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I would like to gain some knowledge about hops and have an idea in what all those varieties differ. Is it possible to define a few categories for hops (for example based on region of origin), so to choose one variety from each group and start knowing the differences between different categories?

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here is a rudimentary takeoff on the flavor wheels you can find.

this one is for hop aromas/flavors:

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I've fixed the image link you posted To insert an image, click the icon that looks like a picture, and select "insert an image from the web" - you can then enter the image url there. – mdma May 16 '13 at 0:02

Now that this question is "reopened" I have found a couple of very good resources for this:

Hop Union has an aroma finder: The way this is set up is that each aroma is split into 3 groups and each group is alphabetical (so where the alpha order "resets" is the start of the next group) and each hop has up to 3 aromas and the higher the group the more dominant the aroma is for that hop. Ex. Citra is in group 2 for Fruity and group 1 for Citrus so Citrus is a more dominant trait.

Another good resource is the Barth Haas Flavor Wheel: They also have this in a variety portfolio PDF version:

(I know links are generally frowned upon since they could go away but I'm not sure how to embed this data since its a bit more complicated).

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I'm late to the game here, but for anyone else who lands here, try this:

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What does that have to do with the question? – Wayne In Yak Apr 29 at 13:36

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