Brewer’s Gold

Brewer’s Gold hops were selected by Ernest Stanley Salmon at Wye College in England in 1919 and were the result of the open pollination of a wild hop sourced from Morden, Manitoba. Despite its initial popularity, the advent of super-alpha hop varieties in the 1980’s rendered Brewer’s Gold largely redundant from a commercial perspective.


For brewer’s wishing to experiment though, Brewer’s Gold is still a good choice for late bittering with desirable notes of spice and blackcurrant. It is also nearly identical to sister selection Bullion.

Brewer’s Gold’s main claim to fame is arguably it’s direct relation to most modern super-alpha hops. It was used to breed notable varieties like Galena, as well as Nugget, Centennial and many others and is still used for breeding today.

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Also Known As
Characteristics Notes of spice and blackcurrant
Purpose Bittering
Alpha Acid Composition 7.1%-11.3%
Beta Acid Composition 3.3%-6.1%
Co-Humulone Composition 3.3%-6.1%
Country UK
Cone Size Small
Cone Density Compact
Seasonal Maturity Late
Yield Amount 1760-2400 kg/hectare (1570-2140 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Very high
Resistant to Resistant to verticillium wilt, moderately resistant to downy mildew
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 60%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest Easy
Total Oil Composition 1.96 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 66.7%
Humulene Oil Composition 11.6%
Caryophyllene Oil 6.5%
Farnesene Oil None
Substitutes Bullion, Cascade, Galena, Northern Brewer (US), Northdown
Style Guide Ale, American Pale Ale, Bitter, Barley Wine, Imperial Stout

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Comments 1

  1. Hello, I think the co-humolone composition value for this Brewer’s Gold Hops is wrong… It says 3.3% to 6.1%, which is extremely low and the exact same values of the Beta Acid composition on the line above.

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