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Hop Aromas

Ever wondered about the different hop aromas?

It’s incredible to see all the different aromas that hops impart into beer. Hops really are a hero of the craft beer world.

The American Society of Brewing Chemists Sensory Subcommittee compiled an extensive list of illustrative terms to describe the aroma of hops. Those terms were then grouped into broader aroma categories.

We have applied most of those categories to our hops. For each of our hop varieties you can visually see – in the sensory notes ‘spider charts’ on our website – the aromas identified during sensory performed on dry hop cones.

So what are these aroma categories and underlying descriptors? Here goes:

Fruity – Berry

Raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, concord grape, white grape, gooseberry, blackcurrant/catty, redcurrant, white wine

Fruity Stone Fruit

Peach, apricot, nectarine, cherry, plum

Fruity – Pomme

Apple, pear

Fruity – Melon Cantaloupe, honeydew, cucumber, watermelon

Fruity – Tropical

Mango, pineapple, papaya, banana, lychee, guava, passionfruit, coconut

Fruity – Citrus

Grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, mandarin


Geranium, rose, lavender, jasmine, elderflower, potpourri

Herbal Black tea, green tea, mint, rosemary, bergamot, dill, thyme, basil, sage, cannabis, skunk, menthol

Vegetal Onion, green onion, garlic, green bell pepper, celery, asparagus, cabbage

Grassy Fresh cut grass, lemongrass, green leaves, hay

Earthy Musty, soil, marsh, moss


Pine, resinous, cedar, tobacco, sandalwood


Black pepper, clove, licorice/anise, ginger, coriander, cardamom

Sweet Aromatic Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, bubblegum

Medicinal (not used on our website)

Plastic, rubber, burnt rubber, smoke, petroleum, diesel

Dairy (not used on our website)

Cheese, cream, waxy

To see how the aroma categories apply to our hops, click the following button and then click on the Learn More button underneath each hop variety.


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