- United States
Ahtanum hops are a distinctive variety that traces its origins back to the Yakima Valley in Washington State, USA. Developed by Yakima Chief Ranches and first released in 1997, these hops are named after the Ahtanum Creek that flows through the Yakima Valley. The region's unique climate, with its hot summers and cold winters, contributes to the hops' exceptional characteristics. Ahtanum hops are a versatile choice for homebrewers, as they are suitable for both aroma and bittering purposes, allowing for experimentation in various beer styles.
The Ahtanum hops are known for their complex flavor profile, which boasts a delightful blend of floral, citrus, and earthy notes. Specifically, you can expect hints of grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine, as well as subtle undertones of pine, wood, and grass. This unique combination of flavors makes Ahtanum hops an excellent choice for adding depth and nuance to a variety of beer styles. They are particularly well-suited for American Pale Ales, India Pale Ales, and other hop-forward styles, but can also be effectively utilized in more malt-centric brews like ambers, porters, and stouts. With a moderate alpha acid content typically ranging from 4-6%, Ahtanum hops can provide a balanced bitterness while allowing the aromatic and flavor contributions to shine through, making them a valuable addition to the homebrewer's ingredient arsenal.