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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Characteristics Notes of spice and citrus
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 10.6%-13.8%
Beta Acid Composition 3.8%-6.1%
Co-Humulone Composition 31%
Country US
Cone Size
Cone Density
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%
Caryophyllene Oil 12%
Farnesene Oil 0.9%
Substitutes Galena, Nugget, Chinook
Style Guide American Lager, American Ale, Pale Ale

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