Chelan is a privately patented bittering hop and daughter to Galena. Developed by John I. Haas, Inc. and grown exclusively in Washington State, it was released in 1994 and has found popular use in male styles of ales – particularly American style ales.


Despite being comparable in style, Chelan enjoys higher yields and a higher alpha percentage than its parent Galena. With very high beta acids also, Chelan imparts a strong, almost brutish bitterness.

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Also Known As
Characteristics Strong, brutish bitterness
Purpose Bittering
Alpha Acid Composition 12%-15.5%
Beta Acid Composition 8.5%-11.5%
Co-Humulone Composition 33%-35%
Country US
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Early to mid
Yield Amount 2460-2910 kg/hectare (2200-2600 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate
Resistant to Resistant to verticillium wilt
Susceptible to Moderately susceptible to downy mildew
Storability Retains 80% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 1.5-1.9 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 45%-55%
Humulene Oil Composition 12%-15%
Caryophyllene Oil 9%-12%
Farnesene Oil 1%
Substitutes Galena, Nugget
Style Guide American Ale

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