Sabro™ Brand HBC 438 Hops (Pellets)

Sabro™ Brand HBC 438 Hops (Pellets)

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For many years Sabro™ brand HBC 438 has been unofficially referred to as Ron Mexico due to its native US neomexicanus hop heritage, and was once one of the more difficult hops to get your hands on. It developed such a huge cult following in the brewing community that you can trace the recent boom in available neomexicanus hop varieties back to HBC 438. Sabro is notable for its complexity of fruity and citrus flavors. It imparts distinct tangerine, coconut, tropical fruit, and stone fruit aromas, with hints of cedar, mint, and cream. Sabro’s pedigree is the result of a unique cross pollination of a female neomexicanus hop. With a robust brewing performance, Sabro proves to be a strongly expressive hop that translates its flavor incredibly well into beer.

Vinnie of Russian River Brewing once used this hop in an experimental beer brewed for the National Homebrewers Conference, which was an absolute hit. We recently toured Russian River's new Windsor brewery with Vinnie, and he still raves about this hop and will happily talk about the origin of the Ron Mexico alias with a Cheshire grin on his face. We think you'll absolutely love this hop for brewing juicy, tropical pale ales and IPAs!

Hop Statistics
Alpha Acids: 12.0 – 16.0%
Beta Acids: 4.0 – 7.0%
Alpha-Beta Ratio: 1.7 - 4.0
Cohumulone: (% of alpha acids): 20 – 24%
Total Oils in mls per 100 grams dried: 2.5 – 3.5
Sabro™  is a  trademark owned by Hop Breeding Company, LLC


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Make hazy beer
stephen w on Jan 31, 2023
For Coconut!!!!!
Matt C on Oct 3, 2022
Make hazy beer
stephen w on Jan 31, 2023
Looking to do a smash beer
Lewis Hunter on Dec 20, 2022
For Coconut!!!!!
Matt C on Oct 3, 2022
Best hop
BRIAN N on Sep 23, 2022
Balanced for pale ale/ipa
Carlos G on Aug 23, 2022
Brewing Hazy from a podcast
Ray E on Jun 23, 2022
my go to
Ernesto T on Jun 14, 2022
Great hop for fruity milkshake IPA
Tony D on Apr 14, 2022
I have never used this hop.
Tina G L on Mar 24, 2022
Sweet melon and ripe fruit characters makes IPA’s bright and highly drinkable.
Dana B on Mar 23, 2022
Absolutely LOVE this hop
Mike F on Mar 3, 2022
I thought it was Sbbaro pizza.
WILLIAM Reynolds B on Jan 24, 2022
Quite possibly my favorite hop
Mike F on Dec 17, 2021
Brave Noise Pale Ale recipe calls for it
Ethan C on Aug 18, 2021
Julien P on Aug 12, 2021
Brewing Beer
Garrett C on Jul 19, 2021
Not currently available in ZA
Jacqui E on Jul 8, 2021
excellent hops
Valued C on Jul 1, 2021
Attempting a clone of Great Notion - Juice Explorer
Mark Winham on Feb 8, 2021
It's my very favorite newer hop for brewing IPA's!!! And it's not available at our local stores in the Boston metro area.
Aldie Jakus B on Jan 15, 2021
Seemed very interesting.
Conner Y on Dec 15, 2020
I've heard good things about it...
Valued C on Nov 28, 2020
Heard it is tasty
Ryan H on Oct 23, 2020
Love drinking any IPA brewed with Sabro; thought we'd try it in our next brew!
Aldie Jakus B on Oct 20, 2020
tropical and coconut for hard seltzer/malt hybrid
Trevor D W on Sep 27, 2020
Anthoney R on Sep 19, 2020
LOVE this hop. Used it when it was just HBC 438 and couldn't wait for it to be more widely released.
Mike F on Jul 29, 2020
Wanted to try it
James A on Jun 30, 2020
Jake L on Jun 23, 2020
Never used it before
Bob D on May 28, 2020
To make beer with.
Gregory G on Apr 28, 2020
New and exciting
Justin p on Apr 6, 2020
To make beer
Paul R on Mar 28, 2020
Never tried em
William d m on Mar 18, 2020
robert g on Mar 4, 2020
Looking to do a smash beer
Lewis Hunter on Dec 20, 2022
Best hop
BRIAN N on Sep 23, 2022
Does this have an HSI rating? ty
Jeremy Eddy on May 19, 2022

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Rated 5 out of 5
Very fruity. Vwr aromatic. Great variety of hops.
I haven't used this particular barltch yet but I used this hops variety with a recent brew. The aroma is incredible. Very fruity but different than other fruity hops. I would say it's more fragrant than most other hops. Smells a bit like fruit loops, but not exactly. That should give you an idea though. I'm about to do a SMASH with them to really see what they have to offer.
February 28, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great aroma and flavor. Will purchase more.
February 27, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Very Strong Hop
Very Strong Hop. Used very little .25 oz and very strong aroma And still gives off an IPA taste, which wasn't the intended style lol. Used it for the coconut flavor but only got Tangerine/Grapefruit out of it. Great for a future Tropical Double IPA.
October 20, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Very fresh and aromatic
December 17, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I found it to create the perfect NIPA dry hopping with 3 oz.
September 1, 2020
over 3 years ago