Hop Profile: Admiral - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Hop Profile

Updated on March 27, 2016

Hop Profile: Admiral

Living up to its name, the Admiral hop is strong, useful and commanding. First released in 1996, this hop was created from breeding the Northdown and Challenger hops, both of which are known for their bittering qualities. The combination of these two hops created the high alpha acid, very bitter Admiral hop.

Admiral has very subtle aromas, pleasant and typically English, but what this hop is known for is its bittering abilities. This hop has to be carefully measured when added to beer because it can be easily overpowering. In addition, the hop imparts a citrusy and herbal flavor, and is most at home in English-style beers and all sorts of Pale Ales.

The Admiral hop is currently used by many commercial breweries for strong IPAs, APAs, BPAs, and more.

    1. Origin

      Released in the UK by the Horticulture Research International at Wye College in 1996, the Admiral hop is a combination of the Northdown and Challenger hops. While The HRI has since closed, this hop is still used commercially and by those brewing at home.
    2. Characteristics

      This hop is primarily used for its bittering qualities and is commonly paired with a more aromatic hop due to its relative lack of aroma. It imparts a citrusy, bitter hop flavor to beer, and lends itself well to many English styles and pale ales.
    3. Vital Statistics

      Typical Use: bittering Alpha Acid: 13%-16.2% Country: United Kingdom Styles: Extra Special Bitter, American IPA, Belgian IPA, Imperial IPA, English IPA, Pale Ale, Bitter Flavors: Orangey, citrus, herbal Similar Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Challenger, Chinook, Northdown