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Willamette Hop United States of America Hop

Willamette Hop

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Purpose:Dual
Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:WIL
Cultivar/Brand ID:6761-117

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Origin and Geneology of the Willamette Hop

Willamette is a triploid seedling of the English Fuggle variety. It was released in 1971 immediately after USDA approval the same year.

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Willamette Hops

Willamette is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.

Willamette hops have aroma descriptors that include floral, incense, and elderberry.

Tags: #citrus  #incense  #elderberry  #caramel  #curry  #floral 



Brewing Values for Willamette Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Willamette 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 »
4-7.2%
5.6% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.3.0-4.5%
3.8% 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.1:1 - 2:1
2:1 avg
Hop Storage Index (HSI)The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C).38% (Fair)
0.35-0.40
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 »28-35%
31.5% 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 »0.6-1.6 mL
1.1mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 22-55%
38.5% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 20-35%
27.5% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 7-14%
10.5% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 5-10%
7.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 0-46%

Beer Styles using Willamette Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Willamette hop include English Ale, American Pale Ale, Brown Ale, American Lager, Porter & ESB.

Willamette Hop Substitutions

If the Willamette 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 Willamette substitutions.

Experienced brewers have chosen the following hops as substitutions of Willamette:

Is Willamette available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Willamette 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.

Willamette Hop Statistics

We love statistics. We've analyzed hundreds of IPAs, dug into the Hop Growers of America's annual reports[2] and researched the history behind some of the most popular beer ingredients. Here are a few of the things we've found interesting about the Willamette hop:

  • In 2019, Willamette was the 13th most produced hop in the US.
  • Between 2014 and 2019, Willamette's production grew by 18%, which is the 23rd fastest hop in the US

If you see an error in our data, please let us know!

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References:
  1. https://beermaverick.com/the-most-common-hops-used-in-ipas/
  2. https://beermaverick.com/analyzing-the-usa-hop-production-statistics-of-2019/

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