An attractive aroma not dissimilar to a Golding, but displays some of the flavour notes identifiable with its W.G.V. mother
English First Gold
A cross-pollination of W.G.V and a dwarf male.
Aroma: An attractive aroma not dissimilar to a Golding, but displays some of the flavour notes identifiable with its W.G.V. mother
Cone Structure: Good size firm cones
Lupulin: No indications
Growth & Harvest Information
Growth Habit: Dwarf. Short laterals. Very well hopped down.
Yield: 1,300 - 1,900 kg./ha.
Drying and Baling: No problems
Storageability: Very good
Disease Reaction: Resistant to Powdery Mildew. Moderate resistance to Verticillium Wilt. Susceptible to Downy Mildew.
Total Oil: 0.7- 1.5mls/100 grams
Myrcene: 27- 28% of whole oil
Humulene: 20- 24% of whole oil
Caryophyllene: 6 - 7% of whole oil
Farnesene: 3% of whole oil
General Trade Perception
First gold is the first "commercial" dwarf aroma variety. The aroma qualitites it has inherited, coupled with its rather higher alpha gives this new variety the ability to be used at all stages during brewing.
First Gold is one of England's revolutionary new dwarf hop varieties. It has many of Golding's flavour characteristics, but with a higher alpha acid (c 8.5%). The hop gives a rich, citrus character to beers, with orange peel and dried apricot. A very adaptable. all round hop for fruity bitters, ales, stronger flavoured summer beers and IPAs. Beers which use this hop assertively include:- Adnam’s bottled Broadside IPA, Young’s First Gold & Freeminers’s Gold standard