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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 Sammy
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Part of a H24 tasting at WF Venice.

A: Poured from a bomber bottle a slightly hazed orange with a 1" thick white head which left spots of lace.

N: Juicy tropical and citrus hops, slight sweetness, floral, faint pine.

T: Caramel malts, mildly sweetish honey notes, citrus and pine.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes with some bitterness and mildly sweet malts.

O: A big DIPA that packs a punch. Loads of hops and balanced by some honey sweetnees. Make sure it's fresh.

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

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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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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 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 smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.42/5  rDev -36.5%
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,

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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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 HopHead84
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


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.

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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 pat61
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours hazy gold with a 1” fluffy head that is fairly persistent
S: Honey, a little resiny, citrus.
T: Start with a mouth full of creaminess and then a wave of honey and malty sweetness emerge followed by an astringent hop bitterness that lingers.
F: Soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation, medium body.
O: The big hops, malt and alcohol all play well together. Its bottle conditioned with sediment on the bottom so pour carefully.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Two fingers of rich, tight head. Hazy orange-gold. Good lacing.

S: Boring-flat hops. This beer might be old(ish). Tangerine. Orange peel.

T: Oh yum. Very orange-citrus forward, with intense, herbal-citric bitterness. The honey smooths things out just a bit without being obvious. Citrus is sweet, tangy, sharp, sour, and bitter. I like it a LOT. The body is full and carbonated.

O: Delicious DIPA. Sweet and bitter and strong. Loads of orange peel here. Would have again.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1028th Review on BA
Bottle to Hangar 24 2nd Anny glass
22 oz

Purchased from Total Wine Brea

App- A very deep burnt orange with some yellow and gold highlights. Giant 2-1/2 finger head that was a bit off white but left some amazing lush full and sticky lines of cling down the glass.

Smell- Very earthy with some grass, hay, orange and yeast. A bit of a fuller nose and smells very malty as well. One of those malt bombs that doesnt really do it for me. Missing a backing citrus note on the the aromatics.

Taste- This is a big earthy, damp and malty DIPA. Its pretty good for a profile I am not normally drawn too. I picked this up because I want to support local and didn't know much about the beer. It's very boozy with a bit of pepper and a lot of malt and caramel. A tad lacking in balance and slightly sweet for such a large beer.

Mouth- A medium body and a light/medium carbonation. A bit more body to it with some deep earthy and grassy notes. A bit one sided and malty w/o any real balance to a fruit note. The hops and malt create a pretty spicy and thick note as well.

Drink- So between the looks and everything else of this beer, It's a good beer. I don't really lean to this thick full pepper, but this was good. I'd like to see this one on tap.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hangar 24 pint glass at Steingarten LA. Orange color with an ample white head that holds on. The aroma is a mix of citrus, tropical, with some cotton candy thrown in as well as some fresh bread notes. The taste follows this theme- this is one highly drinkable brew with only a slight bitter character. Orange Blossom Honey is used in the recipe to give the malt backbone a gentle push in the sweet direction. Citra, Simcoe, Columbus, and Centennial hops are used, making the beer quite aromatic and floral.
This beer will start making appearances in bottles soon. That's good news for beer fans and another great addition to the Southern California IPA style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little over two fingers of head on a cloudy straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is mostly orange and some grapefruit.
The taste moderately bitter beginning to end. Some sweetness breaks through towards the end. Nice profile.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable.

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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 ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a glowing yellow with a hint of gold, nice slow steady carbonation, big off white 2 finger head with great lacing and retention.

S - Tons of light citrusy notes, orange, grapefruit, lemon, resinous rinds, malty.

T - Initially decently bitter with tons of the aforementioned citrus flavors and resin. Nice sweet malts temper the citrusy bitterness.

M - Really great malty body (medium bodied), decently carbonated and decently thick - perfect combination IMO. Quite drinkable for what it is.

O - Overall a wonderfully balanced resinous citrusy sweet malty dipa!

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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 arizcards
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine at the end of May for $6.99.
Beer poured a deep golden with a nice white head that is long lasting.

Nose is primarily the sweet honey malt backbone. I am catching some citrus on the back end.

Taste is a grainy malt base that is overrun by a boatload of citrus, pine, and floral hops.

Mouthfeel is incredibly light, carbonation lifts up this big brew quite nicely.

Overall this is a solid representation of the style. Consider giving it a shot if you have the chance.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
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

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