Hop growers and brewers alike are constantly looking for the next innovative hop varieties, one of the latest us a U.S. cultivated hop with German noble hop characteristics called Contessa™ The new hop is described as a cross between Fuggle and Cascade and is said to be perfect for lagers, and a unique flavor for other styles that call for more subtle varieties.
Hopsteiner, a vertically integrated hop supplier and grower boasts that Contessa is perfect for lagers with it’s aromas of floral fields, light pear, soft green tea, and lemongrass. With it’s relatively low 3-5% alpha-acid content and 5-7.4% beta-acids, the chemical makeup of Contessa may make it’s way into the burgeoning dry-hopped lager trend epitomized by Italian-style Pilsners.
Hopsteiner says the name “contessa” was a customary title bestowed upon a woman of nobility in certain European countries. So they felt their latest elegant hop breed would be worthy of this title of nobility.