Aroma Profile: Minty, Earthy, Herbal, Blackberry
Alpha Acids: 4-7%
Beta Acids: 2.3-3.2%
Total Oils: 0.4-0.6ml/100g
DescriptionSussex is an award-winning hop of the dwarf variety. It was discovered by Peter Cyster in Northiam, East Sussex in 2005. Sussex is a classic bittering hop that is well rounded, with aromas of grass, mint, earth, herbal flavours and blackberry.
An authentic English classic in every sense of the word, Sussex is very similar to Fuggles and Progress hops, but with slightly more delicate grassy notes, making it a very interesting hop indeed.
Interestingly, Sussex was found on the Cyster property (Gate Court) which has been owned by the Cyster family since 1919. Gate Court has been used for growing hops since at least 1900. Peter Cyster has been involved with hop growing for many years and won awards for his hops at hop competitions.
However Sussex, perhaps his best-known hop, was a chance find in a hedgerow. Peter found Sussex growing in a local hedgerow and thought that it showed promise. He cultivated it and realised he was right in his suspicions. When oil analysis of Sussex was carried out, it was found that it wasn’t like any known variety. This means that there was likely open pollination in the wild. Since Peter found Sussex, it has been growing at Gate Court ever since, and yields are consistently good.
Brewing trials of Sussex have lead to a delicate and interesting flavour, not unlike Fuggles. It has excellent flavour retention, and it is most suited to a light ale. Sussex came out of a hedge in 2005 and has been taking the brewing world by storm ever since.
If you like to use hops like Fuggles in your brewing, give Sussex a try. Sussex is unique, in that it is unlike any other hop variety currently known, but has some very relatable characteristics. This means that this aroma hop can produce some exceptional craft beer that we would all recognise, but it may also be able to make the next up and coming star of the craft beer world!