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hu·mu·lus

(hyū'mū-lŭs),
The dried fruits (strobiles) of Humulus lupulus (family Moraceae), a climbing herb of central and northern Asia, Europe, and North America; an aromatic bitter, mildly sedative, and a diuretic; primarily used in the brewing industry for giving aroma and flavor to beer.
Synonym(s): hops
[Mediev. L.]
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hops

Herbal medicine
A perennial vine that contains amino acids, flavonoids, glycosides (astralagin, quercitrin, rutin) and various other compounds, such as citral, geraniol, humulone, linionine, lupulone, serolidol and bitter resin. Hops are anti-bacterial (due to humulone and lupulone), mildly sedative, and have been used for insomnia, to relax smooth muscle and, in combination with other herbs, to treat irritable bowel syndrome.
 
Toxic effect
Contact dermatitis.
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INTRODUCED ITS SPRING SEASONAL BEER--Samuel Adams Noble Pils, a hoppy pilsner beer brewed with a recipe that calls for all five varieties of Noble Hops. Of the more than 100 varieties of hops in the world, only five are judged "Noble Hops" and this beer uses all five, four of which are from Germany and one from the Czech Republic, according to company officials.
The beer begins with more than six malts brewed with Bavarian noble hops. The bock lager is aged on a bed of dark cocoa nibs that create complex aromas and flavors from chocolaty to fruity, nutty, earthy, and citrusy.
"Noble hops and spice in the nose," said Robert Lachman of New England Brewing Co.
Utopias uses traditional brewing ingredients including all four types of Noble hops, which add a slightly earthy, herbal taste, and caramel and Vienna malts for its rich amber color and several different types of yeast including a variety found in champagne.
In the glass, the whiskey has a distinct aspect of Boston Lager--malty, with a piney note, and a hint of citrus from the noble hops. "This is cool to taste," said BBC's Jennifer Glanville.
"I get the noble hops, especially Hallertauer, more earthy and grassy," said John Watson.
Noble hops, but doesn't remind you of anything you've had."
"Smells like a saison, but lots of noble hops as well," said taster Ernie Adamo.
Hauke reported that beer is made with malt crafted in Lammsbrau's own malt house from barley locally grown by organic family farms, and hopped with whole flower organic noble hops, grown in Bavaria's Hersbruck region.