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, 2013 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: http://www.hopunion.com/aroma-wheel/ 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: http://www.barthhaasgroup.com/wheel/ They also have this in a variety portfolio PDF version: http://www.barthhaasgroup.com/images/pdfs/hop-varieties/13-10899_uebersicht_Rohhopfen-EN_FH.pdf

(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).


I'm late to the game here, but for anyone else who lands here, try this: http://www.bertusbrewery.com/2013/03/dry-hopped-bud-light.html

  • What does that have to do with the question? Apr 29, 2015 at 13:36

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