Galena Hops

Galena HopsIf you are looking for a relatively high alpha acid hop variety to bitter up your brew and add a citrusy character, then consider using Galena hops.

The high alpha acid content of this hop variety makes it a good choice for bittering hops. The total amount of oils is moderate, but high enough to allow this hop to be used as an aroma hop.

Some of the most common beer styles where you’ll see this hop used is your American ales or other beer styles that could use a citrusy background, especially bitter beers like American stouts.

Here are some of the most important characteristics of this hop variety:

Alpha:Beta Ratio: 1.7
Alpha Acids: 11.5 – 14.0%
Beta Acids:
7 – 9%
Co-humulone:
36 – 42% of alpha acids

Total Oils: 0.9 – 1.3 mL per 100 grams
Myrcene: 55 – 60% of total oils
Humulene: 10 – 15% of total oils

For Galena hop substitutions you can consider Centennial hops which have slightly lower alpha acid content, but are also citrusy though they do add a bit of a flowery aroma as well. If you are looking to substitute this hop as a bittering hop, then consider using Nugget hops. Nugget hops are very similar in alpha acid content, but they have an herbal flavor and aroma.