Double IPA - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Double IPADouble IPA

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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 19
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: t0rin0 on 06-08-2010

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.33/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ Hangar 24

Look: Orange and semi translucent with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Tropical fruits upfront with a touch of caramel malt

Taste: The flavor for me did not work at all. The beer has a medicinal grapefruit character to it with some citrus behind that with a pretty big malty backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: This beer just did not work at all for me probably Hangar's worst offering

Photo of DoubleJ
2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in an oversized snifter at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

Light orange colored with solid head and retention, a few thin half-rings of lace stay around. This type of glass I have difficulty with head formation and retention, so this obstruction may have caused the same thing here. Even so, there's little excuse for an aroma like this. Hangar 24 IPA is a tasty, hoppy experience, but something's not right in this imperial version. There's a little bit of pine, however it smells more like funky cheese rind. Not a good sign.

It tastes better than it smells though, but better is a relative term. I'm missing the hoppy sensation but a wide margain, but at least it doesn't taste like cheese rind! Weakish flavors and pine needles and tangerine highlight the show, and the malt doesn't do anything interesting except increase the alcohol. The bitterness is middleish. Speaking of alcohol, it is hidden well. That and a smooth medium body attempt to salvage the showing, but it's not enough.

I like the beers of Hangar 24, so this offering saddens me, especially since the style has a very strong appeal to most beer geeks, including myself. Sure, I'd rather drink this than a Corona, but in the land (or is it waters?) of Double IPA's, this ends up as a potential cellar dweller,

Photo of ThePaleRider
2.64/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straight out of the bottle I could see the color was a little lighter than most IIPA's I drink. Pretty decent head when poured into a pilsner glass, but not followed up by much carbonation. Pretty light and easy to drink for 9%, but as far as taste I wasn't really impressed. Plenty of hops in there, but not picking up much citrus. What citrus you do taste is pretty muted. Pretty light mouthfeel. Leaves a slight film that you taste for a while. This beer really isn't anything special and I wouldn't purchase again since there are soooo many other IIPA's in the world.

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fresh bottle shared by Darrell Thanks Darrell.

The beer is hazy and light, golden orange with a half inch of white head. The aroma offers floral hops, some dank malt, a touch of lemon zest. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment. Medicinal and astringent, with toothpaste in the finish. Minty hops. Eh...not so much. Next.

Photo of whatitdo
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Did not taste like traditional dipa. Lighter feel, less brutal hoppiness.

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.87/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company. Color was hazy dark orange. Maybe an inch of head once I got it. Healthy amount of lacing on the top that lasted throughout. Lots of film on the sides and uneven throughout.

Smelled lemon citrus hops. Also some orange in there, maybe tangerine. Also light whiff of honey.

Initial taste was a heavy, heavy alcohol bite, almost rubbing alcohol like. There were some citrus hops, but the alcohol just dominated the taste. Bitter ending.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average to lively carbonation. Bitter finish.

I didn’t like this beer at all and I wish I’d just bagged it and tried another one. It ruined my taste buds for the rest of the day. That includes a Pliny Elder. Stay away from it.

Photo of MrHirschybar
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Hangar 24
1/24/11

A - Lighter in color than the IPA offering, medium amber, golden amber color - like one would expect from an adjunct in a way - light orange color at the darkest...

S - Sweeter citrus nose than that of the IPA offering - less piney, and more of a mild scent

T - Sweet, light honey, initial piney hop biter with definite grapefruit taste and citrus hops with a little bit of that grapefruit hop bitter finish

M - Really light, less carbonation than that of the IPA offering, lingering light bitterness on the finish - less in your face than the IPA

D - Mild DIPA, much more citrus and less pine, which I typically prefer, this just didn't do it altogether - girlfriend's not a fan of DIPA's as much and she chose the DIPA over the IPA stating it was sweeter and less bitter than grabbing the IPA...

Photo of Steasy66
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into pint glass, thanks to Scalene for sending this.
A- Straw with minimal white head
S- Hint of citrus, fairly muted.
T- Slightly bitter, malt forward, nothing special
M- Crisp, a little thin
O- Decent beer, nothing special, wouldn't get it again.

Photo of HopHead84
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

10/10/11

On tap at URGE.

A: Dark orange with a finger of white foam.

S: Aromatic orange with tangerine and bready notes. Not much alcohol in the aroma.

T: Orange flesh and bready malt. Moderately sweet with a lower moderate bitterness and a lot of alcohol flavor.

M: Medium body with upper low carbonation.

Overall: Just okay. Nothing terrible here, it's just not good and I wouldn't care to drink it again.

Photo of ikantspel
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24oz bottle into a Duvel tulip

pours a golden amber color that leaves a mediocre head with lacing all over the glass

heavy hoppy smell of pine, earth, lemon, and bubble gum

starts off with a bitter hoppiness that seems to linger. the gets piney and sour and finishes dry and malty

overall not too shabby. a decent local brewery DIPA.

Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor; I didn't anticipate any carbonation issues.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of white colour, fair cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a transparent copper. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Clean and pleasantly hoppy. More floral hops than bittering; mainly citra. Some light orange peel, but not as much as would be expected from say a standard hefeweizen. A mild strength aroma. No alcohol comes through.

T: Hoppy but imbalanced, with bitterness coming through in the third act. Honey helps cover the bitterness on the climax, along with the clean full bodied malts - which is a pleasant touch but just isn't enough. Some grapefruit adds complexity but also a strange balance. Some pine. It does have a lovely citrus undertone that really complements the hops well. No alcohol comes through. The honey was a good call. Decently balanced and pretty well built for the style.

Mf: Smooth and fairly wet, suiting the flavours pretty well. A biteen coarse and dry from the untamed hops. A touch too thick as well. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable for the ABV and style, but not exemplary. Decently priced. The ABV is very well hidden. I like it generally, but there are far better double IPAs to be had. The untamed bitterness is its biggest problem. I wouldn't have this again, except maybe on draught. Will satsify fans of the style.

C+

Photo of CliffBrake
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to breaks808 for hooking me up with this one. Cheers!

Medium orange, slightly hazy with a one finger head that leaves light lacing. Pretty good head retention for the abv.

The aroma is very light and only when the beer gets to be pretty warm does it release some pineapple. Juicy citrus flavor that is quickly overtaken by an aggressive bitterness. Very peppery and sharp. The components of a nice dipa are there, but they seem to get in each others way.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Nice body for the 9% abv.

Some potential here, but I think this brew needs some tweaking to keep up with the tough competition in this area.

Photo of mindspin315
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three finger sized off white head. Lacing all over the glass, very hazy, and a murky yellow body.

Pineapple, pine, orange, grapefruit, sweet malts, and a light floral aroma. The Simcoe is a giving off a very strong presence here.

Sweet pine flavor, citrus fruits, pineapple, orange/lemon zest, and pine. Nice dry finish with a mild lingering hop bitterness. Some spice on the palate as well, which to me is a negative aspect here. I do enjoy hop and yeast spice but this feels slightly out of place. Medium body with a touch of sweetness that seems to be more from the malts than the honey. The honey might be smoothing out some aspects but overall it doesn't seem to be a huge factor.

A pretty standard DIPA, but well executed. Nothing here that is gonna blow your mind, but certainly this is an enjoyable beer. No complaints, but I can think of plenty of other DIPA's I would pick over this one.

[85/100]

Photo of MasterSki
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Javier for sending some of the more obscure West Coast DIPAs. Served in a Darkness tulip. No freshness date as far as I can tell.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap, collar, and a few fingers of lace. Transparent golden body with a few stray tiny bubbles.

S - Aroma is somewhat odd; it reminds me of apple cider a bit. I'm guessing that's the orange blossom honey? There's a touch of citrus hop, but this is fairly malt (and honey) heavy. Alcohol is well-hidden, but it doesn't really scream Double IPA from the aroma. There's a slight medicinal vibe as it warms from the honey and hop combination.

T - The taste is a bit more in line with what I was expecting. Citrus, some pine and earthy notes, and more of the sweet honey and cider-esque malt. Bitterness is present, but less than I was expecting from the advertised 118 IBU. Again, well-hidden alcohol but somewhat odd for the style.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, super dry, with some residual sticky hop resins lingering well into the finish. Not much alcohol warmth.

D - Strange beer. No idea how old this was, so it's hard for me to assess it . Not bad, but definitely not what I'm looking for from a DIPA. Would be willing to try again if I was in SoCal and could try it on-tap, but I'd skip this in the future unless they start bottling date.

Photo of Murrhey
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap as part of a flight at the Bruery Provisions. Poured in a 5 oz tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Light, watery white head. Orangish color and cloudy.

S- Very floral and fruity. The smell was wonderful and had notes of papaya and other tropical fruits. Best part of the beer.

T- Bitter and it loses much of the flavor in the nose. But booziness and acidity don't ruin the flavor entirely. Average.

M- Light bodied but some fizzy carbonation.

O- Fails to capitalize on the smell, which is top notch. Otherwise a very average beer.

Photo of tasteology408
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pretty good. Had it a few times now. Don't prefer it but will drink it. Probably won't buy again

Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pale amber with a medium sized white head. The color is close to golden but not quite. This beer does have a significant chill haze to it.

Smell is strong hops with a decidedly tropical fruit scent. Strong grapefruit ring with passion fruit and some mint. Lesser scents of mango and lemon.

Starts out with a taste of bitter grapefruit rind and a hint of onion. Gets sweeter as you drink it. It is a bit savory on the tongue like soy sauce, must have a high glutamate content. Alcohol is well hidden but you can feel it in the chest. Taste doesn't change that much bitter grapefruit with strong tea and astringent drying.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a beer that doesn't deliver in taste what it promises from the smell.

Photo of CEnterPound
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with 2 fingers of beige head that sticks around a looong time. Minimal lacing.

S - Lots of citrusy hops on this one. Grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, a touch of grass in there as well. Malt is present, but definitely not anywhere near the hops. Really nice smelling beer.

