Epic

This grower selection was grown as an ornamental garden plant until 2004 when it was propagated to give a small trial area. A consistently good yield has encouraged the planting of a larger commercial area during the winter of 2014-15.

Flavour and Aroma

Although brewing experience of this new hop variety is limited, ‘Epic’ has been reported to give a very pleasant deep, fruity, berry-like aroma with hints of lemongrass. It is slightly herbal without citrus or floral notes. It makes an excellent main copper hop or a late aroma hop.

Characteristics

Fruity, slightly herbal.

Bittering Characteristics

Well balanced, rounded, mild and fruity.

Flavour Intensity

6 /10

Breeding

‘Epic’ was found in 1987 as a chance seedling in a hedge adjacent to a hop field at Bourne Farm, Sandhurst, Kent by Chris Nicholas. The field, although growing ‘Wye Target’ at the time, had previously grown ‘Alliance’ and the oil composition of ‘Epic’ strongly suggests that it is a seedling of ‘Alliance’. It is a vigorous tall variety with a heavy yield.

Hop Analysis

  • Alpha acid 3-5%
  • Beta acid 1.7-2.5%
  • Co-Humulone 30-33%
  • Total Oils 0.4-0.8%
  • Myrcene 12%
  • Humulene 42%
  • Farnesene 1.5%