Double IPA | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Double IPADouble IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
360
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
24.87%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
68
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 360
Photo of bpasquini
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: amber and slightly copper in color, leaves nice head but goes quickly, leaves good lacing on the glass

S: lots of pine, slight citrus, and a little bit of sweet malts

T: predominantly piney, some citrus makes an appearance as the bitterness kicks in, moderate bitterness level, bitterness lingers a little in the after taste and some sweet malts accommodate the bitterness

M: feels very light and oily, doesn't leave your mouth too dry, a little bit sticky too

O: solid DIPA, hard to tell it's %9, would recommend trying it if you can

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Photo of flooshmander
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like sweet liquid gold in a glass. Head was of medium size, pure white and contrasted very well with the beer.

Definately smells hoppy as an IPA should.

Tastes like a regular not a double IPA... Hoppy, sweet, bitter. Being a 9% abv I exected a strong alcohol taste, but didn't get it; Muy bueno! I like the 9% because I dont have to drink as much liquid.

Mouthfeel was avg. Thin/ avg feel.

Overall one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of rringler
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Medium to medium+ hazy, straw color. Pours with about a 1/2 finger head of fine white bubbles that dissipate quickly.

S: Smells like zesty grapefruit rinds up front, with some sweety malts in the rear. Very little indication of hops from the smell.

T: Not too far off the smell; a bit of citrus acid up front, and then (milder than smell) malts, finished by (more intense than smell) hops. The hop finish isn't very intense compared to other beers, it's just much more prevalent in the taste and not in the smell. Doesn't taste boozy at all, despite the 9.0% abv.

M: Pretty sticky; thick to thick+ mouthfeel, and a little slow. Carbonation is good (medium to medium+). Pretty much what you want out of a DIPA.

O: Nice beer. I wish I could brew DIPAs that were this light in color. Not a ton of hops, but it still balances well even at 9.0% abv.

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Photo of charlzm
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on February 12th, 2013. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Beer is a cross between light burnished copper and deep honey. Very clear. Lots of carbonation. An off-white, nearly-yellow head a finger high forms and provides excellent sheeting on the glass long after it has subsided.

Aromatic in exactly the way expected: piney and grapefruity hops.

Flavor is big and assertive without being overbearing. A little caramel malt quickly gives way to piney and ruby red grapefruit notes. The beer is surprisingly sweet for all that, however. Bitterness is middling to high, but far less than some DIPAs I've had.

This thing is not a hop bomb, but instead a fairly balanced and drinkable brew.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little oily. Decent though not outstanding carbonation and not as dry as might be expected.

Overall, I'd drink this one again.

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Photo of Somebody_Else
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw this at Trader Joe's; saw the ABV of 9.0%; figured "What have I got to lose?"

I don't rate appearance so I just averaged out the other ratings and that's what it gets.

Popped the crown of this bomber and got hit with a very pleasant and strong citrus/pine/floral nose. I knew I was in for a good drink! There was something else in that smell...

First drink: Yes! Fine fresh strong hops and... what was that?... not really floral but...

Ah! The honey! I read the bottle: brewed with generous additions of local orange blossom honey. For anyone who has even been in an orange grove in spring, that orange blossom smell is as intoxicating as nature can deliver. This beer hammers on the hops in no uncertain terms, but it is very well balanced with the malts. And the honey, which is very evident in the taste, though not distracting, just caps the complexity of a finely crafted brew.

Overall: recommended! It is high in alcohol so, you know... beware and all that. If you crave the big hops, this is not a bad way to go.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty hazy sunset orange with a creamy 3 fingers of fluffy white head. A finger of cap stayed through the duration of drinking this beer. Nose starts with rich malt and a bit of alcohol esters followed by mandarin, citrus pith and a touch of watermelon rind. The taste is bright orange citrus, some light watermelon flesh, fresh pine needles and malt. The finish is drying, shows a bit of alcohol and has a big bite of hoppy bitterness. Oddly, i really get no honey from this beer, possibly fermented out. Minus the finish and a bit of the smell this is a great big ipa and something i would drink again regardless.

