The bright fresh fruits of Luminosa makes us feel transported to the sunny white sands of a Caribbean beach, and inspired the name which is Latin for “full of brightness.” Peach-mango lemonade, candied orange peel, boysenberry, papaya and guava can all be found. Just summon up your best Harry Potter “Luminosa!” spell.See brewing notes by beer style
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Endless possibilities. Here are a few that are tried and true.
Flavor Tip: New England IPA (Hazy)
This is likely the beer style that most brewers will immediately apply Luminosa to. The range of fresh fruit flavors are a natural in hazies, and Luminosa has no sharp edges that conflict with these smooth beers. The “candied orange peel” hoppy sweetness doesn’t hurt either!
Flavor Tip: West Coast IPA
While hazies may be the first beer that comes to mind when smelling Luminosa, West Coast IPA as well as hybrids are totally in this hop’s realm. Combine with some Strata or Oregon Chinook and you’ll get complimentary flavors with a touch of piney resin that keeps things crisp.
Flavor Tip: Helles / Pils / Kölsch
We haven’t tasted Luminosa in a lager yet, but expect that after the 2022 harvest it won’t be long before we get to!
Flavor Tip: Pale Ale
Whether bright or hazy, pale ales promise to be a refreshing way to bring Luminosa flavors to the people. Combine with Cascade or Oregon Chinook and the new school meets old school magic comes to life.
Flavor Tip: Blonde / Summer Wheat Ale
We’re thinking a summer wheat ale will be fantastic with a twist of Luminosa. Haven’t been able to try this yet during our pilot brews, but are sure looking forward to it September 2022.
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Spot Ordering vs Contract
From an agricultural standpoint, forward contracts are critical for stabilizing crops. It takes two to three years for a new hop field to mature and produce consistent quality. For brewers, contracting hops is the best way to secure supply and ensure quality via post-harvest selection. But you’re obligated to the hops, and it’s difficult to predict your future ingredient needs in a changing marketplace.
Each brewery must determine how to manage their future supply risks based on their evolving business. We’re happy to be a resource in this area and answer your questions based on what we see going on in the hop industry. Our customers play a key role in helping us plan with growers to ensure consistent hop quality and supply.
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“Luminosa is the next big aroma hop from Indie Hops.”
“For our CBC collab with Indie, we paired Luminosa’s aromas and flavors of “peach-lemonade, candied orange peel, marionberry and mango” with the familiar and intense tropical/dank profile of Strata in this west coast IPA. Early returns are pretty stunning, and we expect to see a lot more of this hop in the very near future.”