Liberty is primarily utilized as an aroma hop. It is an American varietal with German roots as it was specifically bred to resemble Hallertauer Mittlefruh. You can expect that European infused spicy aroma with citrus and lemon flavors that makes a great pick for Pilsers, Bocks, and even Wheat Beers.
Born in 1983, Liberty is half-sister to Crystal, Ultra and Mt. Hood. It originates from Hallertau Mittelfrüher and a disease resistant German aroma male. Liberty’s yield is low but it still enjoys popularity, especially in the US. It is a genetically sterile variety and not suitable for breeding.
Harvest Moon Brewery uses Liberty liberally in their Full Moon Pale Ale along with Cascade. Given its heritage, it’s no wonder Liberty is likened characteristically to noble hops. Brewers should be advised that, due to Liberty’s very poor storage stability, they should be obtained and used fresh where possible.
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|Characteristics||Noble hop characteristics|
|Alpha Acid Composition||3%-6%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3.5%|
|Yield Amount||1200-2000 kg/hectare (1070-1780 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Very high|
|Resistant to||Moderately resistant to downy mildew|
|Storability||Retains 35%-55% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|East of Harvest||Moderate to easy|
|Total Oil Composition||1.3 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||46%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||31%|
|Farnesene Oil||< 1%|
|Substitutes||Hallertau, Mount Hood, Traditon|
|Style Guide||Bock, Lager, Pale Ale|