Origin and Description

Target Hops was bred at the Hop Research Institute at Wye College in England and was released in 1992, Target is a cross between the following: (Northern Brewer X Downy Mildew resistant male) X (Eastwell Golding X USDA 64103M) where USDA 64103M is resistant to both Powdery Mildew and Verticillium Wilt. Target Hops is a cousin to Challenger Hops, although they have different characteristics.

Target Hops is widely used in the UK for both its bittering and aromatic qualities. The alpha acid content ranges from 8.0%-12.5% and imparts a clean bitterness. Target is commonly used for kettle additions in the brewing process for its smooth bite, and also for early aroma contributions. Target has created a following in breweries for its aroma that comes from the oil composition. Myrcene oil content is high in Target, while the other oils are in moderate range. Farnesene is only present in trace amounts.

Target Hops gained some of the disease resistance from its heritage, including tolerance to Powdery Mildew and Verticillium Wilt. Target's yield is moderate to high for an English variety and ranges from 1350-1800 lbs/acre. The small plump compact cones are harvested late in the season after a vigorous growing cycle. As mentioned, Target Hops is most widely used in the U.K. but can be found elsewhere, including on the shelves ready for your next beer batch. The storage stability for Target is low, however, so look for fresh whole hops, or pellets.

Target Hops Usage

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

Target Hops Characteristics

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

Target Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 8%-12.5%Target Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 8 To 12.5 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 5%-5.5%Target Hops Beta Acid Composition - 5 To 5.5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 29%-35%Target Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 29 To 35 Percent

Target Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Target Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Target Hops
Target Cone SizeSmall to MediumTarget Hop - Small to Medium Cone Size
Target Cone DensityCompactTarget Hops - Compact Cone Density

Target Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityLate SeasonTarget Hops - Late Season Maturity
YieldYield for Target Hops is Low to Moderate at 1350 - 1800 kg/hectare
Target Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateVigorous
Target Hops - Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Downy Mildew,
Resistent To:
Powdery Mildew,Verticillium Wilt,
Target Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilityTarget Hops maintains 45%-55% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CTarget Hops Storability - Poor
Ease of HarvestGoodTarget Hops - Good Pickability

Target Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.6-2.6 mls/100 gramsTarget Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.6-2.6 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition45%-55%Target Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 45-55 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition17%-22%Target Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 17-22 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition8%-10%Target Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 8-10 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Target Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Target Hops Substitutes

Fuggle (U.K.)Fuggle Hops was a cornerstone for English brewing during the late 1800's and early 1900's. In the Kent region in 1861, Richard Fuggle selected this variety as ...
WillametteWillamette Hops was named after the mighty river that pours through the Willamette Valley in Southern Washington and Northern Oregon. It was developed and rele...

Common Beer Styles for Target Hops

    Beer Style
    Pale Ale
    Kentish Bitter
    India Pale Ale
    Brown Ale
    Red Ale
    Best Bitter
    Amber Ale
    Honey Barley Wine
    Mild Ale
    Double Stout
    Golden Ale

    Target Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Wye Valley Brewery
    Wye Valley Bitter
    Wye Valley Brewery
    Herford Pale Ale (HPA)
    Westerham Brewery Company
    Grass Hopper Kentish Bitter
    Westerham Brewery Company
    Purple Moose Brewery
    Merry Ex-Moose
    Fox Brewery
    Drop of Real Norfolk
    Fox Brewery
    Peddars Sway
    Frog Island Brewery
    Best Bitter
    Frog Island Brewery
    Iceni Brewery
    On Target
    Earlsoham Brewery
    Elizabeth Ale
    Atlantic Brewing Company
    Honey Bragget
    Kellham Island Brewery
    Fat Cat Mild
    Wychwood Brewery
    Circle Master
    Peeping Tom Brewery
    Best Bitter
    Green Flash Brewing Company
    Double Stout
    Brakspear Brewery
    Oxford Gold
    Salopian Brewery
    Barry's Light Mild
    Allendale Brewery
    Best Bitter
    Jack of the Wood
    India Pale Ale
    Moon River Brewing Company
    The Captains Porter
    Dark Star Brewery