Most of the hops were very fresh, as these beers were brewed in the autumn of 1898, just a few weeks after the harvest. The rest of the hops were from the year before, so still not that old. The exception being Pacifics from the 1895 season used in Single Stout.
It’s not surprising that Single Stout should have the oldest hops as that was by far the biggest selling beer for Cairnes. In that respect it was filling the same slot as X Ale in England.
|Cairnes hops in 1898|
|Beer||Style||OG||hop 1||hop 2||hop 3|
|TB||Table Beer||1045||English 1898||English 1898|
|E.I. Ale||Pale Ale||1055||English 1898||English 1897||Californian 1897|
|IP Ale||IPA||1064||English 1898||English 1897|
|SS||Stout||1055||English 1897||Californian 1897||Pacifics 1895|
|Cairnes brewing record held at the Guinness archives.|