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Essence - Hangar 24 Brewery

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very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
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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2.5/5  rDev -34%

mroberts1204, Jun 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

logicerror, Nov 30, 2013
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2.86/5  rDev -24.5%

Furlinator, Aug 18, 2014
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2.88/5  rDev -24%

The citrus fruit is a nice idea, but it tends to make this beer really acidic. That plus the hops gives an overdose of grapefruit peel. However, it's a interesting concoction and if you like the sharp taste it's worth a try.

Attractive appearance in the tulip glass. More orange than amber with a nice sudsiness. Aroma of orange juice and roast barley. Light malt flavor and not enough sweetness to counter the astringency attack. I have to rate the mouthfeel low for that puckery reason. Out of curiosity I mixed it 50/50 with Hog Heaven barley wine, which seemed to only make it more bitter and sharp.

From the 22 oz bottle. Bought at Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego.

mactrail, Jun 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

aquazr1, Aug 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

largadeer, Aug 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

1424IpA, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

ricktizo, Jul 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

jakecattleco, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of zhanson88
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

zhanson88, Jun 23, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

g_jenkins, Sep 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

jwswigs, Jul 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

nealbert, Jul 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

MRgnar, Jul 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

BoRaeCho, Jun 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Strwrs777, Dec 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

CEDAMA, Jun 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Piddmeista, Jun 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

PluckyDucky, Jul 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ralphw56, Aug 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Thomas_Greiner, Jun 20, 2014
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Essence from Hangar 24 Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.