Olympic has a complex lineage. Though its predominantly genetically derived from Brewer’s Gold (3/4), it also owes its existence to Fuggle, East Kent Golding, a so-called “Bavarian” seedling and a fifth, unknown variety. As a result, Olympic is a spicy and citrus laden hop. It’s grown primarily in Washington State and was released in the mid 1980s. It enjoyed solid growth upon its release reaching around one percent of total US hops production in 1986. However by 1997 this figure had halved.
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|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Notes of spice and citrus|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||10.6%-13.8%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3.8%-6.1%|
|Seasonal Maturity||Mid to late|
|Yield Amount||1790-2460 kg/hectare (1600-2200 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Very high|
|Resistant to||Moderately resistant to downy mildew and resistant to verticillium wilt|
|Susceptible to||Carries the Hop Mosaic and American Hop Latent Virus|
|Storability||Retains 60% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|Ease of Harvest|
|Total Oil Composition||0.86-2.55 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||40.8%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||12.2%|
|Substitutes||Galena, Nugget, Chinook|
|Style Guide||American Lager, American Ale, Pale Ale|
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