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Essence - Hangar 24 Brewery

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very good

30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 123
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 06-05-2012

This beer is the essence of Southern California. A traditional West Coast IPA with a distinct copper hue, enhanced by generous additions of navel oranges, sweet blood oranges and grapefruit, all grown in Redlands, CA. The citrus flavors and aromas intensify the zesty Cascade and Zythos hops to deliver a one-of-a-kind drinking experience. An invigorating beer with a pleasant, defining bitterness, perfect for warm weather.
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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm very nice double IPA. This was my first beer ever from hangar 24 and I was very excited to try one of their offerings… This one looked really good on the label and description but fell a little bit short of my expectations… Still very solid...just nothing to write home about

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Photo of Catracho5
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip glass

A: Amber, dark orange color with an off white head the poured creamy but quickly disappeared, not a lot of carbonation, looks cloudy.

A: Lots of citrus aromas, grapefruit rind, oranges, sweet malts, no alcohol, smells complex, smells big.

T: Citrus flavors right up front, grapefruit, orange bitterness, the blood and navel oranges bring some sweetness, malt on the back end, finishes semi dry, lots of flavors going on.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a semi dry finish, its kind of flat, the cap came off real easy, kind of weird.

O: Pretty complex, the citrus comes through pretty good, oranges are noticeable with slight bitterness and sweetness, the aroma is outstanding but the flavor is too mellow, especially for a IIPA, it lacks the flavor and mouthfeel I've had in other IIPAs, comes off more like an IPA.

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Photo of Radome
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Good orange, even reddish color; some haze. Low white head.
S - Some orange zest, lots of pine and grapefruit, presumably from both hops and fruit.
T - Super intense orange/grapefruit flavors blend perfectly with the hops.
M - Medium body; medium carbonation. Intense hops bitterness. Low alcohol presence.
O - Perfect blending of fruit and hops. Seems to achieve exactly what the brewery said they were going for.

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Photo of Reema
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice brew. Dark orange, leaning towards red color. It's a very pretty brew. Very citrusy smelling, almost citrus rind smelling. A lot is going on, I like it. Some obvious citrus tastes with a slight sweetness from the oranges and grapefruit. The mouthfeel does feel a bit too resiny, though it's minor. I like this beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light tan color.
Lots of citrus aromas come across.
There’s a rounded bitterness with lots of citrus peel.

It’s all right by me. I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now.

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Photo of charlzm
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at brewery.

Murky light orange. Minimal white head that gives nominal lace.

Aroma is mostly fruit (orange and grapefruit) but not as assertive as expected. Some floral and perfume notes.

Flavor is softly malty with significantly bitter finish. Fruits are present but down in the mix. Flavor not well-sorted.

Mouthfeel average for style: some carbonation bite, slightly tingly. Medium-bodied and slightly oily.

Overall - wouldn't seek out but would drink if easily available.

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Photo of travolta
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A hazy orange apricot with chunky yeast floaters. Bright white head with rocky body and very nice lacing. Normal head retention.

Nose: Grapefruit, lime, orange fruit. Some malt.

Taste: Orange fruit, orange rind, grapefruit. Citrus pith.

Notes: It grows on you, give it some time.

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Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden orange with two finger white head with lasting retention and sticky lacing.

S: Fairly big citrus - oranges and tangerines. Pine hops.

T: Mix of blood orange and other sweet citrus notes. A touch of honey sweetness.

M: Medium body leaving a bit of hop oils on the tongue.

O: Nice citrus forward DIPA.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very little to no malt taste. Big orange peel, orange zest. Slight pine notes, and slight grapefruit. Some floral notes. It taste like a bitter glass of orange juice. Solid DIPA all around. Not one of the best, but unique in it's way..

I love the fact that there is zero malt flavor in this DIPA.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Khourey's (Las Vegas, NV). 7.99. No bottling date that I can find. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours a hazy pale gold with two and a half fingers of near white head. Decent retention but not much lace. A murky, almost pulpy sediment settles towards the end.

As expected the nose is full of citrus. Definate strong notes of those naval and blood oranges followed by catmelized sugar and sweet bread.

Taste follows the aroma. Dominant blood oranges, mandarin rind, bitter grapefruit, mild pine, grass, slight earthy hay, a little peppery spice and just a pinch of alcohol. A nice blend of citrus and hops with plenty of malt sweetness.

Oily medium body with moderate carbonation. Bittersweet blood orange piney finish.

A really enjoyable DIPA. Pehaps not perfect but it has a distinctive, if heavy handed, blood orange chatacter that I enjoyed. I'm not going out of my way to get anymore but it is worth a try.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at KnB Wine Cellar in San Diego, CA. March, 2013.

Pours a slightly hazy, dark tangerine color with apricot edges and a two finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Splotchy lacing left behind.

Sweet floral hop aroma that's slightly faded with lots of citrus fruit followed by sweet caramel malt.  Hints of tangerine, apricot and oranges followed by caramel and toffee.  Some earthy pine and grassy saaz-like hops as well but it's more malt forward  at this point.  

