Craft Beer Hop Profile – Summit Hops
The Summit Hop is a big Northwestern style hop derived from Columbus, Zeus and Nugget hop varietals. First released in 2003 from the American Dwarf Hop Association the Summit hop is a relative newcomer to the hop scene. The Summit hop has a strong piney characteristic wit big bittering notes making it an excellent hop for use in Pale Ales and India Pale Ales. Very similar to the Simcoe and Columbus hops the Summit is often used as a replacement because of its low cost and high quality.
As a relatively high alpha acid hop, typically weighing in between 19% and 19% the summit is primarily used as a bittering hop. As a dwarf variety of hop it is also worth noting that the Summit hop is grown in low trellis environments and is so, hand picked making it less damaged during the harvest process.
From the Summit hop with a large bitterness factor comes strong flavours of tangerine citrus orange and grapefruit tones. Sometimes classified as a “super-alpha” hop the bittering and flavouring aspects to this hop are beyond the characteristics of most. Anything brewed with a significant portion of Summit will be a formidably hopped brew – worthy of even the most discerning craft beer fanatic.
BC Brewed Beers:
Harvest Date: 2014
Alpha Acid: 17.4%