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Lotus Hops

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Lotus is a unique hop variety developed through the Hopsteiner breeding program after a decade-long journey of crossbreeding and experimentation. Its genetic origins include Eastern Gold, a Japanese hop variety from the 1930s, Apollo, Cascade, and a USDA male with Neomexicanus ancestry. This intriguing blend of international hop heritage gives Lotus exceptional complexity and appeal.

The aroma profile of Lotus features striking notes of orange and vanilla, followed by hints of candied grape, berry, and tropical fruits. This delightful mix of flavors sets the Lotus hop apart from others, making it a popular choice for brewers seeking a distinctive taste and aroma in their beer.

Lotus is versatile and suitable for various beer styles, particularly those that benefit from late hopping, to showcase its remarkable aromatic qualities. Some ideal styles for using Lotus hops include juicy/hazy IPAs, hop-forward ales, and fruit-forward beers.

Country of Origin:United States
Hop Growers Code:LOT 06297

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Lotus Flavor And Aroma

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





tropical fruit

tropical fruit

Lotus 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.
13% – 17%
Beta Acid %
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
5% – 6%
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.
2:1 – 3:1
Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
33% – 39%
Total Oils (mL/100g)
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
1.5mL – 2.5mL
green, resinous
25% – 35%
woody, piney
35% – 40%
Data Not Available
0% – 1%
Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene24% – 40%
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).
Data Not Available
Hop Storage Index (HSI) RatingData Not Available

Lotus 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 Lotus, 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 Lotus 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