El Dorado was released by CLS Farms (Moxee, WA) in the fall of 2010. El Dorado’s high alpha acid levels combined with its unique aromas, make it a popular hop. When used in later additions, El Dorado has tropical fruit flavors and pineapple, pear, watermelon, and stone fruit aromas. It is related to Brewer’s Gold, Bullion, Comet, and Fuggle.
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Hop Growers Code:||ELD|
Where To Buy El Dorado Hops
El Dorado hops are used for their high alpha bittering characteristics and are best known for their sweet, candy-like aroma. Strong bittering and aromatic notes of cherry and mango compliment everything from IPAs to Pale Ales and Wheats.
El Dorado Flavor And Aroma
El Dorado is a dual-purpose hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:
El Dorado Hop Oil Breakdown
Hop oils can vary 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.
|13% – 16%|
|Beta Acid %|
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
|5.5% – 7.5%|
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
|2:1 – 3:1|
|Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha|
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
|Total Oils (mL/100g)|
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
|2.5mL – 3.3mL|
|50% – 60%|
|8% – 12%|
|6% – 10%|
|0.1% – 1%|
|Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||15.2% – 34.9%|
|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).
|Retains 36% of its alpha acid after 6 months of storage at 20ºC (68ºF).|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI) Rating||Good|
El Dorado 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 El Dorado, 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 El Dorado hops for IPA, Double IPA, IPL, Pale Ale, and Wheat 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