In honor of Oktoberfest, October's Hop of the Month comes from Germany, the heartland of the noble hop varieties. Bred there from Northern Brewer and 63/5/27M in 1978, Perle shares its parent's minty, pine character as well as the spicy, earthy notes found in other noble hop varieties. A dual-purpose hop, Perle falls in the high-middle alpha acid range. Perle is resistant to many of the diseases that plague German hops, making it one of the most widely used hop varieties in commercial beers in Germany. Though originating in Germany, Perle is now also grown in the United States and Belgium.
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