Glacier Hops is a high-yielding, dual-purpose hop variety developed and released by Washington State University in 2000. They are characterized by low cohumulone levels, which result in a moderate and pleasant bitterness.
Glacier Hops have herby, woody, and citrusy aromas and flavor notes and are well-suited for IPAs, ESBs, and APAs, among other beer styles. They are a progeny of Elsasser, Northern Brewer, and Brewer’s Gold and were selected for their excellent yield potential and low cohumulone content. The aroma profile of Glacier Hops includes grass, cedar, and fruity notes.
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Hop Growers Code:||GLC|
Where To Buy Glacier Hops
Glacier Flavor And Aroma
Glacier is a dual-purpose hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:
Glacier 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.
|3.3% – 9.7%|
|Beta Acid %|
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
|5.4% – 10%|
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
|0:1 – 2:1|
|Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha|
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
|11% – 16%|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)|
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
|0.7mL – 1.6mL|
|33% – 62%|
|24% – 36%|
|7% – 13%|
|0% – 1%|
|Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||6% – 32%|
|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 76% of its alpha acid after 6 months of storage at 20ºC (68ºF).|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI) Rating||Good|
Glacier 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 Glacier, 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 Glacier 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