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Double IPA | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Double IPADouble IPA
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3.86/5
Very Good
362 Ratings
Double IPADouble IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States
hangar24brewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Replaced by Iconic

Added by t0rin0 on 06-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
362
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 362 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of DoubleJ
2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in an oversized snifter at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

Light orange colored with solid head and retention, a few thin half-rings of lace stay around. This type of glass I have difficulty with head formation and retention, so this obstruction may have caused the same thing here. Even so, there's little excuse for an aroma like this. Hangar 24 IPA is a tasty, hoppy experience, but something's not right in this imperial version. There's a little bit of pine, however it smells more like funky cheese rind. Not a good sign.

It tastes better than it smells though, but better is a relative term. I'm missing the hoppy sensation but a wide margain, but at least it doesn't taste like cheese rind! Weakish flavors and pine needles and tangerine highlight the show, and the malt doesn't do anything interesting except increase the alcohol. The bitterness is middleish. Speaking of alcohol, it is hidden well. That and a smooth medium body attempt to salvage the showing, but it's not enough.

I like the beers of Hangar 24, so this offering saddens me, especially since the style has a very strong appeal to most beer geeks, including myself. Sure, I'd rather drink this than a Corona, but in the land (or is it waters?) of Double IPA's, this ends up as a potential cellar dweller,

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this the other day at the Sonoma Whole Foods. Part of the problem with buying beer here, is that unless the beer is super popular (like bottle of PtE), it's not an usual to see stuff languish on the shelf. Several IPA's had been there on the shelf for several months, from what I could tell, including a 6 month old bottle of knee keep Hoptologist (which I was thinking of getting). There was a fairly good size row of the H24, which lead me to believe it might be pretty fresh. Then again...

So, the beer pours a peachy orange amber color with excellent head retention and very good lacing. The nose is pretty good as well, as I get some light tropical fruit, celery salt, and dry citrus. The overly sweet tropical fruit had me worried there might be a freshness problem, something that I was even more concerned about on the palate. The beer is fairly sweet, malty and boozy, and had the sort of flavor I tend to associate with an IPA/DIPA that has been sitting around a bit too long. Still, the beer had some pretty decent hoppy bitterness in the finish, that helped to counter the sweetness. Mouthfeel was fairly light otherwise, and the alcoholic bit wasn't too over the top.

In the end, I thought this a decent, fairly enjoyable DIPA. Would still like to try a fresher version, as otherwise I'm pretty certain this is a beer I have no need to visit again in the future.

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Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pale amber with a medium sized white head. The color is close to golden but not quite. This beer does have a significant chill haze to it.

Smell is strong hops with a decidedly tropical fruit scent. Strong grapefruit ring with passion fruit and some mint. Lesser scents of mango and lemon.

Starts out with a taste of bitter grapefruit rind and a hint of onion. Gets sweeter as you drink it. It is a bit savory on the tongue like soy sauce, must have a high glutamate content. Alcohol is well hidden but you can feel it in the chest. Taste doesn't change that much bitter grapefruit with strong tea and astringent drying.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a beer that doesn't deliver in taste what it promises from the smell.

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Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours hazy gold with a 1” fluffy head that is fairly persistent
S: Honey, a little resiny, citrus.
T: Start with a mouth full of creaminess and then a wave of honey and malty sweetness emerge followed by an astringent hop bitterness that lingers.
F: Soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation, medium body.
O: The big hops, malt and alcohol all play well together. Its bottle conditioned with sediment on the bottom so pour carefully.

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Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours orange with a medium white head. Good retention, great concentric lace.

S: Definite notes of orange and lemon zest, citrus, really no malt character.

T: Fair amount of mint upfront, spicy hops with a lot of grapefruit and lemon. Hop forward this is West Coast all the way even coming from the Inland Empire. Good, not blowing me away.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, has some booze on the back end which gives a somewhat solventy finish instead of a powerful hop aftertaste that I like in DIPAs. Low-medium finishing length compared to others in its style.

D: With Columbus, Citra and Simcoe (3 of my favourite hops) in the brew I was real excited to try this. A solid West Coast IPA, that's what it is. Not too expensive, under $6 a bomber which is great in the style nowadays. Worth a try.

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Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopHead84
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

10/10/11

On tap at URGE.

A: Dark orange with a finger of white foam.

S: Aromatic orange with tangerine and bready notes. Not much alcohol in the aroma.

T: Orange flesh and bready malt. Moderately sweet with a lower moderate bitterness and a lot of alcohol flavor.

M: Medium body with upper low carbonation.

Overall: Just okay. Nothing terrible here, it's just not good and I wouldn't care to drink it again.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice orange, transparent with a nice white cap, decent amounf of bubbles and lacing present

S: Citrus all the way; mainly lemon zest and orange peel w/ a slight grapefruit note

T: Immediate grapefruit and orange peel up front which stays around until the finish. A little bit of lemon zest hangs in there. The finish is rather nice and clean, a little bit of oil and bitterness. The malt bill seems to be a bit of biscuit, not to heavy but provides enough support to keep it decently balanced as an IIPA can be.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, easy to drink and the taste lingered on the palate well

O: Easy to drink. Would definitely try again. My first Hangar 24 beer was good one

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of markgugs
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Two fingers of rich, tight head. Hazy orange-gold. Good lacing.

S: Boring-flat hops. This beer might be old(ish). Tangerine. Orange peel.

T: Oh yum. Very orange-citrus forward, with intense, herbal-citric bitterness. The honey smooths things out just a bit without being obvious. Citrus is sweet, tangy, sharp, sour, and bitter. I like it a LOT. The body is full and carbonated.

O: Delicious DIPA. Sweet and bitter and strong. Loads of orange peel here. Would have again.

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Photo of pkalix
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeff1973
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine at the end of May for $6.99.
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Beer poured a deep golden with a nice white head that is long lasting.

Nose is primarily the sweet honey malt backbone. I am catching some citrus on the back end.

Taste is a grainy malt base that is overrun by a boatload of citrus, pine, and floral hops.

Mouthfeel is incredibly light, carbonation lifts up this big brew quite nicely.

Overall this is a solid representation of the style. Consider giving it a shot if you have the chance.

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Photo of rawfish
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy honey gold with a nice fluffy cream colored head, about 2 and a half fingers high. Decent retention and lots of messy uneven lacing left on the glass.

Quite muted but pleasant. Citrus and pine, herbal dankness with some wet forest floor and vegetative aromas. A lot of centennial and citra in the nose. Honey malt breaks through enough to blend with the orange peel to liven it up a bit.

Honey malts are relatively in balance with the hops and do a good job keeping the sweetness down. Pine and citrus hop presence that keeps in step with the nose. Some herbal notes here and there. Quite a bit of alcohol in the finish along with decent bitterness that is long lasting.

Solid carbonation complements a heavier body touched up by the yeast. Doesn't dry well at all and the alcohol sticks around with the bitterness. Gets very tiring by the end of the bottle.

A decent DIPA that reminds me quite a bit of palate wrecker that turns down the bitterness a couple of notches. All sorts of hops here with adequate malt but the high alcohol presence and the heavier body do this no favors towards drinkability.

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Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little over two fingers of head on a cloudy straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is mostly orange and some grapefruit.
The taste moderately bitter beginning to end. Some sweetness breaks through towards the end. Nice profile.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable.

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Double IPA from Hangar 24 Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 362 ratings
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