Essence - Hangar 24 Brewery

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very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TrojanRB
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottle dated 6/22/13 and drank on 8/3/13.

A: Nice copper copper color, thin head.

S: Smells warm and sweet. Fruit really comes through . Less hoppy smelling than you would expect from an IPA

T: Full and smooth, with citrus notes blending very well with the hops. Nicely balanced without being overpowering.

M: Lightly carbonated, drinkable without being overly heavy

Would be a great fall beer. Great flavors, not too heavy, and refreshing. You could definitely drink a few in a sitting

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of MarioM
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rawfish
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of zhanson88
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of tanarm
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  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  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Essence from Hangar 24 Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.