Hangar 24 Brewing

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English Old Ale
3.64 | pDev: 14.29%
Hangar 24 Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

March 14th, 2015 - Hangar 24's Vinaceous threatened to be a big, purply, grapey mess. The aroma is malty forward, heavy with plum, and a little funky with a blend of wet dog and deep apple. I'm a little hesitant as I move on to the flavor, but find immediate appeal in the foamy, soft palate. The taste is initially mild, but the grape notes come in, but more timid than I would have guessed. The fruity esters also appear as strawberry and cherry, but mild and none-too-sweet. This beer surprised me, after initial impressions, and has since turned me on to more of Hangar 24's non-core offerings.

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GarrettB from Colorado, Dec 29, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $8.99
Purchased: June 21, 2015
Consumed: June 24, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured 1-to-2 fingers of brown, mahogany, murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan, rocky head.
Could see light bubbles on the top, but that’s it. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled boozy dark berries - raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry - plums, purple (red) grapes, oak, light white wine, apple cider, cherry and some red wine notes. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted at least as good as the nose. Really like this. Getting dark berries as in raspberries, boysenberries and cherries. Also toasty malts, plums, slightly sour purple (red) grapes, brown sugar, apple cherry cider and vanilla oak. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I really liked this beer. Would love to have it again. (Overall - 4.00)

3.82 | 86 | B+

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BucannonXC5 from California, Jun 25, 2015
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a dark amber color with a thin cream colored head. Good carbonation, decent lace. Tulip glass provides best look.

S: Fruity, spicy. Those are the two things that stand out the most. It has a nice aroma of raisin and spice to it, somewhat reminiscent to a glass of white wine but not as boozy.

T: Very nice. Very pleasant. It is an old ale through and through with the complexity. However, it is more simple than your average barleywine/old ale. It features the sour grape flavor quite prominently, while also featuring a vanilla and oaky flavor from the barrels. Subtle, but overall good.

F: Nice crisp feel to it. Good carbonation, light, and airy. The alcohol can be felt a little but it is not overpowering.

O: I thought it was an excellent special release. I like that they feature local field and local flavors. Grapes are prominent in the California agriculture, and it is cool to see them collaborate in this way. As far as it being a solid old ale, it's a good effort. Maybe not the most exceptional of old ales, but definitely an enjoyable brew with a local twist.

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Jaysauras from California, May 13, 2015
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4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisiny colored in the glass with thin foam.
What an aroma. Red wine? Grapes and a hint of vanilla, with some oak on it.
The flavor is delicately sweet. Caramel and vanilla meets a sweet red wine, with a sweet malty finish. Perhaps my favorite of the Hanger 24 beers I’ve tried so far.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hangar 24's Vinaceous. An old ale brewed with Mourvedre wine grapes, on French oak. 8.7% ABV

A: Deep reddish-brown, sort of like a Flemish red ale. About a half a finger of head. Light lacing. Yellow gradients towards orange in the dimple.

S: Ooh! There is a moderate amount of sourness to it. Pleasant surprise there. Dry, yet fruity grape smell. Molasses-y, malty. Some raisin. Not bad.

T/MF: Quite different on the palate! Plenty of bitter malt notes going on here. Burnt caramel, ash, tobacco. Darker fruit notes hidden in the back (prune, maybe). Grape skin. Not a trace of acidity on this end, taste-wise, though I am salivating, slightly. Slightly more carbonated on the tongue.

Poured into a Belgian tulip glass, from a 22 oz. bottle.

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TruePerception from California, Apr 14, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed on March 23rd, 2014 from an undated bottle, but probably from the February 2014 release. Poured at 42 degrees F into a Klokke Roeland glass which is sort of a goblet and sort of a squat, fat tulip, for those playing along at home.

Beer is a deep brown with brownish-purple highlights when held to light. A nice two finger pale tan head springs to life then settles into a thin crown after a few minutes.

Aroma is earthy and sweet with red grape aroma playing a role as well.

Flavor is sweet up front with baked molasses bread notes. Some deep, subtle melanoidins. A touch of grapes next, just before well-modulated and long-lasting wood bitterness on the finish. Some peppery notes in the finish as well. Not as complex as hoped, but interesting. Oh, and alcohol is definitely a flavor component.

Mouthfeel is full of alcohol heat. Thick and slick.

This is a beer that will probably improve with age; it is young and hot to the point of almost not being able to enjoy it fresh.

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charlzm from California, Mar 23, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Reddish prune color. Not much head. No lace.

S - Faint smell but not much. Probably still too cold. Slight malt, slight spice.

T - Sweet malt core, very malty. Very little hops, some spicy backbone.

M - Nice full mouth. Med to full body. ABV well hidden. Nice balance.

D - One is enough for sure.

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srandycarter from California, Jan 30, 2014
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2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish body. Big khaki head. Nice retention. Thick collar.

