Southern Star Hops
- South Africa
Southern Star hops are a versatile and unique variety that originated in South Africa. Bred by the South African Breweries' (SAB) hop breeding program, they were first released to the market in 2001. This hop variety is a diploid seedling selected from Outeniqua and a male South African varitey. The breeding program's goal was to develop a hop that would provide excellent resistance to pests and diseases while offering a distinct flavor profile suitable for various brewing applications.
The Southern Star hop is known for its well-rounded, complex flavor profile that can impart notes of tangerine, blueberries, and tropical fruit. It also possesses a subtle earthy undertone with hints of pine and spice. With an alpha acid content typically ranging from 12-14%, Southern Star hops are suitable for both bittering and aroma applications. Homebrewers can use this hop variety in a wide range of beer styles, including IPAs, pale ales, and even stouts or porters, where the unique fruity character can provide an interesting twist. The versatility of Southern Star hops allows brewers to experiment and explore their creativity in crafting distinct and memorable beers that are sure to delight craft beer enthusiasts.