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 has aromatic and bittering qualities.
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 10%-12%Super Alpha Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 10 To 12 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 7%-8.5%Super Alpha Hops Beta Acid Composition - 7 To 8.5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 36%-39%Super Alpha Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 36 To 39 Percent

Super Alpha Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Super Alpha Lupulin ColorPale YellowPale Yellow Lupulin Color for Super Alpha Hops
Super Alpha Cone SizeMediumSuper Alpha Hop - Medium Cone Size
Super Alpha Cone DensityCompactSuper Alpha Hops - Compact Cone Density

Super Alpha Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly to Mid SeasonSuper Alpha Hops - Early to Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Super Alpha Hops is Moderate at 1940 - 1940 kg/hectare
Super Alpha Hops - Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate to Vigorous
Super Alpha Hops - Moderate to Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSuper Alpha Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilitySuper Alpha Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CSuper Alpha Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodSuper Alpha Hops - Good Pickability

Super Alpha Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.3-1.6 mls/100 gramsSuper Alpha Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.3-1.6 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition29.2%-48%Super Alpha Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 29.2-48 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition22%-33.2%Super Alpha Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 22-33.2 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition6%-10%Super Alpha Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 6-10 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Super Alpha Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Super Alpha Hops Substitutes

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Common Beer Styles for Super Alpha Hops

    Beer Style
    Winter Ale

    Super Alpha Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Matutu Brewery
    James Squire Brewery
    James Squire Brewery
    Monteith's Brewing Company
    Dopplebock Winter Ale
    Monteith's Brewing Company
    Warming Winter Ale
    Lion Nathan
    Greenstone Lager
    Lion Nathan
    Tasman Bitter
    Mildura Brewrey
    Desert Premium Lager