A Dual Purpose hop

Challenger

Challenger

aroma profile: Fruity, Herbal, Cedar

Bred at Wye College and introduced in 1972, Challenger is a granddaughter of Northern Brewer and niece of Northdown. It is a versatile variety with wide application in both early and late kettle additions.

Aroma: Specific aroma descriptors include cedar, green tea and sweet fruit.

Brewing Values

Acid/Oil
Range
Low
High

Alpha Acid

0
20
6.5-8.5%

Beta Acid

0
15
4-4.5%

Total Oil

0
4
1-1.7 mL/100g
  • Alpha Acid
    6.5 - 8.5%
  • Beta Acid
    4 - 4.5%
  • Co-humulone
    20 - 25%
  • Total Oil
    1 - 1.7 mL/100g
  • Myrcene
    30 - 42% of total oil
  • Caryophyllene
    9.5 - 9.5% of total oil
  • Farnesene
    < 1.0% of total oil
  • Humulene
    25 - 25% of total oil
  • Geraniol
    0 - 0% of total oil

1 Brewer Reviews

Challenger is a wonderfully versatile hop. Low co-humulone imho makes for a smoother bitterness.

(I hear the relationship between harshness and co-humulone content has been disproved, but I don't believe it)

It's herbal quality makes it enjoyable in lighter beers that usually call for traditional noble varieties.

mark branch | May 16th, 2016

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