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Ekuanot hops (pronounced ee-kwá-not) have a long and interesting history. Originally bred in 2001 from Warrior and a wild male, they were first known only by their brand number ‘HBC 366’. With aromas of lime, green pepper, papaya and berry, Ekuanot hops are an exciting variety we’d recommend for your next brew.
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.
Substitutes for Ekuanot Hops
While there are many different types of hops available on the market, Ekuanot hops are relatively new to the scene. As a result, there are not a lot of substitutes that will provide the same flavour profile. However, some similar hops include Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo. These hops can be used in place of Ekuanot to add similar citrus and tropical fruit notes to your beer.
If you’re looking for a more traditional hop to use as a substitute, Cascade hops are a good option. They provide a similar bitterness and can be used in many of the same styles of beer. However, they will not impart the same unique aroma and flavour that Ekuanot hops are known for.
When substituting hops, it’s important to keep in mind that every hop is unique and will provide its own flavour profile to your beer. Be sure to experiment until you find a substitute that you’re happy with!
Ekuanot hops pair well with the following hops:
If you’re a fan of hoppy beers, be sure to give Ekuanot hops a try! You won’t be disappointed by their unique aroma and flavour.
Cryo, Pellet, Whole Cone