This woodsy varietal was bred by Wye College in 1972 with lineage to Northern Brewer and Northdown for a distinctly English flavor. Providing a versatile blend of both aromatic and bittering characteristics, Challenger hops are widely used in European brews. This hop gives off a rich aroma of cedar, green tea, spice, and a hint of fresh floral.
With an alpha acid content of 6.5% to 8.5%, the moderate bittering quality is a nice compliment to its uniquely strong flavors. Challenger also blends well with other hops in brews like Pale Ales, Belgian Ales, and of course, English Ales. Possible additions or substitutions for Challenger hops include Northern Brewer and Perle. Taste this balanced hop in commercial brews like Fautline Brewing Co.’s Pale Ale and Rip Curl Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewing Co.
|Flavor and Aroma||Herbal, Fruity|