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Pilgrim Hops was released in 2000 by the Horticulture Research Institute at The College of St. Gregory and St. Marin at Wye (Wye College). It is a sibling to both First Gold Hops and Herald Hops, although both of these are dwarf varieties and Pilgrim Hops is not. This variety is synonymous with Wye Pilgrim.
Pilgrim Hops is a dual use variety with a relatively high alpha acid content at 9.0%-13.0%. This variety comes with a high co-humulone content ranging from 36%-38% which some brewers attribute to a more harsh bitterness profile in beer. The oils are relatively balanced in Pilgrim Hops, and is compared to both Target and Challenger. The increase in aroma from Pilgrim compared to Target is associated with its selinene oil levels at 8.6%, which is sought after for its use in the perfume industry. This along with the other oil make-up provides an herbal hoppy essence about it.