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 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
|Beta Acid Composition
Pilgrim Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Pilgrim Lupulin Color||Yellow|
|Pilgrim Cone Size||Medium to Large|
|Pilgrim Cone Density||Moderate|
Pilgrim Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Maturity||Mid to Late Season|
|Yield||Yield for Pilgrim Hops is Moderate at 2028 - 2028 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
|Storability||Pilgrim Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Pilgrim Hops Oil Composition
Pilgrim Hops Substitutes
|Target||Target 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: (|
|Pioneer||Pioneer 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
|English Pale Ale|
|India Pale Ale|
|Nut Brown Ale|
Pilgrim Hops Use in Commercial Beers