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What it does :

Columbus hops can be used for both bittering and aroma additions to your brew kettle. This hop can also be used for dry-hopping additions. You can use Columbus hops to make the following beer styles: American Pale Ale, Barley Wine, Imperial Brown Ale, Imperial India Pale Ale, Imperial Red Ale, India Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Porter, Stout. Substitutes for Columbus hops include: Centennial, Tomahawk, Zeus.

What it is:

The Columbus hop is a super-alpha, North American-bred variety and is very similar to the Centennial variety. It is also similar in character to the Tomahawk and Zeus hop varieties, and therefore is known as one of the CTZ hops. The pedigree of the Columbus hop is suspected to include the Brewer's Gold variety. Columbus hops have a pleasant but very strong aroma, that includes sharp herbal notes. This aroma is in addition to this hop's strong bittering qualities.

Vital Statistics

Alpha Acid (%):

14 - 18

Beta Acid (%):

4.5 - 5.5

Cohumulone (% of AA):

30 - 35

Total Oils (%v/w):

2 - 3

- Myrcene (% of whole oil):

25 - 25

- Humulene (% of whole oil):

15 - 25

- Caryophyllene (% of whole oil):

8 - 12

- Farnesene (% of whole oil):


Stability in storage:



Here is some guidance for your homebrewing hop additions:

  • For bittering, add hops as desired no later then 15 minutes from end of the boil.
  • For aroma, add hops 5-15 minutes from end of the boil.
  • For flavor, add hops 2-5 minutes from the end of the boil.
  • For dry-hop character, add directly to the primary or secondary fermenter.
  • The specific hop amount needed for a 5 gallon (18.9 liter) batch will vary. The main factors that determine the quantity of hops that you need are the alpha acid content of your hops, the boiling time that you select, and the bitterness targets for your recipe.

    Use our Hop Utilization, Hop Bill, and Hop Alpha Acid Loss Calculators to help you do the math to help determine how to best use Columbus hops in your next homebrew recipe.


    In general, you prepare your hops for use in beermaking by:

  • Ensuring that they are stored in sealed containers under refrigeration for maximum freshness prior to use.
  • Pre-measuring the amounts you plan to add for different stages of the wort boil.
  • Note that hops are available to brewers in a variety of forms (whole, plug, pellet).

    Related Links

    Hop Bill
    Hop Utilization
    Hop Alpha Acid Loss
    Weight Conversion
    Color Conversion