1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Essence - Hangar 24 Brewery

Not Rated.
EssenceEssence

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of travolta
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Jamcwherter
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Bwagner1122
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jwswigs
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of OoReFLuXoO
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of nealbert
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of MRgnar
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BillyStills
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Celtics17
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.

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of overthestars
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of givemeastout
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Thomas_Greiner
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Fern13
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of logicerror
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of anon
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of hpthebull
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Essence from Hangar 24 Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.