Mt Hood Hops is another descendant of the Hallertau family of Hops and is specifically a cross between a colchicine induced tetraploid Hallertau Mittelfrueh and USDA 19058M. The USDA Breeding programmed named Mt Hood Hops variety after the Mt. Hood volcano which is due east of the city of Portland, OR and sits perched above the mighty Hood River.
Mt. Hood Hops was released in 1989 and has similar qualities to German Hallertau and Hersbrucker hop varieties. It has a low alpha acid rating of 4.0%-8.0% and is used primarily as an aroma variety in beer. This half-sister to Crystal, Liberty, and Ultra Hops has a well-tempered bitterness. The aroma is warm and gratifying, and can be somewhat pungent with fresh batch beers.