Cedar, Herbal, Lemon, Grapefruit.
Pioneer’s aroma characteristics include a distinctly hoppy, yet pleasant lemon and grapefruit aroma, with cedar and herbal flavour notes.
Pioneer’s bittering characteristics are crisp, refreshing and clean.
Pioneer is a high-intensity hop that is perfect for bittering or using as a late aroma hop. It gives a lovely British aroma of cedar, lemon, herbal notes and grapefruit. Pioneer makes for a delightful, mild-tempered bittering hop and is considered an excellent choice for any stage of the brewing process.
This is a great hop to use no matter where you use it in the brewing stages. Of course, you do have to be careful. Pioneer is quite a strong hop with powerful aromas and flavours. Depending on the other hops you use in your brew, you can overpower them with Pioneer. So if you are thinking about using Pioneer in the later stages of brewing, you may want to find a powerful hop for the bittering stage or only add a small amount of Pioneer. Adding a small amount will let the hoppiness shine through with some of the more delicate grapefruit and lemony flavours.
You can also use Pioneer as a bittering hop. This will create a strong bitter or ale, but you can add subtle hops in at the later stages too. These won’t come through as strongly, but you can develop a very complex beer full of delicate notes of wonderful flavours!
This is a 5Kg foil-sealed pack of T90 pellets. They are cool-chained from picking to posting.
Breeding of Pioneer
Pioneer was bred at Horticulture Research International, Wye College in the UK released originally in 1996. It is a high alpha, high yielding variety and is a very acceptable substitute for many other hops used for kettle hopping.