Harper’s Scale

There are hundreds of aromas commonly found in hops, however Harper’s scale, published in 1985 in the Atlas of Odor Character Profiles, is today seen as the standard.

AromaDescription
FloralElderflower, chamomile blossom, lily of the valley, jasmine, apple blossom, rose, geranium, carnation, lilac, lavender
CitrusGrapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, bergamot, lemon grass, ginger, tangerine
Sweet FruitBanana, watermelon, honeydew melon, peach, apricot, passion fruit, lychee, dried fruit, plum, pineapple, cherry, kiwi, mango, guava
Green FruitPear, quince, apple, gooseberry, white wine grapes
BerryCassis, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cassis (black currant), red currant, wild strawberries, cranberries
Cream CaramelButter, chocolate, yogurt, honey, cream, caramel, toffee, coffee, tonka, vanilla
Woody AromaticTobacco, cognac, barrique, leather, woodruff, incense, myrrh, resin, cedar, pine, earthy
MentholMint, lemon balm, camphor, menthol, wine yeast
HerbalLovage, thuja, basil, parsley, tarragon, dill, fennel, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, green tea, black tea, mate tea, sage
SpicyPepper, chilli, curry, juniper, aniseed, nutmeg, liquorice, clove, gingerbread, fennel seeds
Green GrassyGreen-grassy, fresh cut grass, hay, tomato leaves, green peppers, nettle
VegetalCelery stock, celery root, leek, onion, artichoke, garlic, wild garlic