Pride of Ringwood is an Australian hop variety from Ringwood, Victoria, developed in the 1950s by Bill Nash. It was bred from the English Pride of Kent variety. Initially, it held the title for the highest alpha acid content. Although primarily used as a bittering hop, it also presents spicy, fruity aromas when added later in the brewing process.
This hop has a unique aroma of citrus, herbal, and woody notes. Its alpha acid content ranges from 9% to 10.5%, and beta acid content from 5.5% to 6%. Pride of Ringwood is primarily grown in Australia but also in India.
Pride of Ringwood can be used for brewing Australian lagers, American pale ales, English pale ales, India pale ales, and amber ales.
|Country of Origin:||Australia|
|Hop Growers Code:||POR|
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Pride of Ringwood Flavor And Aroma
Pride of Ringwood is a bittering hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:
cedar, oak, woody
Pride of Ringwood 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.
|7% – 11%|
|Beta Acid %|
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
|4% – 8%|
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
|1:1 – 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.
|25% – 53%|
|2% – 8%|
|5% – 10%|
|Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||40% – 65%|
|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 45-55% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF).|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI) Rating||Poor|
Pride of Ringwood 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 Pride of Ringwood, 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 Pride of Ringwood 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