Cluster is one of the oldest hop varieties grown in the United States and until the late 1970s, accounted for the majority of the US hop acreage. Cluster Hops has fairly high myrcene oil content which definitely adds to this floral bouquet, which is a nice mix between earthy flavors and sweet fruits.
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Her pedigree is unknown, however hybridization of imported varieties and indigenous male hops has been suggested. Cluster Hops comes from, as they say, mass selection. This translates to varieties were likely transported from Europe, potentially by the Dutch and English settlers, and after years of growing, hybridization, likely open pollination, a strong sample was chosen and given the name Cluster. Due to its history trail, and early use, it is believed to be one of the oldest American hops used in mass beer production.
Aroma & Flavour Characteristics
Cluster is an excellent dual purpose hop and is often used in the reproduction of historical beer styles. The bitterness from this variety is not overwhelming, and is balanced with its floral flavor and aroma. Cluster Hops has fairly high myrcene oil content which definitely adds to this floral bouquet, which is a nice mix between earthy flavors and sweet fruits.