A spicy and lemony character typifies this high alpha variety with some slight piney and woody hints.
Southern Cross has an excellent essential oil profile and low Cohumulone, whilst still producing alpha acid of 12%. It produces a very “European” flavour in beers.
The aroma is characterised by a heady mix of lemon peel and pine needles layered beneath the clean spiciness
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Used for first addition bittering this hop has no pretence at substitution for noble type. A kettle variety of the highest order Southern Cross imparts a soft bitterness with a subtle resinous quality.
The essential oil component is such that it can deliver a delicate balance of citrus and spice when added toward the end of boil. Generally selected for its consistency in mainstream Lagers this hop has also ventured into the craft market as a reliable Brewpub mainstay.
High Alpha Acids and Total Oil matched with low Cohumulone find this extraordinary hop several applications, single or dual-purpose.
Difficult for us to list a substitute as there is really nothing quite like the New Zealand Southern Cross available on the world market. A testament to our successful breeding programme.