We’ve covered a number of German hops recently. Originating in America, this month’s hop, Liberty, is a close cousin to many of those famed hops. This shared German and American heritage gives the hop great versatility; you can find Liberty hops in a wide variety of beers, most commonly in lagers.
Deriving from the German noble hop Hallertau, Liberty’s mild floral and spicy characteristics and overall clean flavor make them an ideal choice for German-style beers. Because of its parentage, Liberty shares many characteristics with the noble hops. Relatively low in alpha acids, the hop is mostly used for aroma. Contrary to what many assume, Liberty hops are not present in Anchor Steam’s famed Liberty Ale.
Liberty Hops were first bred in 1983 in the United States and is derived from Hallertauer Mittlefrüh, which originated from the German Hallertau
variety. It was bred to be downy-mildew resistant. After years of testing, they were first released commercially in 1991.
Liberty is commonly used in lagers and pilsners but can be used in a wide variety of beers calling for a mild hop flavor. Slightly spicy and floral, it German heritage makes the hop especially well suited for German-styles of beer. However, because of its American origins, it is primarily used in American beers.
Typical Use: Aroma Alpha Acid: 3.0%-6.5% Country: U.S. Styles: Lagers, Pilsners, Wheat Beers, Bocks, Pale Ales Flavors: Mildly spicy and floral Similar Hops: Hallertau
, Hallertauer, Mount Hood
Beers to Try
Ballast Point Brewing Company – Yellowtail Pale Ale Sly Fox Brewing Company – Liberty Pale Ale
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