Origin and Description

Vanguard Hops was originally bred in 1982, but did not get released until 1997. That certainly makes you wonder how many varieties there are that have yet to see the open market. Exciting... Vanguard Hops is a cross between USDA 21285 and USDA 64037M. USDA 21285 was a bred in Parma, Idaho and is a cross between Hallertauer Mittelfrueh Hops X Open Pollination. The pedigree of 64037M Hops is unknown. According to the USDA archives, Vanguard Hops was tested by Anheuser Busch Inc. from 1994-1999.

Vanguard Hops is an aroma variety and carries similar acid characteristics as Hallertauer Mittelfrueh Hops. The alpha acid content in Vanguard is low ranging from 4.4%-6.0% with higher beta acid (6.0%-7.0%) and a staggering low co-humulone content at 14.0%-16.0%. This makes for very smooth and subtle bitter qualities in beer. Vanguard Hops comes equipped with higher than normal humulene oil, which itself is bound in woody and herbal character that produces a spicy essence over long boils in homebrew and craft beers. Vanguard is ripe for German-Style beers, but its application does not stop there. It is going to add to the aroma complexity for any number of ales, including Stouts and Imperial Stouts.

Vanguard Hops, like its lineage, is not a high yielding plant, and produces 1300-1700 lbs/acre. The cones are small to medium size and on the loose side. After tolerating Downy Mildew, Vanguard is harvested early in the season. Vanguard can be found in beers around the world, but is most widely used in the United States. Brewers are finding all kinds of uses for this noble type variety in beer....enjoy.

Vanguard Hops Usage

Vanguard hops is aromatic qualities.
Vanguard hops is commonly used as as aroma agent in beer.

Vanguard Hops Characteristics

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

Vanguard Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 4.4%-6%Vanguard Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 4.4 To 6 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 6%-7%Vanguard Hops Beta Acid Composition - 6 To 7 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 14%-16%Vanguard Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 14 To 16 Percent

Vanguard Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Vanguard Lupulin ColorPale Yellow to YellowPale Yellow to Yellow Lupulin Color for Vanguard Hops
Vanguard Cone SizeSmall to MediumVanguard Hop - Small to Medium Cone Size
Vanguard Cone DensityLoose to ModerateVanguard Hops - Loose to Moderate Cone Density

Vanguard Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly SeasonVanguard Hops - Early Season Maturity
YieldYield for Vanguard Hops is Low at 1300 - 1700 kg/hectare
Vanguard Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate
Vanguard Hops - Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Downy Mildew,
Vanguard Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilityVanguard Hops maintains 75%-80% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CVanguard Hops Storability - Moderate to Excellent
Ease of HarvestGoodVanguard Hops - Good Pickability

Vanguard Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.9-1.2 mls/100 gramsVanguard Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.9-1.2 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition20%-25%Vanguard Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 20-25 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition45%-50%Vanguard Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 45-50 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition12%-14%Vanguard Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 12-14 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Vanguard Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Vanguard Hops Substitutes

LibertyLiberty Hops is an extension of the Hallertau family of hops and was bred in 1983 from Hallertauer Mittlefrüh and a disease (Downy Mildew, Verticillium Wilt) r...
Mount HoodMt Hood is another descendant of the Hallertau family of Hops and is specifically a cross between a colchicine induced tetraploid Hallertau Mittelfrueh and USDA...
HallertauThink Hallertau Hops and think Bavarian beers styles. The Hallertau variety once dominated the region from which it was named before being replaced by a
HersbruckerHersbrucker Hops was the gift of the earth from the Hersbruck district in Hallertau Germany. This variety, found from natural selection, has been taking over a...

Common Beer Styles for Vanguard Hops

    Beer Style
    Cream Ale
    Rye Ale
    Amber Ale
    Rye Pilsner
    Amber Lager
    American Stout
    Pale Ale
    Specialty Ale
    Imperial Stout

    Vanguard Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Troegs Craft Brewery
    Dead Reckoning Porter
    Hoppy Brewing Company
    Golden Nugget Cream Ale
    Free State Brewing Company
    Governor Robinson's Lager
    Free State Brewing Company
    Trailrider Rye
    Independence Brewing Company
    Austin Amber
    Grand Teton Brewing Company
    Paradise Pilsner
    Saranac Brewing Company
    Rye Pilsner
    Schell Brewery
    Alcatraz Brewing Company
    American Stout
    Dogfish Head Brewery
    Goser the Gosarian
    Baird Brewing
    Temple Garden Yuzu Ale
    Flat Branch Pub and Brewing
    Gales Pale Ale
    Saranac Brewing Company
    Irish Red Ale
    Plevna Brewery Pub and Restaurant
    Imperial Stout Siperia
    Iron Hill Brewery
    Vangard Pilsner