Riwaka T90 Hop Pellets (NZ) 4.6% Alpha – 2023 Crop


Riwaka gives extreme citrus notes which is great for ‘hoppy beers’, adding aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruits.

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Riwaka T90 Hop Pellets (NZ)

Hop PelletsRiwaka was another hop bred during the development of New Zealand Hops ‘hops with a difference’ programme, this time through crossing ‘Old Line’ Saazer with specially developed New Zealand breeding selections. It was first released by New Zealand’s Plant & Food Hop Research Centre in 1997. Riwaka gives extreme citrus notes which is great for ‘hoppy beers’, adding aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruits. It is a real standout and the powerful grapefruit “citrussy” character is often described as ‘breath-taking’. Riwaka has a higher than average oil balance, almost double that of its Saazer parent. It is often seen as the darling of New Zealand hops and the oil character carries right through to the glass.


Alpha Acid: 4.5-6.5%
Beta Acids: 4.0-5.0%
Purpose: Aroma
Total Oils: 1.5ml/100g


India Pale Ale, Pilsner, American Pale Ale

A bold hop that makes a statement, use it for big styles such as IPA’s and Imperial Pilsners or as a punchy addition to the new world styles of Pales Ale and New Zealand Pilsners.


passionfruit, grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruits


If Riwaka is not available, then a good substitute is Saaz.


Producers manufacture T-90 hop pellets by hammer-milling kiln-dried, whole leaf hop cones into a uniform powder and subsequently pressing them through a pellet die. Leaf hops vary in oil and vegetative content, so brewers fine-tune pellet compression to achieve a consistent density for repeatable brewing, batch after batch.

The production processes are designed to safeguard and preserve hop resins by consistently monitoring temperature and cooling the pellet die. Hop pellets preserve all of their natural lupulin and cone material, making them a suitable full replacement for whole hops. They offer a longer shelf life, require less storage space, and are generally easier to handle.


We weigh all hops only when there is an order for them – none have been sitting of shelves, they are taken out from a bulk vacuum sealed bag in cold storage at the time we complete your order. Our hop pellets are packaged inside UV protected polyethylene bags and vacuum sealed.

Sometimes the vacuum seal can degrade – especially if hop dust settles alongside where the bag is heat sealed. If you receive the hops and it appears that the vacuum is breaking down, the hops will still be perfectly safe to use with no degradation of flavour. If you do not intend to use then in a few days of receiving, we suggest that you store them in a fridge or freezer. Hop pellets stored near-freezing, preferably between -1°C and 5°C. Under these conditions, T-90 hop pellets will remain stable in closed containers for three (3) years.

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New Zealand


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Riwaka T90 Hop Pellets (NZ) 4.6% Alpha – 2023 Crop