Despite a relatively low yield, Crystal’s has made it a fairly popular hop. It’s woodsy, green, floral and fruity with herb and spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. Extremely versatile, it’s even used for its notable aromatic qualities in IPAs and Bitters despite its low alpha acid content.
First bred in 1983, it has an interesting lineage with roots extending back to Hallertau, Cascade, Brewer’s Gold and Early Green. Commercially it is used in a great variety of beers from Rogue Brutal Bitters to Mountain Sun’s Belgian Dip Chocolate Stout.