Medium bodied and resinous with dry bitterness countered by citrus fruit and a sweet malt backbone.  Earthy and more hop forward than expected with grassy pine needle flavor followed by orange peel, apple and grapefruit.  Sweet caramel malt backbone with some biscuit, bread and toffee flavor.  Decently balanced but the hops are a bit faded and the malt presence is stronger than I prefer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal.

Clear ish orange. Some head.

Grapefruit peel and not much else.

Super hoppy and very fruity. High carbonation, but it works. The first initial sip is sweet. Blood orange is apparent. Then in rush bitter hops that dominate the flavor (with some orange and grapefruit zest) through the aftertaste.

Not nearly as fruity as anticipated. Hugely bitter, but very tasty. Would drink again.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottle dated 6/22/13 and drank on 8/3/13.

A: Nice copper copper color, thin head.

S: Smells warm and sweet. Fruit really comes through . Less hoppy smelling than you would expect from an IPA

T: Full and smooth, with citrus notes blending very well with the hops. Nicely balanced without being overpowering.

M: Lightly carbonated, drinkable without being overly heavy

Would be a great fall beer. Great flavors, not too heavy, and refreshing. You could definitely drink a few in a sitting

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Photo of MarioM
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber poured into Delirium Tremens snifter

A: Bright orange and cloudy with an off white almost yellowish head. Very little lacing after head dissipated but comes back when stirred from its moderate carbonation.

S: Great citrus hops, nice resin dankness common to West Coast IPAs. Great aroma of citrus definitely shines through all the hop aroma when standing back a bit from the glass, very aromatic even at a distance. Stirring the beer really brings out the dank in the hops, wow, a lot going on in the aroma. So much citrus and hop funk!

T: Very different than the aroma... A strange orange peel cloyingness going on at the beginning and lingers through out. Dry bitterness and slightly fruity with light pine character in the finish. Smooth flavors that work good together and definitely citrus.

M: Dry finish with a good bitterness that lingers and reminds you of all the characteristics of the West Coast trend of IPAs. A orange peel like bitterness also lingers but actually makes for a refreshing beer.

O: A very smooth and dry example with a little extra going on with the added citrus. Works well and helps to tame the high abv clocking at 8.5%. Drinkable and refreshing. Will recommend to friends but just a tad expensive, well worth the experience though. Go for it!

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Photo of rawfish
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark orange amber body with notable haze. A sharp pour nets a two finger stark white head with rather poor retention. Smattering of wispy lacing on the glass.

Sharp, one dimensional orange citrus rind and astringent phenols. Some grapefruit and pine resin mixed in there too. Alcohol is masking any hint of malt sweetness.

Pleasantly surprised that despite being brewed with fruit the sweetness is very toned down. Bready with some husky cereal grain, ethanol comes in providing an astringent note as the hops add bitterness and a pinching grapefruit rind, lemon and pine resin flavor.

Bright carbonation battles the medium body of this beer. The bitterness and alcohol feel is very high in this DIPA as is the drying effect.

For me the jury is still out on Hangar 24, they are pretty reliable when it comes to adding fruit to beer, I just haven't been blown away by anything yet. The citrus character is present in this beer but some sweetness to hide the alcohol and a hop variety that adds citrus flavor really could've made this better.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, burnt orange color with a good carbonation level. About 1/2" of white head forms, which has both good retention and lacing. Pretty attractive looking beer all in all.

Smell: I detect a good amount of pale and caramel malts initially. Remainder of scents are citrus driven with orange rind and grapefruit coming to the forefront. Overall smells pretty malty without much hop complexity.

Taste: Initial taste is pretty malty. A good dose of citrus follows. The added fruit plays a significant role, as I get quite a bit of grapefruit and other bitter citrus fruits. Finish is malty sweet with a bit of resin.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is medium, with a good amount of carbonation. As stated above, the finish is pretty sweet/malty which retracts a bit for me. Overall, I was not a huge fan of this. Too malt forward with one dimensional hop character. Worth a shot though.

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Photo of tanarm
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nice and heady, good retention, lacing. Hazy burnt orange hue. Nice small bubbles.

Smells really floral. Like the outside of a fresh grapefruit. Perfumy.

Hits you right away with a peppery, citrusy bitterness. White pepper. Toast. Slight male backbone but this thing is balanced toward hops and citrus fruit for sure. Orange flesh. Some floral hops in the finish. Slight caramel but you have to look for it. Bitterness lingers long after sipping.

Light on the tongue for an 8.5 abv beer. Some astringency. Very very dry.

A really interesting offering. Great for drinking when it's hot out, as the bitter, dry finish leaves you wanting more. Not a hop bomb, it is balanced more between the citrus and the hops. Very unique and tasty, I like that the fruit is not overly obvious.

