Hop: Defender


Defender was bred at Wye College, England in the 1960's, from a cross of Eastwell Golding, a New Mexicao Wild American female, and various other English hops. No longer grown commercially due to low alpha acid and yield. The high beta to alpha acid ratio may make it good for breeding.

General Information

Alias USDA 62053
Profile European pleasant araoma
Country United Kingdom
Substitutes Density, Janus
Purpose Aroma
Yield 1000 - 1200 lbs/acre
Storage Retains 59% alpha acid contents after 6 months of storage at 68°F.
Resistant Verticillium Wilt
Susceptible Downy Mildew


Alpha Acid 3.3 - 6.0%
Beta Acid 1.1 - 2.5%
Cohumulone 27.0%


Total Oil 0.1 - 1.0 ml/100g
Myrcene N/A
Humulene 35.0%
Caryophyllene N/A
Farnesene N/A

Additional Characteristics

Growth Rate Poor to good
Maturity Early to medium early
Sex Female
Leaf Color Medium green
Side Arm Length 6" - 20"
Last Updated
  • 2021-01-15 11:14:20

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Did you know?
  • Dwarf variety hops grow shorter in height than traditional varieties but, importantly, produce the same yield. This combination makes harvest easier.
  • Storage: is based on the percentage of alpha acids remaining after 6 months at 20*F.
  • Oil composition percetages are based on the total percentage of oil in the hop. Example: 10 - 20% means that for the specific oil it is 10 - 20% of the overall oil make up.
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