Today in 2010, US Patent PP21289 P3 was issued, an invention of Eugene G. Probasco and Jason Perrault, assigned to the Hop Breeding Company, L.L.C., for their “Hop Plant Named ‘HBC 394.’” Here’s the Abstract:
A new hop plant named ‘HBC 394’ is disclosed. The cones of ‘HBC 394’ mature in early September, and yield a crop of 1200 to 1600 pounds per acre. ‘HBC 394’ is used in brewing for its bittering and aromatic properties.
You undoubtedly know this hop by its more familiar trade name: Citra. But is as so often the case with new hops, when it was first patented, it had not yet been named. Brian Yeager has a nice write-up of that process, mentioning Citra specifically, from 2011 in All About Beer magazine, entitled Hop Forward, Breeding tomorrow’s hops… today.