Released to the public in 1972, Challenger hops were developed at Wye College from varieties Northern Brewer and German Zattler. It accounted for a significant percentage of the hops grown in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s.
Challenger features decent bitterness and a floral aroma and as such are considered fine for bittering or for dry hopping. Its flavour is smooth with balanced floral characteristics, some citrus and a dash of spice.
- Alpha Acid: 6.4%-9%
- Form: Pellet
- Beta Acid: 3.2%-4.5%
- Co-Humulone: 20%-25%
- Total Oils: 1-1.7 mL/100g
Golden Ale, Barley Wine, Imperial Stout
Perle (US), Northern Brewer, Admiral