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Essence - Hangar 24 Brewery

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 26
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.68/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of bnachtig
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
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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4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DM1293
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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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4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of tanarm
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Essence from Hangar 24 Brewery
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