Sensory Evaluation of New Hop Selections from the U.S. Public Hop Breeding Program

Craft Brewers Conference 2022
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speakers: Kayla Altendorf, Lindsay Barr, Maggie Elliot, John Henning, Ben Smith

In this seminar, listen to USDA-ARS research team Drs. John Henning and Kayla Altendorf as they explore the emerging advancements of the U.S. public hop breeding program. In this session, researchers introduce and facilitate sensory evaluations of the newest public variety “Vista” (2006009-074), as well as elite experimental lines 2000010-008 and W1108-333. Vista is a seedless tropical stone fruit bomb and 2000010-008 has an early harvest window yet provides high yields. W1108-333 is a high-yielding, mid-late maturing hop with a complex fruity and herbal aroma profile.

Participants examine the ability of each unique hop profile to translate to the glass with a selection of beers showcasing these promising strains.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the steps to develop and release a new public hop cultivar
  • Learn about the agronomic characteristics of three new public hop cultivar candidates
  • Engage with brewers and breeders on the sensory and brewing characteristics

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