Betty
Hangar 24 Brewing

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #135
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,633
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
326
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Hangar 24 Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  146
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Photo of neenerzig
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having this beer on-tap at My Thai restaurant in Indian Wells, CA with my dad. Served in a standard pint glass, this beer is a clear, medium golden color with a nice white head that’s about an inch thick thick when first drawn and served. Settles eventually to a thick white ring lining the inside of the glass along with some small cluster swirls of surface foam follows by very nice lacing. Aromas of some bready malts with a bit of caramel sweetness and then some piney, earthy, floral hops. Of course, the flavor profile is quite similar, with some bready malts with a bit of caramel sweetness and then some piney, earthy, floral hops that have a bitterness that’s slightly dank and resinous. A very good flavor profile all around. Has a crisp, smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a nice, hoppy aftertaste.

Eric

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Photo of AleManDan
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the most “grapefruit”/stone fruit centric IPAs I have ever known and loved. It smells fanstastic! Orange and lemon peel and zest with grapefruit and so on...

Taste doesn’t disappoint and follows suit. Dry finish. Classic West Coast...dry on the back end and loads of hop residue without being harsh or overly oily.

Solid and wish it was more readily available in cans for the beach and the poolside!

Update: more resinous and piney than I remember. Also a bit more staid and classic.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with off- white head. Aroma has resiny hops and bitter orange rind with a toasted malt background. Taste is bitter and resiny with some orange rind notes and slightly grainy malt background. Really classic, west coast style IPA.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic but very enjoyable west coast ipa

A lot on the grapefruit, the pine needle and some mango notes

Nice mouthfeel moderate carbonation.

Quite enjoyable

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Photo of beershrine
1.48/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wife bought a bomber bottle from Albertsons. Poured into a glass and ........yikes.....
Since when are they bottling sanitizer? Nasty bright sour and twingee...poured it down the drain.
Bad bottle won't try this brand again.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with some small floaters and a white head. Smells of citrus, hops, tropical fruits, and light maltiness. Tastes of papaya, mango, orange zest, pine, and fresh hops. Medium in body and medium-high carbonation. Overall a delicious IPA.

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Photo of kevanb
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, undated but known to be fresh, poured into a 14oz snifter glass. Enjoyed on 4.4.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a dark copper color, orange hues with a mild chill haze and a foamy white head, good retention and lace. The aroma is pleasant, piney hops, spicy citrus peel with some resinous sappy qualities, hop spice with strong caramel and biscuity malt. The flavors follow well, piney bitter hops, earthy, leafy and green with some citrus juice, spicy peel, a touch of spicy hop oil, lingering grapefruit against a backbone of assertively sweet and sticky malts. The mouthfeel is good, coats nicely with a medium body, smooth texture, ample carbonation with a dry and crisp finish.

Verdict: A good example of a West Coast IPA from Hangar 24. Showcases the "c" hops fairly well with ample bitterness, perhaps just not quite as well developed as I'd like and the malt profile is a bit on the heavy side.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a pretty enjoyable IPA--there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. But it is a tough category with stiff competition and I don't think this one quite measures up. There are plenty of hops with moderate bitterness and a pretty average flavor profile, mostly grapefruit and pine and some tropicals coming through. Some malt to balance but not much. Feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.
Hopheads won't quite be satisifed. On the other hand, people who value "balance" may find it too hoppy without enough malt to smooth it out.

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Photo of puck1225
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap served up by one of my favorite Inland Empire bartenders. She poured a beautiful clear yellow beer into a pint glass with a nice head. Just right. The beer has great lacing. The smell and taste are intensely citrus with grapefruit, orange, lime. Not overly bitter. This is an excellent IPA!

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Photo of bmurph8941
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

For the longest time I had been eyeing this up but was strangely reluctant to do so before finally diving in to a 6-pack. Glad I did.

