The German Hop Research Institute in Huell, Germany developed Orion hops sometime during the 1980s. It is the result of a cross between Perle and a German male.
To date Orion is not widely produced and mostly relegated to Germany. Its pleasant European bittering and aroma qualities have made it popular for German Helles-type beers, which were originally brewed to compete with Czech Pils. It has a very low cohumulone content and high myrcene. The other oils are in fair balance. This variety is not easy to find commercially.
|Also Known As|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||8%-9%|
|Beta Acid Composition||4.94%-5.73%|
|Yield Amount||1500-1800 kg/hectare (1330-1610 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to high|
|Resistant to||Resistant to verticillium wilt and downy mildew|
|Storability||Retains 60%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|East of Harvest||Difficult|
|Total Oil Composition||1.8-2.1 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||41%-56%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||17%-26%|