Hop: Rakau


Rakau was re-released in 2007 by the New Zealand Hop Breeding Program. Considered to have "the whole orchard" by the breeder. Orginally bred in the 70s it was not released until 1983. The myrcene oil content concentration leads to the aforementioned huge orchard profile while low cohumulone make it less bitter. Lineage of Smooth Cone.

General Information

Aliases AlphaAroma, AlphAroma
Profile Fresh stone fruit (apricot), passion fruit, pine needles, tropical fruit, mango, and pear.
Country New Zealand
Substitutes Amarillo®, Summit
Pairs with Motueka, Pacific Jade
Purpose Dual: Aroma and Bittering
Yield 1100 - 3400 lbs/acre
Storage Retains 72% alpha acid contents after 6 months of storage at 68°F.
Beer Styles Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Lager


Alpha Acid 10.0 - 12.0%
Beta Acid 2.6 - 4.8%
Cohumulone 24.0 - 28.0%


Total Oil 1.21 ml/100g
Myrcene 44.0 - 65.0%
Humulene 15%
Caryophyllene 3.0 - 8.0%
Farnesene 5.0%

Additional Characteristics

Growth Rate Vigorous
Maturity Late to very late

Rakau Aroma/Flavor Profile

Fact Sheet(s)


Last Updated
  • 2021-01-12 19:16:54 (Added: 2021-01-12 19:16:54)

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  • Dwarf variety hops grow shorter in height than traditional varieties but, importantly, produce the same yield. This combination makes harvest easier.
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  • 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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