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Essence - Hangar 24 Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

10-10-2012 03:11:15 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit extract. Taste is very similar with a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good citrus forward DIPA with some nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:05:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 01:30:02 | More by womencantsail
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3/5  rDev -21.5%

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

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 05:55:39 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a murky deep orange, nice full lace, good looking beer.

S: Tons of citrus peel, tangerine and orange.

T: Kumquat, orange and grapefruit. I get what's advertised. Not overly bitter, a lot more straight up fruit, though it's not super intense with flavour.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, medium aftertaste, resiny, oily citrus.

O: A nice experiment and a good beer. Could be a starter DIPA in a way since it is not overly bitter, but still enjoyable to the hardcore fan of this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 06:11:34 | More by Halcyondays
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 01:44:29 | More by corby112
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-08-2012 06:50:13 | More by drewone
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 05:34:54 | More by HuskyinPDX
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-28-2014 19:54:04 | More by bsuedekum
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FosterJM

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1350th Review on BA
Bottle to CCB snifter
22oz

Thanks to Callmecoon and Smarcoly for sharing

App- Really had a hazy orange with a little yellow mixed in. A nice semi clear color with a few bubbles on the bottom. A small head with only a little bit of cling.

Smell- Big lush amounts of orange, zest and whispy fresh alcohol phenols. Not overly boozy but still there. Lots of grapefruit and that stinging blood orange note. Also a small resiny malty note.

Taste- Its a nice beer. Not mindblowing like Subpeona said. A good addition of the fruit but bloodorange isnt my thing. Small grapefruit comes next and lots of pine and hops.

Mouth- A small medium body with a semi medium carbonation. Residual orange and hops.

Drink- It was nice. Coulda been better. Nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 17:50:44 | More by FosterJM
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mhaugo

California

4.5/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 04:14:05 | More by mhaugo
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AgentMunky

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 03:42:37 | More by AgentMunky
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-17-2013 02:42:12 | More by AlexFields
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-28-2012 20:44:43 | More by ste5venla
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-24-2014 05:44:11 | More by bigred89
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-10-2013 04:23:16 | More by CelticAleMan
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tbeq00

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-11-2012 01:37:33 | More by tbeq00
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-29-2012 13:19:28 | More by Rollzroyce21
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CEDAMA

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-09-2012 16:42:13 | More by CEDAMA
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jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-14-2013 05:07:02 | More by jeff1973
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-11-2013 20:38:09 | More by ralphw56
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rawfish

California

3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 06:28:37 | More by rawfish
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-15-2012 11:10:39 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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Essence from Hangar 24 Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.