Origin and Description

Nugget Hops was released in 1982 by the U.S.D.A and is a cross between Brewers Gold and a high alpha acid male. Nugget Hops is the mother of Millenium Hops and ranks second for the amount grown Oregon and by 1991 had taken over 14.1% of U.S. hop production. Wow.

Nugget Hops has an acute bitterness from its 9.5%-14.0% alpha acid content. It provides the umph in many beer styles that require the hop jolt including imperial style ales. Its a dual use hops that has green, herbal aroma. It has a relatively low co-humulone oil content. The myrcene oil is on the high side, which helps provide some of the woody tones.

Nugget is an extremely popular hops for brewing. It was bred partly for its storage capacity, and holds 70%-80% of its alpha acid content after 6 months storage at 20 degrees celsius. The moderately long compact cones are harvested mid season. Nugget is moderately resistant to the plagues of the region including Prunus Necrotic Ring-Spot Virus, Downy Mildew, and Powdery Mildew.

Nugget Hops Usage

Nugget hops has aromatic and bittering qualities.
Nugget hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.

Nugget Hops Characteristics

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

Nugget Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 9.5%-14%Nugget Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 9.5 To 14 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 4.2%-5.8%Nugget Hops Beta Acid Composition - 4.2 To 5.8 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 22%-30%Nugget Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 22 To 30 Percent

Nugget Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Nugget Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Nugget Hops
Nugget Cone SizeMedium to LargeNugget Hop - Medium to LargeCone Size
Nugget Cone DensityCompactNugget Hops - Compact Cone Density

Nugget Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityMid SeasonNugget Hops - Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Nugget Hops is Low to Moderate at 1700 - 2200 kg/hectare
Nugget Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate
Nugget Hops - Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Prunus Necrotic Ring-Spot Virus,Downy Mildew,Powdery Mildew,
Nugget Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilityNugget Hops maintains 70%-80% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CNugget Hops Storability - Moderate to Excellent
Ease of HarvestGoodNugget Hops - Good Pickability

Nugget Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.5-3 mls/100 gramsNugget Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.5-3 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition48%-59%Nugget Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 48-59 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition12%-22%Nugget Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 12-22 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition7%-10%Nugget Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 7-10 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Nugget Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Nugget Hops Substitutes

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Common Beer Styles for Nugget Hops

    Beer Style
    India Pale Ale
    Pale Ale
    Blonde Ale
    American Wheat
    Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
    American Pale Ale
    Imperial India Pale Ale
    Irish Stout
    Rye Ale
    Best Bitter
    Extra Pale Ale
    Barley Wine
    Strong Ale

    Nugget Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Troegs Brewing Company
    Nugget Nectar
    Fletcher Street Brewing Company
    Lee Sure Pale Ale
    Cocoa Beach Brewing Company
    CBBC American Pale Ale
    Pisgah Brewing Company
    Endless Summer Ale
    Willimantic Brewing Company
    Sterling Nugget IPA
    Turtle Mountain Brewing Company
    Fruity Pants
    Mayflower Brewing Company
    Mayflower IPA
    Sebago Brewing Company
    Mahogany ESB
    Green Flash Brewing Company
    Imperial India Pale Ale
    Milstone Brewery
    Black Pearl
    August Schell Brewery
    Rockies Brewing Company
    Caloopia Brewing Company
    Fresh Hop Rye
    Shoreline Restaurant and Brewery
    Sum Nug India Pale Ale
    Howe Sound Brewing Company
    Baldwin and Cooper Best Bitter
    Peak Brewing Company
    India Pale Ale
    Midnight Sun Brewing Company
    Obliteration V Imperial India Pale Ale
    Flying Fish Brewing Company
    Hopfish India Pale Ale
    Bristol Brewing Company
    Black Fox Gusto
    MacTarnahan's Brewery
    Sling Shot Pale Ale
    Alaskan Brewing Company
    Big Nugget
    Great Basin Brewing Company
    Hop Head Ale
    Pennichuck Brewing Company
    The Big O Oktoberfest Lager