An Aroma hop


United States

aroma profile: Earthy, Herbal

Bred in 1983 by the USDA, Crystal is a triploid aroma-type cultivar from Hallertau Mittelfrüh, Cascade, Brewer's Gold and Early Green. It is primarily grown in Oregon and has become increasingly popular among craft brewers due to its versatility in a variety of beer styles.

Aroma: Specific aroma descriptors include woody and green.

Brewing Values


Alpha Acid


Beta Acid


Total Oil

0.8-2.3 mL/100g
  • Alpha Acid
    3 - 6%
  • Beta Acid
    6 - 8.5%
  • Co-humulone
    23 - 26%
  • Total Oil
    0.8 - 2.3 mL/100g
  • B-Pinene
    0.4 - 1% of total oil
  • Myrcene
    30 - 55% of total oil
  • Linalool
    0.6 - 1% of total oil
  • Caryophyllene
    5 - 12% of total oil
  • Farnesene
    < 1.0% of total oil
  • Humulene
    20 - 30% of total oil
  • Geraniol
    0.4 - 0.7% of total oil

6 Brewer Reviews


Outstanding flavor, interesting combination between fruit and wood.

Jorge | Dec 7th, 2016

This is the only hops that I have found that grows well in my area (central GA). I'm happy with that but have not brewed with it yet. Do you have a recipe that features it?

William Bell | Aug 30th, 2017

I bought 1# of Crystal in pellets for $10 a few years ago, vacuum packaged them in 1.5 oz packages and froze them. I’ve used them in a variety of beer styles. IMO, they work best with malty fall beers. They tend to impart a nutmeg/cinnamon quality in the beers I’ve brewed with them and that works well for autumn brews.

Todd | Oct 27th, 2017

I brew an American version of the German Export Dortmunder style lager. I use Crystal hops along with US Sazz and all my friends love it.

Brett | Nov 26th, 2017

William Bell, Just now trying an imperial cream ale featuring this as the flavor hop. Check out the recipe at Northern Brewer. Won't know for a few weeks, as it is boiling as I write this.

Connie | Dec 1st, 2017

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