A real standout aroma hop with strong citrussy notes such as passion fruit and grape fruit, with a small volume available each year, and a high demand for its flavours it makes this the most difficult hops to purchase each year, as well as one of the most expensive.
Riwaka’s abundant oil content is nearly twice that of its parent variety Saaz. This unique oil balance alongside a near 1:1 ratio of alpha to beta acids gives it a strong sweet citrus note that, according to one brewer, makes it the “ultimate” for hoppy beers. Riwaka, formerly known as D Saaz, is a product of HortResearch’s New Zealand Hops “hops with a difference” program and was officially released to the brewing world in 1997
Characteristics: Notes of grapefruit, Passionfruit, Citrus, Tropical Fruit and kumquat
Style Guide: India Pale Ale, Pilsner, American Pale Ale