Bitter Gold Hop
|Country:||United States of America (USA)|
Purchase Bitter Gold Hops
Bitter Gold hops are available to be purchased from multiple suppliers. We've conveniently linked to the most popular hop suppliers as well as Amazon.com. Every supplier may have different prices, harvest years and amounts available for purchase.
Origin of Bitter Gold Hops
Bitter Gold was released in 1999. Its lineage includes Brewer’s Gold, Bullion, Comet and Fuggle.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Bitter Gold Hops
Bitter Gold is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
Bitter Gold offers limited aroma when used as a bittering hop but delivers diverse stone and tropical fruit flavors in later additions.
Brewing Values for Bitter Gold Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Bitter Gold hops over the years. Each year's crop can yield hops that have slightly different qualities, so these number ranges are based on history.
|Alpha Acid % (AA)|
Alpha acids are the main source of bitterness in beer. Longer boil times will result in isomerization of more alpha acids leading to increased bitterness.
|Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.||4.5-8%6.3% avg|
|Alpha-Beta RatioThe ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades during aging. 1:1 ratios are common in aroma varieties.||2:1 - 4:13:1 avg|
|Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer.||36-41%38.5% avg|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)These highly volatile, not very soluble oils are easily boiled off, but add flavor and aroma to the finished beer when added very late in the boil or during fermentation. Learn more »||0.8-3.9 mL2.4mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||45-68%56.5% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||7-18%12.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||7-11%9% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-2%1% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||1-41%|
Beer Styles using Bitter Gold Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Bitter Gold hop include Belgian Ale, Pale Ale, IPA, ESB & Pilsner.
Bitter Gold Hop Substitutions
If the Bitter Gold hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with one of these other hops for a similar outcome:
New! Use our data-driven hop substitute tool to find your Bitter Gold substitution!
Is Bitter Gold available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Bitter Gold hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2) nor Haas (Lupomax) have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. This new type of hop product is pure concentrated lupulin powder, which leads to more flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
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