Origin and Description

Pilgrim Hops was released in 2000 by the Horticulture Research Institute at The College of St. Gregory and St. Marin at Wye (Wye College). It is a sibling to both First Gold Hops and Herald Hops, although both of these are dwarf varieties and Pilgrim Hops is not. This variety is synonymous with Wye Pilgrim.

Pilgrim Hops is a dual use variety with a relatively high alpha acid content at 9.0%-13.0%. This variety comes with a high co-humulone content ranging from 36%-38% which some brewers attribute to a more harsh bitterness profile in beer. The oils are relatively balanced in Pilgrim Hops, and is compared to both Target and Challenger. The increase in aroma from Pilgrim compared to Target is associated with its selinene oil levels at 8.6%, which is sought after for its use in the perfume industry. This along with the other oil make-up provides an herbal hoppy essence about it.

Pilgrim hops is versatile and is used from beginning of the boil to finishing additions in the wort. Pilgrim excels at its yield and the medium to large oval cones are harvested mid to late season. Pilgrim has tolerance and resistance to mildew and wilt, which places it on the sustainability map. It is most widely used in European beers, but that is likely to its fairly new introduction to the brewing society of the world.

Pilgrim Hops Usage

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

Pilgrim Hops Characteristics

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

Pilgrim Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 9%-13%Pilgrim Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 9 To 13 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 4.2%-5.2%Pilgrim Hops Beta Acid Composition - 4.2 To 5.2 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 36%-38%Pilgrim Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 36 To 38 Percent

Pilgrim Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Pilgrim Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Pilgrim Hops
Pilgrim Cone SizeMedium to LargePilgrim Hop - Medium to LargeCone Size
Pilgrim Cone DensityModeratePilgrim Hops - Moderate Cone Density

Pilgrim Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityMid to Late SeasonPilgrim Hops - Mid to Late Season Maturity
YieldYield for Pilgrim Hops is Moderate at 2028 - 2028 kg/hectare
Pilgrim Hops - Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateVigorous
Pilgrim Hops - Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsUnknown
StorabilityPilgrim Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CPilgrim Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodPilgrim Hops - Good Pickability

Pilgrim Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.8-1.8 mls/100 gramsPilgrim Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.8-1.8 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition36%-36%Pilgrim Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 36-36 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition16.9%-16.9%Pilgrim Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 16.9-16.9 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition7.3%-7.3%Pilgrim Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 7.3-7.3 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0.3%-0.3%Pilgrim Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0.3-0.3 Percent

Pilgrim Hops Substitutes

TargetTarget Hops was bred at the Hop Research Institute at Wye College in England and was released in 1992, This variety is a cross between the following: (
PioneerPioneer Hops was bred at Wye College in Kent, England. This is another variety from the college with dwarf qualities, although Pioneer sits somewhere in the mi...

Common Beer Styles for Pilgrim Hops

    Beer Style
    English Pale Ale
    India Pale Ale
    Nut Brown Ale
    Rasberry Wheat
    Summer Ale
    Pale Ale

    Pilgrim Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Young's Brewery
    St. George Ale
    Great Northern Brewery
    Going To The Sun IPA
    Buntingford Brewery
    Highwayman IPA
    Weyerbacher Brewery
    Hops Infusion
    Garrison Brewing Company
    Rasberry Wheat
    Garrison Brewing Company
    Nutbrown Ale
    Harwich Town Brewing Company
    Redoubt Stout
    Ocean Bryggereit
    Ocean Summer Ale
    Inveralmond Brewery