Strata™, formerly known as X-331, is Indie Hop’s first hop variety to be released out of the Oregon State Aroma Hop Breeding Program in Corvallis, Oregon. Born in 2009, Strata is the progeny of an open-pollinated Perle located in an Oregon State experimental field at Corvallis, Oregon. From the get-go, this hop was out to impress. Between its strong disease resistance, vigorous growing habit, and complex layers of aroma, X-331 rose to the top of an impressive group of competitors.
An IPA/Session-IPA/Pale Ale (and believe it or don’t, lager hop) with many layers of different fruit flavor, dried and fresh, anchored with a dried chili-cannabis-funk that does not have any diesel, machine oil, or catty ‘baggage’. Late hot side additions bring out layers of rounded-tropical plus bright-fresh fruit flavours; dry-hopping yields more grapefruit and cannabis. Nice with roasted malts too.
Brewing characteristics: Tropical Fruit, Grapefruit, Cannabis, Dank, Passion Fruit, Strawberry
Alpha Acid: 11 – 12.5%
Beta Acid: 5 – 6%
Total Oil mL/100 g: 2.3 – 3.5
Myrcene: 52 – 65%
Humulene: 22 – 30%
Caryophyllene: 5 – 12.5%
Beer Styles: Hazy IPA, IPAs, Pale Ale, Session IPA
Usage: Aroma, Late Kettle Addition, Dry Hop