California Spring Beer - Hangar 24 Brewery
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4/5 rDev +11.4%
Got in a trade with swingracex. 22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but assumed 2014 bottling. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass; with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, light pepper, light coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hops, fruity/earthy yeast, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, light pepper, light coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light floral/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, bread, light coriander, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, hops, and pale malt flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice pale wheat ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of hops, fruity/earthy yeast, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
05-28-2014 03:42:04 | More by superspak
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours a hazy golden color with a pillowy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.
Smells of orange notes with some floral undertones.
Tastes of the citrus notes with some underlying wheat and floral hops. Orange zest notes lead off before a bit of pale malt adds some sweetness and bread. Wheat adds in with a bit of a sharp note. Floral hops come towards the end along with a bit of spice. Finishes with a slightly sharp citric note.
Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.
Overall, I find myself liking this more with each sip. This is a good take on a usually lifeless style that reaches out to those who like hops.
05-12-2014 01:24:08 | More by ocelot2500
3.39/5 rDev -5.6%
Appearance: A hazy orange color with a very nice head and lacing. Head is chunky and has very nice retention.
Nose: Fresh orange, banana, and some mint at the end.
Taste: Lots of orange up front, some herbs in the middle, and it ends with some belgian yeasty tingle. Some crushed aspirin in the middle.
04-02-2014 00:58:35 | More by travolta
4.06/5 rDev +13.1%
Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color with a white, near 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin broken layer of suds across the surface. Fair lacing with little stick.
Smell - Notes of citrus, spice, banana and a bready undertone.
Taste - Follows the nose: citrus notes at the forefront, while lesser clove spice and touches of wheat and banana round it out. Lightly toasted bread. Faint caramel. Finishes with a mild orange peel bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Medium in body wih fair to lively carbonation. Smooth; touches of buttery diacetyl. Finishes easy.
Overall - Interesting brew. I'd call it a pale ale / hefeweizen hybrid, at least in terms of flavor. Nice balance. Unique. The best Hangar 24 offering I've had to date. It's one I'll have to pick up when it's first released next spring.
07-21-2013 02:13:31 | More by TheSixthRing
California Spring Beer from Hangar 24 Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.