Unless you're a really hardcore brewer (and maybe even then), chances are you don't know much about Glacier hops, or maybe haven't even heard of them before. A fairly new variety, this multi-purpose hop was released by Washington State University in 2000.
With pleasant bitterness qualities (resulting from low CoHumulone levels) and very high crop yields, Glacier Hops provide a variety of possible beer style applications. Glacier hops are slowly gaining traction among brewers, so don't be surprised if you see them more and more in your favorite craft beers in the future.
First developed by Dr. Stephen Kenny Washington State University in 2000, Glacier draws its lineage from a variety of cultivares including Elasser, Brewer's Gold, and Northern Brewer. Though still quite young and without an obvious defining taste characteristic, the Glacier hop is still somewhat unknown, but has been gaining popularity in the last few years for its wide applicability.
Bred with a fairly low CoHumulone content (a primary alpha acid), Glacier hops will add a light and pleasant, yet noticeable and satisfying bitterness, coupled with an aroma displaying notes of citrus and fruit, as well as herbal, woody aromas. With these flavors, Glacier hops have been seen in everything from a Pale Ale to a Porter or Stout. Additionally, with very high growing yields of about 2400 - 2600 lbs/acre, Glacier hops have become increasingly accessible and popular among brewers.
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