varietal: 70-4-9

Technical Data

HPLC & Oil Composition (Measured within 6 months of harvest, stored at 0C)

Alpha Acids10.0-11.0%
Beta Acids5.0-6.0%
Cohumulone24% of Alpha Acids
Total Oil2.2 ml oil per 100gm cone weight
Concentration206 uL Oil/gram Alpha
Citrus-Piney Fraction5.7%
Floral Estery Fraction1.2%
H/C Ratio3.3

Grower Comments

Maturity Mid season
Yield Medium to Good
Growth Habit Clavate frame, tending to “housey”
Cone Structure Cylindrical, tight and firm
Disease Resistance New Zealand is hop disease free
Storage Stability Good
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A true dual purpose hops with stone fruit and fig characters and excellent bittering qualities. (10-11 % AA)


Rakau™ Brand 70-4-9 is a New Zealand triploid, purpose bred and selected for its unique dual purpose brewing qualities and characteristics. Re-released from the NZ Hop breeding programme in 2007 for trials under organics and now widely established under conventional cultivation.


Rakau™ is a standout hop throughout the selection process due to its inherent intensity of aromas lifted from a heavy weight of oils. Selectors generally are agreed that the dominant fruitiness is that of fresh stone fruit such as apricot.


Great results over several brewhouse applications have been seen with sensory panels scoring uniformly high on the quality of bitterness as well as unique fruity flavours and aromas, once described as “The whole orchard”

"The whole orchard"


New World styles of ales and lagers where brash fruity character and big but well constructed bitterness is desired. Readily toned back to lighter styles, even with multiple kettle additions.....and great when used in a combination of very late and dry hopping.