Hop Variety Chart

As a certifiable hop head, I’ve found that I need a quick and easy reference to help me keep some of these varieties straight. I’ll be adding some more personalized notes as I feel like it, or as I try a new beer with them.

Hop % Alpha Acid Characteristics Substitutes Beers
Ahtanum 5.5-6.5 Floral and citrus Cascade, Amarillo Lagers, Ales
Amarillo 8-11 Meaty, citrusy and floral Cascade, Centennial IPA, Pale, Amber
Brewers Gold 8-10 Generic bittering hop, blackcurrant aroma Bullion Ales, Pils, Lambics
Bullion 7-9 Bittering hop with distinctive herbal aroma Columbus, No. Brewer IPA, Pale, Bitter
Cascade 4.5-7 Citrusy, floral and aromatic, excellent for dry hopping Amarillo, Centennial American Ales
Centennial 9.5-11.5 Citrus, floral and decent aroma, similar to cascade – aka “Super
Cascade, Amarillo, Chinook American Ales
Chinook 12-14 Bittering, mild to medium spicy aroma Nugget, Columbus, Northern Brewer American Ales
Columbus 14-16 High alpha for bittering, good oils for dry hopping. Also known as Tommahawk. Nugget, Chinook, Target, Northern Brewer American Ales
Crystal 3.5-5.5 Highly aromatic member of Hallertau family Mt. Hood, Hersbruck, Liberty, Hallertau Lager, Pils, Kolsch, Alt, Abbey
Fuggle 4-5.5 Traditional British aroma hop Willamette British, American Ales
Galena 12-14 High alpha with balanced bittering and good aroma. Nugget British, American Ales
Glacier 5.5 Balanced bittering and nice aroma Willamette, Golding, Fuggle British, American Ales
Golding 4-5 Mild aromatic and bittering flavors Willamette, Fuggle, Kent Golding Bitters, ESB, Stouts, Pales
Hallertauer 3.5-5.5 German aromatic hop Liberty, German Hallertau Pils, Lagers
Horizon 11-13 Low co-humulone hop, use for both bittering and aroma Magnum Any
Kent Golding 6 British aromatic, mild herbal aroma US Golding, Willamette British Ales, Pales, Stouts
Liberty 3-5 Domestic comparison to Hallertau, mild, slightly spicy Halltertau Pils, Lagers, Wheat, Kolsch
Magnum 12-14 Bittering hop Northern Brewer Pils, Lagers
Northern Brewer 8-10 Dual purpose – bittering and aromatic Magnum, Chinook British Ales, Kolsch, Wheats
Nugget 12-14 High alpha bittering with grassy, resiny aroma Galena, Magnum, Columbus Lagers
Palisades 9-10 New higher alpha willamette replacement Unknown as of yet British Ales, American Ales
Saaz 3-4.5 Aromatic and bittering hop distinctive of Pils and other European lagers Sterling Pilsners, Lagers, Belgians
Santiam 5-7 Aromatic hop with noble hop characteristics Tettnang, Spalt Lager, Pils, Ales
Simcoe 12-14 Aromatic and high alpha bittering. Aroma is sharp, piney, and very green. unknown American Ales
Tettnanger 4-5 Spicy noble aromatic hop Spalt, Santiam Pils, Lagers, Kolsch
Vanguard 5.5-6 Similar to aromatic noble hops Hallertau, Liberty Lager, Pilsner, Bock, Wheat, Belgian
Warrior 15-17 Mild, Cascade-like aroma Nugget, Columbus IPA, Pales
Willamette 4-6 Mild aromatic hop Fuggle, Tettnang, Golding British Ales, Pales, Browns
Zues 13-17 Grassy aroma, high alpha, resiny bitterness Columbus Bitters, Lagers


6 thoughts on “Hop Variety Chart”

  1. Great guide. thank you. Brewing an Abbey today, and needed to make adjustments for temp taking an SG reading. Glad I found you.

  2. Great chart. This is just what I needed today. Doing some trial brews with some leftover inventory.

    Thanks for posting.


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