Introduction to Motueka Hops
New Zealand produces and breeds a great deal of excellent and disease resistant hops. One of the finest is Motueka.
New Zealand developed triploid varieties like Motueka and Nelson Sauvin through a breeding program at R.H.J. Roborogh. While most plants are diploids with 20 chromosomes, labs can treat plants that are tetraploids with 40 chromosomes. Crossing a male diploid and a female tetraploid creates a seedless variety of which is very appealing to brewers both professional and homebrewers alike.
This is an excellent hop in multiple applications. With a Saazer parentage, this aroma hop adds excellent lemon, lime and other tropical fruits. Excellent from first kettle addition, throughout the boil and even as a late gift. For best results, use this plant when brewing traditional style lagers or ales with Belgian yeasts. The higher alpha acids, than that of its parentage, aids in a “noble” aroma and balances malty sweetness with the bitterness it can impart. Additionally the weight of oil to alpha acid can lend itself to high gravity styles.
Simply put, Motueka is a disease free hop that grows in cylindrical, loose cones. It matures very early in the season but produces a low to medium yield. After harvest, storage of the hop is good.
Alpha Acid 6.5 – 7.5%
Beta Acid 5 – 5.5%
Total Oil 0.8%
Humulene 3.6% (Woody/Piney)
Farnesene 12% (Floral)
Myrcene 48% (Resin)
Caryophyllene 2% (Woody)
Some Beers that use Motueka Hops are:
Sixpoint, Spice of Life Series,IPA, December 2013
Roundabout Brewery, Hy-PA, Session IPA
21st Amendment, Hop Crisis, Imperial IPA