New from Indie Hops, Lórien™ brings hop magic to low-gravity beers
(Portland, Oregon, USA) – Magical, exhilarating and festive, Lórien™ is the third new cultivar to be commercially launched from the Indie Hops Flavor Project. Tangy fresh fruit and the feeling of a summer meadow near a cold mountain stream, Lórien™ is conducive to celebration and appetite. Tolkien’s mythical land of the elves feels just a little closer to reality.
Although craft brewers are sure to surprise us with creative ways to utilize this new hop, Lórien™ has advanced through our hop development process with crisp, refreshing low-gravity beer in mind. This hop has a unique ability to let the tasty malt platform shine, yet contributes an addictive finish of citrus zest, fresh melon, sweet hay and wildflowers, all capped by a cinnamon spice that cleanses your palate and lures you back for more.
Global brewing is well served with classic lager hops such as Hallertauer m.f., Hersbrucker, and Czech Saaz. Lórien™ expands on these hops, bringing more fruit and floral character while dialing back a bit on the grassy/spicy character of the classics. In addition, Lórien™ combines nicely with other hops, providing brewers with more options for refreshing, lower alcohol offerings.
It’s clear that there’s a growing market for low-alcohol, low-calorie carbonated beverages that deliver flavor without bitterness. We’ve felt for a long time that there’s an opportunity to reach this market with the alluring flavors of hops, but that it will require a new type of hop. One with the rare ability to bring low-gravity beer alive with modern hop flavors, but not completely take over a beer or have a cloying effect on the palate.
Meet Lórien™. Traditionalists and hop heads alike will enjoy her merits, and these merits combine to help welcome new consumers into the craft community.
Indie Hops is an Oregon-based hop developer and supplier to the craft beer market. Founded in 2009, we have launched three new hop varieties with a focus on quality, consistency and long-term stability. Our aim is to arm brewers with captivating new hop flavors. Craft beer hops crafted here.
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