Breeding/Development: Boadicea was the world’s first aphid-resistant hop, bred from an open pollination of hedgerow varieties at Wye College of Kent, England. Released in 2004, it is named after an ancient Celtic queen who led an uprising against the Romans.
Brewing Application: Dual purpose. Designed as a more environmentally-friendly (requiring less pesticides for cultivation) alternative to older traditional British varieties, Boadicea makes an excellent all-round hop for bitter and English-style pale ale and IPA. It adds a nice earthy counterpoint to dark malts when used at a low rate in stout, porter, and mild.
Sensory: Resinous and spicy with a bright orchard fruit and floral backdrop. It can project a new-mown grass or clover character in the hop back or dry hop.
Maturity: Early to middle
Yield: 1,350 - 1,650 kg/ha