Origin and Description
Super Alpha Hops is a product of the New Zealand Horticultural Research Centre (HortResearch). Released in 1976, this variety has risen from bittering to dual-purpose status, as the world of brewing has changed around it. Super Alpha Hops is was bred as a triploid variety between Smooth Cone and Open Pollination.
Super Alpha Hops provides both bittering and aroma character to beer. It has a moderately high alpha acid content at 10.0%-12.0%. The bitterness is considered clean and crisp, even with its very high co-humulone content at 36.0%-39.0%. The oils, with the exception of farnesene (only trace amounts), are all within moderate range. This balance gives Super Alpha Hops a resinous character with notes of herbal piney, and lemongrass. Super Alpha Hops is now a mainstay for New Zealand, providing character and defining a new era of mostly Lagers, but Ales as well.
Super Alpha hops lives in the disease free environment of New Zealand, and has yet to be marked with susceptibility for any particular disease and fungus. Super Alpha hops produces a yield of approximately 1940 lbs/acre which is considered moderate. The medium compact cones are harvested early to mid season after a moderately vigorous growing cycle. Its popularity mainly lingers around New Zealand and the surrounding areas for beers that are simply, super.
Super Alpha Hops Usage
Super Alpha hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.
Super Alpha Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for super alpha hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Super Alpha Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition
|Beta Acid Composition
Super Alpha Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Super Alpha Lupulin Color||Pale Yellow|
|Super Alpha Cone Size||Medium|
|Super Alpha Cone Density||Compact|
Super Alpha Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Maturity||Early to Mid Season|
|Yield||Yield for Super Alpha Hops is Moderate at 1940 - 1940 kg/hectare|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to Vigorous|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
|Storability||Super Alpha Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Super Alpha Hops Oil Composition
Super Alpha Hops Substitutes
|Green Bullet||Green Bullet Hops came from a program in New Zealand that started in 1949 in order to solve a problem with Black Root Rot that was happening at the time. The m...|
Common Beer Styles for Super Alpha Hops
Super Alpha Hops Use in Commercial Beers