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 has aromatic and bittering qualities.
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 7.5%-9.5%Northdown Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 7.5 To 9.5 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 5%-5.5%Northdown Hops Beta Acid Composition - 5 To 5.5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 24%-32%Northdown Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 24 To 32 Percent

Northdown Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Northdown Lupulin ColorPale Yellow to YellowPale Yellow to Yellow Lupulin Color for Northdown Hops
Northdown Cone SizeMedium to LargeNorthdown Hop - Medium to LargeCone Size
Northdown Cone DensityLooseNorthdown Hops - Loose Cone Density

Northdown Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly to Mid SeasonNorthdown Hops - Early to Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Northdown Hops is Low at 1320 - 1700 kg/hectare
Northdown Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate to Vigorous
Northdown Hops - Moderate to Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsNorthdown Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Poor to Moderate
StorabilityNorthdown Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CNorthdown Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodNorthdown Hops - Good Pickability

Northdown Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.2-2.5 mls/100 gramsNorthdown Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.2-2.5 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition23%-29%Northdown Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 23-29 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition40%-45%Northdown Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 40-45 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition13%-17%Northdown Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 13-17 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Northdown Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Northdown Hops Substitutes

ChallengerChallenger 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...
GalenaGalena Hops was part of an Idaho breeding program in 1978 that involved the cross between Brewers Gold...

Common Beer Styles for Northdown Hops

    Beer Style
    Blonde Ale
    Pale Ale
    Brown Ale
    Amber Ale
    Best Bitter
    English Ale
    India Pale Ale
    Special Bitter
    California Lager

    Northdown Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Purple Moose Brewery
    Anniversary Ale
    Terne Valley Brewery
    The Talbot Blond
    Langborough Brewery
    Thames Valley Porter
    Magnolia Pub
    Big Cypress Brown Ale
    Blackhole Brewery
    Teme Valley Brewery
    Wotever Next?
    Breconshire Brewery
    Hesket Newmarket Brewery
    Catbells Pale Ale
    Bazens Brewery
    Brakspear Brewery
    Dirty Tackle
    Brysons Brewery
    Westmorland Bitter
    Otley Brewing Company
    Sly Fox Brewing Company
    Northdown IPA
    Grafters Brewery
    Brewer's Troop
    Grafters Brewery
    Over the Moon
    Rocky River Brewing Company
    Hop Goblin
    Derby Brewing Company
    Triple Hop
    Temple Brewing Company
    Special Bitter
    O'Hanlon's Brewing Company
    Stormstay Premium Ale
    Atlantic Brewing Company
    Special Old Bitter
    Flat Branch Pub & Brewing
    Steam Style Lager