Pioneer has a classic English aroma and mild-tempered bittering despite its very high cohumulone levels. It is considered more than suitable for use at any point in the brewing process.


It was bred at Wye College from Omega and is a sister to Herald. On the palate It features clean, refreshing bittering and an aroma profile of lemon and grapefruit citrus, herbaceous essences and trailing notes of cedar.

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Also Known As
Characteristics Clean bittering, aromas of citrus, lemon, grapefruit, herbs and cedar
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 8%-10%
Beta Acid Composition 3.5%-4%
Co-Humulone Composition 36%-40%
Country UK
Cone Size Small to medium
Cone Density Moderate to compact
Seasonal Maturity Mid to Late
Yield Amount 1200-1500 kg/hectare (1070-1330 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Low to moderate
Resistant to Resistant to verticillium wilt and downy mildew and powdery mildew
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 60%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest Difficult
Total Oil Composition 1-1.8 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 31%-36%
Humulene Oil Composition 22%-24%
Caryophyllene Oil 7%-8%
Farnesene Oil 0%-1%
Substitutes East Kent Golding
Style Guide India Pale Ale, Red Ale, Specialty Ale, Strong Bitter

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