The Polaris Hop was developed in Germany at the Hop Research Institute and is one of the more recent varieties as it first came to market in 2012. With extremely high alpha acid levels of 18-23% this is a big flavour hop that is very unique. The flavour profile can range from flowery and fruity if used in small quantities all the way to having a glacier-mint like profile when used in high quantities.
Being a relatively new hop there are not many brews that have used Polaris within BC. In addition to being new, it also is rather rare and until recently was not available by conventional means within British Columbia. There are not many hops that can be a substitute for Polaris as it has a very unique flavour. There are some similarities in the sweetness and herbal notes between Polaris and the Hallertau hops though. The Polaris hop is most often used in big hopped IPAs and Pale Ales and will likely grow in popularity as more brewers gain access to the hop and build an understaning of its brewing characteristics.
BC Brewed Beers with Polaris Hops:
Alpha Acid: 18% – 23%