Smooth Cone

Smooth Cone is a New Zealand hop variety. It is no longer grown commercially but can still be found. Developed in the 1960’s, the variety was introduced alongside two other Black Root Rot resistant varieties, First Choice and Calicross after the disease savaged New Zealand’s hops industry during the mid 20th century.

It is the offspring of an open pollination of a California Cluster and a sibling to First Choice. Although it has a moderate alpha acid content itself, it has been used to breed several high alpha New Zealand varieties, including SuperAlpha and Green Bullet.

Also Known As SmoothCone
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 7%-9.5%
Beta Acid Composition 3.4%-5.2%
Co-Humulone Composition 31%-31%
Country New Zealand
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity
Yield Amount 650-1520 kg/hectare (580-1360 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate to high
Resistant to
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 60%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
East of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 0.38-1.14 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 55%
Humulene Oil Composition 21%
Caryophyllene Oil 6%
Farnesene Oil 0%-1%
Substitutes Cluster
Style Guide Lager


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