First Choice

First Choice is a New Zealand variety that was grown commercially for 20 years between the 1960s and the 1980s. It is no longer in commercial production, likely a result of its low alpha content. It was selected by Dr R.H.J. Roborgh at the Riwaka Research Station, much like its parent, California Cluster. It possesses high yield and growth potential but little is known about its flavor and aroma profile.


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Also Known As
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 4.8%-6.7%
Beta Acid Composition 3.5%-6.7%
Co-Humulone Composition 39%
Country New Zealand
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Late
Yield Amount 900-1570 kg/hectare (800-1400 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate
Resistant to
Susceptible to Moderately susceptible to downy mildew
Storability Retains 74% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 0.51-1.25 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 71%
Humulene Oil Composition 1%
Caryophyllene Oil 1.3%
Farnesene Oil
Style Guide

Where to Buy First Choice Hops

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