California Spring Beer - Hangar 24 Brewery
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
4.35/5 rDev +21.2%
Hangar 24 has a seasonal now? Let's try it. On to the beer:
Nearly muddy in appearance, with a color that is a yellow/orange melange. Reasonable cream forms on top, which retains okay, and it leaves spotyy lacing around. While the ingredients used don't conjure images of spring, the crispness of the floral notes do. Tagging along are notes of apricot skins, vague spice, and a mimicing flavor of a witbier.
It gets better. It's hard to understate how crisp the hops are in the beer, and you can certainly taste the work. With the blend of two yeast strains, we have a winner here. Delicate hop pedals run all around the palate and provide lip smacking satisfaction. Crisp citrus adds another layer of yum. More crisp hops. Despite all this presence, somehow the beer keeps itss balance. It's light, very crisp, and very quenching to the thirst.
Most of my Hangar 24 experiences have been good ones. However, California Spring Beer takes the brewery to a new high. Without question my favorite Hangar 24 offering to date. This is a definate re-purchase.
03-17-2012 03:53:58 | More by DoubleJ
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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
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from the bottle into my Bruery Tulip..
Poured a very light orange/yellowish hazy color with a pretty thick white head that dissapeared quickly.
Smell is fairly mild, some belgian yeasts can be detected, lemons, wheat.
Taste is very light and refreshing - definetely some lemon/orange notes. Backed with a bit of belgian spice from the yeast. Wish there was just a bit more, but overall pretty good.
Mouthfeel is carbonated and light - very refreshing!
Didn't know what to expect for this one, but am pleasantly suprised! Taste is very refreshing, a perfect session beer for a warm spring/summer day.
04-19-2012 23:36:22 | More by TWStandley
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
A hoppy wheat beer, thanks to Tim Johnson for this Growlin' at the Moon bottle.
A: The ale is pale and golden, bright and cheerily appropriate for a spring beer. A thin white head, no more than a band really, sits atop the beer.
S: The nose is strong, hoppier than I was expecting. The bitterness, citrusy, is more than a match for the wheat and biscuit base. That strength is a big draw, making the ale much more appealing, much bigger.
T: The strength of nose, the booze in particular, isn't as upfront here. A spicy, near-Belgian aspect runs through the ale, powering the hops and leading nicely into the wheat finish. The hops, strongest mid-sip, have a vibrant citrus/pine bite. The Belgian aspect, thanks yeast strain, has a fruitiness that pairs nicely with the hops. The lightness gives the beer a lawnmower feel but the strong hops give it street cred.
M: Hoppy, wheaty, and light. The result is plenty of flavor with a spry airyness. Another good experience with Hangar 24.
03-10-2012 01:41:57 | More by akorsak
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
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with a solid white head. A nice hoppiness to it, highly floral, with a light spiciness. Good wheat and bread notes, fairly crisp on the nose. Just a hint of grass. The flavor has a nice touch of citrus along with the more floral and spicy notes. Sweet bread and wheat flavors and a touch of yeast.
07-30-2012 22:40:31 | More by womencantsail
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip. Appearance is a hazy orange with hues of yellow. Decent pour yields a good head which dies to a nice ring around the glass with tiny islands floating in the middle.
Smells really good. Some spicy, ester notes followed by hop and wheat goodness
Taste is certainly intriguing. You can tell it's a wheat beer. Has an immediately refreshing taste. Lemon, some coriander. Hops are mellow but noticable.
Mouthfeel is great. I could drink a few of these.
Overall this is a really good beer and very sessionable. Another win for Hangar 24
04-19-2012 21:40:28 | More by UnknownKoger
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
1215th Review on BA
Bottle to Hangar 24 Tulip
App- A nice mix of oranges and yellows. A bit glowing with a good 1-1/2 finger white fast receding head. Good scattered head with good cling as well.
Smell- Smells more like a lager to me. Has some aromatic pine and spice. A small bit of wheat and some white pepper. Good but could be better.
Taste- After having the Ithaca and CL versions with lemon and some Belgian notes, this just falls flat for me. Has good earthy and wheat notes but has a weird off soapy flavor.
Mouth- A light medium body with a fairly medium carbonation with good peppery creamy bubbles.
Drink- Fairly tasty but nothing I would really come back to.
04-12-2012 03:05:15 | More by FosterJM
2.98/5 rDev -17%
Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at a posh restaurant in Santa Monica, California. Expectations were average given the brewery. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a hazy orange-copper. Little lacing.
Sm: Orange peel and citrus fruit esters. Clean malts. A mild strength aroma.
T: Citrus orange peel, clean malts, and hints of cream. No yeast comes through. Fresh and pleasant but simple. Not complex, layered, or subtle. Decently balanced, but generically built. Meh.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Not full-bodied. Thin and underwhelming. Adequately carbonated. Suits the style.
Dr: Drinkable and fresh, but not of the high calibre needed to make it a great hefeweizen. I was surprised that no yeast came through given the style. Not a bad offering in the style, and makes for a decent table beer to pair with food. Try it if you're a fan of the brewery or hardcore fan of the style. Otherwise, it can be left alone. There are better beers in this style and price range.
05-20-2012 22:36:07 | More by kojevergas
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
California Spring Beer from Hangar 24 Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.