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Bullion

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General Hop Characteristics
Country of Origin: England
Noble: No
Uses: bittering, sometimes aroma
Beer styles: English ales, especially darker ales and stouts; heavier German lagers
Substitutions: Northern Brewer, Galena, Brewer's Gold, Pacific Gem, Cluster
Chemical Composition
Alpha Acids: 6-9 %
Beta Acids: 3.2-6.0 %
Cohumulone: 35-40 %
Myrcene: 45-65 %
Humulene: 12-30 (sources vary) %
Caryophyllene: 9-11 %
Farnesene: less than 1 %
Total Oil: 2.0-3.0 %
Storage

(%AA/6 Mo/20°C):

40-50 %
Growing Characteristics
Yield: high
Harvest: late

This article discusses a specific variety of hops. For general information about selecting, using or propogating hops, see the main hop page

One of the earliest bittering hops, Bullion was created in 1919 by an open pollinated cross between an unidentified English male and an wild Manitoba hop.

Unlike modern bittering hops, Bullion has a strong, distinctive character which is perceptible, especially in additions later than 60 minutes. The aroma and flavor characteristics are strong, pungent and sometimes harsh or resiny, with elements of spiciness and a fruit character that has been described as black currant or raspberry.

Bullion has become less popular with the wide availability of new bittering hops with better storage characteristics and a more neutral bittering character, but its unique flavor makes it worth considering for home and craft brewers.