Smell - Fruity. Grapes. Musty. Sweet and caramelly.

Taste - Sweet with some grapey fruitiness. Caramel. Not a complex beer.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Sweet. Medium body.

Overall - Just not an impressive beer. Too sweet and uncomplex.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a ruddy brown color with ruby highlights. A one finger creamy light brown head forms immediately.

S: Lots of concord grape juice and skin. A pretty decent amount of booze, leather and brown sugar.

T: starts with some ripe grape sweetness, but quickly tails into a dry, boozy mess. Burnt raisin skins, burnt brown sugar and straight boozy heat. Way hot for not being that high in ABV. May need a little time.

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notchucknorris from California, Apr 29, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark rusty hue, opaque with copious amounts of haze. Small off white head forms leaving spreckles of lacing on the glass despite the rather poor retention.

Caramel and toffee malt, mild cereal grains with grape skins and vinous fruit. Yeast is a bit musty, wine grapes are clearly evident as is the woodiness of the oak .

A sharp alcohol sting plays with the caramel and bready malt, some toffee sweetness underlying complements the wine grape juice. Oak is evident on the back end after the alcohol drops off abruptly and the beer dries.

Higher end carbonation lightens the above average body and allows the beer to dry well on the finish and scrub clean. If it were more mellow the wine could emerge, the alcohol is stingy but it passes quickly.

Interesting beer, pushing the lines of wine and beer a bit closer. The malt profile of this beer really lend well to the wine elements. Without knowing what went into this beer I'd think it was a really grapey and earthy double esb.

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rawfish from California, Apr 18, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy rust red with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, results in a thin layer of microbubbles coating the surface.

Smell - Predominant grape aroma. Sweet. Touches of heat. Faint honey notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong grape flavor with moderate honey notes and touches of heat from the alcohol. Faint undertones of bread, caramel and chocolate, most noticeable in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with lively carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - Awfully similar to Dogfish Head's Midas Touch in terms of flavor, though I prefer this one a bit more, mostly due to the more approachable body. If I never had this again I wouldn't miss it, but it's certainly something I'd consider buying again, price dependent.

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TheSixthRing from California, Apr 08, 2013
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3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $7.49. "Old Ale brewed with Red Wine Grapes Aged on French Oak." 8.70% ABV confirmed. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate; I love a good Old Ale but I'm not convinced Hangar 24 is the right brewery to pull it off. Looking forward to finding out.

Served chilled; I don't like my old ales too cold - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger light khaki colour head - thin and fizzy - with little to no cream. Retention is average (~2 minutes). Body colour is a rich transparent amber. Translucent as well. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks right for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Lovely red grape notes, with bright luscious berries and buried toasty malts. Brown sugar (most prominent on the finish). Maybe a hint of raisin. A bit vinous, but nowhere near as much as I anticipated. I love the wine-redolent hints of grape and grapeskin; they're a highlight here. Malty and appealing. Surprisingly well executed, actually. A moderate strength aroma. Spot on for an Old Ale. Maybe Hangar 24 is a better brewery than I thought.

T: Pleasant berries, refined red grape notes (including supple grape skin), and pleasant toasted malt notes - which are nicely accentuated by the addition of well-executed brown sugar. The oak is here, bringing out just a hint of vanilla - but mostly serving to guide and bookend the flavour. I do want more oak; it's far too buried here. Malty build without too much sweetness. The bright berries are dominant, lending it a fruity somewhat refreshing character. It's well balanced across the board, but ultimately it just doesn't have the complexity or level of subtlety needed to truly excel. Still, the flavour profile is good for an Old Ale and I rather like it. Good depth of flavour. Any hop character is minimal and floral. Caramel is limited. No yeast character comes through, nor does any real alcohol.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with slight coarseness to coax out the flavour a bit more. There was thought put into this, and it shows. Carbonation is a touch too high, but it's very forgivable. Good body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile well. Not as hard as you'd expect (in terms of water hardness).

Dr: A very drinkable little Old Ale. I wish I had a proper snifter or tulip for this. It'll be a little tough to kill this bottle alone; I wish I had a friend or two to help - but it's a solid Old Ale. The flavours make it something of a sipper. A surprisingly good Old Ale from Hangar 24, but there are far better Old Ales out there at a better price point. North Coast's Old Stock Ale comes to mind. This would be a good beer to try if you've never had an Old Ale but you like barleywines. It's not as harsh as many Old Ales, but as a result it's less memorable. I won't be getting it again, and I don't think it's worth cellaring, but it is a nice attempt at the style. Hides its ABV pretty well, to boot. Give her a spin if you're in an Old Ale mood; you won't be disappointed. You also won't be impressed.

