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Nectaron Hops

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Nectaron hops originated in New Zealand and were developed over 17 years in partnership with New Zealand’s Plant & Food Research. They are a full sister to Waimea Hops. Nectaron hops have an intense tropical aroma, featuring notes of citrus, pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, and stonefruit, making them a perfect choice for fruit-forward beers.

The hop’s flavor and aroma profile works well in various beer styles, mainly for dry-hopping. Five recommended beer styles for Nectaron hops include NEIPA, IPA, Pale Ales, Lagers, and other modern beer styles.

Country of Origin:New Zealand
Hop Growers Code:HORT4337

Where To Buy Nectaron Hops

Nectaron Hops

A dual purpose hop with intense notes of grapefruit, peach, and pineapple. 

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Nectaron Flavor And Aroma

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

tropical fruit





stone fruit

Nectaron 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.
9.5% – 12%
Beta Acid %
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
4.5% – 5.0%
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.
26% – 28%
Total Oils (mL/100g)
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
1.0mL – 1.7mL
green, resinous
59% – 65%
woody, piney
10% – 20%
4% – 5%
0% – 1%
Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene9% – 27%
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

Nectaron 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 Nectaron, 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 Nectaron 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