Hops

Hops are a flowering vine whose flowers are used as a preservative and for their essential oils that add flavor (bittering hops) and aroma (aroma hops) to balance the sweetness of the malt. Usually dried before use, the bitter flavor of the hop is extracted during the boil. The aroma is provided by aroma hops whose essential oils provide the aroma. Each variety of hops has its own distinct flavor\aroma profile.