Craft Beer Hop Profile – Target Hops
The Target hop is a UK hop variety that is a cross between Golding and Northern Brewer style hops. Developed in the UK based Wye College breeding program, this hop was released in 1972 and has become a staple among many brewers around the world but most prevalent in the UK. Used for its bittering and aromatic qualities the Target Hop can be found in a wide variety of beer styles from bitters to IPAs and porters.
The Target Hop has a rather high Alpha Acid content which makes it a strong bittering agent. For this reason, while it is an aroma hop, used too late in the boil, can create an overly bitter beer. Also a result of the high Alpha Acid content the Target hop is also a variety that does not store well which limits its usability.
The Target hop has a distinct aroma of spicy, floral, sage and citrus notes that come through in many English styled ales. Often substituted for the Fuggle hop with a similar flavour characteristic the Target has not seen as much use in British Columbia as in other areas of the world.
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Harvest Date: 2014
Alpha Acid: 12.17%