Columbus are a highly aromatic hop. Pungent with plenty of citrus. Mixed with simcoe, they are the hop used in James Squire's Hopthief.
Pedigree Bred and selected from the Hopunion breeding program.
Maturity Mid-season to late
Yield 2250 – 2800 kg./ha. or 2000 – 2500 lb./ac.
Growth Habit Excellent
Disease/Pest Susceptibility Has sensitivity to powdery mildew and some
sensitivity to downy mildew.
Cone-Structure Medium to large dense, rounded cone
Lupulin Plentiful, pale to mid-yellow
Alpha Acids 14 – 16% w/w
Beta Acids 4.5 – 5.5% w/w
Co-Humulone 30 – 35% of alpha acids
Storageability Below average alpha acids remaining after 6
months storage at 20º C
Total Oil 1.5 – 2.0 mls/100 grams
Myrcene 25 – 45% of whole oil
Humulene 15 – 25% of whole oil
Caryophyllene 8 – 12% of whole oil
Farnesene <1% of whole oil
General Trade Perception
Originally bred for its alpha value, it has also become popular for its oil profile. Great for dry
Nugget, Chinook, Wye Target, Northern Brewer, possibly Centennial
Typical Beer Styles
US IPA, US Pale Ale, Stout, Barley Wine, Lager (Bittering)