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Independence Hops

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Independence Hops are a proprietary blend created by Yakima Chief Hops. This blend originates from the merging of old-world and new-world hop varieties, reflecting the pioneering spirit of generations of growers in the Pacific Northwest. Harvested in mid-to-late August, Independence is primarily used as an aroma hop in late boil additions and dry hopping.

The flavor and aroma profile of the Independence hop blend combines bold, earthy notes such as tobacco, pine, and grass with more delicate touches of citrus, herbs, and stone fruit. Its versatile profile offers floral and herbal undertones, making it perfect for adding depth and character to various beer styles.

Independence hop blend can be used in a variety of beer styles, such as American Pale Ales, IPAs, and Amber Ales. This hop’s robust flavor also pairs well with more experimental brews like Saisons and New England IPAs. Additionally, its versatile nature makes it suitable for enhancing malt-forward styles, such as Brown Ales and Stouts.

Country of Origin:United States
Hop Growers Code:N/A

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Independence Flavor And Aroma

Independence is an aroma hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:

pine trees

tobacco, earthy, pine





Independence 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.
Beta Acid %
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
Alpha-Beta Ratio
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
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Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
20% – 21%
Total Oils (mL/100g)
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
green, resinous
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woody, piney
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Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selineneData Not Available
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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Hop Storage Index (HSI) RatingData Not Available

Independence 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 Independence, we recommend substituting with the following hops:

Beer Styles

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 Independence 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