A Bittering hop

Pacific Gem

New Zealand
Pacific Gem

aroma profile: Earthy, Floral, Spicy, Fruity

A triploid alpha type developed through the New Zealand Hop breeding program, Pacific Gem fills the brew house with enticing aromas during kettle addition and has been described as producing oaken flavors with a distinct blackberry aroma. It is typically used as a first hop addition and makes its presence felt through an excellent tempered bitterness and flavor while later additions deliver citrus and pine aroma notes. Pacific Gem is a good all purpose hop that delivers quality bitterness along with flavor and aromas. It is excellent in international lagers and can also be used in IPA’s and other big styles.

Aroma: Specific aroma descriptors include spicy black pepper and berry fruit aroma characteristics; some brewers have noted delicate blackberry, floral or oak tones.

Brewing Values


Alpha Acid


Beta Acid


Total Oil

1.1-1.3 mL/100g
  • Alpha Acid
    13 - 15%
  • Beta Acid
    7 - 9%
  • Co-humulone
    36 - 38%
  • Total Oil
    1.1 - 1.3 mL/100g
  • Myrcene
    32 - 34% of total oil
  • Caryophyllene
    10 - 12% of total oil
  • Farnesene
    < 1.0% of total oil
  • Humulene
    29.8 - 30% of total oil
  • Geraniol
    0 - 0% of total oil

2 Brewer Reviews

I just did a SMaSH using Pacific Gem and I’m not entirely sure what I think of it. It is such a beautiful hop in such an unusual way. It has this forward, sharp bitterness and a very peppery (almost capsicum) taste. But at the same time there are these wonderful, soft fruity tones in the background. It has a fantastic floral, fruity bouquet. I did however go quite heavy handed on the dry hopping.

Alex | Oct 7th, 2017

I have used this hop on multiple occasions. As a bittering hop it can be easily over used and make for a very bitter finish. However if used sparingly it has great potential. A little goes a long way with this hop. Worth a try when using raspberries or other berries or even a fruity saison.

Brad | Dec 23rd, 2017

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