Hop of the Month
El Dorado

Hop of the Month: El Dorado

El Dorado is a baby among some of the other hop varieties, but that doesn't mean it's not pulling serious weight in the craft beer scene. Born and bred in Moxee Valley, a sub-growing district of the well-known hop growing area Yakima Valley, El Dorado has surprising characteristics due to its growth in a cooler climate. El Dorado has become a bit of a "hop du jour" for craft breweries today; now, breweries are adding El Dorado to its pale ales for a tropical twist, or using it for single-hopping. The result? Expect big, fruity punches to your beers in the coming years.
    1. Origin

      The first El Dorado was developed by the family-owned, multi-generational CLS Farms in Moxee Valley in Washington State. The hop is essentially still a baby; CLS Farms developed El Dorado in 2008 and released it for sale in 2010.
    2. Characteristics

      It's all about the aroma in El Dorado -- a bold, fruity aroma. But despite its strong aroma that elicits notes of citrus, apricots, and even Jolly Rancher candy, El Dorado has a remarkably strong alpha acid content, making it a good dual-purpose hop for bittering.
    3. Vital Statistics

      Typical Use: dual-purpose Alpha Acid: 14.0% - 16.0% Country: U.S. Styles: Blonde Ales, IPAs Flavors: Stone fruit, tropical fruits, watermelon, grass Similar Hops: Simcoe