Originally Posted by brewingmeister
Is this really a serious question? It is a plant, it grows how it wants. Leave it grow. If you want to really help it you should plant it in the ground.
Not sure how planting the hops in the ground vs. a container will influence the growth of this bine. Plus, as hop growers, we don't necessarily want the plant to just do what it is evolved to do. We want it to give us lots of delicious hops, which sometimes requires active management.
I do vote for leaving it alone, but on the following grounds:
If it is a pathogen, you won't be able to disinfect the plant simply by removing the weird tissue. But since this is a new breed, it is probably resistant to the most common viruses and fungi. In my opinion, it's probably not infected.
Because this is a first-year plant, you really just care about maximizing the leaves it can make. It looks like there are several sets of leaves about to unfold at the tip of the monster bine.
Really, it looks like a green version of a thick mature bine. I see that twisting pattern all the time in my plants. The bines typically turn red or brown before they get this thick, but I think this will just be an especially hardy bine. See if it thrives. (And send me a cutting in a few years! Mmmm, climax hops.)