Raised at Wye College, the Challenger was introduced to the market in the early 1970s (1972). It is a descendant of the Northern Brewer and is also related to the Northdown and Target. It is a variety that can be used in many different ways, it is an excellent all-purpose hop with nice properties in terms of aroma and alpha acids. Used as a main hop, it brings freshness and a round bitterness. At the end of the broth, it can give a fruity character to the beer, which is often very appreciated.
Characteristics: Spices, Green Tea, Cedar
Usage: English Ale, Brown Ale, Porter, Stout, Barleywine
- Alpha: 6.5 - 8.5% - Here: 7%.
- Beta: 4 - 4.8% - Here: 3.5%.
- Cohumulone: 20 - 25%.
Cumulative oils: 1 - 1.7ml/100g - Here : 0.55
Possible substitutes: Northern Brewer, Pearl, Phoenix
Origin: Belgium Type of hops: Dual Form: Pellets