An article with some up to date info.
"From aroma hop crosses made in 2011, 2012 & 2013 there are over 60 new British Hop varieties coming through the programme that have been assessed during the last 5 years – there is no doubt that at least 3 will be market leading aroma hops of the future.
"2018 marks the year that the British hop breeding programme will introduce molecular science to speed up the hop breeding cycle. The British Association together with Reading University and the East Malling Research Centre have recruited a PhD student, Rob Brown, who will devote the next three years to the introduction of genetics SNP markers into the British hop breeding programme. Rob is currently completing a Masters at Kew Gardens and will start on 1st October.
"British craft brewers often rave about new world American and New Zealand hops. In return American and New Zealand craft brewers are raving about British Hops. These overseas brewers are now seeking delicate, complex hop aromas to create drinkable session beers. And it is the unique terroir of British Hops with lower levels of myrcene that makes British Hops the perfect hop to brew a drinkable session beer.
"Even in 2018, with the extremely warm weather and dry condittions, British Hops have thrived. It is anticpated that 2018 will be an average crop rather than a bumper crop but what is definite is that the aromas will be fantastic thanks to all the hot sunny weather.
For British craft brewers seeking the high notes in British Hops the key varieties are:
• Jester® hops – intense grapefruit and tropical fruit notes
• Olicana® – mango, grapfruit and passionfruit flavours
• Admiral hops – cooked marmalade, orangey citrus
• Bramling Cross hops – blackcurrant, spicy, lemon
• UK Cascade hops – lychees, floral, grapefruit
• Endeavour hops (a British daughter of Cascade) – citrus, summer fruits
• Target hops – sage, spice, citrus