Strong citrus notes right out the gate and the taste continues along that path. Moderately hoppy and with a light, airy mouthfeel. I could picture myself enjoying more than one of these on a sweltering summer day. Pour leaves a decent sized head. Lacing likewise is decent bordering on something greater. 7% ABV just feels right for this beer with the only drawback being that beneath the inviting head the beer itself appears somewhat murky which to my eye felt out of place with the rest of this brews attributes.

A nice beer for those IPA lovers who may be looking to take a break from heavy hop forward IPA's or even a gateway to IPA's for those unfamiliar with the style.

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Photo of Finkline
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer really surprised me. As i poured it into the glass I knew this was going to be a special experience. The color is a caramel/orange light and vibrant. As the glass fills the activity in the glass is impressive. The head is a solid 1" tall and slowly develops as you pull the bottle away. I hardly ever admire a beer but i could nut help myself with Betty. Then came the Angel test. The aroma is very pleasant and inticing. The taste was very pleasing in the mouth. I had no idea the theme was tropical. As i shopped i thought how amazingly subtle the tropical flavors were.
I enjoyed this beer from pour to burp.

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Photo of matcris
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Peach and hazy (lots of floaters) with a white foamy head that leaves a pretty nice lacing. Lots of tropical and some citrus in the nose and flavor. A touch of astringency, and a doughy backbone that plays off the mildly bitter hops. The feel is average carbonation, dry, and medium bodied. In the same vein as Racer 5, but not as good, IMO.

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Photo of pants678
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Orange/gold, white foam.

Citric.

Reminds me of Sixpoint's Hi-Res. Sweet malts are prominent. Finish is a little musty for my tastes but taste or orange works well with Simcoe.

Could be heavier.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Joshua Tree hiking celebration beer.

Light amber color with a fine head. Smells like agave and orange citrus. A true west coast IPA there's a little hop flavor but plenty of sharp bitterness. It's good. Certainly better than I thought I'd find at a gas station.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours gold with a finger of white head. Plenty of lacing.

S: Citrus, orange, pine, some malts.

T: follows nose. Nice pine bitterness on the end.

F: Quite crisp. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: A top notch IPA. Well balanced, but with plenty of hops. Surprisingly crisp. I'd love to take some home with me.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Usually when I see hangar 24 I immediately look to the next bottle. For some reason I was tempted with trying this and I'm happy I did. It's basically the best of East Coast and West Coast. It pours a copper color with beautiful head. Roma is a little faint for my liking but citrus and pine are noticeable. Taste is a complex balance of pine, citrus and some breads malt. Body is full and perfect.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This pours a malty gold. Little aroma and a run of the mill hop profile. Nothing stands out, unfortunately. Found it bland and uninspiring. Pass on this.

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Photo of wa6itd
3.09/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

They need to go back to the drawing board on this one. I have been a devoted IPA drinker since the 1970s, when I used to drink the excellent Ballantine IPA from New Jersey, and I have tasted many good and excellent ones, and this one is pretty bad, in my opinion.

The hops slam you in the head and totally overpower all of the other aspects of the brew from start to finish. The word that is missing here is BALANCE; there is none. It is hops, more hops, and nothing but hops.

There is nothing wrong with the look or feel, but the TASTE is just not what one expects from an good IPA. One 6-pack was all I needed to decide that I will not waste my money on a second one.

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Photo of cbenson
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: dark gold/copper with visible carbonation and a very short milky white head.
Smell: Sweet and crisp with a notes of citrus hops, pear and pine. Subtle and balanced for an IPA.
Taste: Classic IPA with notes grapefruit, berries, and starchy malts. Fairly bitter with subdued alcohol taste. This beer a medium-length aftertaste which emphasizes malt above hops.
Feel: thick and full bodied with considerable carbonation.
Overall: I was enticed by the look and aroma but the taste leaves a little to be desired.

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Photo of sentimetal
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an imperial pint glass. I had heard this was an overlooked and underrated IPA.

