Citra Hop Pellets (US)
American aroma hop Citra was created by John I. Haas, Inc. and Select Botanicals Group joint venture, the Hop Breeding Company. It was released to the brewing world in 2008. Now one of the most coveted high-impact aroma hops in the US, particularly among craft brewers, it boasts a complex lineage that includes the likes of Hallertau Mittelfrüh (father), Tettnanger (US), Brewer’s Gold and East Kent Golding.
Gene Probasco is credited with having first bred Citra in 1990. After trialing the new variety with iconic craft breweries Deschutes, Sierra Nevada and others, commercial acreage was significantly expanded in the lead up to its official release.
Citra, as the name implies, has a strong citrusy profile. This is largely credited to its very high myrcene content. It has an extraordinary flavor profile of grapefruit, lime and tropical fruits but despite its high alphas, brewers often warn against its use for bittering, which is considered by some to be harsh and undesirable.
Musky tropical fruit and strong citrus make this a great flavor/aroma hop. High Alpha hop with smooth bittering and Floral, citrusy tropical fruit / leechee fruit aroma and flavor (think mango, papaya, and pineapple). Best known as a dry hop in Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Usage: Dual Typical Beer Styles: American pale, amber, IPA Typical Alpha Acid: 12 - 16% Possible Substitutions Cascade, Centennial, New Zealand Green Bullet, New Zealand Pacific Gem, or possibly Chinook, Ahtanum
Citra is a relatively new variety, developed by the Hop Breeding Company of Yakima from Hallertau Mittelfrüh, Tettnang, Brewers Gold, and East Kent Golding parentage. It's character is strongly tropical and lush with a host of fruit flavors including peach, passionfruit, guava, lychee, lime and gooseberry. Because of its distinctive and intense aromatics, Citra® is best in a late addition or dry hop capacity. Used as a single variety or in a blend, Citra® does well in American wheat beers, pale ales, IPAs Belgian-style ales, and has been known to complement Brettanomyces.
|Also Known As||Citra® Brand HBC 394 cv|
|Characteristics||Citrus, grapefruit, lime, tropical fruits, harsh bitterness|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||10%-15%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3%-4.5%|
|Yield Amount||1600-1800 kg/hectare (1400-1600 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Medium to high|
|Resistant to||Downy mildew, powdery mildew and verticillium wilt|
|Storability||Retains 75% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|East of Harvest||Easy to moderate|
|Total Oil Composition||1.5-3 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||60%-70%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||7%-12%|
|Farnesene Oil||< 1%|
|Substitutes||Simcoe, Cascade (US), Centennial, Mosaic|
|Style Guide||India Pale Ale, American Ales, Amber, Wheat Beer, Belgian-style Ale|
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