Defender has an interesting heritage. Bred from a New Mexico Wild American female, Eastwell Golding and other English hops, it was selected in the early 1960’s by Dr R. A. Neve at Wye College in England. Despite its significant humulene and farnesene content, Defender’s very low alpha percentage and low yield potential has significantly hindered its commercial viability. It may show promise in breeding though with a high alpha to beta ratio. It is said to impart a pleasant, European-style aroma.


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Characteristics  Pleasant, European-style aroma
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 3.3%-6%
Beta Acid Composition 1.1%-2.5%
Co-Humulone Composition 27%
Country  UK
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Early
Yield Amount 1120-1340 kg/hectare (1000-1200 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate
Resistant to Moderately resistant to downy mildew and resistant to verticillium wilt
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 59% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 0.5 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 31%
Humulene Oil Composition 35%
Caryophyllene Oil 14%
Farnesene Oil 3.7%
Substitutes  Density
Style Guide

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