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 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%|
|Beta Acid Composition||5%-5.5%|
Target Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Target Lupulin Color||Yellow|
|Target Cone Size||Small to Medium|
|Target Cone Density||Compact|
Target Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Yield||Yield for Target Hops is Low to Moderate at 1350 - 1800 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests||Susceptible To:|
Powdery Mildew,Verticillium Wilt,
|Storability||Target Hops maintains 45%-55% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Target Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||1.6-2.6 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||45%-55%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||17%-22%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||8%-10%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
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 ...|
|Willamette||Willamette 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
|India Pale Ale|
|Honey Barley Wine|