BELMA™ Hop Leaf New 2013 Crop
Alpha Acid 11.6%
Hops Direct, LLC and Puterbaugh Farms is excited to introduce a
brand new and very unique hop of our very own.
Over the past few years we have nurtured and developed a
NEW hop variety "Belma™"
exclusively grown here at Puterbaugh Farms.
Dr. Shellhammer from OSU tested Belma™ and created a Pale Ale Malt.
He noted the following description: A very clean hop, with a very orange,
slight grapefruit, tropical pineapple, strawberry, and melon aroma.
As this is a very new variety, we welcome customer feedback
and encourage you to write a review, below.
Please see our home page to read up on the history of Belma™
and how it made its way to Puterbaugh Farms!
PF= Puterbaugh Farms farm grown.
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Posted by Matt Denton on 8th Dec 2013
Very solid dual purpose hop. Smooth bitterness that lends almost a creamy mouth feel. Aroma wise the hop lends tons of Strawberry jam backed with citrus, flavor is a bit of fruit, melon and citrus. Very nice hop used alone in APAs and IPAs, works well with the other American hops when really trying to build that aroma.
Posted by Vic on 19th Nov 2013
Me and my wife brewed a 4 gallon test batch with 2 row and a touch of 80L Crystal Malts. Boiled in mash with 2 oz. Belma, then dry with another 2 oz. Just opened our 1st ever Belma brewed Ale, and has a FANTASTIC aroma, Strawberry Cheesecake aroma with earthy notes along with melon and strawberry. Best hop I ever used, putting an order in for another 5 lbs. HIGHLY suggested hop. Gonna be the next best thing in craft brewing I promise, so don't miss out, at least experiment with one batch
Posted by Zopher Weatherbee's Temperance Tavern on 16th Nov 2013
I used Belma in a witbier, aiming to play the mellon flavors off of the usual wit fruitiness. Wow, there is no mistaking the mellon -- it's wit mellons a go-go, with just enough hop crispness. Quite drinkable, and on the hoppier side of the wit style, as opposed to the Cellis/Hoegarden side. For those interested in trying, I bittered with 1/4oz. Hallertau, flavored with 1 oz. of Belma in successive additions over the last 15', and dry-hopped with 2 oz. Belma. The grain bill is from Mosher's cheater wit (Radical Brewing), step infusions at 145, 158, and decoction to mash-out.
Definitely will be experimenting a lot more with Belma alone and in combination. Nice work, Putterbaugh people!
Posted by Neil on 18th Oct 2013
I have made two batches of Pilsner with Belma and have had great results. I brewed the same beer with Saaz and Hallenteur and found the Belma beer slightly crisper with citrus overtones. I used the same starting gravities and total IBU's for both. I also plan to make a Belgium tripel IPA with it.
Posted by Tim on 12th Sep 2013
I used Belma on 4 batches (IPA, black IPA, braggot, and blonde) in 2013 and was quite surprised! Definitely get the citrus and much talked about melon flavor. Plays nicely with cascade and sorachi ace, but also stands fine on its own as bittering, flavor or aroma making it very versatile. Think of it as an affordable low alpha citra with a melon slant to it.
If HD allowed it, I'd get 2# this season.
Posted by Dave on 30th Jun 2013
I brewed a single hop Lager using mostly 2 row briess light pils malt. I hopped with Belma
for FWH and thru the entire boil. After wintering in secondary the sample definately had a nice tangerine note. Not up front but pleasantly in the taste arena. This is not the hop for in IPA IMO, but rather lightly fruity.
Thanks Hops Direct for the inexpensive trial run.
Posted by Mike Kowalczyk on 3rd Jun 2013
Been brewing for almost twenty years. Tried this hop because I was ordering a boatload of hops, and what the heck, what's one more pound. Very pleasantly surprised. Great battering and flavor hops. If you took Amarillo, chinook, and centennial and really mellowed them out so they didn't pucker your lips, you would have this hop. I used it in my signature American Brown IPA and it was perfect. I have enough hops left for another batch, so I hope I can order more soon. This one is a winner!
Posted by JB on 6th May 2013
I chose to use Belma for my homebrew club's single hop IPA competition. It has a spicy bitterness (1.5 oz FWH), and a flavor (1 oz@15 min) which I compare a bit to biting a grapefruit seed. There is a very subtle strawberry or watermelon flavor as well. The aroma was not strong, and I ended up needing 3 oz to get an IPA hop aroma in my 5 gal batch. However the aroma when its detectable is very berry-like, and fruit-juicy.
Posted by Unknown on 19th Apr 2013
I brewed an American barley wine with just a hint of rye and used Belma at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, 5 minutes and for 7 days of dry-hopping and I was told by several co-workers that this was the best beer I've brewed so far. Everything about the hop is very smooth so I could see using a second hop to round out the character.
Posted by Nunanbrau Boozeworks on 26th Mar 2013
I made a single hop IPA with my first and only brew (so far) with Belma. ~6% abv and ~45 IBU. It's interesting and enjoyable. The best way to describe the hop is melon-y. It's bittering is nice, not especially harsh. The aroma/flavor is nice, but the finish is kind of absent (if that makes sense). Overall, a solid hop and one that will probably pair very well with pungent citric hops for American IPAs.
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