Eclipse hops are a new hop variety developed by Hop Products Australia. Eclipse hops have a sweet mandarin and orange character that blends well with zesty citrus peel and fresh pine needle, making them suitable for a range of beer styles, including Witbiers, Saisons, Pilsners, Pale Ales, IPAs, and NEIPAs. Eclipse hops are bursting with fruity character and are excellent for both kettle and dry-hopping. They are expected to become the number-three hop for Hop Products Australia by 2024.
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Eclipse Flavor And Aroma
Eclipse is a dual-purpose hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:
Eclipse Hop Oil Breakdown
Hop oils can vary from year to year and farm to farm but based on our research, here are the typical values we have seen reported. This information comes from various hop farms, The Hop Aroma Compendium, and For The Love Of Hops.
|Alpha Acid % (AA)
Alpha acids are what is isomerized when boiling to create bitterness in beer.
|15.7% – 18.7%
|Beta Acid %
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
|5.9% – 9.0%
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
|1.8 – 2.7
|Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
|33.0% – 37.0%
|Total Oils (mL/100g)
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
|1.7mL – 1.9mL
|Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene
|36% – 59%
|Hop Storage Index (HSI)
The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C).
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Eclipse Hop Substitutions
Replacing one hop for another is seldom straightforward but sometimes you don’t have the right hop or the right quantity of hops for the beer you want to make. For those situations, we have made a comprehensive list of hops to substitute on brew day.
These substitutions aren’t perfect as hop chemistry is pretty complex.
We wanted to make this list of substitutions with varietals that are easy to find when possible. For Eclipse, we recommend substituting with the following hops:
For the most part, any hop could have a place in just about any beer style. Based on popular beers, historical usage, and our own preferences, we would recommend using Eclipse for IPA, New England IPA, Pale Ale, Wheat Beer, Golden Ale. That being said, experiment and see what works best for you.
Hieronymus, Stan. For The Love of Hops. Brewers Publications, 2012
The Hop Aroma Compendium. 2012