Origin and Description

Galena Hops was part of an Idaho breeding program in 1978 that involved the cross between Brewers Gold and open pollination. Bam!!...Galena. This high alpha acid variety is interwoven into the hearts of brew-kind, and is most commonly used for bittering at the beginning of a boil. Galena has a whopping 11.5%-14% alpha acid rating, that must have come from the open pollination variety.

Galena Hops exceeds in bringing a clean crisp bitterness, and this makes it suitable for nearly any type of beer needing kick. This variety has higher myrcene oil content than most hops. Myrcene itself has the smell of sweet fruits such as grapes and peaches, while at the same time having essence of woody, or grassy elements. The balance of myrcene with the other oils brings a moderate and pleasant aroma, making it applicable for aroma additions in the wort.

Galena hops produces medium compact cones, and is only a moderate producer relatively early in the season. The lupulin is generous as you would expect, and is a middle of the road yellow color. Galena Hops has susceptibility to some disease and fungus, much of which was remedied in the Super Galena Hops variety.

Galena Hops Usage

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

Galena Hops Characteristics

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

Galena Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 11.5%-14%Galena Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 11.5 To 14 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 7.2%-9%Galena Hops Beta Acid Composition - 7.2 To 9 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 36%-42%Galena Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 36 To 42 Percent

Galena Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Galena Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Galena Hops
Galena Cone SizeMediumGalena Hop - Medium Cone Size
Galena Cone DensityCompactGalena Hops - Compact Cone Density

Galena Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly to Mid SeasonGalena Hops - Early to Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Galena Hops is Low to Moderate at 1700 - 2230 kg/hectare
Galena Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate
Galena Hops - Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Prunus Necrotic Ring-Spot Virus,Powdery Mildew,Aphids,
Resistent To:
Downy Mildew,Peronospera,
Galena Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Poor to Moderate
StorabilityGalena Hops maintains 75%-80% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CGalena Hops Storability - Moderate to Excellent
Ease of HarvestGoodGalena Hops - Good Pickability

Galena Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.9-1.3 mls/100 gramsGalena Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.9-1.3 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition55%-60%Galena Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 55-60 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition10%-15%Galena Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 10-15 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition3%-5.5%Galena Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 3-5.5 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Galena Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

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Common Beer Styles for Galena Hops

    Beer Style
    Imperial Stout
    India Pale Ale
    Imperial India Pale Ale
    American Pale Ale
    American Brown Ale
    Oatmeal Stout
    Holiday Ale
    Golden Ale

    Galena Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Kona Brewing Company
    Fire Rock Pale Ale
    Town Hall Brewery
    Galena Pale Ale
    Joseph James Brewing Company
    Tahoe Blue
    Two Beers Brewing Company
    Echo IPA
    Troegs Craft Brewery
    Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout
    Southern Star Brewing Company
    Pine Belt Pale
    Milestone Brewing Company
    Black Pearl
    Grand Union Brewery
    One Hop Series: Galena
    Blue Ridge Brewing Company
    Afton Ale
    Freetail Brewing Company
    Tadarida IPA
    Du Claw Brewing Company
    Kern River Brewing Company
    Holiday Ale
    Titanic Brewery
    Eastwood & Sanders Brewery
    Head Brewer's Reserve
    Mayflower Brewing Company
    Golden Ale
    Grand Teton Brewing Company
    Sweetgrass IPA
    Stone Brewing Company
    Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout