Pedigree: A Northern Brewer cross developed
at Wye Horticulture Research Institute which shares many of the
Northern Brewer flavour and aroma characteristics. Northdown replaced
Northern Brewer in many dark or strong British beers when it was released
in 1970, including some Dry Stouts.
General Trade Perception: An excellent
dual-purpose hop with moderate bittering potential and excellent flavour/aroma
shares many of the Northern Brewer flavour and aroma characteristics,
with a clean and mild bitterness and a distinctive strong, woody,
minty flavour. It is sometimes sold under the name of "Northern
Brewer (Northdown)", although the two cultivars are distinct.
- Possible substitutions: Phoenix, Perle, Galena, Northern
- Beer Styles: Strong english beers, dark ales, stout.
- Maturity: Early to mid-season
- Yield: 1,500 - 1,900 kg./ha or 1,350 - 1,700 lb./ac.
- Growth Habit: Not over-vigorous, neat and manageable.
- Disease Reaction: Susceptible to Verticillium wilt and powdery
mildew but quite resistant to downy mildew.
- Cone-Structure: Medium to large, plump, quite loose.
- Aroma: Fruity with some spicy notes.
- Lupulin: Palish yellow, moderate amounts.