Crystal was bred at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon by Dr. Alfred Haunoid in 1983. A cross between a tetraploid Hallertau and male USDA 21381M, with pedigree of Cascade, Brewer's Gold and Early Green.
Four other hops came out of the breeding program, making Crystal a half-sister of Liberty, Ultra and Mount Hood.
The focus of the breeding program was to make German noble substitutes that were expensive to bring over and earlier farming had little success. Crystal is an American replacement of Hallertau.
|Profile||Grass, pine, floral, wood, and citrus.|
|Substitutes||Hallertau, Liberty, Mount Hood, Strisselspalt, Ultra|
|Storage||Retains 60%-65% alpha acid contents after 6 months of storage at 68°F.|
|Beer Styles||Pilsner, Brown Ales, Stouts, India Pale Ale|
|Susceptible||Downy mildew, powdery mildew|
|Alpha Acid||3.0 - 6.2%|
|Beta Acid||4.5 - 6.7%|
|Cohumulone||20.0 - 36.0%|
|Total Oil||0.8 - 2.0 ml/100g|
|Myrcene||40.0 - 65.0%|
|Humulene||18.0 - 24.0%|
|Caryophyllene||4.0 - 8.0%|
|Linalool||0.6 - 1.0%|
|B-Pinene||0.4 - 1.0%|
|Geraniol||0.4 - 0.7%|
|Growth Rate||Very good|
|Cones||Medium size with medium density|
|Maturity||Medium to late|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
|Leaf Color||Dark Green|