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First Gold Hop United Kingdom Hop

First Gold Hop

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Purpose:Dual
Country:United Kingdom (UK)
International Code:FGO
Cultivar/Brand ID:S4

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Purchase First Gold Hops

First 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.

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Origin and Geneology of the First Gold Hop

First Gold was bred at Wye College in 1995 from a cross pollination of WGV (Whitbread Golding Variety) with a dwarf male. This hop is also known as Prima Donna.

Flavor & Aroma Profile of First Gold Hops

First Gold is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.

First Gold hops have aroma descriptors that include tangerine, orange marmalade, apricot, magnolia, red berries, herbal, orange and herbal. First Gold - also known as Prima Donna - has excellent aroma qualities and much of the flavor characteristics of WGV and has proven a success in stronger flavored summer beers and IPAs. This variety is suitable as a general kettle hop and also for late and dry hopping in all types of beer.

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Brewing Values for First Gold Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with First 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. Learn more »
5.6-10%
7.8% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.2.3-4.1%
3.2% 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.1:1 - 4:1
3:1 avg
Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops may impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer. Learn more »29-35%
32% 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 »0.7-1.5 mL
1.1mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 24-28%
26% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 20-24%
22% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 6-7%
6.5% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 2-4%
3% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 37-48%

Beer Styles using First Gold Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the First Gold hop include English Ale, Porter, Fruit Beer, Saison, Blonde Ale & zips.

First Gold Hop Substitutions

If the First Gold hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with a similar hop. The old way of choosing replacement hops was done by experience and "feel". There is nothing wrong with that way. However, we wanted to build a data-driven tool to find your First Gold substitutions.

Experienced brewers have chosen the following hops as substitutions of First Gold:

Is First Gold available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the First 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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References:
  1. https://beermaverick.com/the-most-common-hops-used-in-ipas/
  2. https://beermaverick.com/analyzing-the-usa-hop-production-statistics-of-2019/

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