Early Bird, or Amos’s Early Bird as it was formerly known, is a Goldings variety and considered one of England’s premier aroma hops. While not terribly disease and wilt tolerant, it is bred for its immensely pleasing aroma and gentle hoppiness.
Discovered in 1887 by Alfred Amos, the owner of Spring Grove farm in Wye, Early Bird was hand-selected from a field of Bramlings. Early Bird can definitely be a go-to hop when a delicate aroma is required. Commercially it has been featured by Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, in their gently bitter and lightly malted Early Bird Spring Hop Ale.
|Also Known As||Amos’s Early Bird|
|Characteristics||Pleasing, delicate aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||4.4%-6.7%|
|Beta Acid Composition||1.9%-2.8%|
|Yield Amount||1500-2000 kg/hectare (1340-1780 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to high|
|Susceptible to||Susceptible to wilt, downy mildew and powdery mildew|
|East of Harvest|
|Total Oil Composition||0.8 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition|
|Humulene Oil Composition|
|Substitutes||Kent Golding, Cobb, Bramling Cross|
|Style Guide||India Pale Ale|