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Double IPA - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Double IPADouble IPA

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very good

78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 344
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 24.67%
Wants: 19
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 344
Photo of OTB
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer gets lost in all the hype surrounding all the other west coast offerings. There is another DIPA that uses honey that gets all the love here. But you know what ? Fuck the hype machine, this is a damn fine DIPA. The color is burnt orange with a nice cap that leaves nice lacing as I drink down. The nose is a mix of tropical fruits, a little sweet pollen and some pine. The flavor profile is similar, nice tangerine,bitter grapefruits, and that lovely little touch of honey. The mouth is balanced without being to oily due to the honey and density of the brew. This beer deserves more love here and I'm going to give it up.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, citrus, and grassy hops with some sweet caramel malts and some honey.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange hop with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some honey and biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, orange, and grassy hops with some resiny bitterness, sweet caramel malts, honey, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice citrus hop profile and good bitterness throughout. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade with time4lunch- thanks man. Poured into Bruery snifter. Appearance is a pale orange with a slight amount of cloudiness. Dense head forms and retains nicely leaving a significant amount of lacing behind. Nose is is heavy on lemon, orange, grass, and apricot with notes of caramel and maple in the background. The taste starts off with a wave of grassy earthy hops followed by a sweet malt profile. Notes of honey and caramel come through and is then followed by a dry cracker like taste on the finish. The bitterness is moderate to high with a pretty nice balance. The mouthfeel is somewhat heavy with moderate carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable brew with plenty of flavor. A little sweet for a DIPA but in no way messy.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of 360logic
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Grass, corn, lemon

T: Citrusy, with lemon and grapefruit and some corn. Maltier than I expected. Hops are aggrasive but milder than other DIPA's, equivalent to about a Racer 5. Very well balanced DIPA.

M: Medium body. Just ever so slightly chewy. Decent amount of carbonation. All that combines to make this go down with a pleasant heaviness.

One of the best local DIPA's I've had. Definitely the best thing to have while at the brewery.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The most notable characteristic of the beer, from the nose and particularly throughout each quaff, is grapefruit and citrus zest. The hazy golden color with foamy whitish head is a pretty and inviting sight.

Hangar 24's website notes an addition of "local orange blossom honey" to the bill. There is a non-malt sweetness that peeks through in the finish, which occasionally creates a thick or syrupy sensation at the backside, but overall the beer seems pretty drinkable for it's strength. The alcohol itself was occasionally noticeable.

"Centennial, Citra, Columbus and Simcoe" hops definitely add bitterness but also tropical fruit notes in addition to the grapefruit and citrus. In fact, when I noticed tropical flavor at one point, I was reminded of when Starburst first released their "tropical" line, without the weird soapy flavor that the tropical Starburst came with. Many beer aficionados on BA may be too young to make such an association.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of travolta
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Eggshell colored rocky head. Nice lacing, great head retention. Slightly hazy apricot in color.

Nose: Lemon zest, citrus, green fresh hops, pine.

Taste: Grapefruit, citrus, sweet and a little syrupy, light carbonation.

Notes: A very nice example of what a California double ipa can be. Strong, balanced, big, and interesting.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
2.64/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice orange, transparent with a nice white cap, decent amounf of bubbles and lacing present

S: Citrus all the way; mainly lemon zest and orange peel w/ a slight grapefruit note

T: Immediate grapefruit and orange peel up front which stays around until the finish. A little bit of lemon zest hangs in there. The finish is rather nice and clean, a little bit of oil and bitterness. The malt bill seems to be a bit of biscuit, not to heavy but provides enough support to keep it decently balanced as an IIPA can be.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, easy to drink and the taste lingered on the palate well

O: Easy to drink. Would definitely try again. My first Hangar 24 beer was good one

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Photo of Philousa
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours super pale, especially for a DIPA. Almost like a Pils. Very clear. Dense, rocky head settles at about a finger and retains well. Not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is piney, floral, nectary. No question about the hoppiness of this beer, although it's more floral than most hop forward beers. Malt isn't hard to find either. Biscuity with some honey. Somewhat spicy with a swirl. Light biscuit malt flavor starts things off, but is soon taken over by the hop flavor. Piney, resinous, vinous, like a bitter weed. The bitterness is intense and lasts a good while at the back of the tongue. Balanced feel, dry finish.

