Origin and Description

Admiral was created at the Horticulture Research International (HRI) at Wye College by breeding Northdown and Challenger varieties. This variety has been in the public domain since 1998 and is used in some very notable commercial beers.

Admiral hops have a relatively high alpha acid percentage making it useful as bittering agent in brewing. It has moderate myrcene and caryophyllene oil composition giving it a woody and herbal hoppy character, although it is not overbearing. Its contribution of higher amounts of humulene and farnesene add some fruit flavors to its profile such as citrus.

Admiral Hops Usage

Admiral hops has bittering qualities.
Admiral hops is commonly used as as bittering agent in beer.

Admiral Hops Characteristics

Below is a list of characteristics for admiral hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.

Admiral Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 13%-16.2%Admiral Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 13 To 16.2 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 4.8%-6.1%Admiral Hops Beta Acid Composition - 4.8 To 6.1 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 37%-45%Admiral Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 37 To 45 Percent

Admiral Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Admiral Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Admiral Hops
Admiral Cone SizeSmall to MediumAdmiral Hop - Small to Medium Cone Size
Admiral Cone DensityCompactAdmiral Hops - Compact Cone Density

Admiral Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityMid SeasonAdmiral Hops - Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Admiral Hops is Low at 1300 - 1900 kg/hectare
Admiral Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateVigorous
Admiral Hops - Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Powdery Mildew,
Resistent To:
Verticillium Wilt,Downy Mildew,
Admiral Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilityAdmiral Hops maintains 6%-6% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CAdmiral Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodAdmiral Hops - Good Pickability

Admiral Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1-1.7 mls/100 gramsAdmiral Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1-1.7 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition39%-48%Admiral Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 39-48 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition23%-26%Admiral Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 23-26 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition6.8%-7.2%Admiral Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 6.8-7.2 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition1.8%-2.2%Admiral Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 1.8-2.2 Percent

Admiral Hops Substitutes

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CentennialCentennial Hops is a celebration of the gods in a medium compact cone form. Named after the Washington State festival sharing the same name, this variety was a...
ChallengerChallenger Hops has popularity in England, and was bred at Wye College using Northern Brewer and a German variety in 1961. It is a dual use hops with a moderat...
ChinookChinook Hops was a child of the 1980's, introduced the same year as Rocky IV (Rocky vs. Ivan Drago)....ie 1985. The USDA crossed Petham Golding with USDA 63102...
NorthdownNorthdown Hops was designed to be resistant to downy mildew and at the time of its release, in the early 1970's, it was considered on the higher side of the alp...
TargetTarget Hops was bred at the Hop Research Institute at Wye College in England and was released in 1992, This variety is a cross between the following: (

Common Beer Styles for Admiral Hops

    Beer Style
    Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
    American India Pale Ale
    Belgian India Pale Ale
    Imperial India Pale Ale
    English India Pale Ale
    Pale Ale

    Admiral Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Hepworth & Co. Brewers
    Prospect Organic Pale
    Hepworth & Co. Brewers
    Pullman Bitter
    Three Floyds Brewing Company
    Blackheart English India Pale Ale
    Havant Brewery
    Started Ale
    Havant Brewery
    Finished Special Bitter
    Chapel Down Winery in Kent
    Admiral Porter
    Stone Brewing Company
    Imperial India Pale Ale