Wye Challenger Rhizome


Challenger was bred at Wye College using Northern Brewer and a German variety in 1961. A popular English beers, its’ flavor is smooth, with floral character and some spice.

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Hop Qualities

Wye Challenger Rhizome Flavor

English hop. Introduced in 1972. Very popular dual-purpose hop in English ales. Used in many traditional English Bitters. When used for bittering, Challenger can impart a pleasant and complex marmalade/toffee/citrus flavour, which enhances strong ales. Substitutes: East Kent Goldings, Phoenix, Styrian Goldings, British Columbian Goldings. (Reference)
Commercial Examples:
English Ales, English Bitters
Acid Range (Alpha %)
6.5–8.5% 6.5–8.5%
Beta Range
20–25% of alpha acids
Total Oils
1–1.7 Mls. per 100 grams dried hops
30–42% of total oils
8–10% of total oils
25–32% of total oils
1–3% of total oils
Possible Substitutions

USDA Wye Challenger Rhizome Information

SELECTION: Sell No. l/61/55 from a cross made at Wye College England, in 1961
GENUS: Humulus
SPECIES: lupulus
CULTIVAR: Wye Challenger
PEDIGREE: German Zattler-OP x No. Brewer-downy mildew res. male (17/54/2) x (1/61/57)
PRIMARY SITE: USDA World Hop Cultivar Collection, OSU East Farm
ORIGIN: Cross made at Wye College, England, in 1961
DATE RECEIVED: 1971; PI Nr. 369162
AVAILABILITY: No restrictions, commercial variety
REFERENCES: Neeve, R.A. Ann. Rep. for 1969, Dep. Hop Research, Wye College, Univ. London. p 10.
Wagner, T. Gene Pools of Hop Countries. p. 24. Inst. Hop Research, Zalec, Yugoslavia. 1978.
Neeve, R.A. Hops. Chapman and Hall, London/New York. First edition 1991, p. 204.
MATURITY: Medium to medium late
LEAF COLOR: Dark green
SEX: Female
DISEASES: Downy Mildew: resistant
Powdery Mildew: resistant
Verticillium wilt: resistant; also resistant to progressive wilt.
Viruses: unknown
VIGOR: Good to very good
YIELD: Substantially better than Northern Brewer (USDA 64107). Variable yield performance over a 10-year period in small plots near Corvallis (800-1600 lbs/acre).
SIDEARM LENGTH: 12-20 inches
ALPHA ACIDS: 7.9% (10-year range 6.2-9.8%)
BETA ACIDS: 4.6% (10-year range 3.6-5.9%)
STORAGE STABILITY: Good to very good (71% alpha remaining after 6 months room temperature storage)
OIL: 1.35 ml/100 g (10-year range 0.60-1.90 ml/100 g). Humulene 16.4% Caryophyllene 5.5%; myrcene 55.1%; farnesene 0.6%. H/C ratio = 2.99
MAJOR TRAITS: Highly resistant to downy mildew (Pseudoperonospora humuli), higher alpha acids potential than Northern
Brewer (64107) or Bullion (64100); resistant to Verticillium wilt.
OTHER INFORMATION: This cultivar is one of the major hop varieties grown in England in the 1980's and early 1990's.


Challenger was bred at Wye College using Northern Brewer and a German variety in 1961. A popular English beers, its’ flavor is smooth, with floral character and some spice.

Additional information

Weight1 oz
Dimensions5 × .5 × .5 in


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