The appearance was the big difference with this beer. I couldn't believe how clear and light it looked. The aroma is very different from the flavor, in that it's balanced in the aroma, but it's extremely bitter on the tongue. Although I'd call the taste a bit of a one note disappointment, I still like this beer and would get it again.

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Photo of tewaris
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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

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Photo of Steasy66
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of drjman
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown pour with a nice head. Not too thin, not thick.

S: Very floral, Piney and smooth earthy smell

T: Very smooth, small bite and a little taste of all the different hops. More piney of a nose than taste. Much more floral than say the Avery Maharaja. In fact that is a good comparison beer. 24 wins out with taste for sure. Its a smoother feel on your tongue with less bite.

M: Small bite and smoothe. The pine opens up towards the back and the aftertaste is earthy and long lasting.

Overall a good beer that compares to others in its class.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with nice white head and lacing.

The smell is of citrus, caramel, and toast.

The taste is a little sweet with a big burnt caramel and orange peel bitterness. Maltier than I expected but I can't believe how well it works in the favor of this one as I usually don't care for that style.

Heavy on the caramel malts for sure but it balances the hops so well. Medium mouth feel and goes down so well. Easy drinking so make sure to grab two. I couldn't find any dating though which I could be blind or it could just be a negative.

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Photo of rawfish
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of coldriver
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a medium amber with fluffy white head and great lacing. Aroma is lemon, orange, and cotton candy. Taste is bitter piney hops with grapefruit and subtle honey. Malt is borderline oversweet, 9% alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is good and thick but harsh on the finish. This is a very good DIPA which I think could be great if the harsh finish were toned down.

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Photo of cavedave
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks, again, to exraided for yet another delicious brew. Live review.

A cloudy golden beer is topped with a long lasting 2 fingers of thick, off white foam. Gradually the head relaxes and leaves thick slathers of lace.

Citrus dominates the aroma, grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon, with light notes of pine, floral, and herbal bitter floating atop some nice neutral sweet.

All the flavors of the nose come on immediately, but the pine is stronger in the mix. Less sweet than I anticipated, which is good, and the sip really has clean flavors that are strong and bright. End of sip is pine resin kick boxing with bitter pith for dominance, and I am the winner of this battle.

Nice bright carb., perhaps just a tad too much, nice thick body, perhaps not quite thick enough, and an excellent finish. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Quite a nice beer, one that shows that even the second tier of left coast offerings are outstanding. Recommended.

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Photo of mrelizabeth
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had on-tap at local habit.

a- screams ipa. more translucent gold with just a touch of amber at it's deepest point in the glass. decent head.

s- slightly muted hops. doesn't set off your ibu sensor, but does hint at a medley of hops.

t- and that hops medley works well together. they've done a great job balancing out the malts and hops. very, very drinkable with or without food. not going to wreck your palate, not going to leave you wanting more bitterness.

o- will happily drink this anytime. a solid double ipa. doesn't try to make you suffer, and doesn't have a clever name. just delivers.

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Photo of noahfree
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from bevmo $5.99, no date.
Pours cloudy orange with great big chunks of yeast.
Smells great; apricots, honey, and grapefruit.
Tastes amazing, just like the nose with a little alcohol aftertaste. Not bad,I actually like it. Very much like old school Mongo before Port ruined it.
Highly recommended, buy it if you can get it.

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Photo of DM1293
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taste - Hops on the front and ride hard, but on the backswing, it really pulls back and the sweeter, citrusy-honey notes come forward. They said they used orange-blossom honey, and it does show up on the finish.

Overall - Impressive. The Double IPA, to me, isn't really THAT much different than a regular IPA...but in this category, I do say this is now the top beer I like. The sweet aftertaste really does wonders for enjoying the beer for me, and because its a honey-taste, it works with the citrusy notes of the hops.

Enjoy in moderation, because the taste does not indicate a 9.00% ABV.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
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.


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Double IPA from Hangar 24 Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.