The Vic Secret Hop was developed in Victoria Australia. First released to market in 2000 the hop is still relatively young and not used by a large number of breweries. The lack of use is not for good reason though as the Vic Secret is most often compared to the Galaxy Hop. The Vic Secret has big pineapple and pine flavours, much like the Galaxy Hop but do tend to be slightly less intense. Because of this big and bold flavour profile, along with a high Alpha Acid content the Vic Secret is most often used in big, hoppy beers such as IPAs and Pale Ales.
The high Alpha Acid content of 14-17% along with the big flavour profile make the Vic Secret Hop an excellent bittering and aroma hop. Working well with hops like Cascade, Amarillo and Citra this is the type of flavour that BC craft beer drinkers have been loving. The big fruit tones and piney bitterness make for an intense and delicious brew. There are not a large number of BC craft beers that are using the Vic Secret Hop but with increased availability and the flavour potential becoming more well known expect this to become a much more common sight (or taste) in the years to come.
BC Brewed Beers with Vic Secret Hops:
Lighthouse Brewing Pacific Sunset Belgo-American Mild
Alpha Acid: 14 – 17%