Origin and Description

Bullion Hops is a sibling to Brewer's Gold and was a seed collected off a female plant taken from a wild variety from Morden, Manitoba. It was open pollination that gave rise to this abundantly bitter hops variety that sprung in the year 1919. Bullion hops has been dubbed the first super alpha hops and deservedly so, as it has a skyrocketing 8%-12.9% alpha acid rating.

Bullion Hops, as you would guess, is a wonderful bittering hops. Bullion has a strong zesty aroma. It is commonly used in darker beers including Stouts, Porter, and Scotch ales, but is also used in Bitters, and IPA's. Buillion produces dark yellow lupulin oil, and has a moderate yield. It's production has been on the decline for decades, as the new super alpha varieties have taken its place over time. So, it may be a little difficult to find for your homebrews and commercial beers.

Bullion Hops Usage

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

Bullion Hops Characteristics

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

Bullion Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 8%-12.9%Bullion Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 8 To 12.9 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 5%-6%Bullion Hops Beta Acid Composition - 5 To 6 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 35%-40%Bullion Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 35 To 40 Percent

Bullion Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Bullion Lupulin ColorDark YellowDark Yellow Lupulin Color for Bullion Hops
Bullion Cone SizeMediumBullion Hop - Medium Cone Size
Bullion Cone DensityCompactBullion Hops - Compact Cone Density

Bullion Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityLate SeasonBullion Hops - Late Season Maturity
YieldYield for Bullion Hops is Moderate at 2000 - 2400 kg/hectare
Bullion Hops - Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateVigorous
Bullion Hops - Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Downy Mildew,
Resistent To:
Verticillium Wilt,
Bullion Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilityBullion Hops maintains 40%-50% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CBullion Hops Storability - Poor
Ease of HarvestGoodBullion Hops - Good Pickability

Bullion Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.1-2.7 mls/100 gramsBullion Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.1-2.7 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition45%-55%Bullion Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 45-55 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition23%-30%Bullion Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 23-30 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition9%-11%Bullion Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 9-11 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Bullion Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

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Common Beer Styles for Bullion Hops

    Beer Style
    Scotch Ale
    Oatmeal Stout
    Coffee Oatmeal Stout
    Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
    Dark Lager

    Bullion Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Church End Brewery
    Molly's Blackout
    Brown's Brewing Company
    Wynkoop Brewing Company
    Splatz Porter