Origin: New Zealand. A new dual-purpose variety from HortResearch quickly finding its way into craft breweries everywhere.
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 new world IPAs. 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, and a suggestion of tropical flowers and balsam, which can be brought closer to the front with dry hopping.