One of the things I love about homebrewing is there’s always something new to learn. A new process. A new piece of gear. A new style. Just about every facet of the hobby ends up getting a new element somewhere along the line that offers an opportunity to learn something new in the hobby.

This includes new things in base ingredients. One core ingredient in brewing that allows us to try something new nearly every year, is hops!

Here are 4 new experimental currently available from Yakima Valley Hops you can experiment with now!

HBC 431

Alpha Acids: 14.0 – 16.0%
Beta Acids: 4.0 – 5.0%
Aroma: Herbal, floral, spicy
Description: Fruity descriptors included peaches, berries, and tropical fruit.

Click here to see the entire datasheet for HBC 431.

HBC 431 is available in the following quantities: 2 oz, 8 oz, and 16 oz.

HBC 472

Alpha Acids: 9.0 – 11.0%
Beta Acids: 7.0 – 9.0%
Aroma: Floral, woody, coconut
Description: Additional descriptor include woody/coconut and in beer, a distinctive whiskey/bourbon note.
Flavor Notes: Earthy, herbal, fruity, and citrus with floral and woody notes.

Click here to see the entire datasheet for HBC 471.

HBC 437 is available in the following quantities: 2 oz, 8 oz, and 16 oz.

HBC 586

Alpha Acids: 12.0 – 13.0%
Beta Acids: 7.5 – 8.5%
Aroma: Fruity, tropical fruits
Description: Fruity descriptors include mango, guava, lychee, citrus, with slight sulfur and herbal notes.
Flavor Notes: Strong sweet fruit, moderate herbal and vegetal, with green fruit and woody aromatics

Click here to see the entire datasheet for HBC 586.

HBC 586 is available in the following quantities: 2 oz, 8 oz, and 16 oz.

HBC 692

Alpha Acids: 8.9 – 9.5%
Beta Acids: 8.3 – 10.2%
Aroma: Grapefruit, flora, stone fruit, potpourri, woody, cream, pine, and resinous notes.
Description: When used as a whirlpool addition, HBC 692 delivers intense flavors of citrus, flowers, and wood. The flavor has been described as grapefruit, flavor, stone fruit, potpourri, woody, coconut, and pine.
Flavor Notes: Strong floral and sweet fruit, moderate berry/currant, cream/caramel, and lighter herbal, spicy and green grass notes.

Click here to see the entire datasheet for HBC 692.

HBC 692 is available in the following quantities: 2 oz, 8 oz, and 16 oz.

Not sure where to start with an experimental hop? A SMaSH beer is a good way to find out what each hop brings to your brew. Here’s a simple All-grain and Extract SMaSH recipe for any hop:

All-Grain SMaSH
Batch Size – 5 Gallons
9 lb Pale Malt 2-Row
.5 oz hop pellets at 60 mins
.5 oz hop pellets at 20 min
.5 oz hop pellets at 10 min
.5 oz hop pellets at flame out
.5 oz hop pellet dry hop for 5 days
Suggested yeast: White Labs WLP001, wYeast 1056, Imperial A07 Flagship, Fermentis US-05

Extract SMaSH
Batch Size – 5 Gallons
5.5 lb Pale Dray Malt Extract
.5 oz hop pellets at 60 mins
.5 oz hop pellets at 20 min
.5 oz hop pellets at 10 min
.5 oz hop pellets at flame out
.5 oz hop pellet dry hop for 5 days
Suggested yeast: White Labs WLP001, wYeast 1056, Imperial A07 Flagship, Fermentis US-05