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Double IPA - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Double IPADouble IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 06-08-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a hazy light orange coloured body, with a generous retained cloud of a head. Great fruit aroma, orange and tropical. Tremendous flavour, and gets better as it goes, great with several courses of my dinner, complementing the fish, the veal, bread, soup. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and tropical. tremendous DIPA without the full frontal assault on the palate. Very smooth. I would have this again and soon. This bottle alone worth the baggage check-in loading up on bottles from my recent LA trip.

Sammy, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy bone color head that settles to an island of foam on the top of the beer. Thin tightly packed rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. A small amount of sediment is floating around in this one. Smell is all about the hops: floral, herbal, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas as well. Taste up front is of the hops followed by a sweet malt backbone. The label says this one is brewed with honey but I am not getting any of it in the smell or taste. There is an assertive and astringent hop bitterness that sits on the top of the tongue with each sip. This beer has a medium body with a light and crisp level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA that would be better in my opinion if the bitterness was dialed back a bit.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

On-tap at Out of the Park Pizza

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Nice citrus hops, particularly grapefruit and tangerine, along with some tropical fruit notes of pineapple and mango. Somewhat sweet, but there is still a nice pine note. Not really any maltiness.

T: Piney hops are noticeable throughout the sip and provide a sufficient bitterness. Lots of fruit notes between the citrus of grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines and the tropical notes. Perhaps just a bit of bready malt.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a solid bitterness on the back end.

O: Solid double IPA here, but quite under the radar, like a lot of Hangar 24 beers are.

womencantsail, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

GRG1313, May 27, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jaydoc, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

largadeer, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

nickfl, May 03, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

MasterSki, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Hazy amber in the plastic cup at the brewery in Redlands. Gigantic hops but suffused with the warmth of the equally big malt. Rich flavors full of lightly roasted malt and all the citrus fruits plus peelings. Makes me think of marmalade needing a lot more sugar.

Excellent mouthfeel with a nice spritz, though on the lighter body side. Good for a few slurps but so over the top I'd call it virtually undrinkable. Hop will want to try this, however, it's a serious entry. Brewery says it's 118 IBU, if you're keeping score.

mactrail, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours orange with a medium white head. Good retention, great concentric lace.

S: Definite notes of orange and lemon zest, citrus, really no malt character.

T: Fair amount of mint upfront, spicy hops with a lot of grapefruit and lemon. Hop forward this is West Coast all the way even coming from the Inland Empire. Good, not blowing me away.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, has some booze on the back end which gives a somewhat solventy finish instead of a powerful hop aftertaste that I like in DIPAs. Low-medium finishing length compared to others in its style.

D: With Columbus, Citra and Simcoe (3 of my favourite hops) in the brew I was real excited to try this. A solid West Coast IPA, that's what it is. Not too expensive, under $6 a bomber which is great in the style nowadays. Worth a try.

Halcyondays, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

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+

kojevergas, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

barleywinefiend, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

drewone, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
2.45/5  rDev -36.4%

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,

DoubleJ, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

Zorro, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%

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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

BillRoth, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Very light IPA, bright lemon yellow and almost like a banana with some light orange towards the top, with an opaque body and fine carbonation rising. Head is quite shocking and bright white to match, with four fingers of fluffy retention and soapy pin head bubbles. Classic ringed island puck while settling, spotty lacing. Pretty bright looking IPA, nearly like a white IPA.

Solid hop nose, and sense of honey sweetness. Slightly sticky sensing, with hints of tropical and grapefruit and a bit of lemon. Slightly spicy sensing, fairly controlled, not much sensing malt presence or distinction that stands out. Looking solid.

For a double IPA this is quite light and refreshing on the palate. Staying away from booming heavy qualities, there's very light malts and almost light wheat crispness to this. Hop angle continues the citrus character, and tropical bunch flavors. Very minimal bitterness and sugars as well, leaving for an interesting light and refreshing hop palate.

It comes off as a hoppy wheat ale without the chew, no doubt to minimal wheat content if any, and lighter malts. For a Double IPA it's very refreshing and almost like a solid hoppy wheat ale minus the wheat density. Very nice.

smakawhat, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +3.9%

liamt07, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.08/5  rDev -20%

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.

HopHead84, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.9%

dirtylou, Mar 05, 2014
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Double IPA from Hangar 24 Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.