Centennial hops are a beloved and highly versatile hop variety in the brewing world, cherished for their distinctive aroma and flavour characteristics.
Developed in 1974 by crossing Brewer’s Gold, Fuggle, East Kent Golding, and Bavarian hops, Centennial hops have since become a staple among craft brewers and commercial breweries alike.
Known for their alluring balance between bitterness and aroma, Centennial hops possess a moderate alpha acid content, typically ranging from 9% to 12%. This makes them suitable for various stages of the brewing process, including bittering, flavouring, and aroma additions. Their alpha acids, combined with a significant oil content, contribute to their smooth bitterness and delightful aroma.
In terms of aroma and flavour, Centennial hops showcase a captivating blend of floral, citrus, and pine notes. These complex characteristics stem from their rich oil profile, including myrcene, humulene, and citral, which impart the enticing bouquet that has earned them accolades across the beer community.
One of the highlights of Centennial hops is their adaptability to a wide range of beer styles.
Whether it’s in India Pale Ales (IPAs), Pale Ales, Ambers, or even some Lagers, Centennial hops deliver a consistent and delightful character that can stand alone or blend harmoniously with other hop varieties.
Due to their high demand and exceptional qualities, Centennial hops are cultivated in several hop-growing regions around the world, including the United States, Europe, and Australia.
Centennial hops have secured their place as a classic and sought-after hop variety. Their enchanting aroma, balanced bitterness, and versatility in brewing make them an essential choice for brewers seeking to craft a wide range of beer styles.
Whether you’re enjoying an aromatic IPA or a crisp Lager, the timeless appeal of Centennial hops is sure to leave a lasting impression on beer enthusiasts for generations to come.
Why not try the Cold IPA vs IPL recipe that uses Centennial Hops
And we can teach you how to make it here
We contract and source our hops from the finest merchants and farms around the world, ensuring you get the chance to brew with the same high quality product that professional breweries use.
Using mylar bags which prevent light degradation of the hops, flushing the bags with nitrogen to remove oxygen and cold storage of them until ordered by you, ensures the hops are as fresh as possible.
If you want to learn more about hops and how to use them then check out our Help Centre where you will find blog posts and our Brew With Us ESSENTIALS and we also have some great content on our YouTube channel about hops too.