Why are El Dorado hops so popular?
Their popularity could be attributed to a few factors. One, these hops have an intense flavor and aroma that is akin to citrus fruit with hints of pine and earthy spice. Second, they're perfect for brewing beers like IPAs because their color retains well in the boiling process without adding too much bitterness or astringency (that harshness). It's also worth noting that this variety of hops will not achieve full maturity until 2024!
El Dorado hops have an alpha acid range from 8% to 12%. The beta acid range is 4% to 7%.
What types of beers are typically brewed with El Dorado Hops?
El Dorado's brewing popularity is in part due to the fact that it can impart strong tropical fruit aromas and flavors like pineapple, mango, or passionfruit, while other types are primarily citrusy, floral or earthy in flavor. As such, El Dorado hops are traditionally used in amber ales and IPAs primarily because of their assertive flavor. It has also been known to be used in pale ales, wheats, German-style beers, stouts, and more.
- Amber Ales
- Pale Ales
- Wheat Beers
Commercial / Craft Beer Examples
- Eldorado Falcon (Kettlehead Brewing Company)
- Official (Bell's Brewery)
- Orbital Elevator (Burlington Beer Company)
Substitute Hops Similar to El Dorado
This is a tough question because it depends on whether you want an alpha or beta acid variety. If you want a beta acid variety, then Northern Brewer has a good substitute. If you want an alpha acid variety, then Nugget is your best bet.
- Northern Brewer
Should you grow El Dorado Hops?
YES! El Dorado hops are an amazingly delicious variety of hops grown in the United States. They have a delicate aroma with a mild herbal taste. The hop has been described by some as "a citrusy, fruity, pungent, and floral" and "soft" for a "heavy" hop.