Origin and Description

First Gold Hops is a dwarf variety that is as versatile as a Swiss army knife during a day of brewing. In 1995 Wye College produced yet another important variety that was a cross between Whitbread Golding Variety (WGV) and a dwarf male. This dual purpose hops is off to an excellent start as far as mankind, time, beer, and such.

First Gold Hops has moderate alpha acid content at 6.5%-8.5% and has a ethereal balance between bitterness and flavor...perfect for - beer. This hops carries a balance of the essential oils, along with high levels of farnesene oil. Farnesene is a pleasant oil that carries flowery notes, like magnolia, some citrus, as well as herbal and woody notes. First Gold also has a slender spice to it as well.

It may be easier to name the beer styles that First Gold might not be suitable in.....as this dexterous variety can be found in all kinds of commercial beers. Its the moderate hops, and pleasing flavors and aromas that make First Gold usable at any point of the brewing process, including dry hopping. Due to its origins it is more popular in U.K. beers however that is not stopping its proliferation. Although it has moderately low yield (it is a dwarf), it makes up for it in its storage ability.

First Gold Hops Usage

First Gold hops has aromatic and bittering qualities.
First Gold hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.

First Gold Hops Characteristics

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

First Gold Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 6.5%-8.5%First Gold Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 6.5 To 8.5 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3%-4.1%First Gold Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3 To 4.1 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 31%-36%First Gold Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 31 To 36 Percent

First Gold Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

First Gold Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for First Gold Hops
First Gold Cone SizeMedium to LargeFirst Gold Hop - Medium to LargeCone Size
First Gold Cone DensityModerate to CompactFirst Gold Hops - Moderate to Compact Cone Density

First Gold Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityMid SeasonFirst Gold Hops - Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for First Gold Hops is Low at 1100 - 1700 kg/hectare
First Gold Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate
First Gold Hops - Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Downy Mildew,
Resistent To:
Powdery Mildew,Verticillium Wilt,
First Gold Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilityFirst Gold Hops maintains 80%-85% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CFirst Gold Hops Storability - Excellent
Ease of HarvestGoodFirst Gold Hops - Good Pickability

First Gold Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.7-1.5 mls/100 gramsFirst Gold Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.7-1.5 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition27%-28%First Gold Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 27-28 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition20%-24%First Gold Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 20-24 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition6%-7%First Gold Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 6-7 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition3%-3.5%First Gold Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 3-3.5 Percent

First Gold Hops Substitutes

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Common Beer Styles for First Gold Hops

    Beer Style
    English Pale Ale
    American Pale Ale
    Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
    English Bitter
    Celtic Ale
    Summer Ale
    Amber Ale
    Dark Amber Ale
    India Pale Ale
    Imperial India Pale Ale
    Golden Ale
    Blonde Ale

    First Gold Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Picaroons Traditional Ales
    Watermelon Wheat
    Atlantic Brewery
    Red Organic Celtic Ale
    Breconshire Brewery
    Brecon County Ale
    Fox Brewery
    Red Admiral
    Atlas Mill Brewery
    Harvest Moon Brewery and Cafe
    Hops Squared Imperial India Pale Ale
    The Boathouse Brewery
    Harvey's Best Bitter
    Hesket Newmarket Brewery
    Doris's 90th Birthday Ale
    Ironbridge Brewery
    Special bitter
    Salopian Brewery
    Hop Twister
    Westerham Brewery Company
    Special Pale Ale - SPA
    Hawkshead Brewery
    Lakeland Gold
    Lancaster Brewery
    Lancaster Blonde
    Vale Brewery Company
    Nixey's Mill
    Wedge Brewing Company
    Community Porter
    Purity Brewing Company
    Farmers Harvest
    Caledonian Brewery
    Golden Promise
    Mad Fox Brewing Company
    Head Knocker
    Moon River Brewing Company
    The Tater Ale
    Mission Springs Brewing Company
    Olde Sailor's India Pale Ale