- 🇩🇪 Germany
Callista hops are a relatively new variety, developed at the Hop Research Center in Hüll, Germany, and made available since 2016. The name "Callista" is of Greek origin, meaning "most beautiful (feminine)". The hop's parentage includes Hallertau Tradition crossed with a Huell male. This hop variety is known for its unique and intense fruit cocktail of flavors. It offers a blend of berries, sweet fruits, and citrus fruits, with notable hints of pear, blackberry, strawberry, and black currant mixed with passion fruit, orange, and caramel.
The Callista hop is an aroma hop typically used in late boil additions, including dry hopping. It is particularly known for its low alpha acids, which range from 2.8 to 4.8%, ensuring it's primarily used as a late-addition hop. The key flavors of the Callista hop include strawberry, pear, caramel, passion fruit, and orange. It also introduces intense fruit flavors of passion fruit, apricot, peach, and blackberry, plus some pine. This makes it an excellent choice for homebrewers looking to add a fruity punch to their brews, especially in delicate styles like pilsners or in late additions for pale ales and IPAs.