Origin and Description

Green Bullet Hops came from a program in New Zealand that started in 1949 in order to solve a problem with Black Root Rot that was happening at the time. The most common variety in the area, Late Cluster, was being plagued by this disease, and new direction was set out to find a more versatile variety. Fuggle Hops was crossed with a local varieties to generate the first generation of stronger varieties including First Cross Hops, Calicross Hops, and Smooth Cone Hops. Tetraploid (TET) variations of these were then used to produce Sticklebract Hops, Super Alpha Hops, and Green Bullet Hops.

Green Bullet Hops is known as having a unique zing which characterizes New Zealand's mark on the brewing world. It is a dual purpose hops that brings both a fresh clean bitterness along with an abundance of aroma in beer. The alpha acid rating is high at 11%-15% which is high, making this hops applicable for strong bitterness additions at the beginning of the boil or throughout the brewing process. The taste and aroma has accents of raisins and fruits, and is smooth and refreshing. It has very high myrcene oil content which contributes to the fruit aroma.

Green Bullet hops is resistance to disease as planned, and is a moderately high yielding hops. The moderately large compact cones are the jewels in the New Zealand landscape. And Green Bullet Hops is used in beer now around the globe.

Green Bullet Hops Usage

Green Bullet hops has aromatic and bittering qualities.
Green Bullet hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.

Green Bullet Hops Characteristics

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

Green Bullet Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 11%-15%Green Bullet Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 11 To 15 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 2.9%-5.6%Green Bullet Hops Beta Acid Composition - 2.9 To 5.6 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 41%-43%Green Bullet Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 41 To 43 Percent

Green Bullet Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Green Bullet Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Green Bullet Hops
Green Bullet Cone SizeMedium to LargeGreen Bullet Hop - Medium to LargeCone Size
Green Bullet Cone DensityCompactGreen Bullet Hops - Compact Cone Density

Green Bullet Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityLate SeasonGreen Bullet Hops - Late Season Maturity
YieldYield for Green Bullet Hops is Moderate to High at 2100 - 2400 kg/hectare
Green Bullet Hops - Moderate to High Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate to Vigorous
Green Bullet Hops - Moderate to Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Downy Mildew;,
Green Bullet Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilityGreen Bullet Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CGreen Bullet Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodGreen Bullet Hops - Good Pickability

Green Bullet Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.46-1.13 mls/100 gramsGreen Bullet Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.46-1.13 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition52%-53%Green Bullet Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 52-53 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition19%-20%Green Bullet Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 19-20 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition6%-7%Green Bullet Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 6-7 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Green Bullet Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Green Bullet Hops Substitutes

Hallertauer TraditionHallertauer Tradition is another invention of the Hull Hop Research Institute in Germany, and was bred for is resistance and tolerance to disease and fungus. I...
LibertyLiberty Hops is an extension of the Hallertau family of hops and was bred in 1983 from Hallertauer Mittlefrüh and a disease (Downy Mildew, Verticillium Wilt) r...
Mount HoodMt Hood is another descendant of the Hallertau family of Hops and is specifically a cross between a colchicine induced tetraploid Hallertau Mittelfrueh and USDA...

Common Beer Styles for Green Bullet Hops

    Beer Style
    Pale Ale
    Irish Red Ale
    India Pale Ale

    Green Bullet Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Church End Brewery
    Pete's Progress
    Burton Bridge Brewery
    Green Bullet
    Purple Moose Brewery
    Bazens' Brewery
    Blue Bullet
    Stonehouse Brewery
    Kingston Flyer KPA
    The Nunhead Brewery
    Swift One
    Bazens Brewery
    My Beautiful Willamette
    The Biddy Early Brwery
    Black Biddy
    Kellham Island Brewery
    Up The Junction