In year 1949, Black Root Rot munted New Zealand hops crop. To avoid this local hop crisis, the clever blokes over at Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) now known as HortResearch New Zealand, were told to suss out a heartier variety. Green Bullet was one of the first generation of new crossbreeds they attempted. Released in 1972, this Triploid (having three sets of chromosomes) Alpha Variety was bred by open cross-pollination of the New Zealand “Smoothcone” hops. This research program averted the crisis to NZ hops cultivation, and the disease-resistant Green Bullet hops became a star, sought after around the globe. It is our very own New Zealand grown Green Bullet hops mixed with German Hellertauer Magnum hops that give Bushwhacker Strong its deliciously, complex flavour.
Bred from Fuggle Hops and a native parent, Green Bullet has a special zing that makes it so desirable. Considered a bittering variety typically for brewing Lager beer, it is a dual-use hop (used both for bitterness and aroma components) with high alpha acids. Yet it has a smooth taste and aroma of raisins and fruits, possibly due to its high Myrcene content. Green Bullet’s high alpha acid content is balanced out by equally high levels of floral oil, making these hops as flexible in the field as they are in the fermenter.
Aroma: A clean, refreshing bitterness, with a spiced, fruity zing, lemon crispness and dried fruit characters; high levels of floral oil that complements and balances its nose forward, piney resinous hop signature. Also carry a distinct Styrian (a traditional hop variety originally from Styria, Austria) characteristic of subtle spiciness and solid finish.