Early Bird (East Kent Goldings) Hop Plant/Rhizome
Early Bird is an early flowering variety, considered one of England’s premier aroma hops and favoured for producing traditional English bitters.
Discovered in 1887 by Alfred Amos in Wye, Early Bird was hand-selected from a field of Bramlings. This variety was widely grown in the Canterbury area.
While not terribly disease and wilt tolerant, it is bred for its immensely pleasing aroma and gentle hoppiness and has been used by Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, in their gently bitter and lightly malted Early Bird Spring Hop Ale.
Early Bird hop plant will grow to approx. 15-20 feet once mature.
|Also Known As||Amos’s Early Bird|
|Characteristics||Pleasing, delicate aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||4.4%-6.7%|
|Beta Acid Composition||1.9%-2.8%|
|Yield Amount||1500-2000 kg/hectare (1340-1780 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to high|
|Susceptible to||Susceptible to wilt, downy mildew and powdery mildew|
|Storability||Retains 78% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|Total Oil Composition||0.8 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||25%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||36%|
|Style Guide||India Pale Ale|