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Kaz15

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I was curious if anyone else out there has grown this variety and/or has some experience brewing with either?

In case it needs to be said, they are the same plant. Rakau is the commercial variety which is grown in NZ. Alpharoma is the variety that's available for purchase and grown here in the US.

I acquired a plant from Great Lakes Hops last year. It was a sleepy plant last year. Didn't get any cones. Hoping that I'll have some cones to test out this year. In the mean time, I'd like to know what people think of this hop? How does it grow? What is the aroma and flavor like? I have heard very little about this hop variety. Growing or brewing.
 

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I'm not personally a fan. It has a peach and kind of dank character that doesn't do anything for me. I seem to recall it showed up a lot in the first wave of NZ hop varieties but quickly lost out to other NZ varieties with more punch and distinct fruit flavors. It still shows up in some beers. If you get Funkwerks in your area their Tropic King features that hop and can give you a good sense of what you will get from it.
 
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I'm not personally a fan. It has a peach and kind of dank character that doesn't do anything for me. I seem to recall it showed up a lot in the first wave of NZ hop varieties but quickly lost out to other NZ varieties with more punch and distinct fruit flavors. It still shows up in some beers. If you get Funkwerks in your area their Tropic King features that hop and can give you a good sense of what you will get from it.
Thanks for the reply. Interesting, I have never heard of dank as being one of the characteristics of Alpharoma or Rakau. I will be super happy it if that is the case. I love dank, grungy hop flavor.
 

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I've grown AlphAroma for 4 years, it isn't a big yielder here in the Sierra mountains.
But has a very fruity flavor I would say peach pit, mixed with citrus.
I think complementary to c hops or mosaic.
I've used the whole cone hops I've grown in hazy PAs and Hazy IPAs with great results.
 
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I've grown AlphAroma for 4 years, it isn't a big yielder here in the Sierra mountains.
But has a very fruity flavor I would say peach pit, mixed with citrus.
I think complementary to c hops or mosaic.
I've used the whole cone hops I've grown in hazy PAs and Hazy IPAs with great results.
Very nice! Glad to hear from someone else who also grows this variety. Other than Mosaic, what varieties have you blended it with? I have a cascade plant a a couple of GLH Heritage varieties.
 

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Ok I just posted looking for help with Alpha Aroma. Now I see it is renamed Rakau. This is year 2 of growing it. The root is green and tubers are visible all over the place but no sprouts or leaves yet... I don’t remember it being this late last year- my Nugget vine is already 15’ this year and so far nothing from the other. Where is it?! Indiana- zone 6
 
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Ok I just posted looking for help with Alpha Aroma. Now I see it is renamed Rakau. This is year 2 of growing it. The root is green and tubers are visible all over the place but no sprouts or leaves yet... I don’t remember it being this late last year- my Nugget vine is already 15’ this year and so far nothing from the other. Where is it?! Indiana- zone 6
That is a mystery. I’m not sure about Indiana, but here in Colorado my Alpharoma is growing. Albeit much slower than the rest of my plants. I’m guessing this variety is not as vigorous of a grower as other varieties. My mature Cascade is already massive. And my second year Arcadian is over 7’ tall now.

Sadly the longest bine on my Alpharoma plant just kinked Pretty bad today. Gonna have to sacrifice it.

I am very curious if my Alpharoma is gonna produce any cones this year
 
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