Aroma Profile: Spicy, Black Pepper, Earthy, Green Fruit
Alpha Acids: 4-9%
Beta Acids: 3.5-5%
Total Oils: 0.8-1.3ml/100g
Perle is quite possibly one of the most popular aroma hops coming out of Germany right now. Like many of its cousins, Perle is a result of hop breeding programmes at the Hop Research Institute at Hüll.
It is an earthy hop, with spicy aromas and notes of black pepper and green fruit. To most brewers, it would not be used for bittering due to the low alpha acid content and although it can be used as a neutral hop for the start of the boil, you will get far more out of it by adding at the later stages.
The main aim of the German hop programme in Hüll was to develop a disease-resistant alternative to Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, which is particularly susceptible to powdery mildew. It was achieved by crossing a Northern Brewer female with an undisclosed male.
If you are looking to add noble hop characteristics to a lager or pilsner, you'd be safe to throw in some Perle. Equally, this hop will lend itself really well to many of the German and Belgian styles, like Wheat Beers, Munich Helles and Altbier.