Hop Profile: Sterling - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Hop Profile

Updated on March 27, 2016

Hop Profile: Sterling

Coming from a family of German aroma hops and open pollination, the Sterling hop was born in the U.S. as a replacement for the Saaz hop. Saaz is known agriculturally for its susceptibility to disease and fungus, of which the stronger Sterling is tolerant. Developed in the Northwest, this hop - an alternative to European hops - is a widely popular variety amongst American craft brewers. The citric qualities of the Sterling are lemony with a hint of pineapple. Its spicy and herbal aroma gives it a sense of sophistication, while the citrus asserts itself on the palate. The Sterling’s noble hop aroma combined with its smooth bitterness makes it a no-brainer contestant for our June hop of the month.  
  1. Origin

    Developed in the Northwestern United States in 1990 and released in 1998.
  2. Characteristics

    Sophisticated noble hop aromas of spice and herbs, with a citrusy flavor of lemon and pineapple.
  3. Vital Statistics

    Typical Use: Dual-purpose, aroma and bittering Alpha Acid: 6.0 – 9.0% Country: United States Styles: Belgian Style Ales, American Ales, Pilsners, Lagers Flavors: Herbal, spicy, pineapple, lemon and floral Similar Hops: Saaz, Lublin
  4. Beers to Try

    Deschutes Brewery - Green Lakes Organic Ale Amherst Brewing - Salamander Crossing Lager