Hop Profile: Nugget - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Hop Profile

Updated on March 23, 2016

Hop Profile: Nugget

A true hop-lover's hop, Nugget is woody, resiny and plenty bitter. Used mainly as a bittering hop due to its high alpha acidity, Nugget is sometimes used as an aroma hop to balance out the floral and citrus notes of other hop varieties.

Because of its versatility, Nugget is utilized in a wide variety of (mostly American) styles from ales to stouts to barleywines, imparting earthy, herbal flavors with a hint of spice.

  1. Origin

    First bred by the U.S.D.A. in 1970 and released in 1983, Nugget is a hybrid of Brewers Gold and a high alpha acid male. As the second most widely grown hop in Oregon, Nugget is fairly resistant to many of the diseases in the area allowing it to store well.

  2. Characteristics

    Nugget packs quite a punch of bitterness from its high alpha acidity and has a very strong herbal and woody aroma. It's a very versatile hop that can be used for many different beer styles that call for strong hop character including most American styles from Ales to Stouts. Beers made with Nugget hops are also characterized by good foam retention.

  3. Vital Stats

    Typical use: Bittering Alpha Acid: 12.5%-14.5% Country: United States Flavors: Woody, herbal Styles: Extra Special Bitter, Pale Ale, Stout, Barley Wine Similar Hops: Galena, Olympic, Columbus

  4. Beers to Try

    Golden Nugget - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company Nugget Nectar - Troegs Brewing Imperial IPA - Green Flash Brewing