Hop: Challenger


Challenger has lineage with Target, Northdown and Northern Brewer. Released commercially in 1972 from Wye College. Mostly grown in the United Kingdom with limited acreage.

General Information

Alias Wye Challenger
Profile Spice, wood (cedar), and green tea. Later additions add fruit.
Country United Kingdom
Substitutes Northern Brewer, Perle (US)
Purpose Dual: Aroma and Bittering
Yield 1240 - 1610 lbs/acre
Storage Retains 70%-85% alpha acid contents after 6 months of storage at 68°F.
Beer Styles Barley Wine, Imperial Stout
Resistant Downy mildew
Susceptible Verticillium wilt, powdery mildew


Alpha Acid 5.0 - 9.0%
Beta Acid 3.0 - 4.2%
Cohumulone 20.0 - 25.0%


Total Oil 1.0 - 1.5 ml/100g
Myrcene 30.0 - 42.0%
Humulene 25.0 - 32.0%
Caryophyllene 8.0 - 10.0%
Farnesene 1.0 - 3.0%

Additional Characteristics

Growth Rate Moderate
Cones Medium to large size with moderate to compact density.
Maturity Late
Ease of Harvest Difficult

Challenger Aroma/Flavor Profile

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  • 2020-11-25 08:30:56 (Added: 2020-11-25 08:30:56)

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