|Alpha Acid||11 – 12.5%|
|Beta Acid||5 – 6%|
|Total Oil||2.3 – 3.5 mL/100g|
Aroma profile: Passion fruit, Grapefruit, Strawberry, Dank
Strata, formerly known as X-331, is Indie Hop’s first hop variety to be released out of the Oregon State Aroma Hop Breeding Program in Corvallis, Oregon. Born in 2009, Strata is the progeny of an open pollinated Perle located in an Oregon State experimental field at Corvallis, Oregon. From the get-go, this hop was out to impress. Between its strong disease resistance, vigorous growing habit, and complex layers of aroma, x331 rose to the top of an impressive group of competitors.
- Origin — USA; Corvallis, OR
- Year Released — 2018
- Growth Rate — Very Vigorous
- Yield — 2000-2400 lbs/acre
- Cones — Small to Medium; Compact
- Maturity — Early
- Susceptible to — Information not available
- Resistant to — Downy Mildew, Verticilium Wilt; Highly Resistant to Powdery Mildew
- Ease of Harvest — Great
- Storage — Great
- Patented or Public — Patent Pending
Aroma & Sensory Description:
Strata is described as “Passion fruit meets pot.” It brings layered notes of tropical fruit including; mango, passion fruit, melon, fresh berry/strawberry, and some citrus in the form of grapefruit. Along with this comes a dank herbal note of drifting cannabis. It also has less of the diesel/catty bite other hops with the same funky dankness carry.
In this PDF Indie Hops compares key oil content between Strata, Cascade, and Perle. This comparison gives some idea what makes Strata special.
Strata hops are not widely available yet. Commercial brewers can get in touch with Indie Hops to get commercial size packages of either whole cone or pellets. For homebrewers, it is only available through Farmhouse Brewing Supply, Mainbrew and a few other retailers, but only as pellets.
As harvests get bigger, Strata will likely become much more widely available.
All experimentation points to Strata being very versatile dual-purpose hop variety. Bittering with Strata brings a nice balanced bitterness. Flavor and aroma additions bring out the fruity side with tropical fruit and fresh berry brightness.
Brewer’s say that dry hopping deepens the grapefruit and dank/herbal/cannabis elements. At this point, it has been used mostly in IPAs, Pale ales, and Session IPAs, but could work well in everything from saisons to lagers. Experimentation is going to be the name of the game here.
Can Substitute With / For:
At this time, there is no information out there on good substitutes for Strata hops. If you’ve played around with the variety and have some suggestions, please leave them down in the comments below.
Aroma: Balanced floral and herbal aromas with some spiciness
Style Guide :
Common Beer Styles That Use Strata Hops
|American IPA||American Amber|
|American Pale Ale||American Brown|
|Specialty IPAs||American Stout|
|American Strong Ales||Imperial Stout|
To help you gain a better idea of this hop’s aroma and flavor I would recommend you sample as many of these as you can find. This, “research” will deepen your understanding of how Strata works in different beer styles and give you a better idea of how to use it in your own homebrewing.
Uses Only Strata:
- Strata IPA from Worthy Brewing
- 2018 Chasin’ Freshes IPA from Deschutes Brewing
- Strata IPA from Lowercase Brewing
- Strata Rebellion from Bear Republic Brewing
- Stratabis from Local Brewing
- Erik Estrada IPA from Southern Lights Brewing
- Harvest Saison from Base Camp Brewing
- Strata Lager from Loowit Brewing
Combines Strata With Other Hop Varieties:
- Timberline Tucker from Mt. Hood Brewing — Also uses Chinook and Cascade
- Outpatient IPA from Southern Lights Brewing — Also uses Vic Secret
- 2018 Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing — Also uses Crystal, Ekuanot, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, Loral
If you have any experience brewing with Strata hops or have tasted beer that makes use of the variety be sure to share your experience in the comments below.