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General Hop Characteristics
Country of Origin: England (Wye)
Noble: No
Uses: bittering or aroma
Beer styles: English Ales
Substitutions: Perle, Target, maybe Northern Brewer
Chemical Composition
Alpha Acids: 6.5-8.5 %
Beta Acids: 4-4.5 %
Cohumulone: 20-30 %
Myrcene: 30-42 %
Humulene: 25-32 %
Caryophyllene: 8-10 %
Farnesene: 1-3 %
Total Oil: 1-3 %

(%AA/6 Mo/20°C):

70-85 %
Growing Characteristics
Yield: moderate
Harvest: late

This article discusses a specific variety of hops. For general information about selecting, using or propogating hops, see the main hop page

A granddaughter of Northern Brewer developed at Wye, Challenger is a classic true dual purpose hop and one of the most popular English hops of the 1980s and 1990s. It has a clean bittering from relatively high alpha acids and good aroma characteristics. It has a fine fruity aroma with spicy overtones.

Like many other varieties developed at Wye, this hop is sometimes known as Wye Challenger, especially in older references. This simply indicates that it was developed at Wye, not necessarily anything about where it was grown.