- Dual Purpose
- 🇳🇿 New Zealand
Rakau hops, a dual-purpose variety, were released in 2007 from the New Zealand hop breeding program. This hop variety is often described as "the whole orchard" due to its unique aroma profile. Rakau hops are characterized by high-intensity aromas of ripe stone fruits, particularly apricot, and pine. They also exhibit tropical fruit and candy-like notes. The alpha acid range of Rakau hops is between 9.0% and 11.0%, and they have a co-humulone content of 23-25%. The total oil content ranges from 1.8 to 2.2 mL/100g, with myrcene being a significant component.
Rakau hops are well-suited for brewing "hoppy not bitter" IPAs, hop-forward lagers, Belgian ales, and highly aromatic American wheats. They perform best when used in combination with late additions and dry hopping, contributing to a brash fruity character and well-constructed bitterness. The flavor profile of Rakau hops includes stone fruit, fig, fruity, apricot, pine, and resin characteristics. They are often used in New World styles, and their unique flavor and aroma profiles make them a popular choice for homebrewers.