Common Hop Oil Aroma and Taste Descriptors


Compound Description
Myrcene Oil green, resinous
Humulene Oil piney, woody is thought to lend the distinctive “noble” character to noble hops (herbal/spicy).
Caryophyllene Oil woody
Farnesene floral
Beta Acids hops with more beta acids will contribute more oxidation products during storage than beers with less beta acids. Some people consider beta acid bitterness to be “harsher” than alpha acid (or at least humulone) bitterness, and look for hops with low total beta acids.
Linalool floral, orange
Geraniol floral, sweet, rose
Co-Humulene harsher bitterness but more efficient bittering

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