(General AA range 10-12.5%) Zythos is a new "IPA style" hop blend created to optimize and exceed the aroma characteristics of the traditional, and sometimes hard to get, IPA hops. Hopunion had a team of professional hop sniffers blending combinations of hops. The interesting thing MoreBeer! learned is that blending hops is like blending wine - the blend actually ends up being different than the sum of the parts. Pretty cool.
This is a perfect hop for West Coast style hoppy Pale Ales and IPA's. With that said we have seen, sniffed and tasted all kinds of traditional styles made with aggressive IPA hops. You are only limited by your creativity.
So what are the flavors? MoreBeer! went right to the source and interviewed our friend Will Harrison of Hopunion who led the team that developed the Zythos hop blend. He has this to say "I get lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes. The hop was blended to get a little of everything in one pellet. We went for citrus, tropical, pine, and spicy as the main flavors in that order. It also has some experimental varieties to make it more complex".
Experimental hops come from breeding programs and are available to Hopunion but not yet available to the public. So if you choose this blend you will be tasting into the future of IPA hops! Sign us up, our fermenters are already bubbling.
Alpha Acids: 10.0 – 12.5%
Beta Acids: 4.7 – 6.2
Alpha-Beta Ratio: 2.1
Cohumulone: (% of alpha acids): 28 – 31%
Total Oils in mls per 100 grams dried: 0.7 – 1.2
Storage(% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 68° F): 70%
Similar Hop Varieties: Simcoe, Amarillo