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Zamba (Samba) Blend Hops

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Zamba is a unique hop blend with a history of being the first proprietary BSG Hop Solutions Program release, available exclusively from BSG. This blend is named Zamba® due to the tropical dance explosion its aroma evokes.

The aroma and flavor profile of Zamba is quite complex, characterized by juicy tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, stone fruits, candy, and orange tangerine. This hop blend is perfect for late kettle and dry hop additions, as the fruity character exhibited in sensory carries through into the finished product.

Zamba is a great hop for brewing Hazy IPA, Traditional IPA, Pale Ale, Session IPA, or any other Hop-forward ale/lager.

Country of Origin:United States
Hop Growers Code:HS-1214

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Zamba Blend hops
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Zamba Blend Flavor And Aroma

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


citrus, tangerine, orange

tropical fruit

tropical, pineapple, mango


stone fruit

Zamba Blend 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.
8% – 12%
Beta Acid %
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
4% – 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.
1:1 – 3:1
Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
28% – 32%
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
60% – 70%
woody, piney
9% – 13%
5% – 8%
1% – 4%
Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene5% – 25%
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

Zamba Blend 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 Zamba Blend, 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 Zamba Blend 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