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

General Hop Characteristics
Country of Origin: USA
Noble: No
Uses: bittering, rarely aroma
Beer styles: Ale, Stout, Barley Wine
Substitutions: Perle, Olympic
Chemical Composition
Alpha Acids: 12-14.5 %
Beta Acids: 4.2-5.8 %
Cohumulone: 24-30 %
Myrcene: 51-59 %
Humulene: 12-22 %
Caryophyllene: 7-10 %
Farnesene: less than 1 %
Total Oil: 1.7-2.3 %

(%AA/6 Mo/20°C):

70-80 %
Growing Characteristics
Yield: high
Harvest: midseason


Originally developed in 1982 by the U.S.D.A. from Brewer's Gold, with contributions from Early Green, East Kent Golding, and others, Nugget is used as a common bittering hop. Nugget has quickly become very popular due to its resistance to common hop diseases and its tolerance for being stored at room temperature.

Profile and Use

Nugget has a smooth but somewhat heavy, herbal, spicy bitterness. Some, including Al Korzonas, feel that its distinctive flavor and aroma characteristics give it potential as an aroma hop as well. Nugget is a good candidate for use where long-term storage temperatures are near room temperature.

Commercial Examples