Hop Profile: Galena - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Hop Profile

Updated on March 27, 2016

Hop Profile: Galena

Early American agriculture paved the way for producing new crop species, some intentionally and scientifically and others effortlessly through Mother Nature. The Galena hop is a wonderful combination of the two: a cross between the Brewer’s Gold hop and open pollination. Developed from the USDA breeding program in Idaho in 1968, this all-American hop was released to the market a decade later. It is prized for being an excellent high alpha variety which is perhaps why it is the most widely grown hop in the U.S. The Galena is used primarily as a bittering agent in beers, widely producing clean and crisp bitterness. It has medium aromas of spice, blackcurrant and citrus. The Galena is a friend to others, for it blends well with other finishing hops.  
  1. Origin

    The United States Department of Agriculture breeding program in Idaho in 1968. Released to the market in 1978.
  2. Characteristics

    High alpha acid but in a mellow way, producing clean and crisp bitterness. Aromas of spice, blackcurrant and citrus, particularly grapefruit.
  3. Vital Statistics

    Typical Use: Bittering Alpha Acid: 12.0 – 14.0% Country: United States Styles: American Ales, Stouts, Porters Flavors: Spicy, blackcurrant, citrus (grapefruit) Similar Hops: Brewer’s Gold, Columbus, Nugget, Zeus
  4. Beers to Try

    Grand Teton Brewing Co. - Sweetgrass Town Hall Brewery - Galena Pale Ale