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Essence - Hangar 24 Brewery

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85
very good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 06-05-2012)
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Reviews by TrojanRB:
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TrojanRB

California

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%

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

08-04-2013 02:22:56 | More by TrojanRB
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aquazr1

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-01-2013 04:28:32 | More by aquazr1
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JasonFromLA

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-27-2013 21:41:14 | More by JasonFromLA
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-28-2012 20:44:43 | More by ste5venla
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lucky13


5/5  rDev +31.9%

06-09-2012 08:12:13 | More by lucky13
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-05-2013 23:38:04 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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GetMeAnIPA

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

07-07-2012 04:22:19 | More by GetMeAnIPA
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Jamcwherter


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

08-03-2014 01:23:40 | More by Jamcwherter
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richj1970

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

07-05-2014 21:09:42 | More by richj1970
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Hellyeahimdrinking

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-30-2012 20:01:09 | More by Hellyeahimdrinking
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

I'm trying to only use the "Hads" but this one is sufficiently good where it should have a score so I'd like to help it out.

In a nutshell, I completely agree with UCLABrewN84 whose review is below, although I think it looks pretty darn good, as well.

This beer is, in my opinion, one of the best I've had from Hangar 24 and I've been there and tasted a lot of their stuff. This may be my favorite from them, to date.

Nose is big, full and friendly. Mouthfeel is rich, bold and inviting. Taste is just what you want - rich, bold and very well balanced - one of the best balanced brews I've had in a long while, while still retaining big fresh rich character and flavors.

You may not love it but this is at least one to try.

06-13-2012 00:45:18 | More by GRG1313
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Strwrs777

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-17-2012 05:20:48 | More by Strwrs777
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g_jenkins

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-02-2013 07:02:39 | More by g_jenkins
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tanarm

California

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

06-22-2013 03:35:48 | More by tanarm
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CEDAMA

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-09-2012 16:42:13 | More by CEDAMA
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-10-2013 00:48:44 | More by largadeer
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

10-16-2013 17:10:31 | More by ThickNStout
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1424IpA

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-13-2014 18:55:41 | More by 1424IpA
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JonAdams

New York

3.6/5  rDev -5%

08-27-2014 23:29:11 | More by JonAdams
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DCRA

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-13-2012 00:49:24 | More by DCRA
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-21-2013 12:38:11 | More by anticipation23
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ricktizo


3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-25-2012 05:11:10 | More by ricktizo
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BillyStills

California

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

06-27-2014 23:58:35 | More by BillyStills
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

08-15-2012 00:30:32 | More by zac16125
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

06-20-2012 00:07:16 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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Essence from Hangar 24 Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.