US Hops - NL Warehouse
Ekuanot, pronounced Ee-kwá-not, was Equinox not too long ago, and before that it was known only by its brand number ‘HBC 366’. Bred in 2001 from Warrior and a wild male it gives aromas of lime, green pepper, papaya and berry.
American Pale Ale, IPA, Saison, Sour, Pilsner
Green Pepper, Lime, Papaya, Berry
Developed by Hop Breeding Company and released in 2014, Ekuanot® HBC 366 cv. features pronounced aroma characteristics and extremely high oil content. This variety bursts out of the spring soil in vibrant yellow and gradually matures to a deep green colour by autumn harvest.
Ekuanot, pronounced Ee-kwá-not, is a cross made in between the patented variety Warrior and a non-patented wild male found on a commercial plot. The goal was to try and coax a higher yield, but keep Warrior’s high alpha-acid content, and gain some of the better traits from the wild father. In 2003, one plant was selected for expansion and after a total of 13 years, it was finally released in 2014.
Due to a trademark dispute, this fantastic hop strain with aromas of lime, green pepper, papaya and berry took a while to become Ekuanot but the great thing is that it did not disappear.
Used mainly for its strong aroma characteristics, Ekuanot has a vigorous growth rate and matures moderately late in the season. It packs a lot of citrus punch and sometimes background notes of apple, sage and even eucalyptus can be found.
Ekuanot is a hop variety with tremendous brewing potential. Because of the vast array and complexity of aromas it can provide, it is most often used late in the boil or when dry-hopping. However, it has plenty of alpha-acid punch to take on the bittering side of brewing too and has been used successfully in many single-hop beers.