Mount Hood Hops
The Jury is still out on this variety for us. It has been quite the challenge to grow on our farm here in Ontario. Mount Hood has been such a hit and miss variety for us. Small sections of the hop yard produce fantastically, while others not so well. Soil tests and a change to nutrients are on the agenda. If they don’t perform well in the 2017 growing season, they will be replaced. We are open to suggestions on variety if there is something you want to buy for your brewery, contact me and we will see what can be done for you.
Root Stock Sourced from the U.S. Cultivated in Ontario
Current Availability of Dried Whole leaf Hops in Vacuum Sealed packets is:
approximately 1.5 lbs
Origin and Description
Mt Hood Hops is another descendant of the Hallertau family of Hops and is specifically a cross between a colchicine induced tetraploid Hallertau Mittelfrueh and USDA 19058M. The USDA Breeding programmed named Mt Hood Hops variety after the Mt. Hood volcano which is due east of the city of Portland, OR and sits perched above the mighty Hood River.
Mt. Hood Hops was released in 1989 and has similar qualities to German Hallertau and Hersbrucker hop varieties. It has a low alpha acid rating of 4.0%-8.0% and is used primarily as an aroma variety in beer. This half-sister to Crystal, Liberty, and Ultra Hops has a well-tempered bitterness. The aroma is warm and gratifying, and can be somewhat pungent with fresh batch beers.
Mt. Hood has poor storage properties leaving only 50%-60% alpha acids after 6 months storage. So if you are making beer, get the good stuff. The medium size moderately compact hop cones are harvested early to mid season after a somewhat vigorous growing cycle. Ht. Hood Hops was the first from the Hallertau triploid breeding program and is a mainstay of brewing, especially in American Craft Beers.
Mount Hood Hops Usage
Mount Hood hops is commonly used as as aroma agent in beer.
Mount Hood Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for mount hood hops.
Mount Hood Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition||4%-8%|
|Beta Acid Composition||5%-8%|