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 has aromatic and bittering qualities.
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%Horizon Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 10.2 To 16.5 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 6.5%-8.5%Horizon Hops Beta Acid Composition - 6.5 To 8.5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 16%-22%Horizon Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 16 To 22 Percent

Horizon Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Horizon Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Horizon Hops
Horizon Cone SizeMediumHorizon Hop - Medium Cone Size
Horizon Cone DensityCompactHorizon Hops - Compact Cone Density

Horizon Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

YieldYield for Horizon Hops is Moderate at 1800 - 2000 kg/hectare
Horizon Hops - Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate to Vigorous
Horizon Hops - Moderate to Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Downy Mildew,
Resistent To:
Verticillium Wilt,
Horizon Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilityHorizon Hops maintains 80%-85% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CHorizon Hops Storability - Excellent
Ease of HarvestGoodHorizon Hops - Good Pickability

Horizon Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.2-2 mls/100 gramsHorizon Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.2-2 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition55%-70%Horizon Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 55-70 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition8%-13%Horizon Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 8-13 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition5%-9%Horizon Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 5-9 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition2.5%-3.5%Horizon Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 2.5-3.5 Percent

Horizon Hops Substitutes

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Common Beer Styles for Horizon Hops

    Beer Style
    Light Ale
    Red Ale
    Pumpkin Ale
    Pale Ale
    Holiday Ale
    India Pale Ale

    Horizon Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery
    Northern Light
    Summit Brewing Company
    Horizon Red Ale
    The Alchemist Pub and Brewery
    Shut the Hell Up
    Elysian Brewing Company
    Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
    Free State Brewing Company
    Mammoth Pale Ale
    Free State Brewing Company
    Holiday Ale
    Independence Brewing Company
    Stash IPA
    Kona Brewing Company
    Pipeline Porter
    Deschutes Brewing Company
    Alvord Ale
    Flying Fish Brewing Company
    Montana Brewing Company
    Harvest Pale Ale
    The Peake Brewery
    New Horizon
    Mordue Brewery
    India Pale Ale