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 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%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3.5%-5.5%|
Opal Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Opal Lupulin Color||Yellow|
Opal Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Maturity||Early to Mid Season|
|Yield||Yield for Opal Hops is Low to Moderate at 1600 - 1650 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
Wilt,Downy Mildew,Powdery Mildew,
|Storability||Opal Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Opal Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||0.8-1.3 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||30%-45%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||20%-25%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||9%-10%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
Opal Hops Substitutes
|East Kent Golding||East 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 Golding||Styrian 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
Opal Hops Use in Commercial Beers
|Website||Brewing Company & Beer or Product|
|Oskar Blues Cajun Grill and Brewery|
Mama's Little Yella Pils
|Buckbean Brewing Company|
|Wye Valley Brewery|
|Surly Brewing Company|