Challenger hops are a dual-purpose variety that are noted for its pleasant floral and citrus character. Challenger hops were bred and developed by the Wye College in the United Kingdom and was released in 1972. Challenger is the resulting cross of Northern Brewer and a German variety named Zattler. It went on to become one of the top hops grown in the UK into the 90's, but its acreage has since waned.
Challenger hops are well-suited for classic British ales and lagers, but has also been considered a bittering hop for many styles.
Challenger Hops Profile:
Origin: United Kingdom Pedigree: Northern Brewer and German Zattler Aromas: Citrus, Floral, Spice Alpha Acids* 6.5 - 9.5 % Beta Acids 3.0 - 5.0 % Cohumulone 20 - 30 % of alpha acids Total Oil 1.0 - 2.0 ml/100g Myrcene 30 - 42 % of total oil Humulene 20 - 35 % of total oil Caryophyllene 5 - 10 % of total oil Farnesene 1.0 - 3.0 % of total oil