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General Hop Characteristics
Country of Origin: England
Noble: No
Uses: bittering or aroma
Beer styles: English ale styles, especially Bitter
Substitutions: East Kent Golding, Fuggle, Crystal, Perle, Galena, Northern Brewer
Chemical Composition
Alpha Acids: 4.0-9.3 %
Beta Acids: 2.3-4.1 %
Cohumulone: 31-34 %
Myrcene: 24-28 %
Humulene: 20-24 %
Caryophyllene: 6-7 %
Farnesene: 2-4 %
Total Oil: 0.7-1.5 %

(%AA/6 Mo/20°C):

60-65 %
Growing Characteristics
Yield: moderate
Harvest: midseason

This article discusses a specific variety of hops. For general information about selecting, using or propogating hops, see the main hop page

Derived from Whitbread Goldings Variety and a dwarf male, First Gold was one of the first Hedgerow hop varieties available to the home and commercial brewers. It combines good bittering properties with a woody, minty flavor and aroma that has been compared to WGV and to Fuggle.

Considerable areas of First Gold are being planned and there is significant interest already from Britain's traditional ale brewers for bittering and for late and dry hopping.