A Dual Purpose hop


Brand HBC 438

United States

aroma profile: Citrus, Stone Fruit, Tropical Fruit, Herbal

Developed by Hop Breeding Company, HBC 438 is an experimental variety originating from the open pollination of YCR 123, a cultivar derived from the subspecies neomexicanus. It is the sister to the well-known experimental HBC 472 and exhibits many of the same characteristics. Specific aroma descriptors include mango, coconut, grapefruit, lemon grass and wood.

Vinnie Cilurzo and Russian River Brewing Company created Ron Mexico, a special HBC 438 beer exclusive. To view a sample recipe of Ron Mexico using HBC 438 hops, click here.

Aroma: Specific descriptors include peachy stone fruit, tropical pineapple, and lime with herbal notes of cedar and coconut; exceptionally distinct and pleasant.

Brewing Values


Alpha Acid


Beta Acid


Total Oil

3-3.4 mL/100g
  • Alpha Acid
    12.4 - 14.9%
  • Beta Acid
    5.1 - 6%
  • Co-humulone
    23 - 25%
  • Total Oil
    3 - 3.4 mL/100g
  • B-Pinene
    0.8 - 1% of total oil
  • Myrcene
    61 - 66% of total oil
  • Linalool
    0.4 - 0.5% of total oil
  • Caryophyllene
    9.7 - 10.5% of total oil
  • Farnesene
    < 1.0% of total oil
  • Humulene
    8.5 - 8.7% of total oil
  • Geraniol
    0.8 - 1% of total oil

10 Brewer Reviews


A personal new favourite for use in whirlpool/hopback and dry hopping. The lack of pine like flavours is a huge bonus in my books for when I am doing a NEIPA

Matt | Jan 18th, 2017

Really love this hop for late additions and dry hopping. HUGE aromatics! When will it be available in 1# packages to home brewers?

Jim | Feb 28th, 2017

It's absolutely perfect hops! Best ever I taste! In first place maraquia. Was made amazing single hop American IPA.

This hops No.1 for me!

Thanks from Latvia

Dmitry | Mar 29th, 2017

I brewed up an experimental Double-Wit-RyePA Mongrel Brew with Perle in the boil and this as a dry addition. Easily the best beer to come out of my bucket. Love the aromas. Give her a name Already. She deserves it.

Devin | Apr 11th, 2017

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