Origin and Description

Smooth Cone Hops was developed at the Riwaka Research Station in New Zealand in the early 1960's. Smooth Cone is a cross between California Cluster and open pollination. First Choice hops is a sister of Smooth Cone, and had its glory years in the 1960's and 1970's. Its time has passed and is not grown commercially anymore, but was used to help develop the next generation of super alpha varieties in New Zealand including Green Bullet, SuperAlpha, and Alpharoma.

Smooth Cone Hops is, or was, a dual use hops with a moderate alpha acid content at 7.0%-9.5%. It comes with a high level of myrcene oil compared to the other oils. It is compared to being similar to Cluster Hops, which has shared in the same shadow of super alpha varieties. Cluster has a balanced floral character.

Smooth Cone Hops is not grown commercially anymore, but it is seems possible this breed is still growing somewhere in New Zealand. It would be a treat to get a hold of one of these rhizomes, to plant, and bring back a part of history. Smooth cone has susceptibility to downy mildew, with no other indications to reactions from disease and virus. And it was a fairly low yielding plant back when the measurements were taken.

Smooth Cone Hops Usage

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

Smooth Cone Hops Characteristics

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

Smooth Cone Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 7%-9.5%Smooth Cone Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 7 To 9.5 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3.4%-5.2%Smooth Cone Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3.4 To 5.2 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 31%-31%Smooth Cone Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 31 To 31 Percent

Smooth Cone Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Smooth Cone Lupulin ColorPale YellowPale Yellow Lupulin Color for Smooth Cone Hops

Smooth Cone Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

YieldYield for Smooth Cone Hops is Low at 651 - 1520 kg/hectare
Smooth Cone Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate to Vigorous
Smooth Cone Hops - Moderate to Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Downy Mildew,
Smooth Cone Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Poor to Moderate
StorabilitySmooth Cone Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CSmooth Cone Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestUnknownUnknown

Smooth Cone Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.38-1.14 mls/100 gramsSmooth Cone Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.38-1.14 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition55.2%-55.2%Smooth Cone Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 55.2-55.2 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition20.7%-20.7%Smooth Cone Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 20.7-20.7 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition6.1%-6.1%Smooth Cone Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 6.1-6.1 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Smooth Cone Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Smooth Cone Hops Substitutes

ClusterCluster Hops comes from, as they say, mass selection. This translates to varieties were likely transported from europe, potentially by the Dutch and English se...

Common Beer Styles for Smooth Cone Hops

    Beer Style
    Pale Ale

    Smooth Cone Hops Use in Commercial Beers

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