Although Waimea was bred for its bittering potential due to its substantial alpha acid content, it is New Zealand’s new dual purpose hop. Released in 2012, it’s heritage stems from Californian Late Cluster, Fuggle and Saaz.
Despite its incredibly high alphas, brewing characteristics of Waimea include some decidedly favourable flavour and aromas of fresh-crushed citrus and resinous pine character. The exact alpha acid content is indicated on every package.
Waimea is suitable across a wide range of styles, from dry-hopping IPAs to bold bittering.