Brewer's Gold (American)

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General Hop Characteristics
Country of Origin: United States (originally England)
Noble: No
Uses: bittering
Beer styles: English ale
Substitutions: Northern Brewer, Galena
Chemical Composition
Alpha Acids: 8-10 %
Beta Acids: 3.5-4.5 %
Cohumulone: 40-48 %
Myrcene: 37-40 %
Humulene: 29-31 %
Caryophyllene: 7-7.5 %
Farnesene: less than 1 %
Total Oil: 2.0-2.4 %

(%AA/6 Mo/20°C):

poor %
Growing Characteristics
Yield: high
Harvest: late

This article discusses a specific variety of hops. For general information about selecting, using or propogating hops, see the main hop page

A seedling selected at Wye in 1919 from a wild Manitoban hop and released in 1934, Brewer's Gold was one an early bittering hop, grown in England (see Brewer's Gold) and in the United States, until the release of new high-alpha varieties in the 1970s and 1980s. It is also an ancestor of most modern high-alpha hops. Some Brewer's Gold is still grown in England, but there is no longer significant production in the United States.

Brewer's Gold was never used as an aroma hop in England because of its intense flavors, but has been used experimentally as a dry hop by some American craft brewers.