Marco Polo Hop
Purchase Marco Polo Hops
Marco Polo hops are available to be purchased from multiple suppliers. We've conveniently linked to the most popular hop suppliers as well as Amazon.com. Every supplier may have different prices, harvest years and amounts available for purchase.
Origin of Marco Polo Hops
Marco Polo is derived from Columbus.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Marco Polo Hops
Marco Polo is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.
Key flavors of the Marco Polo hop include lemon, gooseberry, oregano and elder flower.
Brewing Values for Marco Polo Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Marco Polo hops over the years. Each year's crop can yield hops that have slightly different qualities, so these number ranges are based on history.
|Alpha Acid % (AA)|
Alpha acids are the main source of bitterness in beer. Longer boil times will result in isomerization of more alpha acids leading to increased bitterness.
|Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.||4.5-5.5%5% avg|
|Alpha-Beta RatioThe ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades during aging. 1:1 ratios are common in aroma varieties.||2:1 - 3:13:1 avg|
|Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops may impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer. Learn more »||30-35%32.5% avg|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)These highly volatile, not very soluble oils are easily boiled off, but add flavor and aroma to the finished beer when added very late in the boil or during fermentation. Learn more »||1.1 mL1.1mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||40-50%45% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||15-25%20% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||8-12%10% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||12-37%|
Beer Styles using Marco Polo Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Marco Polo hop include IPA & Pale Ale.
Marco Polo Hop Substitutions
If the Marco Polo hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with a similar hop. The old way of chosing replacement hops was done by experience and "feel". There is nothing wrong with that way. However, we wanted to build a data-driven tool to find your Marco Polo substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hops as substitutions of Marco Polo:
Is Marco Polo available as Cryo/Lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Marco Polo hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2) nor Haas (Lupomax) have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. This new type of hop product is pure concentrated lupulin powder, which leads to more flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
Marco Polo Hop Statistics
We love statistics. We've analyzed hundreds of IPAs, dug into the Hop Growers of America's annual reports and researched the history behind some of the most popular beer ingredients. Here are a few of the things we've found interesting about the Marco Polo hop:
- It makes up about 8% of China’s growing acreage.
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