Hop: Northdown


Northdown was bred at Wye College in Kent, England as higher alpha acid alternative to the hops of the time (1970s). A result of breeding Norther Brewer and an unknown German varietal.

General Information

Profile Fruit, spice, berry, pine and fresh.
Country United Kingdom
Substitutes Admiral, Challenger, Galena, Northern Brewer (GR), Perle
Pairs with Challenger, Target
Purpose Dual: Aroma and Bittering
Yield 1200 - 1500 lbs/acre
Storage Retains 60%-70% alpha acid contents after 6 months of storage at 68°F.
Beer Styles English India Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Blonde Ale
Tolerant Downy mildew
Susceptible Verticillium wilt, powdery mildew


Alpha Acid 7.0 - 10.0%
Beta Acid 4.0 - 5.5%
Cohumulone 24.0 - 32.0%


Total Oil 1.2 - 2.2 ml/100g
Myrcene 23.0 - 26.0%
Humulene 37.0 - 45.0%
Caryophyllene 13.0 - 17.0%
Farnesene < 1.0%

Additional Characteristics

Growth Rate Moderate to high
Cones Medium to large size with loose density.
Maturity Medium early

Northdown Aroma/Flavor Profile

Last Updated
  • 2020-11-24 19:01:21

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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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