Hops is a Tier 5 Crop in Industrial Craft 2 (Tiers range from 1-8). It can only be obtained through Cross Breeding. Hops appears virtually identical to Redwheat and Wheat for most of its growth stages. The final three stages of its growth vary from both. The most noticeable is at maturity: there is a slight difference in coloring with Hops having a slightly green hue to the tips and on the stalks.
It requires a light level above 8 in order to grow and is a plant that grows at a slow pace, possibly taking hours, depending on its growth statistics. This includes cross-breeding and planting Seed Bags as well as the plant reaching maturity.
When harvested, Hops have a chance of dropping Hops and a Hops Seed Bag. The Hops item appears as 3 small pods grouped together and is used to BrewBeer in an Empty Booze Barrel.