Origin and Description
Summit Hops is a unique variety with a novel history. Summit was released by the American Hops Dwarf Association in Yakima, WA and its story begins with Nugget hops. Its a little easier to write out the lineage formula vs sentence form...and here it is:
- 1998: Nugget X Open Pollination = Non-patented Nugget Male (Nugget-M)
- 1999: Zeus X Nugget-M = USDA 19058M
- 1999: Zeus X USDA 19058M = Lexus
- 2000 - Lexus X Open Pollination = Summit!
The original Nugget seeds were from a commercial hop field in Harrah, Washington. Summit is a semi-dwarf variety, and the following years after 2000 brought growing trials to prove Summit's worth in yield, brewing character and resistance to disease and fungus.
Summit Hops is at the top of the Super Alpha varieties chain with an alpha acid content of 16.0%-18.0%. BAM!!! It has a 6:1 alpha beta ratio and also carries a relatively high co-humulone content at 26.0%-33.0%. Summit is often found in India Pale Ales, mainly in the United States, and its easy to see why. Aside from its bittering qualities of this hops, this variety also has strong aromatic qualities which are truly citrus; having notes of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit. It has a relatively high overall oil content at 1.5-2.5 mls/100 grams, and perhaps this helps to describe the strong aroma. The oils are all in average ranges with the exception of farnesene oil which barely registers.
Summit Hops is the first dwarf originating from the United States, and is the only low trellis hops in the Yakima Valley. Summit requires hand picking due to the lack of machinery and takes a lot of work as the yield is very high at 2200-2700 lbs/acre. This variety is susceptible to downy mildew, yet tolerant to powdery mildew and verticillium wilt. Summit also stores very well maintaining 85% of its alpha acids after 6 months of storage at 20 degrees C. It is a new variety but already has the attention of brewers, mostly from the United States at this time.
Summit Hop Pellets
- 17.5-19.5% Alpha Acid
- 1oz Package
- Quite new on the scene (2003) but the consensus is very positive with its "peak" bittering value coupled with robust citrus notes of orange, tangerine and grapefruit. Receiving accolades as an ideal hop for the ultimate Pale Ale. Used For: Pale Ale, IPA Drifter Pale Ale, Widmer Brothers Substitute: Simcoe 1oz Package
Summit Hops Usage
Summit hops is commonly used as as bittering agent in beer.
Summit Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for summit hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Summit Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition||16%-18%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3.3%-4.3%|
Summit Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Summit Lupulin Color||Dark Yellow|
|Summit Cone Size||Medium|
|Summit Cone Density||Moderate to Compact|
Summit Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Yield||Yield for Summit Hops is High at 2200 - 2700 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests||Susceptible To:|
Powdery Mildew,Verticillium Wilt,Phytophthora Root Rot,
|Storability||Summit Hops maintains 85%-85% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Summit Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||1.5-2.5 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||30%-50%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||15%-25%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||10%-15%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
Summit Hops Substitutes
Columbus Hops is one of the Three C's, including Centennial and Cascade. This variety also has other names including CTZ, which stands for Columbus, Tomahaw...
|Tomahawk||Tomahawk Hops is part of the CTZ tribe....(Columbus, Tomahawk, Zeus). ...|
|Zeus||Zeus Hops, although genetically different, gets shuffled into the CTZ group of Hops. CTZ stands for Columbus, ...|
|Warrior||Warrior Hops is a product from Yakima Chief Ranches in Washington State in the Northwest United States. Its pedigree and release date must be privileged inform...|
Common Beer Styles for Summit Hops
|India Pale Ale|
|American Pale Ale|