Bitter Gold

Super-alpha variety Bitter Gold’s heritage comes from varieties Bullion, Brewer’s Gold, Comet and Fuggle. It features an alpha-acid percentage higher than any of its parents and higher even than Galena or Nugget, to which it is often compared.

Released for production in 1999, Bitter Gold is quite versatile and can be used as a bittering or flavor addition imparting strong flavors reminiscent of stone fruit, watermelon and pear.

Also Known As
Characteristics Use for bittering only, has no notable aroma
Purpose Bittering
Alpha Acid Composition 15.4%-18.8%
Beta Acid Composition 6.1%-8%
Co-Humulone Composition 36%-41%
Country  US
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Resistant to
Susceptible to
Storability  Retains 55.6% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
East of Harvest
Total Oil Composition  0.81-3.92 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition  68.2%
Humulene Oil Composition  7.5%
Caryophyllene Oil  8.4%
Farnesene Oil  1.2%
Substitutes Galena, Nugget
Style Guide Ale, Lager, Pilsner, Bitter, India Pale Ale


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