A Bittering hop


United States

aroma profile: Citrus, Spicy, Fruity

Developed by the USDA breeding program in Idaho in 1968 and released in 1978, Galena is a high alpha variety with increasingly popular aroma characteristics. It has moderate tolerance to downy mildew and is susceptible to powdery mildew, but has good pickability of medium size, compact cones.

Aroma: Specific aroma descriptors include sweet fruits, pear, pineapple, blackcurrant, grapefruit, lime, gooseberry and spicy wood.

Brewing Values


Alpha Acid


Beta Acid


Total Oil

1.3-2.1 mL/100g
  • Alpha Acid
    13 - 15%
  • Beta Acid
    7.5 - 8.5%
  • Co-humulone
    34 - 39%
  • Total Oil
    1.3 - 2.1 mL/100g
  • B-Pinene
    0.4 - 0.7% of total oil
  • Myrcene
    40 - 50% of total oil
  • Linalool
    0.1 - 0.3% of total oil
  • Caryophyllene
    5 - 9% of total oil
  • Farnesene
    < 1.0% of total oil
  • Humulene
    11 - 17% of total oil
  • Geraniol
    0.5 - 0.8% of total oil

3 Brewer Reviews


I brewed an American Blonde Ale with all late hop additions, exclusively with this as a single hop brew. It is wildly popular at my Brewpub.

Bohb | Apr 4th, 2016

I use Galena more often than any other buttering hop.

Kevin | Oct 22nd, 2016

I continued my SMaSHing adventure after making MO/Bramling Cross by making a Session IPA with Galena. The vitals- OG:1.035, FG: 1.008, 35IBU. The grist was 95% 2-row and 5% oatmeal, with half-ounce additions of Galena 13.3% at 30, 10, 5, and 0 minutes. I fermented it with one packet of rehydrate US-05, and dry hopped it with 2oz of loose pellets in the 5gal primary for three days. Don't put hop pellets loose in your beer, learn from my mistake; it turns the bottom 1.5 gallons of your beer into pond scum.

The flavor if this SMaSH was very interesting; fresh out of the fermenter it had a very strong aroma of peaches, which faded after bottle conditioning. The malt is very neutral, allowing the hops to do most of the talking. Galena hops are feisty, with a somewhat potent bitterness, which is still refreshing but brings to mind black pepper in the back of my palate. They're also pleasantly aromatic, with a familiar clean, green, hoppy blackcurrant-esque aroma and a good strong grapefruit citrus note. I've heard of this hop being referred to as "rustic," which seems appropriate. Bramling Cross was a lot smoother, but to a hophead, a Galena-focused beer is a delicious experience. Would recommend for any American style, but not where "smooth" bitterness is desired.

Tom | Aug 7th, 2017

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