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Double IPA - Hangar 24 Brewery

Not Rated.
Double IPADouble IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
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 peensteen
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from northyorksammy

Hazy blonde-ornage colour, a bit more than a finger of white head, good lace as well on the glass. Smell is full of citrusy hops, grapefruit and to a lesser degree orange, some lightly sweet malts and a faint sugestion of honey, also a bit of fuzzy peaches come through as well. Taste starts off malty and lightly sweet with some honey, hops pick up around mid palate and is quite potent, citrusy mostly grapefruit with some orange, dry finish. Lightly carbonated, drying medium body. Solid stuff here very enjoyable, finishing the bomber was done with ease.

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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 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 charlzm
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on February 12th, 2013. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Beer is a cross between light burnished copper and deep honey. Very clear. Lots of carbonation. An off-white, nearly-yellow head a finger high forms and provides excellent sheeting on the glass long after it has subsided.

Aromatic in exactly the way expected: piney and grapefruity hops.

Flavor is big and assertive without being overbearing. A little caramel malt quickly gives way to piney and ruby red grapefruit notes. The beer is surprisingly sweet for all that, however. Bitterness is middling to high, but far less than some DIPAs I've had.

This thing is not a hop bomb, but instead a fairly balanced and drinkable brew.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little oily. Decent though not outstanding carbonation and not as dry as might be expected.

Overall, I'd drink this one again.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no bottle date. Poured this one into The Bruery snifter (RIP), both thanks to beerman4!

A: Pours a cloudy, unfiltered orange color. A finger plus of fluffy white head. Not a lot of lacing or alcohol feet.

S: Lots of orange and citrus notes. A little bit of grapefruit. And definitely the normal DIPA malt backing.

T: Actually tastes more like a single IPA. You get some hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. But yes, the sweet malt balance of the DIPA comes through in the middle. Close is actually sweet and not overly bitter. It's actually a really pleasant for a DIPA.

M: Medium bodied.

O: B+

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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 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 ocelot2500
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a tinge of orange with a soapy white head that leaves big chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus an tropical hops.

Tastes of the bright hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and orange. Touches of pine and flowers sneak in. Hops give way to caramel malts which add to the fruits with a little syrup. Hops and malt come to a nice a balance on the end with a little spiciness coming through. Finishes with a touch of lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice DIPA which hits a lot of good notes. If you like a fruity and balanced DIPA, then this is a must try.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to a FW pint glass
*No bottling date however the shop clerk mentioned this one was packaged on/or around Christmas

A: Pours a soft golden hue with some slight haze to it and a perfect two fingers stack of off-white heady foam. Slips down slowly into a halo never fully dissipating. Leaves some tracked beads of lace across the glass.

S: Smell leads with pine then grapefruit and citrus with a tropical mango/papaya twist to it. Sweet caramelized malts and some alcohol. Reminds me kind of like Hopslam.

T: Taste is pine and fruity hops up front as well. Lots of grapefruit and some pineapple. Bitter melon with a little bit of dank herb and spice midway. Tropical with some sweet breaded maltiness. Moderate bitters. A touch of alcohol in flavor as well. A bit sweet but with a lighter dry finish. All in all pretty good. A little clumsy balance wise but tasty.

M: Medium body with a real creamy texture and even carb. Makes for a lighter frothy mouthfeel. Slight oily resinous coating. A bit of a harsh drying finish.

D: Overall a pretty solid DIPA with lots of nice pine and tropics. The hoppiest brew to come out of Hangar 24 yet. Still needs some refining IMO with a bit too much sweetness and a dry harsh alcohol finish. Very reminiscent of a more tropical Hopslam with the sweet orange blossom honey. Not sure if I am a real fan of honey additions in an IPA but this ain’t half bad.

Would pick up again at $6/bomber.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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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 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 RaulMondesi
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Out Of The Park in Animalheim, CA.

First things first and Raul sat his slender 6'3" 145 pound frame down with a H-24. Appearance was bright and sunny like a Twinkie on acid - I mean, this cold sun of a gun was vibrant. Scent was aite like a newborn grapefruit, while the taste was pretty juicy, but a bit astringent like my baby mama while using a bottle of windex (which is rare, my children).

Fairly pleasant, but a bit harsh overall. If you're going to play with a freak, there is the possibility that it is going to bite.


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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 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 Hendry
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy apricot color, 1 soapy finger of bone white head,decent retention & lacing.

Aroma is an even balanced mixture of candied tropical fruit and malt.

Taste is pretty much what you expect from the aroma with candied grapefruit slices, and malt.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly grainy,not overly dry in the finish,decent drinkability.

If your tastes run towards an even blend of hops and malt, this will be a winner for you. If you prefer a hop forward IIPA with the malt lying low, this won't send you.

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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 DWolf
4.94/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer, recommended by our server, did not disappoint in the slightest. It poured a beautiful honeyed-orange color, with a frothy head and lacing along the glass. Aromas of pine, fresh cut grass and citrus rose to the nose. On the palate, the highend hops were present. It was appropriately bitter and balanced. Overall, based on this one experience, I'd rate this beer up there with the top DIPA's I've tried. Yes, in other words, I came to Cali looking for Pliny on tap and "ended up with this". Gun to head, blind folded, I don't think I'd have been able to tell the difference. I'll be looking for this again to see if the notes are consistent the second time around. Kudos to Hangar 24, whoever you are.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Popp24
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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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 whatthehull
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Bright California orange sunset, one finger slightly off white head and some sticky lacing

S - Very sweet, tropical fruits and flowers, slight resin, pine, tons of citrus, a slightly toasted malt nose and a slightly sweet yeast note

T - Wow, this is great, fresh and refreshing! Nice sweet up front, citrus, tropical/island fruits and flowers, weed, crisp water, very nice pine, roasted malts on the back bone and more sweet.

M - Medium bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium minus acidity and nice refreshingly medium plus finsih

D/O - Really nice, refreshing CA DIPA/Imperial IPA. For the hop head, give this one a try. I saw the rating and reviews, what were they reviewing? This isn't the Columbus IPA or the single hopped DIPA. It has great hop, a nice malt and very sweet and sticky

Final Thought - $6 a pop, 9% abv and very tasty and refreshing! I need to pick up a few more! Loves it!

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

Pours murky orange gold. Yellow highlights are present. The smallish off white head leaves behind tons of lacing.

Smell is grapefruit, tangy, citrusy. There is a hint of the malt, flowers and booze.

Taste is juicy, tropical. Clean and powerful. Finished with a pithy bitterness.

The brew is perfectly carbonated, almost light and easy, yet powerful. A clean crisp finish makes me want more.

Easily the the DIPA I have tried since PtE. Bitter, juicy, easy to drink. A great punch in the face. I will definitely be getting more.


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Photo of MrHirschybar
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Hangar 24

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...

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