What are Apollo Hops?
Apollo hops are a super alpha variety of hops from the US. These hops contain 15-19% alpha acids and a low cohumulone level (24-28%). Thus, it makes it an ideal bittering hop. It was originally cultivated in 2000 by crossing hop variety 98001 and USDA 19058m and taking that result and crossing with Zeus.
When to use Apollo Hops?
When used at the end of the boil Apollo Hops contribute flavors and aromas of citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, resin, and cannabis. Similar varieties are Bravo, Nugget and Columbus (CTZ). Apollo is great for use in Pale Ales, Extra Pale Ales, and IPA’s.
We use it in our clone of The Alchemist Heady Topper at flame out, whirlpool at 180°F and dry hop, with excellent results. Apollo stores very well with 80-90% alpha acids remaining after 6 months of storage at 68°F. Unrestricted Brewing carries Apollo Hops in 1 oz ($1.99) and 2 oz ($3.19) sizes. Like all of our hops, they are packed in nitrogen purged, resealable, light and vapor-proof bags.