Galena Hops was part of an Idaho breeding program in 1978 that involved the cross between Brewers Gold and open pollination. Bam!!…Galena. This high alpha acid variety is interwoven into the hearts of brew-kind, and is most commonly used for bittering at the beginning of a boil. Galena has a whopping 11.5%-14% alpha acid rating, that must have come from the open pollination variety.
Galena Hops exceeds in bringing a clean crisp bitterness, and this makes it suitable for nearly any type of beer needing kick. This variety has higher myrcene oil content than most hops. Myrcene itself has the smell of sweet fruits such as grapes and peaches, while at the same time having essence of woody, or grassy elements. The balance of myrcene with the other oils brings a moderate and pleasant aroma, making it applicable for aroma additions in the wort.