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We first tasted this experimental hop when we visited HopUnion in spring of 2012. Hopunion was using one of our Brew Sculptures to make small batches of beer to test the newest and greatest experimental "X-Hops" that were coming out of the joint venture Hop Breeding Company.

HBC 342 is a high alpha aroma variety selected for its pleasant aroma. It's aroma can be described as mild, pleasant, citrusy, and tropical, with some melon notes as well. Most are using this hop in Pale Ales and IPAs, but it would go well in stouts and browns also.

(General AA%: 11-14%) 

Flavor and AromaCitrus, Tropical, Pleasant
Alpha AcidsHigh
Total Oil ContentAverage
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I am curious to use this new variety
Andrew B on Aug 23, 2018
I've been wanting to try this in a new IPA recipe
James P on Jan 22, 2018
I am curious to use this new variety
Andrew B on Aug 23, 2018
Trying it out in my IPA beer
Matthew A on May 21, 2018
I've been wanting to try this in a new IPA recipe
James P on Jan 22, 2018
Trying it out in my IPA beer
Matthew A on May 21, 2018

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I used this as a 5 day dry hop (1 oz) to add some more citrus to a mango saison... wow... using in a summer pale ale next!
June 8, 2016
Very nice high-alpha hop. Can definitely be used for bittering or flavor/aroma. Added this to my stock IPA recipe, paired with Falconers Flight and the result is very citrusy and tropical. Will definitely use it again.
May 9, 2014
Worked well in this Pale Ale - would definitely brew with it again
I wanted to get the full character of the hop, so I used it in all 4 additions. 5 gallon recipe. Nice, but subtle, citrus notes. I get more of the citrus in flavor, not so much in aroma. Agree with RD above in terms of this being a good dual usage hop.

10 lbs Golden Promise
12 oz Munich
8 oz Wheat (malt)
.75 oz HBC342 @ 60 mins
.25 oz HBC342 @ 30 mins
.25 oz HBC342 @ 20 mins
.75 oz HBC342 @ Flameout
WLP-001 Cal Ale yeast (w/starter)
Mashed for 60 mins at 152
Batch sparged for 20 mins

OG: 1.059
FG: 1.014
ABV: 5.9%
IBUs: 39
SRM: 7.1L

January 26, 2014
Great Aroma
Haven't tasted the final product yet but early impressions are great. These have a delicious aroma. I used them as a first addition (1oz) for the MoreBeer Amber GF kit....I can honestly say this simple addition killed the chemically sorghum aftertaste!!! Now, mind you at wort tasting they do have a rather high bitter aftertaste but will see how they pan out. I had planned on the other oz for a dry hop but fear the GF might not be able to handle the high bitter. Overall I am already liking these hops and look forward to using them in my "real" beers!BUt them before they are gone...or don't, so they are still around for me
January 16, 2014
Morebeer had their blonde ale kits on sale a while back for $21. I ordered 4 kits and used various hops and DME additions for experimentation. The blonde ale kit is very basic, and too sweet...it only uses 1 oz Wilamette. I took the basic kit and added:
1 pound dark DME W/ supplied 7lb ultralight DME
1 oz Citra @ 60
1 oz HBC32@ 30
1oz Willamette @15
Primary 1 week, transferred and dry hopped:
1 oz Citra
1 oz HBC32
Bottled after 2 weeks total. Waited 2 weeks. This is AMAZING! Great hop flavor in a medium gravity ale, VERY cost effective, puts some of the better IPAs to shame, very drinkable and VERY hard to put down. Yeast included, I had about $27 in this.
June 18, 2013
Extra Delicious in an Extra Pale Ale
Great aroma/nose...nice tropical fruit, citrus & melon notes. Used 3 oz. for ALL hop additions in a house recipe Extra Pale Ale. 3/4 oz. at 60', 1/2 oz. at 15'1/2 oz. at 5', 3/4 oz. at flameout & dry hopped with 1/2 oz. for last 4 days of secondary. Made for a delicious EXTRA Pale Ale. I will be using this hop again as long as I can get it!
May 26, 2013
Citrusy American Hop
Used this hop in an IPA, only late addition blended with summit, nugget, and simcoe. Added a real nice citrus burst and maybe even a touch of mango-ish aroma.
May 9, 2013
Nice high AA
Used this in my last IPA. I had good results and happy with using both as bittering and armoa. Kind of like simcoe as dual usage.
May 7, 2013