DetailsExcellent general purpose hop with balanced bittering and aroma potential. The oldest hop variety grown in the US.
Development: Unknown—suggested that it arose from hybridization of imported varieties and indigenous male hops.
Usage: Dual purpose
Aroma: Strong, floral and spicy
Alpha Acids: 5.5 — 8.5%
Beta Acids: 4.5 — 5.5%
Co-Humulone: 36 — 42% of alpha acids
Total Oil: 0.4 — 0.8 mls/100g
Typical Beer Styles: Ales (Aroma), Lagers (Bittering) and Stout; often used in reproductions of historical US beer styles
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Alpha Acid (Average %) 5.5 — 8.5% Type Pellet Typical Usage Multi Purpose Co-Humulone (%) 36 — 42% of alpha acids Total Oil (ml/100g hops) 0.4 — 0.8 mls/100g Substitutions Galena
4.8 / 5.012 ReviewsGrapefruit flavorI use them with Cascade hops to get a nice citrusy taste and bittering for my IPAs._x000D_Its not too strong so I can use 1 ounce each for bittering, flavor, and aroma._x000D_December 24, 2013Good HopsConvenient hop pellets, just what my brew needed.October 6, 2013a good choice for bitteringIt has a grapefruit like flavor and imparts a nice bitterness. I bought a pound of them a while back and have been using theme here and there and they are my bittering hop of choice. They go well in different styles like Lagers and Pale Ales.September 17, 2013Good in Heavier/Darker Beers, nice and pleasant earthy/floral flavorI really like Cluster hops. I prefer to use it in heavier beers like porters and stouts. The hops has a nice and pleasant earthy/floral flavor that works just as well at bittering as it does at flavoring. It's a really nice hops to have on hand, if anything because many recipes call for it.June 30, 2013Nice older strain of hops.I really enjoy cluster hops. It's an oldy but as they say it is a goodie, too. I use this as a duel-purpose hops so I use it to bitter and to flavor. This hops has a somewhat earthy/fruity flavor that goes well in English ales.June 21, 2013Smooth bittering and tasteI like the taste of the Cluster hops. I use it for bittering in lagers and other beers.The bittering is smoother than some of the other hops I've tried. _x000D_I even tried first wort hopping with them, leaving them in the lauter tun as I gather wort, giving then 45 minutes to steep in hot wort. It works great.June 18, 2013Oldy but goodie.Cluster is a great hops. If I remember correctly, this is one of the oldest American hops out there. It is a nice dual-purpose hops that has a flowery flavor to it. It's good in beers like Amber ales and similar. Just an all around good hops to have on hand.May 19, 2013Listen to your ELDER HOPSThis is one of the oldest hops, originating from Dutch, and English hops varieties. This hops has a great floral aroma and flavor that give it a very nice balance with its medium bittering properties.March 20, 2013Very Versatile Bittering HopA while ago, during a clearance sale, I loaded up on Cluster pellet, so I've been using them exclusively as my bittering hop of choice ever since. What I've learned is that this is a good all-purpose bittering hop with just enough AAUs to suit it to a variety of styles. Not too hoppy, so you're generally safe tossing in, say, 1-2 ounces instead of 1 1/4 (or some other, equally cumbersome fraction). And even though the range of alpha acids is a rather wide 5.5-8%, these typically run on the higher end of that spectrum.February 11, 2013Bittering with a grapefruit like flavorI've used Cluster hops both for bittering and flavor, but never aroma. _x000D_The bittering is on the smooth side but definitely has a bite to it which I like. I especially like them in combination with Bullion or Brewers Gold. I also like using Cluster and Cascade together, like that of Yuengling beers.January 29, 2013
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