Origin and Description
Ultra Hops is was bred by the hops research program in Corvallis, Oregon in 1983 and is a triploid variety. Ultra Hops is ideal for Pilsners, Wheat and Bock beers and was bred from a colchicine-induced tetraploid Hallertauer Middlefrueh and a diploid Saaz (Saazer). In the end Ultra Hops comes out as 4/6 Hallertauer Middlefrueh, 1/6 Saaz, and 1/6 unknown. Ultra Hops was released by the USDA in 1995 is related to traditional German hops varieties in character and application.
Ultra Hops pulls from its heritage and is an aroma variety. Clocking in at 4.0%-5.0% alpha acid content with a nearly 1:1 alpha beta ratio Ultra's real contributions will be in aroma augmentations throughout the boil or brewing process. Ultra is half sister to Crystal, Liberty, and Mount hood hops, which all provide rounded aroma character with some variance. Ultra has high levels of humulene oil, ranging from 30.0%-40.0%, which is on par with Liberty. The aroma is compared to , which is a classic Bavarian-Style variety, and provides a mild spicy bouquet in beers.
Ultra Hops has been bred with resistance to Downy Mildew, as well as Verticillium Wilt. Ultra is somewhat rare to find in the commercial brewing world. The small cones are harvested mid season, and is grown solely in the U.S. Substitutes are easy to find for Ultra and include Saaz, Tettnanger Hops, and others in case you can not get a hold of any. Ultra is going to be best suited for brewing up some German Style beers, and also makes a great finishing hops for American Ales.
Ultra Hops Usage
Ultra hops is commonly used as as aroma agent in beer.
Ultra Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for ultra hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Ultra Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition||4%-5%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3.6%-4.7%|
Ultra Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Ultra Lupulin Color||Pale Yellow|
|Ultra Cone Size||Small|
|Ultra Cone Density||Moderate|
Ultra Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Yield||Yield for Ultra Hops is Low to Moderate at 1600 - 1800 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
|Storability||Ultra Hops maintains 60%-65% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Ultra Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||0.8-1.2 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||25%-35%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||30%-40%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||10%-15%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
Ultra Hops Substitutes
|Tettnanger (GR)||Tettnanger Hops gets its name from the Tettnang area of Germany. Tettnang is a famous hops growing region (and town) near the southern border, near Lake Bodens...|
|Saaz||Saaz Hops has changed the world of brewing forever, as it is an esteemed and honored variety that helped to define European Lagers and Bohemian Pilsners. It is...|
|Hallertauer Tradition||Hallertauer Tradition is another invention of the Hull Hop Research Institute in Germany, and was bred for is resistance and tolerance to disease and fungus. I...|
|Hallertau||Think Hallertau Hops and think Bavarian beers styles. The Hallertau variety once dominated the region from which it was named before being replaced by a|
Common Beer Styles for Ultra Hops
Ultra Hops Use in Commercial Beers
|Website||Brewing Company & Beer or Product|
|Fish Brewing Company|
|The Bellevue Brewing Company|
|Nutfield Brewing Company|