RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Special one time release, May 2012. This just-named hop variety features beautifully in this wonderfully bitter IPA. A silky malt base supports the minty, glacier-like hop character highlighting the refreshing, cool finish. This recipe was created in partnership with the German Hop Growers Association specially to debut at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego in order to demonstrate the quality of specific German hops. The polaris hop was considered experimental until mid-April of 2012 when it was given a name. Up until that point it was being referenced only by a code of numbers.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (8104) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Draft at blind tiger. Pours a deep amber body with spotty white lacing. Aroma is plain malt, sweet wheat, and very light hop. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of malt dominating - hardly any hop presence. Did I get the wrong beer?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (18966) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2012
Tap at Victory, Downington PA - 25/05/12. Pours a clear amber colour with a finger of off-white head. Floral hops, herbs, touch of citrus on the nose - not too much going on. Pale malt flavour, a little grassy, muted hops, citrus. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Drinkable but pretty bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
This poured a darker yellow to orange color with a beige head. Arom was of grassy hops, cracker, and some yeast. Flavor was a tad sweet, grainy, some biscut, and bitter hops, but not much flavor. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3709) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pours a clear amber with a medium lt tan head. Aroma is malty...light toastiness...a bit of fresh mild pine. Flavor is more hoppy...piney...caramely and toasted toffee malts underneath. Mouthfeel is full and the finish is mildly piney.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3732) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Clear amber color with a white head. Aroma of hops,citrus, and pine. Bitter hop bite with citrus, pine, and some caramel upfront. Very nice beer with very good lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Draught at Downingtown BrewPub: Aroma of malt, hops, florals, and some herbs. Poured amber in color with a creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet, and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, resin, florals, and some fruit. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium bitter, lightly sweet, malt, hop, floral, resin finish is dry. 7%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (2276) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is florals, toast and citrus. Taste is sweet with very light bitters. Light and slick mouth feel. Decent but as others have pointed out, it just seemed to be missing something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Tap at Victory. Stiller amber pour. Nice head retention. Floral and citrus hop nose. Taste is malt forward, some toffee and bitter chocolate richness with nutty bitterness balancing. A bit too much walnut and orange peel. Pretty straightforward American IPA. Malt forward. Thicker lacing. A bit salty and too nutty for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAXSON (602) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Medium copper pour, darker than Spalt and Mandarina. The most biscuit-like of the three, the most malt forward, the least dry. Nice floral hop bouquet, grainy biscuit, a touch sweet bread, relatively low hop expression. Rating this one from memory so I dont have a ton more descriptors, though it was probably the least interesting/enjoyable of the three Bavarians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Tap at pub, tried against the Bavarian Spalt, Bavarian Mandarina, and Headwaters Pale Ale. Dark than the other two, less effervescent, longer lasting spotty head. Nose and flavor are immediately weakest of three, sugary orange candy and light vitamin C, consider caramel qualities, way too little carbonation, under-attenuated sweet sticky finish. Definitely the worst of the three:

1) Bavarian Spalt
2) Headwaters Pale
3) Bavarian Mandarina
4) Bavarian Polaris

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