Hop Test – Polaris Pale Ale
The next hop in my series of single hop pale ales is Polaris. Polaris is a German hop released in 2012. It’s a high alpha hop, coming in between 12-32% AA. Some people are even calling it the first German C-Hop (like the American Chinook, Columbus, Case and Centennial) because of it nice clean bittering.
Again I brewed my Hop Test Pale Ale adjusting only the bittering charge to hit a target 35-40 IBU.
Appearance Nice pale straw yellow color. This is a simple recipe that always produces a nice bright beer.
Smell Orange Peel and Floral. Slight hint of mint.
Taste Very clean refreshing bitterness. Some floral and herbal notes. Mild minty note that reminds me of those clear blue after dinner mints. Its not straight peppermint, but almost a touch of eucalyptus. The marketing people are calling it the “Glacier Mint Effect” and its there.
Drinkability & Notes Because of the high alpha acid this version of the the pale ale came out strongly bitter even with the late addition at 10 minutes and a 20 minute whirlpool. But its a very clean and refreshing bitterness so its an enjoyable glsss of beer.
Hop Usage While a nice beer, I will probably use this hop mostly for bittering though I want to see if that blue mint comes through when only used for bittering. I have a Pilsner coming up and I will definitely use it there due to its German heritage.
|Batch Size||Boil Time||IBU||SRM||Est. OG||Est. FG||ABV|
|5.5 gal||60 min||110.6 IBUs||4.7 SRM||1.052||1.011||5.3 %|
|Name||Cat.||OG Range||FG Range||IBU||SRM||Carb||ABV|
|American Pale Ale||18 B||1.045 - 1.06||1.01 - 1.015||30 - 50||5 - 10||2.3 - 3||4.5 - 6.2 %|
|Pale Malt, Maris Otter||10 lbs||95.24|
|Carapils (Briess)||8 oz||4.76|
|Polaris||0.65 oz||60 min||First Wort||Pellet||17|
|Polaris||1.75 oz||10 min||Boil||Pellet||17|
|Polaris||2 oz||15 min||Aroma||Pellet||17|
|Polaris||2 oz||0 min||Dry Hop||Pellet||19|
|Safale American (US-05)||DCL/Fermentis||77%||59°F - 75°F|
|Mash Out||168°F||10 min|
|Download this recipe's BeerXML file|