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Essence - Hangar 24 Brewery

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very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 4
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:
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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Photo of bluetrevian
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

bluetrevian, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of rainfairy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

rainfairy, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of rawfish
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

rawfish, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of JasonFromLA
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

JasonFromLA, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Piddmeista
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Piddmeista, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of zhanson88
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
Photo of tanarm
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

tanarm, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of anticipation23
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

anticipation23, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of hipboy221
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

hipboy221, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +5.8%

jeff1973, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

mhaugo, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

CelticAleMan, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of cgentzkow
4/5  rDev +5.8%

cgentzkow, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of BlackTuesday
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BlackTuesday, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Strwrs777
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Strwrs777, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +5.8%

ste5venla, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -14%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of BeerShman
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

BeerShman, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev +5.8%

ObeMaltKinobee, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of zac16125
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

zac16125, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of hickmancase
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

hickmancase, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

tbeq00, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of bnachtig
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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

bnachtig, Jul 26, 2012
Essence from Hangar 24 Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.