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Apolon Hops

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Apolon was first introduced as a Super Styrian in the ’70s, it has since been reclassified as a Slovenian hybrid and is a cross between Brewer’s Gold and a Yugoslavian wild male. Since its Super Styrian classification was brought into question, cultivation of Apolon has waned making it a hard-to-find hop. Of the many hop varieties that are falling out of favor, Apolon is leading the long list to obscurity.

Apolon is said to have fruity aromas and flavors but it’s hard to find much information other than that.

Usage:Dual-Purpose
Country of Origin:Slovenia
Hop Growers Code:N/A

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Apolon Hops
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Apolon Flavor And Aroma

Apolon is a dual-purpose hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:

tropical fruit

fruity

Apolon Hop Oil Breakdown

Hop oils can vary year to year and farm to farm but based on our research, here are the typical values we have seen reported. This information comes from various hop farms, The Hop Aroma Compendium, and For The Love Of Hops.

Alpha Acid % (AA)
Alpha acids are what is isomerized when boiling to create bitterness in beer.
10% – 12%
Beta Acid %
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
4%-5%
Alpha-Beta Ratio
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
0:1 – 3:1
Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
2% – 3%
Total Oils (mL/100g)
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
1.3mL – 1.6mL
Myrcene
green, resinous
60% – 70%
Humulene
woody, piney
25% – 30%
Caryophyllene
woody
4% – 6%
Farnesene
floral
11.3% -12.5%
Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene0% – 1%
Hop Storage Index (HSI)
The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C).
Retains 57% of its alpha acid after 6 months of storage at 20ºC (68ºF).
Hop Storage Index (HSI) RatingPoor

Apolon Hop Substitutions

Replacing one hop for another is seldom straightforward but sometimes you don’t have the right hop or the right quantity of hops for the beer you want to make. For those situations, we have made a comprehensive list of hops to substitute on brew day.

These substitutions aren’t perfect as hop chemistry is pretty complex.

We wanted to make this list of substitutions with varietals that are easy to find when possible. For Apolon, we recommend substituting with the following hops:

Beer Styles

For the most part, any hop could have a place in just about any beer style. Based on popular beers, historical usage, and our own preferences, we would recommend using Apolon hops for Bitter, India Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Blonde Ale, and Amber. That being said, experiment and see what works best for you.

References

https://www.hopslist.com/
https://www.ars.usda.gov/
https://www.brewersassociation.org/
https://www.barthhaasx.com/
https://www.yakimachief.com/
Hieronymus, Stan. For The Love of Hops. Brewers Publications, 2012
The Hop Aroma Compendium. 2012