People like to think that hops just bitter our beer... thats not even the half of it.Our hops add all kinds of amazing qualities to our Beer. Not just bettering but everything from fruity to citrusy to even grassy flavours. Changing the quantities and the time that we add them can completely change the flavour of our beers. Not only that but hops also have a preservative quality that can help extend the life and flavour of our beer. If you like craft beer its probably a love for unique hops that you have, predominantly the flavour you taste in a craft beer that makes it different to your normal VB's and Carltons is the hops.
Hop flowers (above) are where all the goodness comes from in our beers. They're dried, vacuum sealed and sent to breweries all over the world. The taste and aroma of the same hop will vary from country to country. Which is why we might use a US Cascade in one beer and an Australian Cascade in another.
Hop's can grow up to 30cm a day in peak. They are classed as a rhizome (similar to a bulb) and will lay dormant over winter shooting in the spring.
Indian Pale Ales (IPA) are heavy on the hop side. The red IPA hails from the United States and, therefore, they are even hoppier than their father, the English IPA. As a rule of thumb, the IPA has a higher alcohol content than its pale ale lineage, however, for the red IPA, we can also factor in the fact that red ales are also generally brewed stronger than their pale ale counterparts. This makes for a strong beer in a red IPA.
Hefeweizen is a straw coloured, usually hazy beer which is very attractive when served in the traditional Bavarian hefeweizen glass in the summer sunshine. Hefeweizens are made with at least 50% wheat in the mash and are not found to be brimming with hops, the flavours mainly come from the yeast instead. You see “Weizen” means wheat (you might remember that from our Dunkelweizen article) and “hefe” means yeast. These, as said, are the main two flavour components of a hefeweizen and the yeast used adds distinct clove and banana notes. Making these beers the perfect, easy drinking beverage in the sunshine.