Challenger Hops Challenger has popularity in beers in England, and was bred at Wye College using Northern Brewer and a German variety in 1961. Challenger was intended to provide high alpha acids, good aroma as well as disease resistance. It has moderate levels of its essential oils. Perhaps this speaks to the balance that it carries in beer. One of the few recognized all-purpose hops combining moderate amounts of alpha acid with a good kettle aroma. Its a low yielding hops variety for harvesting, yet Challenger has good sized cones.
Challenger has great diversity in the beer styles it can be used in. It can be added at the beginning of the boil in brewing for its bitterness or as late additions, and dry hopping for its aroma. The flavor of Challenger in beer is smooth, with floral character and some spice. Some of the sweeter citrus flavors will come through in the beer as well.