Welcome to the “WTH??” beer page.
You most likely got here scanning the QR code on a can of Central Florida Home Brewer’s “WTH??” beer and you want to take a guess at which hop is featured.
To give you a little help at figuring that out, here are the descriptions of each choice of hops as presented by our hop supplier Yakima Valley Hops:
“WTH??” HOP CHOICES FOR 11-7-2021
One of those legendary varieties and is now in the top 10 most widely used hops. It was developed by Virgil Gamache Farms in the Yakima Valley and was originally named VGXP01 cv. Amarillo® offers solid bittering properties in the 9-11% Alpha Acid range and it packs one of the highest myrcene oil contents (60-70% of total oils) of any hop. This gives it a very sweet citrus flavor and aroma that is closer to oranges than grapefruit. The citrus character is backed by some light floral notes as well as melon and peaches.
Barbe Rouge is a new and exciting hop variety developed in the legendary growing region of Alsace, France. Barbe Rouge is a bright and delicate aroma hop that offers ripe red fruit flavors of currant, strawberry, and raspberry. It also offers zesty citrus aromas of oranges and limes while some people describe a unique kumquat character. Barbe Rouge is well suited for American IPAs, NEIPAs, and pale ales while still being delicate enough to use in a modern twist on a classic pilsner.
This juicy hop was born and bred at CLS Farms in Moxee (a sub-region of the Yakima Valley). Bursting with juicy pineapple and tropical notes, this dual-purpose hop has been featured in many great beers since its release in 2010. Big Alpha Acids (13-17%) make this an effective and efficient bittering hop, but can be used in late additions to maximize the fresh, fruity aroma and flavor. El Dorado is an exceptional new dual purpose hop with both high Alpha Acid and intense flavors and aromas. As a bittering hop El Dorado lends a firm but balanced bitterness. When used in later additions, El Dorado brings bright tropical fruit flavors and aromas of pineapple, pear, watermelon, and stone fruit. El Dorado has become a fan favorite in hop-forward styles and has been featured in stellar beers such as Surly’s Overrated IPA, Ninkasi’s Dawn of the Red, and Let it Ride from Indeed Brewing.
HBC 586 is an experimental hop variety from the Hop Breeding Company, which is a joint venture between John I. Haas and Yakima Chief Ranches. It is the result of a hybrid pollination of the mother YCR 21 and male #01239-2. The aroma of HBC 586 has been described as “a large medley of fruit flavors… Mango, guava, lychee, citrus, with slight sulfur and herbal notes.”
Rakau was rediscovered and re-released in 2011 by the New Zealand hop breeding program. It is bursting with a big fruit-forward character that is described by the breeder as “the whole orchard”. Rakau is a clean and efficient bittering hop at 10 – 11% AA, but it is usually used in later additions to maximize the fresh fruit aroma. Myrcene oil is the highlight and makes up 56% of the total oils, lending flavors and aromas of apricot, plum, mango, pear, and other stone fruits. Some lighter notes of lime and pine are also present.
Vic Secret™ is fairly new to the game, only being introduced in 2013. She hails from the same Australian and U.K. roots of her sister Topaz™. Anticipate flavors and aromatics of clean pineapple and passionfruit, with a slight, resinous whiff lingering in the background. Vic Secret’s approachability and high alpha acid content make her a nice addition to any hop-forward beer style. Her characteristics are best highlighted in whirlpool or dry-hop additions. Vic Secret™ possesses similar yet lighter characteristics than her peer Galaxy™, but she’s no less of a breakout star in her own right.
Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the choices, take another taste and scratch off your best guess.