Nugget is a bittering-type cultivar, bred in 1970 from the USDA 65009 female plant and USDA 63015M. The lineage of Nugget is 5/8 Brewers Gold, 1/8 Early Green, 1/16 Canterbury Golding, 1/32 Bavarian and 5/32 unknown.
Nugget is a great bittering hop with a heavy herbal aroma. (alpha acid: 12.5-14.5% / beta acid: 4.0-6.0%)
Alpha Acids: High Alpha
Hop Aroma: Herbal
Hop Usage: Bittering and Aroma
General Trade Perception: A high alpha acids hop with a good aroma profile.
Possible Substitutions: Galena, Magnum, Columbus, Wye Target
Typical Beer Styles: Ales, Stout, Barley Wine
Additional Information: Released in 1982 and now a major high alpha acids variety in the US. Also grown in Germany.
Pedigree: Selected from a cross between Brewer’s Gold and a high alpha acids male with good storage properties.
Yield: 1900 – 2500 kg./ha. or 1700 – 2230 lb./ac.
Growth Habit: Good
Disease/Pest Susceptibility: Little visual reaction to infection with Prunus necrotic ring-spot virus. Moderate to good resistance to downy mildew, but susceptible to spider mites.
Pickability/Drying/Baling: Very good
Cone-Structure: Heavy, tight and moderately long
Lupulin: Plentiful and yellow-orange in color
Alpha Acids: 12 – 14% w/w
Beta Acids: 4 – 6% w/w
Co-Humulone: 24 – 30% of alpha acids
Storageability: 70 – 80% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 20º C
Total Oil: 1.7 – 2.3 mls/100 grams
Myrcene: 51 – 59% of whole oil
Humulene: 12 – 22% of whole oil
Caryophyllene: 7 – 10% of whole oil
Farnesene: <1% of whole oil