Hangar 24 Brewing

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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #395
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3.55 | pDev: 14.37%
Hangar 24 Brewing
California, United States
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Photo of GarrettB
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

September 19th, 2015 - Hangar 24 pops up here and there in San Diego, but it seems to be a little too humble and budget minded to get much love. But I had a good experience with my first beer from them and insist on trying anything new I see from them. The Polycot is a very blonde beer, almost bleached, with a nice high and clear apricot note. The fruit is a little faint and delicately placed, but let's me smell some pear cider vinegar, too. The flavor is blander, and has a little of that underripe apricot smell and a touch of wheat in the body. The aroma is much nicer than the flavor, which isn't offensive but neither is it engaging.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy light gold straw color.
Musty estery zesty aroma.
Light wheat beer taste and a crisp finish.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now.

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Photo of charlzm
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at the brewery.

A properly cloudy light lemon yellow with a fine white head that provides barely-there lace.

Fruity, wheaty aroma. Tangy.

Flavor is sweet apricot, soft powdery yeast and restrained wheat tang. Nice and balanced. Low/no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

A nice wheat wine with no apparent flaws.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a very thin head. Smells very sweet like apricot. It's also faintly citrusy. Quite an enjoyable aroma. The flavor is actual rather thin, given the bold nose. It tastes upfront like a standard wheat ale. That is quickly followed by an apricot presence. It's good but simple.

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Photo of guapastapas
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just tapped our second Polycot keg in 6 months. This one was a little bit cloudier because we let it sit in the cooler for a couple of months, thats my guess, but it actually accentuated the citrus taste in this fine Wheat beer. You definitely get that sort of apricot after taste as well as a hint of tartness from the wheat. A great beer for a hot day!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22-oz.bomber into a pint glass at my house on Dec. 1, 2012 (purchased for $4.99 at Bine and Vine in Kensington (San Diego, Calif.) on Nov. 29, 2012. Hazy straw grapefruit with a finger of light gray head that dissipated very quickly. No retention on the top or on the sides.

Smelled apricot, peach, pear, sour fruit, wheat, lemon grass, honey and some skunkiness.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got sour fruit, tart fruit, apricot, pear, peach, lemon grass and still that slight bit of skunkiness.

Light body. Thin texture. Fizzy (high) carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Decent beer overall. Probably about what I expected, but I’d have it again.

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Photo of austincsuf
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- really fruity look, looks like an apricot...

S- smells fruity as you would expect

T- fruit notes and a little sour but not overwhelmingly sour

M-would be refreshing on a 105 degree day (i love in Socal)

O- not as pleasing as a hef or their orange wheat but average

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lists itself on the bottle as a “wheat-wine style ale brewed with fresh apricots”
Bottled: unk

Pours a light golden hazed ale with scatter surface white foams. Smells of wheat, pepper, a little sugar, some hints of apricot blossoms (rather than the meaty fruit I do so love) and a hint of almost American yeast. Pleasant, but simple nose. Flavor is nice and fruity now, a good hit of apricots, very sweet, however. A little bit of the wheat character in the back. Full bodied with low carb and a watery finish. Of the wheatwines I’ve had, this one is pretty decent, but nonetheless, this just may not be my style.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I would have loved for this beer to have a pure and refreshing moment, mid-quaff, of juicy apricot flavor. I had to settle for some subdued notes, mostly smacking more of dried apricot than fresh, yummy apricot.

I also would have liked to see a little head retention; it quickly dissipated into an off-white ring around the hazy orange-yellow beer. The beer did look refreshing.

And along with that bright note, the body was light and smooth. Some earthy, light hops lingered on the palate but mostly it finished clean with traces of the fruit. I would not have suspected the beer to be 7+%.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky whitish yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, and a slight apricot fruitiness. Taste is the same with the apricot being very subtle flavor wise. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a very mild apricot presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.71/5  rDev -23.7%
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

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Photo of Murrhey
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Bruery Provisions. Part of a flight, poured in a 5 oz tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Very light, cloudy pale yellow color. Small white head with watery lacing.

S- Light fruits and malts. Hops are very mellow in this beer. Not pungent, but nice and fruity.

T- Fruits, lighter malts and apricot. Not strong on the fruits, but you can't get around them.

M- Thin, but smooth and dry finish. Bubbly carbonation.

O- Tasty, fruity beer.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good appearance. Bit murky, yellow cough drop body. Creamy neck, needs more retention, needs more lacing.

Light apricot, not peachy, simple with a light wheat finish. Good candied sweetness. Grainy but delightful.

Oooh. Very citrusy without acidic overwhelmingness. Tannins are well placed, not too bitter. Wheat throughout, grainy flavor on finish. Full wheat power

Mediumed body. Crisp opening. Sticky flavors

Simple beer, good flavors. Delightful.

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Photo of rtaps
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a merky golden color with a small head and little retention.

Smells Like grain and a little bitter.

Taste like a normal wheat beer with a little more bite to it.
Mouth feel is smooth.

Overall I'd say this is an avg beer nothing to speacial.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to find fault with this as a flavored wheat. Big improvement on the standard American style. Sharp and snappy on the tongue. Some orange among the fruit. Great creamy mouthfeel from loads of carbonation that laces the glass and fills the mouth. IBU is in the teens and I don't detect much actual hop flavor, but it does have just a hint of bitterness.

Thoroughly quaffable, but makes a nice aperatif. I don't detect much sweetness, nor is the fruit overdone. It's a touch on the acidic side, but for a summer beer it's ideal.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

798th Review on BA
Bottle to Hangar 24th 2nd Anny Snifter
22oz bottle

Thanks to my wife for a suprise beer

App- A hazy golden yellow with a 1-1/2" finger head and a few whispy lines of cling. More orange on the bottom of the beer.