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Photo of mhaugo
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured in a fat tulip glass.
Appearance: Hazy copper with small beige islands of foam floating on top. Thin residue down the sides of the glass.
Smell: I bought my son a grapefruit the other day that amused me because it was the size of his head. The pile of grapefruit peel that came from it was enormous. This beer smells like that pile. And I can smell it from two feet away. Brilliant, inviting smell. I’m now like Pepé Le Pew floating across a cloud of aroma, aiming to pounce on his target of passion…
Taste: When I read that this beer is a double IPA brewed with navel oranges, blood oranges, and grapefruit, I immediately imagined that it would be sweet like orange juice. But that is not at all the case. It is citrusy (leaning more toward the tartness of grapefruit), bitter, and dry. The bitterness slowly builds into a crescendo, and then drops off just in time for me to want another sip. Amazingly well orchestrated.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, with some hop derived astringency. A subtle alcohol warmth in my chest.
Overall: If this is the “essence” of Southern California, I’m apparently going to be pretty well lubricated this summer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 9.3.12.

Thanks Jordan.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy, medium orange with a two inch yellow-tan foamy head. Great retention.

S - Sweet and malty, some citrus on the back end.

T - Oranges and lemons, some malt in the finish. This one tastes like it is not what it once was.

D - Decent carbonation with a sweet medium body.

O - Citrusy and malty. I would love to try this one fresh.

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Photo of zac16125
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle  into a tulip
no born on date 

Thanks to Redbeeron for sending this one over as an extra.

A: Pours a translucent copper amber color with just over 1 fingers width of off white head, which takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down.  The second glass poured from the snifter yields tons of sedimentation suspended in the glass, Im talking almost heady topper-esque sedimentation.  Leaves a fair amount of lacing.  

S: The aroma is somewhat citrusy which was expected, but there is also a significant amount of resiny hops and booze.  The second glass of the bomber (along with all the sedimentation) also has a different nose, including significantly more citrus aromas, specifically much more powerful orange and tangerine notes.  

T: Maltier on the tongue than the nose implied.   Has an interesting sweetness that is almost like the  banana yeast flavor in belgiums.  Decent amount of piney bitterness.   Significantly boozy.  Nothing at all like I anticipated, I get almost no citrus notes, except a bit of sweet orange which becomes slightly more prominent as the beer warms but even then is still taking a backseat to booze and bitterness.

M/D: Medium bodied, on the heavier side of the carbonation spectrum but not to a fault.  Doesnt do a terribly good job of masking the ABV, although as a fan of boozy beers I dont necessarily mind that.  Drinkability is good.  

O: Overall, not bad but nothing impressive.  Disappointingly lacking on citrus notes, and I honestly couldnt tell it was brewed with added oranges and grapefruits.  I recently had a similar DIPA brewed with added citrus, Westbrook Citrus Ninja, which I thought was far superior to this.  Granted, that one was fresher and didn't endure a cross country shipping expedition in the heat of summer, but still.  This one just came off as a middle of the road DIPA on the boozier side of the spectrum.  I wouldn't seek this one out, but I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Hazy orange in color with a white head. Nice citrus nose with lots of oily orange and grapefruit peel notes. A bit of pine, some grapefruit and orange flesh, and a bit of sweet malt. The flavor is quite citrusy. Lots of the blood orange flavor with moderate grapefruit and a bit of pine. Fairly bitter for a double IPA. A little sweetness to it and a light perfume. I prefer the regular DIPA.

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Photo of bnachtig
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing double IPA!
A: golden orangish
S: lots of hops some orange and lemon and grapefruit
T: Just like it smells. Not a lot of caramel malts in this one which is nice. Tastes like its ingredients!
M: Can tell it finished on the drier end, very refreshing and too easy too drink. One of the top five double IPA's out there.
O: More please

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Photo of DM1293
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Essence is essentially their DIPA, just taken in less of the honey-blossom direction and full on citrusy-hop flavours. And as a fan of citrus in my hoppy beers, I like this more. Strong without being overpowering, and cuts back on the sweetness. A little sticky on the palate, but enjoyable.

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Photo of GetMeAnIPA
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orange, cooper hazy color. If I didnt know it I would think it was a heff. Sligh head, nothing to foamy with moderate lacing.

S - nice citrus, orange, grapefruit smell with a little hop bitter note to it. For a DIPA the smell is a little mild. I think all the fruit masked the hops and alchool. Refreshing smell.

T - similar to the smell, well balanced orange, grapefruit and hop forward not too bitter or overpowering. It makes a great summer DIPA that represents the west coast nicely.

M - nice medium body. Not a light beer but not a heavy body either. Right amount of carbonation to it.

O - first experience with hangar 24. Good beer but not great. A little more citrusy and less hoppy than I prefer. I was stoked to try it and would order it again. It's a rare DIPA that makes for a great summer beer because the oranges and grapefruit make it nice and refreshing. Plus, the high ABV u only need a few.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mr. Savage and the boys did another fine job with this one.

Appearance is on par for what you are expecting, nice golden hues, frothy foaminess, light brass color. Smells of orange rind, light pine, grapefruit, citrus zest, and orange julius kisses.

Taste is an initial tart bit of hop oil that imparts a resin soaked orange wedge with trailing tears of acidic rage. Grapefruit carries its bindle in tow casting pine cones in the wake. A memorable take on an old chestnut.

Mouthfeel is light and not overly malty, solid base for some hopjumping. Overall, amazing beer for $6.99 and I hope it enters the regular rotation as I feel it is a vast improvement over their current DIPA offerings.

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Essence from Hangar 24 Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.