Single-hopped beers are a great opportunity for drinkers to taste different types of hops and learn the distinctive profiles of each.
So I’ve listed below some particularly good examples of certain types of hops and are readily available in Australia.
Bridge Road Galaxy IPA (Galaxy hop)
Intense passionfruit and tropical fruits aromas from this Australian hop. Can be a bit too much for some (like me) but also offers a lot. Bridge Road annually bottle this single-hop IPA along with other Australian hop varieties Summer, Ella and Vic’s Secret.
Feral Karma Citra and Adnams Ghost Ship
There are some great examples around of the Citra hop, which is perhaps the aroma hop of choice for craft brewers around the world at the moment. It produces a citrus and tropical fruit aroma.
Founders Mosaic Promise
Mosaic hops similarly have a strong citrus fruit aroma and is really on-trend at the moment. This is a brilliant example.
Liberty Sauvignon Bomb & 8 Wired Sauvin Saison (Nelson Sauvin hop)
An intensely fruity NZ hop that draws its name from its white wine-like qualities.
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale (Cascade hop)
The classic American aromatic hop and an adopted Aussie favourite too with pleasant citrus and floral aromas.
Founders Centennial IPA (Centennial hop)
Centennial is more bitter and intense like a ‘souped-up’ Cascade.
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA (Colombus hop)
Colombus is a high Alpha Acid hop with herbal aromas and is combined with Centennial in this top brew.
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (Chinook hop)
Chinook is a resiny hop with pine needles aromas that conjure up the northwest USA.
Single hop IPA series
Bridge Road Brewers have released a single hop IPA pack showcasing different Australian hops. Mikkeller and BrewDog in the past have also released single hop IPA series that were both education and tasty so be on the look out for single hop beers near you so you can better know your hops.
Hops, hops and more hops
Find more information about the profiles of different hops here including the Alpha Acid range, which signifies the bitterness of the hop type and some notes on what aromas to expect. You’ll also find info on other hops that I haven’t mentioned here.
This flavours and aromas chart for hops is an interesting one to compare different hop types too.