15.1% AAU. Certified Organic. New Zealand is an excellent place to grow organic hops because most of the usual hop diseases and pests don’t exist in this island country. One of the methods employed by New Zealand organic hop farmers to reduce pest damage is to send sheep into the hop row to defoliate the lower branches. This also provides a source of fertilizer for the plants. Pacific Gem is a very high alpha hop with a pleasant citrus aroma good for bitters and dark beers. Some brewers have reported that Pacific Gem provides a subtle "blackberry" flavor/taste, which is a popular characteristic for English bitters and stouts. With its good clean bittering character, Pacific Gem is a good substitute for Magnum, Millennium, Nugget, or Columbus hops.
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