Perle is a German hop cultivar that continues to gain popularity here in the US. Perle was initially brew from a Northern Brewer
parent and certainly has Northern Brewer's characteristic green, minty notes along with a more noble, earthy/spicy quality reminiscent
of traditional Noble hops like Hallertau or Saaz.
At 7% to 9%AA Perle is best used in a flavor/aroma role at the end of a boil. However, Perle also makes a great stand-alone hop in lower alpha beers like a light lager or an American Wheat. Another use is an interesting hop in place of some traditional UK hops - a great example being Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Typical Use : Flavor/Aroma
All Grain Recipe - Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ::: 1.052/1.012 (5.5 Gal)
Grain Bill (70% Efficiency assumed)
10 lbs. - 2 Row Pale Malt
1.25 lbs. - Crystal Malt (60L)
Hop Schedule (33 IBU)
1/3 oz. - Magnum - 60 min.
1/2 oz. - Perle - 30 min.
1 oz. - Cascade - 10 min.
2 oz. - Cascade - at flameout
White Labs California Ale Yeast (WLP001) - 1800 ml starter
Mash at 153° for 60 min.
Sparge as usual
Cool and ferment at 65° to 68°