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Originally an Easter Beer from the Wood's Brewery in Shropshire, 'Hopping Mad' is a single-hop beer made with PROGRESS. "The aroma is distinctly hoppy and slightly peachy at first, quickly mellowing out with subtle traces of earthiness, fennel and a touch of liquorice." What's Brewing, 2003.


  • Pedigree: Progress is a higher-alpha, (around 6%) English hop developed in 1951 and originally introduced as a replacement for Fuggle with which it shares similar characteristics. Slightly sweeter and with a softer bitterness it has excellent potential at both the start and end of the boil. This hop variety combines fine aromas with good alpha acid content and is often used together with Goldings in the production of good class bitters and pale ales. A seedling of WGV crossed with a trial male which was the grandfather of Target.
  • General Trade Perception: Assertive fruity aroma. Similar to Fuggle, but slightly sweeter, and usually providing a softer bitterness in beers of all types.
  • Possible Substitutions: Fuggles, Whitbread Goldings Variety (WGV), East Kent Goldings.
  • Beer Styles: Widely used for real cask ales, e.g. Hobson's Best Bitter, Mansfield Bitter, Three Floyd's Merciless Minger. Also in common use for lighter beers like pale ales, lighter bitters, wheat beers. Can be a nice addition to the porters and stouts.
  • Maturity: Mid-season
  • Yield: Good.
  • Growth Habit: Moderately vigorous
  • Disease Reaction: Susceptible to Downy and Powdery Mildew but shows a high degree of tolerance to Verticillium Wilt.
  • Pickability: Fair to good.
  • Aroma: Sweet, Citrus, Noble.

Alpha Acids (%)
4 - 7
Beta Acids (%)
2.0 - 2.8
Alpha/Beta Ratio
2.3 :1
Co-Humulone (% A-Acid)
28 - 34
Storage (% lost)
Oil Content (mls/100g)
0.6 - 1.2
Humulene ( % in oil)
40 - 47
Caryophyllene (%)
12 - 15
Hum/Cary Ratio
Farnesene (%)
Myrcene (%)
30 - 35