Hop: Sterling


Sterling was bred by United States Department of Agriculture in 1990, released in 1998. Sterling is typically considered an aroma hop but may be used for bittering. It was cultivated to be a replacement for Saaz due to unreliable availability. The hop is a bit of a mutt (or you could say complex) with heritage from Saaz (50%), Cascade (25%), Brewer's Gold, Early Green as well as other Eurpean varieties.

General Information

Alias USDA 21689
Profile Floral, citrus, spicy and herbal.
Country United States
Substitutes Lubelski, Mount Hood, Saaz
Pairs with Magnum, Mount Hood
Purpose Dual: Aroma and Bittering
Yield 1400 - 1800 lbs/acre
Storage Maintains 60% - 75% alpha acid contents after 6 months storage at 20°C (68ˌF).
Beer Styles Lager, Pilsner, Belgian Ale
Resistant Downy mildew and powdery mildew


Alpha Acid 5.5 - 9.0%
Beta Acid 4.5 - 6.0%
Cohumulone 22.0 - 28.0%


Total Oil 0.6 - 2.0 ml/100g
Myrcene 36.0 - 45.0%
Humulene 16.0 - 23.0%
Caryophyllene 5.0 - 8.0%
Farnesene 15.0 - 19.0%
Linalool 0.5 - 0.9%
B-Pinene 0.5 - 0.6%
Geraniol 0.2 - 0.4%

Additional Characteristics

Growth Rate Moderate to high
Cones Medium in size, compact density
Maturity Middle
Ease of Harvest Easy
Sex Female
Leaf Color Dark green
Side Arm Length 24" - 36"

Sterling Aroma/Flavor Profile


Last Updated
  • 2020-11-24 17:47:13

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Did you know?
  • Dwarf variety hops grow shorter in height than traditional varieties but, importantly, produce the same yield. This combination makes harvest easier.
  • Storage: is based on the percentage of alpha acids remaining after 6 months at 20*F.
  • Oil composition percetages are based on the total percentage of oil in the hop. Example: 10 - 20% means that for the specific oil it is 10 - 20% of the overall oil make up.
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