Breeding/Development: USA. Sterling’s pedigree includes Saaz, Cascade, Brewers Gold, Early Green, and other European varieties. It was released in 1998 as a higher-alpha replacement for Saaz with improved disease resistance and storability.
Brewing Application: Dual purpose: although primarily used for its exciting, pleasant aromatics, Sterling’s alpha acid levels can contribute in the kettle as well. A good choice for hop-forward lagers, Belgian ales, and other continental styles.
Sensory: Moderate and pleasingly “hoppy.” Prominent herbal quality reminiscent of Saaz, with flashes of candied citrus, sweet grass, bright spice, and dried hay.