Bramling Cross has a very distinctive 'American' aroma. It is often used as a general-purpose kettle hop for a small proportion of the hop grist. However, the variety has also been used to provide a special fruity character in traditional ales, adding blackcurrant and lemon notes. If used as a late hop or dry hop, the affect on the final beer flavor can be very interesting. This is an under-appreciated hop that affords the brewer considerable scope for experiment.
Bramling Cross is a rather rare breed and is mostly available in the UK. First harvested in 1927 at Wye College its lineage is a cross between Golding and a wild Manitoban (Canadian) hop. It is considered well suited to cask conditioned recipes as well as Christmas and fruit beers.
Perhaps Brew Dog Brewery says it best when they speak of Bramling Cross as being “elegant, refined, assured, (boring) and understated”. They suggest people often don’t use enough of Bramling Cross to let its true flavors and eccentricities shine.
When used in large quantities the fruity element in Bramling Cross springs to life. This use exhibits complex fruity notes of lemon, blackcurrant and pear, particularly when used as a late addition. Some brewers have also recorded notes of blackberries and plums.
|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Notes of lemon, blackcurrant, blackberries and plums particularly when used as a late addition.|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||5%-7.8%|
|Beta Acid Composition||2.3%-3.2%|
|Seasonal Maturity||Early to mid|
|Yield Amount||1500-1680 kg/hectare (1340-500 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to high|
|Resistant to||Resistant to powdery mildew and downy mildew|
|Susceptible to||Susceptible to verticillium wilt|
|Storability||Retains 60%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|East of Harvest||Difficult|
|Total Oil Composition||0.7-1.2 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||35%-40%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||28%-33%|
|Substitutes||Whitbread Golding, Progress, East Kent Golding|
|Style Guide||Golden Ale, Strong Ale,Stout, Porter|