words we use to describe hop aromas

citrus • pine • tea • earthy • licorice • grapefruit • sweet • black pepper • grapefruit • zesty • stone fruit • melon • floral • musky • spicy • sweet spice • herbal • molasses • ginger • orchard fruit • vanilla • grassy • candy • woody • lime • mint • resinous • tropical fruit • aniseed • lemon • balsamic • sage • bubblegum • coconut

a spectrum of scents

Terpenes are responsible for most of a hop’s aromatic qualities. Each hop variety produces a ‘signature’ which produces these scents and set it apart from other varieties. Some citrusy, some sweet, some spicy, hop aromas bring your beer to life!

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idaho gem

Some hops, like Idaho Gem, provide a sweet aroma profile. Our shop description details it perfectly:

“Idaho Gem is incredibly rich in essential oil terpenes. Smooth and sweet (almost candy-like) herbal, fruity character dominates thanks to low Humulene and Caryophyllene content. Idaho Gem’s superior Myrcene content makes it a perfect compliment to any IPA, especially when dry-hopped. Idaho Gem’s fruit-forward aroma originates from the ester, 2MIB (2-methylbutyl isobutyrate), also found in Sabro, Idaho 7, and El Dorado”

BC Golding

Citrusy & sweet aromas are what you typically expect from hops found in IPAs, there are others like Golding, which have a more robust profile. Our BC Golding has savory-like herbal spiciness as well as piney, woody spice with characteristics of lemon zest. These qualities are thanks to the high Caryophyllene and Humulene content. 

brew styles

Golding is perfect for traditional English beers and darker beers with a nuanced twist.


This is another hop with unique qualities! Did you ever think a hop could produce an aroma akin to black pepper?! It’s possible, and TriplePearl’s got it. A unique grouping of qualities, TriplePearl’s complexity supports malt-forward beer styles.

“Complex, intense and pungent. With lower concentrations of typical hop terpenes like Humulene and Caryophyllene, TriplePearl exhibits a broad spectrum of minor but potent terpenes, like Linalool, ß-Cubebene and 2-Undecanone.  The result is an exceptional unhoppy hop, leading with fruity musk melon, black pepper (thanks to the ß-Cubebene), sweet vanilla, and sweet tobacco. TriplePearl stands well with Belgian yeasts for hopped Saison and White IPA, and adds complexity to sours”

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