T - First sip is of nothing but bubblegum. Further sips bring on more of the bubblegum, and also a bit citrus and a good amount of alcohol. Not what I was expecting at all.

M - Light bodied and good carbonation. Leaves your mouth nice and dry.

O - A decent DIPA. The bubblegum taste is kinda off-putting for me, but the beer behind that is a nice one.

Photo of rawfish
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy honey gold with a nice fluffy cream colored head, about 2 and a half fingers high. Decent retention and lots of messy uneven lacing left on the glass.

Quite muted but pleasant. Citrus and pine, herbal dankness with some wet forest floor and vegetative aromas. A lot of centennial and citra in the nose. Honey malt breaks through enough to blend with the orange peel to liven it up a bit.

Honey malts are relatively in balance with the hops and do a good job keeping the sweetness down. Pine and citrus hop presence that keeps in step with the nose. Some herbal notes here and there. Quite a bit of alcohol in the finish along with decent bitterness that is long lasting.

Solid carbonation complements a heavier body touched up by the yeast. Doesn't dry well at all and the alcohol sticks around with the bitterness. Gets very tiring by the end of the bottle.

A decent DIPA that reminds me quite a bit of palate wrecker that turns down the bitterness a couple of notches. All sorts of hops here with adequate malt but the high alcohol presence and the heavier body do this no favors towards drinkability.

Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear and dark gold with a wispy white head. Lined lacing down the glass.

Muted aromas of very nice things: citrus (grapefruit, orange, pineapple even) and a little bit of pine, but all the aromas seem somewhat faraway.

Moderate bitterness, some citrus flavors, and a touch of bread, but a relatively boring, simple, yet certainly drinkable, DIPA.

Medium bodied. Easy to drink.

A very average, though decent DIPA. Another solid enough, yet simple and boring offering from Hangar 24.

Photo of tewaris
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Steasy66 for this one. Reviewed blind.

Golden colored with an alabaster head; good retention, ok lacing. Smells of hops in a weird way... as if the hops were struggling or lacked the aroma component to begin with. I am digging the malt character way more than hops... biscuit, cracker type :-/

Very malt forward with sticky sweetness but strong ale like firm bitterness. Rather heavy on the palate without much of a character... not bad but fails to impress. Not a poorly made beer but doesn't fulfill the expectations from an IPA.

4, 3.5, 3.5, 4, 3

Photo of Popp24
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what to expect from this one. I like this brewery but haven't been very impressed with their IPA's.

A - Dark yellow and kinda cloudy.

S - Smell some citrus hops and not much else.

T - You get the citrus hops up front and then kinda of nothing in the middle and it ends with some hops bitterness.

M - it's ok; a bit thin.

O - This is a double IPA that can use some improvement and just doesn't excite me at all in any way. Disappointed with this one.

Photo of jooler
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really foamy. Really hoppy initial taste with a malt taste but then the malts hit in after. The more I drink, the more malts I taste

Photo of ThickNStout
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks Juan, great extra!). No bottling info. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours a bright clear yellow with almost two fingers near white head that leaves an abundance of lace.

Smells include pine, wet grass and mild tropical fruit.

Taste is mostly piney hops with fresh cut grass, pepper, grapefruit rind, sugary sweetness (the honey, maybe?), bicuity malt and a little orange. It goes down quite smoothly for 9%.

Oily medium feel with moderately sharp carbonation. Long clinging bitter hoppy aftertaste.

A nice overall double IPA. It's far from my favorite (one double IPA brewed with honey in particular comes to mind) but I enjoyed every last drop and wouldn't turn up my nose at another.

Photo of Klym
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

A: A darker gold with an almost two finger head and curtain lacing that drips off quickly and leaves a thin ring of foam on the glass.

S: Unexpectedly, lots of dank, especially noticable on slightly more distanced whiffs. A little tropical fruit/tangerine sweetness in the background and even a sense of citrus tree leaf.

T: A tangerine/tropical fruit infused slightly sweetened hop hit that quickly mellows out into a mildly sweeter, more citrus-pulp version and finally peaks with a hop/citrus spritz bitterness pop and fades out. The flavors here are really pretty good and the sweetness and bitterness are both really well handeled. My big complaint though as that it's kind of a sound and fury signifying nothing. Drinking this is kind of similar to sliding down a slide. Starts out sort of exciting and then you come down and that's it.

M: A little oily with a medium body and light-medium carbonation, some citrus bitterness tingles on the tongue after the drink.

O: This is honestly probably the best beer I've ever had from hangar 24, but it still frustrates me so much for many of the reasons other hangar 24 beers do. It's as though they feel they have to make every single one of their beers chuggable. The body, the carbonation on all of their beers never goes above medium and the tastes, while often good, are so short-lived and lose so much punch so quickly that the best way to enjoy them is to not stop drinking. Hangar 24 has a way of taking microbrew flavors and packaging them in a way that is becoming to beer-pong. I'd recommend giving this DIPA a shot if you encounter it because like I mentioned before, some great flavor here, but if you're looking for a real hidden gem I'd still say this has some work to go.

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Double IPA from Hangar 24 Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.