|Country:||United Kingdom (UK)|
Purchase Pilot Hops
Pilot hops are available to be purchased from multiple suppliers. We've conveniently linked to the most popular hop suppliers as well as Amazon.com. Every supplier may have different prices, harvest years and amounts available for purchase.
Origin and Geneology of the Pilot Hop
Pilot was bred at Horticulture Research International (HRI) Wye College in the UK and released in 2001.
English hops begin to be harvested annually in the fall starting at the beginning of September, and often continuing into early October.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Pilot Hops
Pilot is a bittering hop that is commonly used only to bitter the beer during brewing, and not for too much flavor and aromas.
Specific aroma descriptors of the Pilot hop include lemon, spice and marmalade. Pilot has a wonderfully refreshing, clean and crisp bittering quality.
Brewing Values for Pilot Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Pilot hops over the years. Each year's crop can yield hops that have slightly different qualities, so these number ranges are based on history.
|Alpha Acid % (AA)|
Alpha acids are the main source of bitterness in beer. Longer boil times will result in isomerization of more alpha acids leading to increased bitterness. Learn more »
|Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.||3.3-5%4.2% avg|
|Alpha-Beta RatioThe ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades during aging. 1:1 ratios are common in aroma varieties.||2:1 - 3:13:1 avg|
|Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops may impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer. Learn more »||28-37%32.5% avg|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)These highly volatile, not very soluble oils are easily boiled off, but add flavor and aroma to the finished beer when added very late in the boil or during fermentation. Learn more »||0.8-1.4 mL1.1mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||35-40%37.5% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||3-4%3.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||Unknown|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||55-62%|
Beer Styles using Pilot Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Pilot hop include American Ale & English Ale.
Pilot Hop Substitutions
If the Pilot hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with a similar hop. The old way of choosing replacement hops was done by experience and "feel". There is nothing wrong with that way. However, we wanted to build a data-driven tool to find your Pilot substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Pilot:
Is Pilot available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Pilot hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2), Haas (Lupomax) or Hopsteiner have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. Too bad too - it is pure hop lupulin powder, which leads to huge, concentrated flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
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