SELECTION: Seedling selection from an open pollinated cross on Brewer's Gold in 1968 in Idaho.

GENUS: Humulus

SPECIES: lupulus


PEDIGREE: Brewer's Gold (USDA 19001) x OP

PRIMARY SITE: USDA Hop Variety World Collection, OSU East Farm

ORIGIN: Seed collected by R. R. Romanko, Idaho, in 1968, germinated in 1969 and selected under heavy inoculations of Downy Mildew fungus (Pseudoperonospora humuli).

DATE RECEIVED: Spring 1978


AVAILABILITY: Commercial cultivar, no restrictions

REFERENCES: R. R. Romanko, J. Jaeger, G. B. Nickerson and C. E. Zimmermann. Registration of Galena hops (Registration No. 7), Crop Sci. 19:563. 1979.

Romanko, R. R. In: Steiner's+Guide to American Hops, 2nd. ed. 1986.

Romanko, R. R., and G. B. Nickerson. New Hops. Modern Brewery Age, MS 5-11, April-1981,

MATURITY: Medium to medium early

LEAF COLOR: Medium to light green

SEX: Female

DISEASES: Downy Mildew: moderately resistant

Verticillium wilt: resistant

Susceptible to powdery mildew

Viruses: free of prunus necrotic ringspot virus and apple mosaic virus

VIGOR: Very good

YIELD: Very good, 1600-2000 lbs/acre

SIDE ARM LENGTH: 20-40 inches

ALPHA ACIDS: 12.0% (10 year range: 8.02 to 14.9%)

BETA ACIDS: 7.5 (10 year range: 4.6 to 9.0%)


STORAGE STABILITY: Very good, retained 75 to 85% of its original alpha acids after 6 months room temperatue storage

OIL: 1.05 ml/100 g (10 year range: 0.55 to 2.03); Myrcene 55.2%; humulene 9.2%; caryophyllene 4.1%; farnesene trace; H/C ratio = 2.24

MAJOR TRAITS: High alpha and high beta acids content; very good storage stability

OTHER INFORMATION: Considered to be a super-alpha hop by the trade. Adapted to Oregon, Washington , and Idaho. In 1986, 4530 acres produced 9.3 mill. lbs (19% of U.S. production.). In 1998 total production was 10.72 mill. Lbs (18% of US production), a substantial drop from previous years due to powdery mildew problems.. Galena acreage may decrease in the future.