Origin and Description

Opal Hops is another product of the Hops Research Center in Hull, Germany. It was bred around the turn of the 2nd century, and is somewhat an evasive hop variety in that it is not that easy to find.

Opal Hops is a dual use hops with moderate alpha acid content at 13.0%-14.0%. Of the oils the myrcene oil content stands out the most. The bitterness in Opal Hops is respectable, and the aroma has substance. Its a combination of some spicy gusto mixed with tones of citrus. It is very much German and can be applied anywhere throughout the brew process in beer styles such as Pilsners, Hefewizens, Hells, Lagers, and more.

Opal Hops is ready for harvest early to mid summer. It stands up well to disease and fungus and has found its way around the globe in various commercial beers.

Opal Hops Usage

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

Opal Hops Characteristics

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

Opal Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 13%-14%Opal Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 13 To 14 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3.5%-5.5%Opal Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3.5 To 5.5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 28%-34%Opal Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 28 To 34 Percent

Opal Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Opal Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Opal Hops

Opal Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly to Mid SeasonOpal Hops - Early to Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Opal Hops is Low to Moderate at 1600 - 1650 kg/hectare
Opal Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate
Opal Hops - Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Wilt,Downy Mildew,Powdery Mildew,
Opal Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilityOpal Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees COpal Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodOpal Hops - Good Pickability

Opal Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.8-1.3 mls/100 gramsOpal Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.8-1.3 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition30%-45%Opal Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 30-45 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition20%-25%Opal Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 20-25 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition9%-10%Opal Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 9-10 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Opal Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Opal Hops Substitutes

East Kent GoldingEast Kent Golding Hops belong to the Golding Family of varieties, and is considered a premium hops that is celebrated in the U.K. and the U.S. Kent is a Region...
Styrian GoldingStyrian Golding Hops, also called Savinja Golding, is a traditional hops grown primarily in Slovenia, and also Austria. Savinja/Styrian Golding is not a part o...
Tettnanger (GR)Tettnanger Hops gets its name from the Tettnang area of Germany. Tettnang is a famous hops growing region (and town) near the southern border, near Lake Bodens...

Common Beer Styles for Opal Hops

    Beer Style
    Summer Ale
    Light Lager
    Belgian Ale

    Opal Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Oskar Blues Cajun Grill and Brewery
    Mama's Little Yella Pils
    Buckbean Brewing Company
    Black Noddy
    Wye Valley Brewery
    Fallen Hero
    Surly Brewing Company