Brewer (GR)||Northern Brewer is an England native who is seeing its days live out mainly in Germany and the U.S. There is a separate |
|Perle (GR)||Perle Hops was bred by the Hull Hop Research Institute in Germany from a cross between Northern Brewe...|
|Galena||Galena Hops was part of an Idaho breeding program in 1978 that involved the cross between Brewers Gold...|
Common Beer Styles for Northdown Hops
|India Pale Ale|
Northdown Hops Use in Commercial Beers