Origin and Description
Horizon Hops has been on the up swing since its introduction in 1998. Bred in Oregon in 1970, Horizon is a cross made from Brewers Gold, Early Green Hops, and USDA 64035M. It is also a half sister of the notorious Nugget Hops.
Horizon is a dual use hops with some unique characteristics. First off, its alpha acid rating is at 10.2%-16.5% allowing it to swing in many directions for different uses in beer. It has a very low co-humulone content which is considered very desirable by some brewers, and compares to the noble hops varieties. The myrcene oil content is at 55.0%-70% and the farnesene oil content is at 2.5%-3.5%. Both of these are relatively high on the scale, and both come with delightful attributes. Horizon will add notes of a floral bouquet to the aroma, as well as provide some essence of citrus fruits. Horizon can be used from beginning of a brew session to the end and throughout the brewing process.
Horizon is middle of the road on its tolerance to disease and fungus and is susceptible to downy mildew. The medium size compact cone producer yields moderate amount harvest after a fairly vigorous growing season. Horizon usage is on the rise, especially in the craft industry. It is versatile and can be found in beers ranging from Light Ales, to Lagers, to India Pale Ales.
Horizon Hops Usage
Horizon hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.
Horizon Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for horizon hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Horizon Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition||10.2%-16.5%|
|Beta Acid Composition||6.5%-8.5%|
Horizon Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Horizon Lupulin Color||Yellow|
|Horizon Cone Size||Medium|
|Horizon Cone Density||Compact|
Horizon Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Yield||Yield for Horizon Hops is Moderate at 1800 - 2000 kg/hectare|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to Vigorous|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests||Susceptible To:|
|Storability||Horizon Hops maintains 80%-85% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Horizon Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||1.2-2 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||55%-70%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||8%-13%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||5%-9%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||2.5%-3.5%|
Horizon Hops Substitutes
|Hallertauer Magnum||Hallertaur Magnum is an example to the rest of the hops world that aroma isn't everything. The Hops Research Institute in Hull, Germany produced this variety t...|
Common Beer Styles for Horizon Hops
|India Pale Ale|