Origin and Description

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 middle. Pioneer is a sister to Herald Hops and will add English qualities to varying styles of ales.

Pioneer hops is a dual use hops. The alpha acid levels in Pioneer range from 8.0%-10.0% which asserts a mild-tempered and even-keeled bitterness. The co-humulone for Pioneer is relatively high at 36.0%-40.0%. The aroma is considered a classic English style, and come from the oils that lay relatively in balance within the moderate size tight hop cones. Pioneer Hops has essence of citrus fruits, and can be used anytime throughout the brewing process.

Pioneer Hops has a moderately low yield, stemming from its dwarf-like quality. The mid to late season harvest for this hops variety comes after a defensive growing season. Pioneer has tolerance to three of the biggies including Verticillium Wilt, Powdery Mildew, and Downy Mildew. It is most widely used in varying style of Ales and somewhat hits the spectrum in European commercial beers.

Pioneer Hops Usage

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

Pioneer Hops Characteristics

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

Pioneer Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 8%-10%Pioneer Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 8 To 10 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3.5%-4%Pioneer Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3.5 To 4 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 36%-40%Pioneer Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 36 To 40 Percent

Pioneer Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Pioneer Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Pioneer Hops
Pioneer Cone SizeSmall to MediumPioneer Hop - Small to Medium Cone Size
Pioneer Cone DensityModerate to CompactPioneer Hops - Moderate to Compact Cone Density

Pioneer Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityMid to Late SeasonPioneer Hops - Mid to Late Season Maturity
YieldYield for Pioneer Hops is Low at 1200 - 1500 kg/hectare
Pioneer Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateWeak to Moderate
Pioneer Hops - Weak to Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Verticillium Wilt,Powdery Mildew,Downy Mildew;,
Pioneer Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilityPioneer Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CPioneer Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodPioneer Hops - Good Pickability

Pioneer Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1-1.8 mls/100 gramsPioneer Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1-1.8 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition31%-36%Pioneer Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 31-36 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition22%-24%Pioneer Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 22-24 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition7%-8%Pioneer Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 7-8 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Pioneer Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Pioneer Hops Substitutes

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Common Beer Styles for Pioneer Hops

    Beer Style
    India Pale Ale
    Red Ale
    Specialty Ale
    Strong Bitter
    Brown Ale
    Pale Ale
    Autumn Ale
    Summer Ale
    Imperial India Pale Ale

    Pioneer Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Buntingford Brewery
    Highwayman IPA
    Breconshire Brewery
    Red Dragon
    Conwy Brewery
    Mulberry Dark
    E&S Brewery
    E&S Brewery
    Howard Town Brewery
    Glott's Hop
    Blindmans Brewery
    Hop On
    Kelham Island Brewery
    Old Bear Brewery
    Duke of Bronte Capstan F.S.
    Purple Moose Brewery
    Snowdonia Ale
    The Lincoln Green
    Robinsons Spellbound
    Great Gable Brewing Company