A new hop variety from the breeding program at Hopsteiner.
Meet Helios™, the next super high-alpha hop king
In Greek mythology, Helios is the god of the Sun who rides his chariot across the sky from east to west bringing day and night. In brewing, Helios™ is a new variety of hop from Hopsteiner. Why did they choose the name Helios? “Because of its awesome size and aggressive growth, Helios (HS15619) was dubbed the charioteer of the trellis, blocking out the sun as it stretches toward the sky. When walking through the trellised fields under Helios, it can leave an impression of crossing from day into night.”
Helios™ is described as low CoH, with a pleasant bitterness. For the brewers, it offers a lot of valuable alpha characters. The aroma is resinous, spicy, and floral. For the farmers, it offers high yield and disease resistance.
What does “low CoH” mean? Alpha acids are what brewers are looking for in hops. These acids provide the different types of aroma and flavor character to their beers. One type of alpha acid found in hops is CoH, or cohumulone. Most of the hops that beer drinkers love feature low CoH levels. Brewers will tell you that low CoH hops provide a softer, gentler bitterness than their high CoH counterparts. High alpha, low cohumulone, that’s the ticket!
Hopsteiner reports that Helios is one of the most agronomically sustainable hop varieties grown today because it is highly resistant to both powdery mildew and downy mildew. Controlling mildew most frequently requires chemical intervention. Higher resistance to mildew means less need for fungicides.
- Alpha-Acid, 18.0% – 21.0%
- Beta-Acid, 3.5% – 4.5%
- Co-Humulone % rel., 26% – 29%