|Country:||United Kingdom (UK)|
Purchase Pioneer Hops
Pioneer 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 Pioneer Hop
Bred at Wye College from Omega and is a sister to Herald. It was released in 1996.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Pioneer Hops
Pioneer is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
Specific aroma descriptors of the Pioneer hop include pleasant citrus (lemon and grapefruit) tones and hints of herbal, cedar flavors. Pioneer's bittering characteristics are crisp, refreshing and clean.
Brewing Values for Pioneer Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Pioneer 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.||3.5-4.5%4% 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 - 3:12:1 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 »||36-40%38% 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 »||1-1.8 mL1.4mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||34-36%35% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||18-25%21.5% 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||38-48%|
Beer Styles using Pioneer Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Pioneer hop include English Ale, ESB & and Bitter.
Pioneer Hop Substitutions
If the Pioneer 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 Pioneer substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hops as substitutions of Pioneer:
Is Pioneer available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Pioneer hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2) nor Haas (Lupomax) have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. This new type of hop product is pure concentrated lupulin powder, which leads to more flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
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