Perhaps Brew Dog Brewery says it best when it speaks of Bramling Cross as being “elegant, refined, assured and understated.” (Read: boring.) However, they also attest that most of the problem is that people just don’t use enough of Bramling Cross to let its real flavor come through. Apparently when enough is used, it becomes a veritable “fruit riot.” Some have noted lemon, blackcurrant, and pear when added to the end of the boil. Others say blackberries and plums. Bramling Cross is a rather rare breed, mostly available in the U.K. It was first harvested in 1927 at Wye College, and is a cross between a Golding and a Canadian wild hop called the Manitoban.