Lineage

Triple Pearl is born from a cross between the classic Perle female and an unknown male.  She resulted in a rather high alpha acid (likely from the father) and a much, much more pronounced aroma from the mother.  Expect Triple Pearl to be very bitter-forward with a slight astringency and pleasant mouth-feel.  Aroma is very typical of traditional Perle but with greater emphasis on melon, sweet citrus (clementine), and Christmas spices like clove, allspice, etc.  A very slight earthiness tempers this hop into something suitable for most beer styles especially that “new thing” brewers look for in IPAs.

Bittering Skill Level:  Low
Aroma Skill Level: Low

Bittering

Triple Pearl packs a big alpha acid punch with a bit of lingering astringency felt on the sides of the tongue and late palate.  Early additions provide a very clean bitterness without the typical vegetal taste due to low sesquiterpene content.  Late additions add some bitterness due to the high alpha content but also can impart a pronounced peppery spice.

Aroma

Triple Pearl is a very pronounced aroma variety, with unique combinations of fruit and spice.  Think Spice Drop candy.  The two aroma attributes can be further teased apart by careful additions on the hot or cold side.  Sweet citrus and melon dominate the fruit side while clove, allspice, anise, and a bit of peppery resin compliment.

Alpha Acid

9% to 11%

Beta Acid

3.0% to 4.5%
Wisconsin average 3.8% (2 year average)

Oil Content

1.8 ml/100gm
Wisconsin average 1.3-1.9 ml/100gm (2 year average)

Oil Breakdown

Myrcene ~ 65%
Humulene ~ 9%
Caryophyllene ~ 4%
Farnesene ~ 4%

Hot Side Aroma Profile

Triple Pearl has little sesquiterpene content (humulene and caryophyllene) so expect low levels of herbal hoppiness that one finds in Mt. Hood, Crystal, Galena, etc.  Early additions will flash off lighter aroma compounds and a good deal of the myrcene.  But with such a high myrcene content expect some sweet fruitiness to come through.  Mid to late additions will increase the levels of spice compounds and preserve more of the melon aroma.

Pairs Well With

Brewer’s Gold, Galena, Cascade, Nugget

Interferences

Avoid pungent hops like CTZ, Warrior, Summit

Cool Side Aroma Profile

Triple Pearl is a glorious dry hop mingling the best of noble aromas with American assertiveness.  She has an uncommon combination of sweet fruit and spices that few varieties can duplicate.  The fruit essence comes from the high myrcene content, linalool, and other small molecules very sentitive to heat.  Thiols also contribute the melon character but can be lost on the hot side.  Spiciness come from numerous compounds (mainly terpenoids) that are very stable.  Fruit seems to change the spice from pepper to clove and allspice, whereas hot side additions favor the pepper.

Pairs Well With

Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado, Galena, Brewer’s Gold, Skyrocket

Interferences

Avoid pairing with noble varieties as the assertive nature of Skyrocket will mask most contributions from more delicate varieties