Hop: First Choice


First Choice was selected in the 1960s by Dr. R.H.J. Roborgh at the Riwaka Research Station near Nelson, New Zealand. A cross between Cluster and open pollination, First Choice was grown for 20 years, starting in the 60s, but is no longer grown commercially.

General Information

Profile N/A
Country New Zealand
Substitutes N/A
Purpose Aroma
Yield 800 - 1400 pounds/acre
Storage Retains 74% alpha acid contents after 6 months of storage at 68°F.
Susceptible Downy mildew (moderate)


Alpha Acid 4.8 - 7.4%
Beta Acid 3.4 - 6.7%
Cohumulone 34.0 - 42.0%


Total Oil 0.5 - 1.6 ml/100g
Myrcene 64.5 - 74.2%
Humulene 0.6 - 1.4%
Caryophyllene 1.2 - 1.5%
Farnesene 6.2 - 9.0%

Additional Characteristics

Growth Rate Very good
Maturity Late
Sex Female
Leaf Color Medium dark green
Side Arm Length 12 - 24 inches


Last Updated
  • 2021-09-22 09:47:05

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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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