Polycot | Hangar 24 Brewery

88 Ratings

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 09-01-2008

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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

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4.71/5  rDev +33.1%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Khazadum
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +13%
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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3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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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3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klym
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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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3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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