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Photo of peensteen
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from northyorksammy

Hazy blonde-ornage colour, a bit more than a finger of white head, good lace as well on the glass. Smell is full of citrusy hops, grapefruit and to a lesser degree orange, some lightly sweet malts and a faint sugestion of honey, also a bit of fuzzy peaches come through as well. Taste starts off malty and lightly sweet with some honey, hops pick up around mid palate and is quite potent, citrusy mostly grapefruit with some orange, dry finish. Lightly carbonated, drying medium body. Solid stuff here very enjoyable, finishing the bomber was done with ease.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy amber in the plastic cup at the brewery in Redlands. Gigantic hops but suffused with the warmth of the equally big malt. Rich flavors full of lightly roasted malt and all the citrus fruits plus peelings. Makes me think of marmalade needing a lot more sugar.

Excellent mouthfeel with a nice spritz, though on the lighter body side. Good for a few slurps but so over the top I'd call it virtually undrinkable. Hop will want to try this, however, it's a serious entry. Brewery says it's 118 IBU, if you're keeping score.

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Photo of OTB
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer gets lost in all the hype surrounding all the other west coast offerings. There is another DIPA that uses honey that gets all the love here. But you know what ? Fuck the hype machine, this is a damn fine DIPA. The color is burnt orange with a nice cap that leaves nice lacing as I drink down. The nose is a mix of tropical fruits, a little sweet pollen and some pine. The flavor profile is similar, nice tangerine,bitter grapefruits, and that lovely little touch of honey. The mouth is balanced without being to oily due to the honey and density of the brew. This beer deserves more love here and I'm going to give it up.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, citrus, and grassy hops with some sweet caramel malts and some honey.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange hop with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some honey and biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, orange, and grassy hops with some resiny bitterness, sweet caramel malts, honey, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice citrus hop profile and good bitterness throughout. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks Juan, great extra!). No bottling info. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours a bright clear yellow with almost two fingers near white head that leaves an abundance of lace.

Smells include pine, wet grass and mild tropical fruit.

Taste is mostly piney hops with fresh cut grass, pepper, grapefruit rind, sugary sweetness (the honey, maybe?), bicuity malt and a little orange. It goes down quite smoothly for 9%.

Oily medium feel with moderately sharp carbonation. Long clinging bitter hoppy aftertaste.

A nice overall double IPA. It's far from my favorite (one double IPA brewed with honey in particular comes to mind) but I enjoyed every last drop and wouldn't turn up my nose at another.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24oz bottle into a Duvel tulip

pours a golden amber color that leaves a mediocre head with lacing all over the glass

heavy hoppy smell of pine, earth, lemon, and bubble gum

starts off with a bitter hoppiness that seems to linger. the gets piney and sour and finishes dry and malty

overall not too shabby. a decent local brewery DIPA.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade with time4lunch- thanks man. Poured into Bruery snifter. Appearance is a pale orange with a slight amount of cloudiness. Dense head forms and retains nicely leaving a significant amount of lacing behind. Nose is is heavy on lemon, orange, grass, and apricot with notes of caramel and maple in the background. The taste starts off with a wave of grassy earthy hops followed by a sweet malt profile. Notes of honey and caramel come through and is then followed by a dry cracker like taste on the finish. The bitterness is moderate to high with a pretty nice balance. The mouthfeel is somewhat heavy with moderate carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable brew with plenty of flavor. A little sweet for a DIPA but in no way messy.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Javier for sending some of the more obscure West Coast DIPAs. Served in a Darkness tulip. No freshness date as far as I can tell.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap, collar, and a few fingers of lace. Transparent golden body with a few stray tiny bubbles.

S - Aroma is somewhat odd; it reminds me of apple cider a bit. I'm guessing that's the orange blossom honey? There's a touch of citrus hop, but this is fairly malt (and honey) heavy. Alcohol is well-hidden, but it doesn't really scream Double IPA from the aroma. There's a slight medicinal vibe as it warms from the honey and hop combination.

T - The taste is a bit more in line with what I was expecting. Citrus, some pine and earthy notes, and more of the sweet honey and cider-esque malt. Bitterness is present, but less than I was expecting from the advertised 118 IBU. Again, well-hidden alcohol but somewhat odd for the style.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, super dry, with some residual sticky hop resins lingering well into the finish. Not much alcohol warmth.

D - Strange beer. No idea how old this was, so it's hard for me to assess it . Not bad, but definitely not what I'm looking for from a DIPA. Would be willing to try again if I was in SoCal and could try it on-tap, but I'd skip this in the future unless they start bottling date.

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Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
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 360logic
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Grass, corn, lemon

T: Citrusy, with lemon and grapefruit and some corn. Maltier than I expected. Hops are aggrasive but milder than other DIPA's, equivalent to about a Racer 5. Very well balanced DIPA.

