Origin and Description

Brewer's Gold is an old man in the history of modern brewing. While its character isn't exactly celebrated by an abundant amount of commercial beers, it's legacy lives on in many other ways. Due to its moderate alpha acid content, high yield, and vigorous growth it has been used in the cultivation and production of newer varieties. Brewer's Gold Hops has helped make some excellent varieties shown below:

Brewer's Gold is primarily a bittering agent and commonly used in lighter style ales, although it works well in lager beers as well. This USDA variety accession number 19001 hops, has a moderate alpha acid rating at 5.5% - 7.8%. Brewer's Gold also carries a relatively high overall oil make up including high levels of Myrcene (37% - 40%), Humulene (29% - 31%), and Caryophyllene (37% - 40%) oils.

Wye College in England gave rise to this hops variety in 1919 by crossing Wild Manitoba BB1 with open pollination. After the super-alpha offspring were created, Brewer's Gold was largely discontinued by many farmers in favor of the other varieties. And brewers demand waned. This bittering or late addition hops has a spice to its flavor and aroma.

Brewers Gold Hops Usage

Brewers Gold hops has bittering qualities.
Brewers Gold hops is commonly used as as bittering agent in beer.

Brewers Gold Hops Characteristics

Below is a list of characteristics for brewers gold hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.

Brewers Gold Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 5.5%-7.8%Brewers Gold Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 5.5 To 7.8 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 2.5%-3.5%Brewers Gold Hops Beta Acid Composition - 2.5 To 3.5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 36%-48%Brewers Gold Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 36 To 48 Percent

Brewers Gold Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Brewers Gold Lupulin ColorYellow to Dark YelloYellow to Dark Yellow Lupulin Color for Brewers Gold Hops
Brewers Gold Cone SizeSmallBrewers Gold Hop - Small Cone Size
Brewers Gold Cone DensityCompactBrewers Gold Hops - Compact Cone Density

Brewers Gold Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityLate SeasonBrewers Gold Hops - Late Season Maturity
YieldYield for Brewers Gold Hops is Low to Moderate at 1764 - 2400 kg/hectare
Brewers Gold Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateVigorous
Brewers Gold Hops - Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Verticillium Wilt,Downy Mildew,Peronospora,
Brewers Gold Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilityBrewers Gold Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CBrewers Gold Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodBrewers Gold Hops - Good Pickability

Brewers Gold Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.8-2.4 mls/100 gramsBrewers Gold Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.8-2.4 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition37%-40%Brewers Gold Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 37-40 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition29%-31%Brewers Gold Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 29-31 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition7%-7.5%Brewers Gold Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 7-7.5 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Brewers Gold Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Brewers Gold Hops Substitutes

NorthdownNorthdown Hops was designed to be resistant to downy mildew and at the time of its release, in the early 1970's, it was considered on the higher side of the alp...
Northern Brewer (GR)Northern Brewer is an England native who is seeing its days live out mainly in Germany and the U.S. There is a separate
GalenaGalena Hops was part of an Idaho breeding program in 1978 that involved the cross between Brewers Gold...
BullionBullion Hops is a sibling to Brewer's Gold and was a seed collected off a female plant taken from a wild variety from Morden, Manitoba. It was open pollination...
ChinookChinook Hops was a child of the 1980's, introduced the same year as Rocky IV (Rocky vs. Ivan Drago)....ie 1985. The USDA crossed Petham Golding with USDA 63102...
Cascade (U.S.)Cascade Hops aroma and flavor is best summed up, as simply, American Pale Ale. There is also New Zealand as well as Argentinean Cascade. This particular varie...

Common Beer Styles for Brewers Gold Hops

    Beer Style
    Golden Ale
    Pale Ale
    German Lagers
    English Ale

    Brewers Gold Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom
    India Red Ale
    Harpoon Brewery
    Dechutes Brewery
    19th Anniversary Golden Ale
    Moon River Brewing Company
    Slow-vannah Pale Ale
    Rogue Brewing Company
    Brutal Bitter
    Burton Bridge Brewery
    Willow Worker