This woodsy varietal was bred by Wye College in 1972 with lineage to Northern Brewer and Northdown for a distinctly English flavor. Providing a versatile blend of both aromatic and bittering characteristics, Challenger hops are widely used in European brews. This hop gives off a rich aroma of cedar, green tea, spice, and a hint of fresh floral.
With an alpha acid content of 5.5% to 8.5%, the moderate bittering quality is a nice compliment to its uniquely strong flavors. Challenger also blends well with other hops in brews like Pale Ales, Belgian Ales, and of course, English Ales.