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Increasingly well regarded, Sovereign works well as a single hop and is a wonderful hedgerow variety with a medium alpha acid range and wonderfully complex aroma.

Flavour and Aroma

With aromas described as floral, grassy and herbal with a hint of mint flavours, it has a wonderfully complex and relatively delicate set of aromas.


Herbal, floral, earthy.

Bittering Characteristics

Sovereign has a classic, well-rounded, green tea bittering characteristic.

Flavour Intensity

6 /10


Bred from an open pollination made in 1995 at Horticulture Research International (HRI), Wye College in the UK and released in 2006, Sovereign is the grand-daughter of Pioneer and works well with Goldings in British bitters and pale ales.

Organic Status

Available as organic and conventionally grown hops

Hop Analysis

  • Alpha acid 4.5-6.5%
  • Beta acid 2.1-3.1%
  • Co-Humulone 26-30%
  • Total Oils 0.6-1.0%
  • Myrcene 25-30%
  • Humulene 21-26%
  • Farnesene 3-5%