Hop Profile

Hop Profile: Crystal

The USDA’s Hallertau hop triploid breeding program produced quite the American ancestry of hops. Among them include the Mount Hood hop and one of its half sisters, the Crystal hop. Out of all the siblings, Crystal is the most pungent. Created in 1983 in Oregon, this hop is most widely used in the U.S., but it can be found in English and German beers as well. The scents of a forest are comparable to how Crystal smells. With pungent floral, woody and green tones, these natural earthy aromas make Crystal distinct from other descendents of the Hallertau hop. Its low alpha acid rating set the stage for idyllic aromatics. Despite its spice and fruit notes scaling more to the mild side, Crystal is still spicier than its parent the Hallertau. Continue celebrating this July with this hop that was born and raised in the USA.  
  1. Origin

    Corvallis, Oregon as part of the USDA’s Hallertau triploid breeding program. Created in 1983.
  2. Characteristics

    An aromatic hop that is the most pungent of the Hallertau hop breeds. Reminiscent of a forest with its floral, woody and green tones.
  3. Vital Statistics

    Typical Use: Aroma Alpha Acid: 3.5 – 5.5% Country: United States Styles: IPA, Pale Ales, Pilsners, Lagers Flavors: Pungenty floral, woody, green, mild spice and fruit Similar Hops: Hallertau, Liberty, Mount Hood, Strisselpalt
  4. Beers to Try

    Lazy Boy Brewing - IPA Amnesia Brewing - Crystal Red