Southern Cross was created by New Zealand’s HortResearch breeding program as a cross between Smooth Cone and the result of a Californian and English Fuggle. It was released in 1994.
In brewing, citrus and Spice and everything nice is how one might describe New Zealand’s Southern Cross variety. A soft bitterness makes it a good early addition to the boil. As a later addition, it features a heady lemon zest and pine needle essence, which makes it a star among its kind.
There doesn’t seem to be any substitute that can come close to the characteristics of Southern Cross. Sierra Nevada brewery released their Southern Hemisphere Harvest fresh hops ale in April of 2014 using Southern Cross, along with Pacifica and Motueka as its finishing hops.