Target hops are descendants of some impressive hops. Bred at the Hop Research Institute at Wye College in England from Northern Brewer and Eastwell Golding they are the cousin of Challenger Hops. Although this English hop has a noteworthy lineage they are not too widely used outside of England, and seem to be the undervalued cousin biding its time while its more widely used counterparts get their day in the Sun.
Target is used for both its aromatic and bittering qualities, and its large alpha acid range allows it to impart a nice, clean bitterness. Oftentimes this hop is used for kettle additions in the brewing process, and has created a following amongst some breweries for its fantastically uncommon aroma produced by its oil composition.
Although this hop is technically old enough to have a Bachelor's degree and an entry level job, the craft beer industry outside of the U.K. hasn't seen much of it. However, given its impressive background, high yield potential and versatility the Target hop may just be the next new thing. While the overlooked late bloomer still has much to prove when it comes to its ability to season, it has all the potential of its forefathers as well as an exploding industry to capitalize on.
Bred at the Hop Research Institute at Wye College in England and released in 1992.
A smooth, clean bitterness with notes of citrus and sage.
Typical Use: Dual-purpose, aromas and bittering
Alpha Acid: 8.5 - 12.5%
Styles: Pale Ale, Indian Pale Ale, Ale, Lager
Flavors: Citrus, Sage
Similar Hops: Fuggle (U.S.), Fuggle (U.K.), Willamette
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