Look - A hazy orange with a eggshell white head. Lacing is somewhat soapy and thin as it lines the glass

Smell - Swirling the glass produces a very fruity orange scent. After settling, the beer takes on a bitter pine scent.

Taste - The reason this is an overlooked IPA in my opinion. The taste starts off briefly tropical and swiftly turns into pine and grapefruit with some nuttiness from the malt.

Feel - Slick and thin. Somewhat creamy but not highly carbonated like a lot of west coast IPAs.

Overall - This is a very complete IPA - it's bitter citrus and pine yet balanced with malt and nuttiness. Whether you're a fan of hop bomb west coast IPAs or you're looking for an all around IPA like Bells Two Hearted Ale, Hanger 24 Betty IPA can go toe-to-toe with the big boys. Highly recommended. My only complaint is the lack of bottling dates. Best by or bottled on dates are crucial, especially for hop-heavy brews. What if someone who is finally getting into IPAs gets an oudated malt bomb that's been sitting on a shelf for far too long? What about IPA fans who want the freshest experience possible? Bottling dates are crucial, especially to IPAs. Regardless of the rant, this is a fantastic IPA that goes toe-to-toe with the likes of Two Hearted Ale.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into an English pub glass

copper orange with a solid two finger head

as it poured out the citric presence of the hops quickly filled the air around me. That was a good sign to me! Asides from the citric scent of the hops I picked up some hints of clove, and what MAY have been a buttery or banana deep in the odor

a faint citric sweetness in this beer, bitterness under the mouth, succulent malt presence. Alcohol is picked up more easily as it warms

smooth, slightly chewy and thirst quenching, this is a great IPA for beginners and great for any day I would say! Betty is a sweet gal!

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Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmikey8 for this extra, my first non-barrel-aged offering from this brewery. 12 oz. bottle with a WWII muffin on the label.

The pour is a murky orange with a quick-fold head. The nose is spring meadow in flower, which is covering up whatever else is in there.

Betty has no bottle date, so I can’t judge it’s birth date, but it doesn’t taste like the reviews I just glanced through. Heavy caramel malt sweetness front-and-center, before the hops cut through with papaya, grapefruit, dank earthiness, Shire-leaf. Moderate bitterness finally dimples the finish, along with a balancing spoonful of honey. Bitingly dry. I could see soldiering through a few of these.

Frigid Betty is not appealing. I told her a few fart jokes & liked her a lot better when she warmed up. But in the end, she’s just another good, solid California IPA.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass.

Deep orange body, slightly unfiltered like looking with a peach glow. Fluffy white three finger head with only a little bit of retention. Thick bright white collar and good lacing.

Deep tropical hop notes of mango, pineapple and juiced citrus notes. Hints of dry grain, a bit of toast and biscuit like aromas as well. Very enjoyable.

Palate keeps it going from the noise. Slightly juiced body, but also lots of finishin dry to crackery grain with a biscuit finish. Mid palate opens with excellent tropical flavors on first sip, with pineapple and a grapefruit character kicking in with excellent zesty citrus oil like flavors.

A real good solid West coast IPA nearly getting into greatness territory too.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey copper colored with a long lasting foamy head that leaves a decent trace as it moves down the glass.
Very nice west coast IPA aroma with citrus and pine dominating.
Dry taste laced with citrus and pine notes which is pretty much what I like in IPA's.
Drying aftertaste keeps you going back for more, very well done IPA.
If you like IPA's, put this on your short list.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass, no bottle date

A- Coors a golden peach color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a thin film floating on top, short lasting lace left behind

S- fruity and juicy hop aroma with some earthy notes, underlying bready malt

T- bright tropical and leafy hop flavors up front with notes of fresh cut grass, guava, and mango. Earthy dry finish with just a hint of toasted malt

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- nice juicy ipa with high drinkability

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Betty from Hangar 24 Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 326 ratings