Hop Varieties – Admiral.

Admiral is an excellent mid-season hops variety derived from grandparent Challenger and likely parent, Northdown. Its exact lineage is unclear. Hailing from Wye College, England it was released to the brewing world in 1998 as a potential high-alpha replacement or complimentary addition to Target hops.

It features higher acid content than either of its elders, possesses aggressive but smooth bittering qualities and boasts an orange-citrus and herbal resonance making it perfect for more bitter Pale Ales and ESBs. Chapel Down employs Admiral almost exclusively in its Curious Porter due to its outstanding bittering abilities.

Also Known As
Characteristics Aggressive but smooth bittering with an orange-citrus and herbal resonance
Purpose Bittering
Alpha Acid Composition 13%-16.2%
Beta Acid Composition 4.8%-6.1%
Co-Humulone Composition 37%-45%
Country UK
Cone Size Small to medium
Cone Density Compact
Seasonal Maturity Mid
Yield Amount 1300-1900 kg/hectare (1160-1700 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Very high
Resistant to Resistant to verticillium wilt and downy mildew
Susceptible to Susceptible to powdery mildew
Storability Retains 85% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C
Ease of Harvest Easy to moderate
Total Oil Composition 1-1.7 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 39%-48%
Humulene Oil Composition 23%-26%
Caryophyllene Oil 6%-7%
Farnesene Oil 1.8%-2.2%
Substitutes  Chinook, Northdown, Challenger, Centennial, Cascade (US), Amarillo, Target
Style Guide Extra Special Bitter, American India Pale Ale, Belgian India Pale Ale, Imperial India Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Bitter


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