"CTZ" stands for Columbus, Tomahawk, and Zeus. These three hop varietals are nearly indistinguishable from one another despite going by different names. CTZ hops have earthy and spicy characteristics that make it an ideal bittering hop for many styles including IPAs, Stouts, and even Lagers. Its Alpha Acids clock in between 14-16%, which contributes an impressive bite. Some undertones of oranges and grapefruit can be achieved in the aroma with later hop additions, but CTZ is not typically used in SMaSH beers.
Aroma: Earthy, spicy, pungent, with some citrus overtones. Not overwhelmingly citrus like Cascade
Typical Usage: Again, another dual purpose hop. Beer Styles: American pales and IPA. Bittering for American stouts and lagers.
Pedigree Nugget daughter Alpha Acid: 14% to 16% Beta Acids 4.5 - 5.0 % Cohumulone 28 - 32 % of alpha acids Total Oil 2.5 - 3.5 ml/100g Myrcene 50 - 60 % of total oil Humulene 12 - 18 % of total oil Caryophyllene 9 - 11 % of total oil Farnesene < 1 % of total oil
EXAMPLES OF BEERS BREWED WITH CTZ HOPS
Brewers at Langunitas use CTZ, Willamette, and Cascade hops together to achieve an ancient style beer.
CTZ is dank and pungent, as how some would describe it. Its high alpha acid composition makes for a perfect bitter hop and great for stouts. Chinook, Nugget, and Warrior carry a lot of the same characteristics making them the perfect substitutions for CTZ.