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A Dual Purpose hop

Challenger

United Kingdom
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

2 Brewer Reviews

5

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

Introduced it to an existing brew about 10 years ago as part of late and early additions. Aim to increase bitterness without harshness and get an interesting aroma/after palate without resorting to "Ubiquicitrus". It worked. No less a luminary than the then Production Director of Wadworth's was very impressed. There is life without grapefruit!

John | Nov 4th, 2017

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