Origin: New Zealand. A triploid high-alpha variety bred by HortResearch Centre at Riwaka and released in 2004. Pacific Jade’s ancestry includes New Zealand First Choice and an “Old Line” Saazer.
Usage: Dual purpose. Pacific Jade’s respectable alpha levels give it good bittering power, but with a very distinctive contribution to aroma and flavor when used as a late addition. The mix of fruit and black pepper character does nicely in pales, IPAs, and hoppy Belgians or lagers.
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Mild to moderate with musky fruit (melon, lime, blood orange) and a distinct freshly-ground black pepper spice element.
Maturity: Mid to late