Lineage

Top Secret is a GVH Exclusive variety!  We’ve been working on this lady for over 5 years and she’s ready for her close-up.  She’s bred from…none of your business.  We’ve decided against the patent route and went with the trade secret path so sorry…loose lips sink ships.
But we will tell you that Top Secret is a cross between sweet lemonade, seductive floral perfume, and just a hint of earl gray spice.
Bittering Skill Level:  High
Aroma Skill Level: Low

Bittering

Top Secret is a modest alpha hop more reminiscent of noble types.  Her moderate humulene content provides a gentle hop base with just a pinch of astringency as from a quality black tea.

Aroma

Top Secret presents a provocative mix of sweet lemon, heavy floral perfume and a dash of intriguing earthy spice.  Think of sipping lemonade while walking down a musky forest path covered in wildflowers.

Alpha Acid

4% to 8%
Wisconsin average 5.2% (3 year average)

Beta Acid

3% to 6%
Wisconsin average 5.5% (3 year average)

Oil Content

1.8 ml/100gm
Wisconsin average 1.3-2.1 ml/100gm (3 year average)

Oil Breakdown

Myrcene ~ 55%
Humulene ~ 20%
Caryophyllene ~8%
Farnesene ~ 3%

Hot Side Aroma Profile

Top Secret can handle a good boil and still offer a pleasant hop base.  Humulene and caryophyllene transform in boil to provide the typical herbal hoppiness with a smidgen of earl gray tea.  Later and later additions will provide more of the lemon and floral attributes.

Pairs Well With

Brewer’s Gold, Mt. Hood, Hallertauer, Saaz, Cascade

Interferences

Avoid pungent hops like CTZ, Warrior, Summit. Simcoe, Mosaic, etc

Cool Side Aroma Profile

To achieve the lemonade and floral aspects of Top Secret she must be added no earlier than whirlpool.  Pre-fermentation additions can be expected to produce more complex flavors, especially with lager yeasts

Pairs Well With

Cascade, Centennial, Skyrocket, Cashmere, Top Secret, Hull Melon, Nelson Sauvin.

Interferences

Extremely dank monsters like CTZ, Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic, Galaxy.