Super-alpha hop Apollo was first bred in 2000 by Hopsteiner and released to the public in 2006. it is descended from Zeus and two other unnamed USDA varieties. It tends to be quite expensive, though quantities used tend to be smaller due to its ultra-high concentration of alpha-acids.
To it’s credit, Apollo’s abundance of alpha acids also come with a sharp, clean bittering profile with other highly desirable factors being great storage stability and disease tolerance. It is usually employed alongside aroma hops in order to achieve balance but when used as a late addition or dry hop itself, some grapefruit notes become evident.
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|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Sharp, clean bittering, grapefruit notes|
|Alpha Acid Composition||15%-20%|
|Beta Acid Composition||5.5%-8%|
|Cone Size||Small to medium|
|Seasonal Maturity||Mid to late|
|Yield Amount||2900-3350 kg/hectare (2600-3000 lbs/acre)|
|Resistant to||Resistant to downy mildew|
|Susceptible to||Susceptible to powdery mildew|
|Storability||Retains 80%-90% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|Ease of Harvest||Fair|
|Total Oil Composition||1.5-2.5 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||30%-50%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||20%-35%|
|Substitutes||Nugget, Columbus, Zeus, Magnum, Millennium|
|Style Guide||India Pale Ale, Imperial India Pale Ale, Experimental Beers|
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