Comet has an intriguing parentage of English Sunshine and a native American hop, bringing out a “wild American” flavor. Released in 1974 by the USDA, Comet was originally bred to address the needs for higher alpha hops. Today, it is no longer in commercial production and is somewhat difficult to find.
Comet’s flavor profile rests heavily on a strong accent of grapefruit. It does feature solid bittering capabilities and traditionally brewers considered it best suited as a bittering agent for American-style lagers. Recently however, there has been a surge in its use as a dry-hop in ales and IPA’s.
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|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Strong grapefruit, dank resin flavors|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||9.4%-12.4%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3%-6.1%|
|Yield Amount||1900-2240 kg/hectare (1700-2000 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Very high|
|Resistant to||Resistant to verticillium wilt|
|Susceptible to||Susceptible to downy mildew|
|Storability||Retains 49% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|Ease of Harvest|
|Total Oil Composition||1.98 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||67%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||1%|
|Style Guide||Lager, American Ale, India Pale Ale, Ale|
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