Humulene Oil Overview

Humulene is in a class of hydrocarbons known as sesquiterpene. It can lead the overall oil composition in some hops varieties but is generally less than that of myrcene. Humulene is found naturally in plants including Basil, Clove, some evergreen trees, and Hops. It has been linked to positive effects in dealing with illnesses such as yellow fever and even cancer. Humulene is linked closely with caryophyllene as they are commonly found together in nature. Some references will refer to them as one in the same.

Humulene Fragrance

Humulene, much like other oils found in hops, is used in the perfume industry. Humulene’s aroma is robust on the senses and carries woody, earthy, and herbal character. Oxidation degrades its essence rapidly, and storing in air tight refridgerated packaging increases its storability.

Humulene Flavor

Humulene is not closely related to bitterness. It provides much more to the woody organic flavor of a beer. It is linked to the spice in coriander, and thus produce a spicy flavor over long boils or mash.

Humulene in Brewing

Humulene has a relatively high boiling point (210 degrees F). With the high boiling point, and its high aromatic qualities, high-humulene hops are ideal for late additions to the boil. This gives them the opportunity to dissolve into the wort, and at the same time maintain their herbaceous fragrance. Below is a list of hops varieties ordered by their humulene content.

Hops Varieties by Humulune Oil Volume

Hops VarietyHumulene Oil VolumeUsage
Hallertauer Tradition Hops40% - 40% of Total OilAroma
Hallertauer Mittelfrüh Hops30% - 30% of Total OilAroma
Vanguard Hops45% - 45% of Total OilAroma
Smaragd Hops30% - 30% of Total OilAroma
East Kent Golding Hops38% - 38% of Total OilAroma
Golding (U.K.) Hops35% - 35% of Total OilAroma
Whitbread Golding Variety Hops39% - 39% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Northdown Hops40% - 40% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Saaz Hops19% - 19% of Total OilAroma
Golding (U.S.) Hops35% - 35% of Total OilAroma
Lublin (Lubelski) Hops30% - 30% of Total OilAroma
Magnum Hops34% - 34% of Total OilBittering
Liberty Hops30% - 30% of Total OilAroma
Polnisher Lublin Hops30% - 30% of Total OilAroma
Saaz (U.S.) Hops23% - 23% of Total OilAroma
Hallertauer Magnum Hops34% - 34% of Total OilBittering
Ultra Hops30% - 30% of Total OilAroma
Fuggle (U.K.) Hops35% - 35% of Total OilAroma
Yeoman Hops12.2% - 12.2% of Total OilBittering
Hallertau (U.S.) Hops30% - 30% of Total OilAroma
Styrian Golding Hops34% - 34% of Total OilAroma
Mount Hood Hops12% - 12% of Total OilAroma
Pacific Hallertau Hops36% of Total OilAroma
Perle (GR) Hops30% - 30% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Glacier Hops24% - 24% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Apollo Hops20% - 20% of Total OilBittering
Hallertau Hops30% - 30% of Total OilAroma
Hersbrucker Hops15% - 15% of Total OilAroma
Super Alpha Hops22% - 22% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Perle (US) Hops28% - 28% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Outeniqua Hops28% - 28% of Total OilBittering
Bramling Cross Hops28% - 28% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Marynka Hops36% - 36% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Pacific Jade Hops32.9% of Total OilBittering
Challenger Hops25% - 25% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Merkur Hops29% - 29% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Phoenix Hops25% - 25% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Brewers Gold Hops29% - 29% of Total OilBittering
Northern Brewer (GR) Hops25% - 25% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Willamette Hops20% - 20% of Total OilAroma
Tettnanger (GR) Hops18% - 18% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Santiam Hops13% - 13% of Total OilAroma
Hallertauer Taurus Hops30% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Bullion Hops23% - 23% of Total OilBittering
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops20% - 20% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Saphir Hops20% - 20% of Total OilAroma
Pacific Gem Hops18% - 18% of Total OilBittering
Southern Cross Hops13% - 13% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Hersbrucker Pure Hops10.2% - 10.2% of Total OilAroma
Orion Hops16.7% - 16.7% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Fuggle (U.S.) Hops20% - 20% of Total OilAroma
Admiral Hops23% - 23% of Total OilBittering
Southern Brewer Hops9.5% - 9.5% of Total OilBittering
Southern Promise Hops25.5% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Chinook Hops18% - 18% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Opal Hops20% - 20% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Spalt Hops18% - 18% of Total OilAroma
Columbus Hops15% - 15% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Strisselspalt Hops15% - 15% of Total OilAroma
Pacific Sunrise Hops19% - 19% of Total OilBittering
Super Styrian (Aurora) Hops20% - 20% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Summit Hops15% - 15% of Total OilBittering
First Gold Hops20% - 20% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Pioneer Hops22% - 22% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Crystal Hops18% - 18% of Total OilAroma
Super Galena Hops19% - 19% of Total OilBittering
AlphAroma Hops12.2% - 12.2% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Sterling Hops19% - 19% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Tettnanger (US) Hops18% - 18% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Nugget Hops12% - 12% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Target Hops17% - 17% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Palisade Hops19% - 19% of Total OilAroma
Southern Star Hops21.9% of Total OilBittering
Hüller Bitterer Hops9% - 9% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Smooth Cone Hops20.7% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Bravo Hops18% - 18% of Total OilBittering
Green Bullet Hops19% - 19% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Ahtanum Hops16% - 16% of Total OilAroma
Satus Hops15% - 15% of Total OilBittering
Warrior Hops15% - 15% of Total OilBittering
Spalter Select Hops15% - 15% of Total OilAroma
Calicross Hops12.1% - 12.1% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Centennial Hops10% - 10% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Cluster Hops15% - 15% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Pilgrim Hops16.9% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Hallertau Aroma Hops10% - 10% of Total OilAroma
Cascade (U.S.) Hops8% - 8% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Victoria Hops14% - 14% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Galena Hops10% - 10% of Total OilBittering
Herald Hops15% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Simcoe Hops10% - 10% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Horizon Hops8% - 8% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Sticklebract Hops7.7% - 7.7% of Total OilDual-Purpose
AMARILLO® Hops9% - 9% of Total OilDual-Purpose
Pride of Kent Hops9.4% of Total OilBittering
Riwaka Hops9% of Total OilAroma
Pride of Ringwood Hops2% - 2% of Total OilBittering
Motueka Hops3.6% of Total OilAroma
Super Pride Hops1% - 1% of Total OilBittering
Eroica Hops0% - 0% of Total OilBittering
Newport Hops9% - 9% of Total OilBittering
Tardif de Bourgogne Hops0% of Total OilAroma
D Saaz Hops0% of Total OilUnknown
Zeus Hops0% of Total OilUnknown
California Cluster Hops0% of Total OilUnknown
Tomahawk Hops0% of Total OilUnknown
B Saaz Hops0% of Total OilUnknown
Saazer Hops0% of Total OilUnknown