Smell- A light aromatic beer. Wheat, no real trace of the apricots and maybe a touch of yeast.

Taste- I'm torn on this beer. It's a little better than I thought. It's a little wheaty and has some apricot behind it. The balance of fruit vs wheat beer seems a little skewed. A bit thick and damp and the same time.

Mouth- A medium high carbonation level. A slight wheat and damp apricot residual flavor.

Drink- Not as bad I thought it would be, but for me I am not into adding fruit to a wheat beer. It was pretty tasty on a hot So.Cal day though. Doubt I would have this again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a super hazy goldenrod with a light white head. Looks like a good brewpub wheat.

S: Real nice smell of slightly candied apricots and wheat.

T: Nice apricot infusion into the overall beer which was impressive. Other flavours include some assorted citrus and wheat.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, ABV is very well hidden.

O: This is a nice wheat beer, I like what they did with the fruit. Well integrated.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Cavery
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the release, there was a lot of hype on the first years batch, so I figured I'd drag some family out for a local tasting.

from notes dated July 30th 2011; poured into beer cups.

A: A mix of sprite and orange juice with a constant flow of bubbles. the beer is more transparent at the bottom with a gradual darkening towards a pulpy orange core. It really does look a bit like a gob of concentrated orange juice in the middle. A pleasantly clean whip cream head remains on the top of the cup for a bit.

S: Sweet wheat cereals with a dry helping of apricot skins. The notes are bone dry, with crisp suggestions of in between fruit flavors. Yellow pears, white beans, and slightly bitter greens. Some slightly oil hemp cereal pairs reasonably with dried fruits.

T: Not too sweet wheat crispness with an ambiguous fruit note. I'd say it's like a lychee apricot hybrid. A mild hop that fuses with the pale wheat background for a seeds in white wine dressings taste. Champagne mustard suggestions from underwhelming apricot lingers.

M: A consistently creamy film over the beer makes for a gentle whipped cream layer. Once you penetrate this for a taste you are welcomed with a drying mouth with moderate bubbling. Optimistically, I'd say this was a medium-full body. The cloudy cream head improves the overall feel, once that thing goes the beer feels significantly lacking.

O: Overall, it's really just mediocre. There were a few rips over the course of my drinking that were significantly better than others, but it was mostly pretty tame. Honestly I thought there was a pretty small apricot character to this beer. It shows up more in the aftertaste than anywhere else, but even then it wasn't so identifiably apricot. The flavors were vague, and it left me confused. I'd say make this imperial and throw in way more apricots. I hope this is a work in progress, because it didn't drink like a presentable product. I'll give it some credit in that even non-beer drinkers would be able to get this down without trial.

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Photo of Vanlingleipa
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't know what happened between the first and second batch, but this beer is not what was described in the initial reviews.

The strong, apricot flavor described in the earlier batch seems to have gone by the wayside (first poster actually described a candied apricot flavor).

The first pour hints at apricots, it settles into my four oz taster glass with a big head and an orangish-yellow body. The scent of apricots and grain is mild but present.

As is the taste. Nothing to see here. It's an average wheat style brew with even less fruit flavor that is yielded by the average belgian yeast. Full, satisfying mouth feel, a definite citrus tickle on the back of the tongue, wheatiness, but apricots? Way in the background of this flavor picture.

On the other hand, not wanting to waste my bomber, I half-filled a pint glass with Polycot, added 2-3 oz of lemonade and topped with ice. Fantastic.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Hangar 24 Brewery
Redlands, CA

Cloudy orange with lighter, closer to yellow, edges. Thin white head. Not much lacing down the glass.

Sweet apricots in the aroma, along with some bready malt character and grass--pleasant but incredibly faint.

The flavor is a combination of apricot flesh and skin, bready malts, and wheat. This beer is certainly easy drinking, though it simply doesn't pack a ton of flavor.

Medium bodied. Very easy to drink.

A very simple, and I hate to say boring, apricot wheat beer. Good enough, especially on a scorching hot Redlands summer afternoon.

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Photo of Klym
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery today (the release for this summer). Review from notes.

I won't go into too much deal as I don't have enough notes to put together a totally comprehensive review and if you've had other hangar 24 beers this one should be simple to understand.

This is, in my opinion, a more full-bodied and slightly more flavorful version of orange-wheat; just done with apricots. I have to wonder if they skimped on the apricots with this release in contrast to their previous release, as I didn't get quite the 'orange-juice' that everyone referred to in the reviews of last year's batch. If anything, it looked like a good four or so spoonfulls of orange juice concentrate dissolved in water. The taste was inconsistent, sometimes there just being wheat and the faintest hint of apricots, and othertimes a pretty full, well rounded sweet apricot fruit and slightly bittered apricot skin taste coming through that blended nicely with the earthy savoriness of the wheat. I appreciate this beer for having a fuller in-style body than most hangar 24 beers but I think this still is somewhat of a far cry from the A+ it currently holds considering how the majority of the sips tasted (for what it's worth, I had two glasses, or rather cups). Probably the best non-hop centric pale wheat I've ever had, but I think that says more about what I've had than the beer itself. All in all though, for in-style this is the best beer I've had from hangar 24 and if you're going to have anything from them I'd reccommend this. Sessionability is huge considering the ABV, and when you do get one of those lucky sips where you get a nice, well-rounded flavor, you could imagine this as a truly outstanding in-style competitor. Since it seems to me that hangar 24 is about making very sessionable, very unoffensive and basically refreshing beers, this beer is them at their best.

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Polycot from Hangar 24 Brewing
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 91 ratings