Brewer’s Gold US

US Brewer's Gold HopsIf you are looking for a bittering hop variety that will leave behind a trail of blackcurrant, fruity and spicy notes, then consider the US version of Brewer’s Gold

The higher amount of alpha acids in this variety makes this hop a popular choice for bittering beer styles like ales, pilsners, lambics, biere de garde, and saison…

Here are some of the more useful characteristics of this hop variety:

Alpha:Beta Ratio: 2.25
Alpha Acids: 8 – 10 %
Beta Acids: 3.5 – 4.5 %
Co-Humulone: 40 – 48% of alpha acids

Total Oil: 2.0 – 2.4 mL per 100 grams
Myrcene: 37 – 40 % of total oils
Humulene: 29 – 31 % of total oils

In the case of US East Coast style ales and pilsners where you may want a little spicy note to show from your bittering hops, you could consider this variety…

Some sources list this hop variety as a neutral aroma hop, but I found it is a bit spicy…

Some possible substitutions for Brewer’s Gold could be Brewer’s Gold (UK), Chinook, Galena, and Nugget (mostly for it’s alpha acid levels)

A good recipe where I’ve used Brewer’s Gold Hops is my Blonde Ale Recipe:

Blonde Ale (Extract Version)

3 lbs Pilsen light DME
4 lbs Alexander’s Pale LME

.25 oz Northern Brewer Hops (FWH)
.25 oz Brewer’s Gold Hops (FWH)
.25 oz Northern Brewer Hops (45 min)
.25 oz Brewer’s Gold Hops (20 min)
.25 oz Brewer’s Gold Hop (Flame-out)

Wyeast 1056 American Ale yeast

Blonde Ale (all grain version)

4.5 lbs Pilsner malt
5.5 lbs Pale ale malt

.25 oz Northern Brewer Hops (FWH)
.25 oz Brewer’s Gold Hops (FWH)
.25 oz Northern Brewer Hops (45 min)
.25 oz Brewer’s Gold Hops (20 min)
.25 oz Brewer’s Gold Hop (Flame-out)

Wyeast 1056 American Ale yeast

RO Water
1 tsp Calcium chloride
.5 tsp Gypsum salt

Mash @ 152 °F