Riwaka, formerly known as D Saaz, is a product of HortResearch’s New Zealand Hops “hops with a difference” programme and was officially released to the brewing world in 1997. A bold fruity hop variety suitable for big styles such as IPAs, American Pale Ales and Imperial Pilsners.
Considered to be one of the darling hops of the New Zealand craft beer scene, Riwaka’s abundant oil content is nearly twice that of its parent variety Saaz. This unique oil balance, alongside a near 1:1 ratio of alpha to beta acids, gives it a strong sweet citrus aroma, in particular notes of grapefruit and kumquat, which supposedly makes it the ultimate variety for hoppy beers. The exact alpha acid content is indicated on every package.