Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Polycot Wheat-Wine Style Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Polycot Wheat-Wine Style Ale brewed with Apricots. I picked this bottle up at Royal Liquors in San Jose (here).

From the Hangar 24 Craft Brewery website: “Polycot is a wheat beer brewed with hundreds of pounds of organic apricots grown in Southern California’s High Desert. We brew this beer during the very small window of time when the apricots are at their peak of freshness, usually early July. The pureed apricots add a wonderful fruit flavor to the beer and combine with the wheat for a refreshing tart finish. This beer goes down smooth, but at over 1.5 times the alcohol of the Orange Wheat, it will sneak up on you.

The name Polycot (Poly=Many cot=Apricot) is a modification of the original name Paulycot. Paul-yicot was named for owner Ben Cook’s friend Paul who provided the apricots for the initial batch. Hangar 24 would also like to acknowledge and thank the many volunteers who spend hours pitting (and de-stickering) thousands of apricots for the brew. We couldn’t make this wonderful beer without you!”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color (imagine that) with large white head and spotty lacing.
Aroma: Apricots, stone fruits, wheat, citrus and light malts.
Taste: Apricots take center stage with other stone fruit flavor, wheat, malt and a mild tart finish.
Overall: Tasty and smooth, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Polycot Wheat-Wine Style Ale is an enjoyable offering.  This 7.2% ABV is refreshing and something I would definitely purchase again.


Mark Harvey

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