Craft Beer Hop Profile – Galena Hops
The Galena Hop was developed in Idaho and released into the market in 1978. As the mildest hop among the high-alpha varieties the Galena offers very balanced bittering and aroma characteristics. Similar hops that are often used in place of the Galena Hop are Nugget, Columbus and Brewers Gold which are also relatively neutral flavoured bittering hops.
Beers that are brewed with Galena hops have a very crisp and clean bitterness to them. With notes of spicy black current and citrus the hop is often used in English Style ales. You may not see a lot of beers that use the Galena Hop and this is for a few reasons. While it is a strong bittering hop it does not feature the piney, northwest flavours that are in style today. Additionally, Galena Hops are a relatively low yielding plant and are susceptible to disease. When growing hops there are other, similar varieties that will produce a higher valued crop.
BC Brewed Beers with Galena Hops:
Alpha Acid: 12% – 15%