Alt-Bier Ale - Hangar 24 Brewery
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Reviews by Cavery:
4.18/5 rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Fresh bottle acquired near the brewery. I recently bought a bunch in bulk for a trader in Florida, so I thought I'd give some of these left overs a swirl. I've had everything from hangar multiple times, but I figured I'd sit down to give this beer a tick.
A: brown orange with some darker cherry wood stains. A soft microfiber film of bubbles sits over the beer and forms a brighter egg shell ring along the rim of the glass. Not much to mention besides one or two streaks for lacing, and the head retention was nearly nonexistent. That said, it has a nice looking body and clarity that makes it look appetizing.
S: A really burned sugar character that definitely is closer in the spectrum to char than scorch. A heavier almost ash like smell that is actually pleasant. Reminds me of a cocktail of nuts that have been cooked dry over an open fire. Some nice caramel in the nose that sweetens up the whole thing a bit, perhaps even a bit of bite from pale malt character.
T: Really rich biting flavor of hazelnuts, peanut shells, and dry leaves. There's an almost beet like sweetness and earthiness that really pops out a lot more to me than any other time that I've had this. The flavor is incredibly well balanced, and the slightly bitter nutty mash linger is incredible. Think ripe acorns and almond butters. I've never tasted this beer in this good of a state before.
M: The feel is light-medium bodied, and it compliments the flavor perfectly. Airy light fizz that keeps the drinkability of this sensationally high. The dryness seems to interrupt a bit, but this could be a feature of the style that I am just unaware of. This holds up the flavor about perfectly.
O: Really to be honest, aside from their barrel roll series, this is the finest beer I've ever had from hangar. I've had multiple beers of theirs multiple times, and frequently I've just kind of shrugged my shoulders at their offerings. If I could consistently have this beer in this state every time, then I'd say it's one of the finest unusual style beers served in California. My home brew friends have raved about how stylistically on this beer is, so while I don't know the style, I have to say I really am impressed with this beer. If you haven't had a hangar beer in a while, it's worth paying a visit. Furthermore, They deserve more ratings on these beer sites for how well they seem to sell locally.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2011 01:42:51 | More by Cavery
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2.89/5 rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no code date visible into a pint glass and get 1/4 finger of head.
A: Pours a dark amber color and I get 1/4 finger of head that is gone almost immediately to leave a ring around the top of my glass. There is a little lacing but nothing to write home about.
S: Sweet malts and the smell of nuts.
T: Taste of sweet malt a little bitterness and finishes sweet. Overly sweet.
M: Medium-bodied and carbonated. It goes down ok.
O: This beer is just ok. This is not a beer I would go to again.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2014 01:48:17 | More by JohnnyJam
Alt-Bier Ale from Hangar 24 Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.