- Dual Purpose
- 🇺🇸 United States
Sterling hops, a popular choice among homebrewers, were developed in the late 20th century by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a result of a breeding program in Corvallis, Oregon that aimed to create a domestic alternative to European noble hops. The Sterling hop variety is a genetic cross between Saaz, Brewer’s Gold, Early Green, Cascade and another unknown variety. It was first released in 1998 and has since gained popularity for its versatility in brewing various beer styles.
Sterling hops are appreciated for their distinct yet mild floral and spicy characteristics, often described as having notes of citrus, herbs, and black pepper. This unique flavor profile makes Sterling hops particularly suitable for brewing a wide range of beer styles, including lagers, pilsners, and Belgian ales. The moderate alpha acid content, typically ranging from 6 to 9%, enables it to function as both a bittering and aroma hop. When used for bittering, Sterling hops provide a clean, smooth bitterness that complements and enhances the flavors of the malt. As an aroma hop, the subtle and refined character of Sterling lends itself well to late additions and dry hopping, offering a gentle and refined bouquet that won't overpower the beer's other flavors. Whether you're a seasoned homebrewer or just starting your journey, incorporating Sterling hops into your brewing repertoire can add an elegant touch to your creations.