A spicy, cedar, green tea aroma with sweet floral flavour notes.
As a bittering hop it provides a refreshing, full-bodied rounded bitterness and as a late hop, it gives a very crisp and fruity character.
Challenger is an excellent all-round hop, which has proved extremely popular.
Breeding of Challenger
Challenger was released in 1972 by Wye College in the UK. Its Aunt is Northdown and its Grandmother is Northern Brewer. It is a tall hop with good resistance to downy mildew but it is susceptible to powdery mildew and wilt. It has good growing characteristics, long slender cones and is high yielding. Its storage stability is good.