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General Hop Characteristics
Country of Origin: USA
Noble: No
Uses: aroma
Beer styles: American ales or lagers
Substitutions: Saaz
Chemical Composition
Alpha Acids: 4.5-9 %
Beta Acids: 4-6 %
Cohumulone: 21-24 %
Myrcene: 44-48 %
Humulene: 6-23 (sources vary) %
Caryophyllene: 5-22 (sources vary) %
Farnesene: 11-15 %
Total Oil: 0.6-1.9 %

(%AA/6 Mo/20°C):

fair %
Growing Characteristics
Yield: moderate
Harvest: early

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

Sterling is a relatively new diploid aroma variety, developed from, among other parents, Saaz, Cascade, Brewer's Gold, and Early Green. It is considered to have a very good noble hop style of spicy, floral, slightly citrusy character and is often recommended as a substitute for Saaz.