German Smaragd Organic Pellet Hops
8.5% Ave. Alpha Acid. This is a new breed from Germany developed in the last 10 years and virtually unknown by American brewers.
With a distinct fruity nose balanced with flowery hoppy notes, Smaragd is the European response to varieties like Simcoe and Amarillo.
It has a more prominent nose than most European varieties, but the fruitiness is more subdued and the overall impression is balanced and refined with a slight nuance of spice.
The bitterness is of medium intensity allowing generous (but not excessive!) use in the boil kettle.
A good choice for dry hopping.
The hints of lemon and orange marmalade work well with Belgian Pale Ales or Imperial Pilsner.