Origin: New Zealand. Bred from New Zealand Smoothcone, English Fuggle, and an American variety, Southern Cross™ was first released in 1994 and has been a mainstay of New Zealand craft brewers.
Usage: Mainly a bittering variety, the low cohumulone levels of Southern Cross™ make it a versatile early-kettle addition in almost any style. However, its typical “pine and citrus” southern hemisphere aromas are definitely welcome in hoppy American styles.
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Mild to moderate. Citrus (especially lemon) with warm pine needles. Late hopping can bring forth the citrus fraction opening up suggestions of dried peel and pith.
Maturity: Mid season