Green Bullet

varietal: 65-3-82

Technical Data

HPLC & Oil Composition (Measured within 6 months of harvest, stored at 0C)

Alpha Acids11-14%
Beta Acids6.5-7.0%
Cohumulone38-39% of Alpha Acids
Total Oil1.1 ml oil per 100gm cone weight
Concentration65 uL Oil/gram Alpha
Citrus-Piney Fraction7.9%
Floral Estery Fraction2.3%
H/C Ratio3.8

Growers Comments

Maturity Late season
Yield Moderate to Good
Growth Habit Late shooting, moderately vigorous, clavate frame
Cone Structure Long compact cones
Disease Resistance New Zealand is hop disease free
Storage Stability  Good
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A dual purpose / bittering hop with a spicy “dried fruit” character and solid finish (11-14 % AA)


Released from the New Zealand DSIR (now New Zealand’s Plant & Food Research) in 1972. Green Bullet is a triploid alpha variety that was bred by open cross pollination of the New Zealand “Smoothcone" variety. The era was one where alpha potential was rapidly being recognised by brewers and the New Zealand alpha varieties were certainly pushing the boundaries.  


Selection can be confusing with New Zealand bitter types due to aromatic qualities not usually associated with alpha varieties. The Green Bullet, albeit quite high in alpha,  also produces  high levels of floral oil that complement and balance the piny resinous hop character.


Green Bullet delivers a  traditional bittering quality and hop flavour.  A flagship within the New Zealand brewing industry and considered a bittering variety for lager it is more often found these days in big ale styles. Green Bullet also carries a solid Styrian spicy characteristic which also finds it at home in a freshly drawn pint of bitter or an Irish style dry stout.

"A brewery workhorse"


Used extensively as a utility Brew house workhorse and  found in breweries across the World . This “go to” hop is a traditional bittering type that now finds applications throughout the brewery from late additions through the hopback/ whirlpool and dry hopping.