Brewer's Gold Hop Rhizome
Typical alpha acid: 5.5 - 8%. Brewer's Gold is one of the older hops in the history of modern brewing. While its character isn't exactly celebrated by an abundant amount of commercial beers, it's legacy lives on in many other ways. Due to its moderate alpha acid content, high yield, and vigorous growth it has been used in the cultivation and production of newer varieties. Brewer's Gold Hops has helped make some excellent varieties shown below:Brewer's Gold is primarily a bittering agent and commonly used in lighter style ales, although it works well in lagers as well. Brewer's Gold also carries a relatively high overall oil make up including high levels of Myrcene (37% - 40%), Humulene (29% - 31%), and Caryophyllene (37% - 40%) oils.
Wye College in England gave rise to this variety in 1919 by crossing Wild Manitoba BB1 with open pollination. After the super-alpha offspring were created, Brewer's Gold was largely discontinued by many farmers in favor of the other varieties. This bittering or late addition hops has a spice to its flavor and aroma.