Hop Test – Apollo Pale Ale
I’ve said previously I love ordering hops and a recent grab bag order resulting in 2 hops I hadn’t used before: Apollo and Polaris.
For this hop test brew I choose the Apollo hops. Although not a new hop, they were a hop I was not familiar with. Very high AA at 19-21% makes them seem like a nice bittering hop. The flavor and aroma are grapefruit and a hint of citrus and tons of that mysterious resinous “dank”. This hop could be a good substitute for or pairing with Amarillo in my opinion. I look forward to experimenting with it in a hoppy IPA. In the meantime I am going to enjoy this pale ale while it lasts.
Appearance Nice pale straw yellow color. A little bit cloudy since I was out of gelatin for fining it. But as it’s sat in the keg for a while it has continued to clear up
Smell Mild resinous with citrusy. Not lemon but more like orange and grapefruit.
Taste Clean bittering with a nice dank undertone. Hints of orange and lemon.
Drinkability & Notes Apollo seems like a really nice hop. The bitterness is clean and flavor is very nice. It might not be strong enough to stand up by itself in a great beer (like Citra or Mosaic) but as a supporting hops I think it will become a standard in my hop stable.
At a recent homebrew outting this beer received one of the best compliments any homebrewer can ask for. People asked for seconds
|Batch Size||Boil Time||IBU||SRM||Est. OG||Est. FG||ABV|
|5.5 gal||60 min||88.1 IBUs||4.7 SRM||1.052||1.011||5.3 %|
|Name||Cat.||OG Range||FG Range||IBU||SRM||Carb||ABV|
|American Pale Ale||18 B||1.045 - 1.06||1.01 - 1.015||30 - 50||5 - 10||2.3 - 3||4.5 - 6.2 %|
|Pale Malt, Maris Otter||10 lbs||95.24|
|Carapils (Briess)||8 oz||4.76|
|Apollo||0.6 oz||60 min||Boil||Pellet||17.7|
|Apollo||1.75 oz||5 min||Boil||Pellet||17|
|Apollo||2 oz||15 min||Aroma||Pellet||17|
|Apollo||2 oz||0 min||Dry Hop||Pellet||17|
|Safale American (US-05)||DCL/Fermentis||77%||59°F - 75°F|
|Mash In||152°F||60 min|
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