Epic

Standen Hop Garden

 

 

Flavour and Aroma

Although brewing experience of this new hop variety is limited, ‘Epic’ has been reported to give a very pleasant deep, fruity, berry-like aroma with hints of lemongrass. It is slightly herbal without citrus or floral notes. It makes an excellent main copper hop or as a late aroma hop.

 

Bittering Characteristics

Well balanced, rounded, mild and fruity.

Flavour Intensity

6/10

About this Hop

This grower selection was grown as an ornamental garden plant until 2004 when it was propagated to give a small trial area. A consistently good yield has encouraged the planting of a larger commercial area during the winter of 2014-15.

Breeding

Found in 1987 as a chance seedling in a hedge adjacent to a hop field at Bourne Farm, Sandhurst, Kent by Chris Nicholas. The field, although growing ‘Wye Target’ at the time, had previously grown ‘Alliance’ and the oil composition of ‘Epic’ strongly suggests that it is a seedling of ‘Alliance’. It is a vigorous tall variety with a heavy yield.

Analysis

Alpha acid: 3-5%

Beta acid: 1.7-2.5%

Co-Humulone: 30-33%

Total Oils: 0.4-0.8%

Myrcene: 12%

Humulene:  42%

Farnesene: 1.5%