Purchase Galaxy Hops
Galaxy 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 Galaxy Hops
Galaxy hops are Australia’s and Hop Products of Australia’s (HPA) greatest success. Breeding started in 1994 when an Australian female plant known as J78, which is progeny of the variety Pride of Ringwood, was crossed with a male derived from the high alpha German Perle. Galaxy hops were released by HPA in 2009.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Galaxy Hops
Galaxy is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
Galaxy hops have one of the highest concentrations of essential oils known in hops, which has contributed to it’s meteoric rise in popularity. Galaxy is often described as having a strong passion fruit aroma and flavor as well as blasts of citrus and peach. At times you can also experience pineapple and tropical fruit hints. Galaxy hops are all fruit with little to no floral, pine, or spice characteristics.
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Brewing Values for Galaxy Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Galaxy 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.||5-6.9%6% 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 - 3:12:1 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.||32-42%37% 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 »||2.4-5.0 mL3.7mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: pine, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||33-69%51% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, hoppy, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||1-2%1.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, spicy, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||7-9%8% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, woody (β-farnesene)||4-4%4% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||16-55%|
Hop Pairings with Galaxy Hops
Some hops just taste better together. We recently analyzed  hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Columbus, Motueka & Amarillo hops are commonly used alongside the Galaxy hop. This is not a complete list, but should give you a good idea of what hops are commonly used together.
Here is the relative frequency of the top 6 hops that are used with Galaxy:
Beer Styles using Galaxy Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Galaxy hop include Pale Ale, IPA's, Barleywine, Fruit Beers, Saison, Wheat Beers & Wild Ale.
Galaxy is also sometimes featured as a single hop in beers to highlight its unique flavors and aromas. Some popular examples of commercial beers that use 100% Galaxy hops in their recipes are Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy IPA, Toppling Goliath Twisted Galaxy & Masthead Galaxy Vice.
Galaxy Hop Substitutions
If the Galaxy 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:
Is Galaxy available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Galaxy 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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