Bred at Wye College, the Challenger was introduced to the market in the early 1970s (1972). It is descended from Northern Brewer and is also related to Northdown and Target. It is a variety that can be used in many different ways, it is an excellent all-rounder with nice aroma and alpha acid properties. 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, Resinous
Usage: English Ale, Brown Ale, Porter, Stout, Barleywine
- Alpha: 6.5 - 8.5%.
- Beta: 4 - 4.8%.
- Cohumulone: 20 - 25%.
Cumulative oils: 1 - 1.7ml/100g
Possible substitutes: Northern Brewer, Perle, Phoenix
Origin: Belgium Type of hops: Dual Form: Pellets