Origin: New Zealand. A dual-purpose variety from HortResearch released in 2007.
Usage: Dual purpose. Rakau is a total package of high alpha acids and oil content (particularly myrcene) with low cohumulone, making it ideal for the “hoppy not bitter” school of IPA. Also well suited to hop-forward lagers, Belgian ales, or highly aromatic American wheats.
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Moderate to strong. Lovely and pungent whiffs of ripe fruit (particularly peach) backed with bright notes of grapefruit juice, stone fruits, and a suggestion of tropical flowers and balsam, which can be brought closer to the front with dry hopping.
|Alpha Acid Range %||9.0 – 11.0|
|Beta Acid Range %||5.0 – 6.0|
|Co-Humulone as % of alpha||23 – 25|
|Total oils mls/100 gr.||1.8 – 2.2|