Early Bird

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
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 4.4%-6.7%
Beta Acid Composition 1.9%-2.8%
Co-Humulone Composition 26%-32%
Country  UK
Cone Size Medium
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Early
Yield Amount 1500-2000 kg/hectare (1340-1780 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate to high
Resistant to
Susceptible to Susceptible to wilt, downy mildew and powdery mildew
Storability
East of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 0.8 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition
Humulene Oil Composition
Caryophyllene Oil
Farnesene Oil
Substitutes Kent Golding, Cobb, Bramling Cross
Style Guide India Pale Ale

References
http://www.willingham-nurseries.co.uk/hops/earlyb.html

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