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Polycot - Hangar 24 Brewery

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BA SCORE
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 09-01-2008)
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Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Hangar 24 pint glass at the brewery on Friday for five dollars, reviewed from notes, one of the two experimental beers available that day

A-This stuff looked amazing and resembled orange juice more than beer, cloudy as I have ever seen a beer of this nature, golden orange color that you could not see through at all, 1/2 inch bubbly white head, stuck around a few minutes, some retention, interesting lacing
S-The smell was definitely the weakest part of the brew but it still had enough apricot in there to make things enjoyable, also some other citrus, small amount of wheat, grassy accents, and mild boozy sweetness
T-It started off with nothing but candied apricots and light sugar, the middle had wheat and a bit of a chewiness character, finish was on the sweeter side with more apricots and lemons, malt never got overpowering and seemed light, beer did get a little more flavorful as it warmed, certainly more fruity than bready during the last few sips, cool balance in this one that did not get old at any point in time
M-Sweet, funky, barely tart, and chewy mouthfeel, carbonation was really good and let the complexities of the beer shine through without being too aggressive, body was full and extremely murky, laste also lingered nicely
D-When the bartender Molly told me the ABV on this one I said there was no way so I walked over to the brewmaster himself and he confirmed it, wow this stuff went down easy and the alcohol was hidden incredibly well, smooth and not overly sweet, not heavy on the stomach, would make a nice session beer regardless of its strength

I had not been to the brewery for close to four months since it pretty much opened, they only had two beers then and now I am glad they have broadened their horizons, Ben is a good brewer and this beer proves that, he pretty much winged it with this and made a masterpiece in my opinion, very popular among others there that day too, it is pretty much their Orange Wheat with just apricots instead of oranges, more alcohol and longer fermentation, they come from his friend Paul's garden, hence the name, I hope to see this one stick around as a permanent offering but it is only a one time deal as of right now, get to the brewery and try some while you can

Floydster, Sep 02, 2008
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Chris (Cavery) for this special beer he was able to obtain and send me. Cheers buddy!

2011 bottle.

Appearance – Pours a faint hazy hay color into a tulip. About a finger of white head is achieved with a quick pour that dispels almost immediately leaving almost no lacing.

Smell – Honestly, I mainly get wheat. Lots and lots of wheat (and grain). Just a hint of apricot aroma is present.

Taste – As I was expecting from the nose, wheat is the dominant flavor. The apricot comes in midway but still has to fight the wheat/grain to make an appearance. A relatively one dimensional brew that disappoints in the sense that it boasts of using inordinate amount of apricots in the brewing process, but one is left feeling cheated. A nice tasting wheat ale, but again, not up to what I expected.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, slightly creamy, plenty of carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Overall – I was very happy when Chris sent this. I most certainly wanted to try this seeing as I love fruit infused beers (if done correctly). This one, sadly, was not. While this is by no means a “bad” beer, it just is mediocre at best. The apricot flavor and aroma is so slight that one almost feels forced to acknowledge that said fruit was used in the making of this wheat beer. The wheat and grain really is quite dominate in the flavor, though the drinkability is quite high for a relatively lofty ABV. Would have on tap with a meal, but not worth trading for IMO.

SpdKilz, Aug 20, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label is different than what is pictured above.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a finger thick white head which fades to the rim leaving some splotchy lace.

N: Fruity (apricots - surprise), some lemon/citrus, wheaty grains, faint sweetness and tartness.

T: Wheaty with some very faint chalk. Apricots prominent along with some stone fruit pits. Mildly sour with trace lemon and grass and yeast.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Finishes with yeasty wheat and subtle apricot.

O: Labeled as a wheat-wine style, but correctly identified above as a pale wheat ale. Would like to try fresher as the fruits seem somewhat faded.

wethorseblanket, Sep 20, 2012
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2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ the bruery provisions

Look: Murky yellow in color and semi translucent with a 1/8 inch white head and some spotty lace

Smell: Very light apricot nose with just a touch of wheat not impressed

Taste: Ok this beer flavor wise is a straight miss. It has a soapy water kind of taste with just the slightest amount of apricot. If I did not know this had apricot in it I would never had guessed thats how lack luster it is

Mouthfeel: Thin body and mild carbonation and a touch dry

Overall: Not Hangar's best offering

DarthKostrizer, Feb 18, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Polycot pours very hazy with a quickly receding head, not very attractive in the glass. Aromas of dried apricots don't dominate but are definitely apparent, no hop aroma. Palate is earthy and musty, again some apricot. Light mouthfeel.

The appearance was a bit of a turnoff and the flavors and aromas of apricot felt subdued, worth trying but not repeating.

TheCrowsNest, Sep 19, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap and served in a goblet at Eureka Burger in Redlands, CA only a week or so after it was released. It was hot, as it usually is in So Cal in August. Although, they did serve thus beer under 30 degrees, so I had to try to quickly warm it up to taste it.

A - I was not terribly pleased about the appearance of this beer. It was not just cloudy, but solid like orange juice. I had to vigorously swirl it around to get some sort of head on it and when I did get it, it dissipated quickly.

S - A little bit of breadiness with a whole lot of fresh sugary citrus.

T - The taste was great on this evening. It was refreshing and citrusy, yet I still had a slight hint of alcohol burn to let me know this was a fermented beverage. I was totally impressed that this was not just Orange Wheat, sub oranges with apricots. It's something totally on it's own.

M - Silky and smooth with just a hint of carbonation. It wouldve been nice for the carbonation to be bumped up just a tad. Consistent champagne bubbles wouldve made this a 5.

D - 7.20% and tastes damn near OJ. The booze is well hidden with just a tad peaking through. This is the first H24 beer I've been very VERY satisfied with. A+ guys.

antioch, Aug 04, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The beer pours a hazy yellow/straw color with a tall white head.

S: I don't get quite as much fruit as I anticipated.  Plenty of wheat and yeast with a light grassy note.  The fruit is a bit softer and in the background, but it does provide a nice bit of sweetness.

T: The fruit flavor comes through a bit more, which is nice.  Soft apricot and almost white peach flavors on top of sweet wheat and bread.  There is a light yeast note, mild grass, and almost no bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Slightly sweet, but still fairly light and refreshing.  Much better than Hangar 24's more popular fruited wheat offering.

womencantsail, Sep 08, 2011
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Polycot from Hangar 24 Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.