First Gold

First Gold is a Golding variety, bred from Whitbread Golding and a dwarf variety at Wye College in England. It was released in 1996 and has the distinction of being England’s first hedgerow hop. For brewers, it is useful in just about any style.


Exceptionally versatile, First Gold can be added at any point in the boil in addition to dry hopping. It features a sweet tangerine and orange aroma with a trace of cinnamon. Its flavor is considered floral and fruity, like marmalade and magnolia.

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Also Known As
Characteristics Tangerine, orange, cinnamon aroma, marmalade flavors
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 5.6%-9.3%
Beta Acid Composition 2.3%-4.1%
Co-Humulone Composition 31%-36%
Country UK
Cone Size Medium to large
Cone Density Moderate to compact
Seasonal Maturity Mid
Yield Amount 1100-1700 kg/hectare (980-1500 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate
Resistant to Resistant to powdery mildew and verticillium wilt
Susceptible to Susceptible to downy mildew
Storability Retains 80%-85% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest Difficult
Total Oil Composition 0.7-1.5 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 24%-28%
Humulene Oil Composition 20%-24%
Caryophyllene Oil 6%-7%
Farnesene Oil 2%-4%
Substitutes Willamette, East Kent Golding, Styrian Golding
Style Guide Porter, English Bitter, Wheat Beer, Celtic Ale, Summer Ale, Amber Ale, Dark Amber Ale, India Pale Ale, Imperial India Pale Ale

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