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Challenger (US)

A true all-rounder and team player for producing classic English ales.

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Alpha Acid Range %
6.5 - 8.5
Beta Acid Range %
3.0 - 4.0
Co-Humulone as % of Alpha
20 - 23
Total Oil mL/100 g
1.0 - 1.5


Breeding/Development: USA. A daughter of Northern Brewer with Northdown stock, this English variety has found a home in the hopyards of the Pacific Northwest.

Brewing Application: A truly versatile dual-purpose hop, Challenger’s alpha content can be harnessed for bittering. It also possesses a smooth, pleasant flavor for early or late kettle additions and dry hopping. Alone or in a blend, Challenger is an excellent option for the hop bill for any British, Irish, or Scottish styles.

Sensory: Medium intensity; American-grown Challenger tends to be more spicy, cedar-like and less orange marmalade-like than English Challenger.

Botanical Classification:
Family: Cannabaceae
Genus: Humulus
Species: Lupulus

Maturity: Middle

Yield: 1200-1600 lbs/acre