High C+

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kojevergas from Colorado, Mar 27, 2013
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3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at the CDM Albertson's, known for stocking such whales as Stella, Shock Top, and Heineken

A: The appearance was probably my favorite part of this beer. Poured a murky deep burgundy blood orange into the tulip. 1.5 finger head with lightly toasted marshmallow hues which retained fairly well. Creamy lacing when swirled in the glass. Does not look like an Old Ale style, but I suppose that is partially because of the grapes.

S: Sweet, chocolaty, & boozy. Hints of metal? Wife felt metal smell was overpowering.

T: Fairly chocolaty and boozy. The malts and oak aging show through fairly well. The grapes, other dark fruits (prunes, blackberries, raisins), and brown sugar are also really apparent, especially on the aftertaste. Some grape soda or even medicine. Very boozy from start to finish. Once the beer opened up it became more balanced and the booziness was not as over powering.

O: A decent beer that I went back and forth on from sip to sip. Very boozy and definitely sipping worthy. I enjoy that they collaborated with the local Temecula wine country. A unique spin on an old style. Worth trying.

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abrethanson from California, Feb 16, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Attractive dark copper color. Big foam in the Aventius bulb-top, but settles down to a nice lacing and foam. Plenty spritzy and foamy in the mouth.

This is sort of a tongue biter. Lots of woody and tannic flavors, plus the sharp taste. The grapey flavors are quite interesting but get odd with that touch of burnt butter. Some sugary tastes along with a harsh sensation. Ends on quite a bitter note. This is intriguing but not very drinkable. Quite winey when you take a sip after letting it sit for a few minutes.

You have to like the Old Ale style, and to me they seem to always be a challenge. This one is very sudsy and that adds to the palatability. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

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mactrail from Washington, Feb 09, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1705th Review on BA
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App- When this pours out its more of a purple color. It had a lot of ruddy browns and red mixed in. The center was fairly dark and then had less dense edges. The head was a nice puffy off white head. A nice amount of cling and lace.

Smell- The aromatics on this one were nice. They were pretty straightforward and semi balanced really. The opening notes are of oak and some grape skins. A bit of a quad like sugar plum fruit aroma came next and was tied together with soft malts and a bit of oak.

Taste- I enjoyed this one. Lots going on in the glass with malty old ale booze and then a bit more soft malts. A lot of sweet fruits with a good amount of grape and wine like booze flavors.

Mouth- A very medium soft body on this one. Felt like aerated wine to me. The carbonation was fairly light and creamy. A lot of residual dark fruits and oaky grape skins.

Drink- I'm glad I have a bottle to sit on and let meld a bit more. This is a bit young IMO.

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FosterJM from California, Jan 23, 2013
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2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark ruby with a thin light brown head that doesn't leave much behind.

Sweet aroma full of grape syrup, earth, wood, and alcohol. This smells incredibly sweet.

The flavor is cloyingly sweet and syrupy with sticky flavors of caramelized grapes. It's like a overly-sweet, incredibly boozy version of grape Kool-Aid. Strange, and not very good.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

A very strange beer, and probably not one I'd want to try again.

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3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours blood red in color with a finger of off-white head. A weird combination of smoke (maybe the char from the oak?) and grape. Heavily toasted malts with some sweet caramel and fruit coming through. Sweet with a decent grape character but fairly watery. A touch of toast along with the dark fruit character.

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womencantsail from California, Jul 16, 2012
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3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy tan head that fades to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and wood. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, fruit, and wood. There is a woody aftertaste with each sip that lingers on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good and interesting beer in terms of the ingredients.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Feb 27, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The bruery provisions

Look: Dark brown with orange highlights and a 1/4 inch off white head and just ok retention

Smell: Rich and malty with some brown sugar

Taste: Pretty simple and was expecting more from what I had read about the beer. Upfront is the same maltiness that nose carries with some brown sugar and oak on the finish. I have just one question Where the hell are the grape notes??

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation and a bit silky

Overall: Good beer maybe one of my two favorites from Hangar but I feel like the flavor is just missing something

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DarthKostrizer from California, Feb 18, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours mahogany with a small light tan head. Solid retention, light lace.

S: Maple bars, some blueberry and grape jam.

T: An interesing mix of flavours for sure. Real nice brown sugar character, but not overly sweet. The Mourvedre grapes do their thing adding some earthiness and blueberries, and a clear 'grape' component. A complex drink, very tasty.

M: Medium-full body, well structured, never cloying which was surprising. Elegant soft carbonation.

O: This was a joy to try, The best I've ever had from Hangar 24.

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Halcyondays from California, Feb 15, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a chalice at Hollingshead's. Reviewed from notes. This seems to be a pretty new beer and no one has reviewed it.

A- Tiny tan head, little retention. Some watery lacing. Maple syrup color.

S- Some grapes, medium roasted malts.

T- Some winey notes and medium malts.

M- Fizzy, smooth and wet.

O- Interesting beer, not my style though.

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Murrhey from Washington, Feb 14, 2012
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