Astra™ first commercial harvest was in 2016, Astra™ is the newest graduate from the Ellerslie Hop breeding program.
A dual purpose hop, Astra™ is already turning heads with her sweet tropical fruit flavours and New World characteristics.
Type 90 Pellets 100g | 250g | 500g | 1Kg Foils
After several years of nurturing, and breeding by Ellerslie Hop Australia in Victoria, Australia, Astra™ was first released commercially in 2016.
Aroma & Selection:
Flavour profiles with Green Melon, White Peaches, White Wine and a light grassiness, grapefruit and honey, the hop balances out nicely between a sweetness with a little bit of a bite.
Astra™ has moderate alpha and high oil content making it a versatile hop for many brewing styles including:
- Australian Ale
- American Pale Ale
- Amber Ale
- Dual Purpose
- Early & Late Additions – Mash, Wort, Kettle
- Dry Hopping – Secondary fermentation
HPLC & Oil Composition (Measured within 6 months of harvest, stored at 0C)
- Alpha Acids 8.75%
- Oil Content: 1.62 ml oil per 100 gm
- Crop Year: 2017
- Production: Apr 2017
- Best Before: Apr 2020
- Batch Number: 2004-17
- Concentration uL Oil/gram Alpha
Craft Beer Examples:
- The Emergence of Astra | Colonial Brewing Co
- Coopers | Vintage Ale 2016
- Stomping Ground | Astra Man Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Brewers and Craft Drinkers notes:
“This particular hop offers candied floral and fruity tones, complementing another favourite stablemate, Melba, grown in the same region.” Cooper’s
“Astra is known for both its sweet citrus and tropical fruit aromas as well as its herbal qualities. And, in this single hop beer, the experience is all about those aromatic hop qualities, with a light malt profile and gentle bitterness. The Astra produces melon and herbal aromas, along with – possibly a result of using them fresh – some light grassy and floral notes. There’s some underlying honey too, which becomes more obvious as the beer starts to warm.”