Vinaceous | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Murrhey on 02-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.97/5  rDev -18%
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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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.2/5  rDev +16%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely loved this one. Will seek out again.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Vinaceous from Hangar 24 Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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