M: Medium body. Just ever so slightly chewy. Decent amount of carbonation. All that combines to make this go down with a pleasant heaviness.

One of the best local DIPA's I've had. Definitely the best thing to have while at the brewery.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The most notable characteristic of the beer, from the nose and particularly throughout each quaff, is grapefruit and citrus zest. The hazy golden color with foamy whitish head is a pretty and inviting sight.

Hangar 24's website notes an addition of "local orange blossom honey" to the bill. There is a non-malt sweetness that peeks through in the finish, which occasionally creates a thick or syrupy sensation at the backside, but overall the beer seems pretty drinkable for it's strength. The alcohol itself was occasionally noticeable.

"Centennial, Citra, Columbus and Simcoe" hops definitely add bitterness but also tropical fruit notes in addition to the grapefruit and citrus. In fact, when I noticed tropical flavor at one point, I was reminded of when Starburst first released their "tropical" line, without the weird soapy flavor that the tropical Starburst came with. Many beer aficionados on BA may be too young to make such an association.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fresh bottle shared by Darrell Thanks Darrell.

The beer is hazy and light, golden orange with a half inch of white head. The aroma offers floral hops, some dank malt, a touch of lemon zest. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment. Medicinal and astringent, with toothpaste in the finish. Minty hops. Eh...not so much. Next.

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Photo of travolta
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Eggshell colored rocky head. Nice lacing, great head retention. Slightly hazy apricot in color.

Nose: Lemon zest, citrus, green fresh hops, pine.

Taste: Grapefruit, citrus, sweet and a little syrupy, light carbonation.

Notes: A very nice example of what a California double ipa can be. Strong, balanced, big, and interesting.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
2.64/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straight out of the bottle I could see the color was a little lighter than most IIPA's I drink. Pretty decent head when poured into a pilsner glass, but not followed up by much carbonation. Pretty light and easy to drink for 9%, but as far as taste I wasn't really impressed. Plenty of hops in there, but not picking up much citrus. What citrus you do taste is pretty muted. Pretty light mouthfeel. Leaves a slight film that you taste for a while. This beer really isn't anything special and I wouldn't purchase again since there are soooo many other IIPA's in the world.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Philousa
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours super pale, especially for a DIPA. Almost like a Pils. Very clear. Dense, rocky head settles at about a finger and retains well. Not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is piney, floral, nectary. No question about the hoppiness of this beer, although it's more floral than most hop forward beers. Malt isn't hard to find either. Biscuity with some honey. Somewhat spicy with a swirl. Light biscuit malt flavor starts things off, but is soon taken over by the hop flavor. Piney, resinous, vinous, like a bitter weed. The bitterness is intense and lasts a good while at the back of the tongue. Balanced feel, dry finish.

The appearance was the big difference with this beer. I couldn't believe how clear and light it looked. The aroma is very different from the flavor, in that it's balanced in the aroma, but it's extremely bitter on the tongue. Although I'd call the taste a bit of a one note disappointment, I still like this beer and would get it again.

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Photo of tewaris
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Steasy66 for this one. Reviewed blind.

Golden colored with an alabaster head; good retention, ok lacing. Smells of hops in a weird way... as if the hops were struggling or lacked the aroma component to begin with. I am digging the malt character way more than hops... biscuit, cracker type :-/

Very malt forward with sticky sweetness but strong ale like firm bitterness. Rather heavy on the palate without much of a character... not bad but fails to impress. Not a poorly made beer but doesn't fulfill the expectations from an IPA.

4, 3.5, 3.5, 4, 3

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Photo of Steasy66
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into pint glass, thanks to Scalene for sending this.
A- Straw with minimal white head
S- Hint of citrus, fairly muted.
T- Slightly bitter, malt forward, nothing special
M- Crisp, a little thin
O- Decent beer, nothing special, wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of drjman
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown pour with a nice head. Not too thin, not thick.

S: Very floral, Piney and smooth earthy smell

T: Very smooth, small bite and a little taste of all the different hops. More piney of a nose than taste. Much more floral than say the Avery Maharaja. In fact that is a good comparison beer. 24 wins out with taste for sure. Its a smoother feel on your tongue with less bite.

M: Small bite and smoothe. The pine opens up towards the back and the aftertaste is earthy and long lasting.

Overall a good beer that compares to others in its class.

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Double IPA from Hangar 24 Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.
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