Amarillo Pale Ale | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Amarillo Pale AleAmarillo Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Balanced and Resinous. Midwestern malted barley provides a pedestal for you to experience the flavor and aroma of the citrusy Northwestern hops which are the showcase of Hangar 24’s version of a true classic. An American Pale Ale.

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Photo of jandawil48
1.87/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

It's pretty bad. I'm not sure what Hangar was trying to do with this. No citrus present, an unpleasant balance of malt and hop bitterness. My least favorite offering from Hangar 24 to date. Their Betty is way better and their Essence seasonal IIPA is amazing, but this was a drain pour for me. Still a Hangar fan, but this one was rubish.

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Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Try 1.
(I love APAs as much as IPAs) (Dales Pale is my #1)

Hangar 24 is a very good simply, slightly hoppy APA. Mine in a brandy snifter, the right glass for this beer.

A: Pours a slightly hazed amber with 1-inch white head which leaves scads of spotty lace.

N: Floral, citrus, grain, and herbal notes. A bit of mass grain cereal is the only mar. bland?

T: Follows the nose with bigger malt and light herbal/citrus cues. Saaz-like, european, germanic.

F: Moderate body and carbonation. Finishes nicely citrusy, semi-dry and bitter.

O: Extremely easy drinking offering. Full of flavor for a pale ale with sessionable ABV.

Try 1.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Part of a H24 tasting at WF Venice.

A: Pours a slightly hazed orange with 1/2-inch thick white head which leaves spotty lace.

N: Floral, citrus, some herbal notes.

T: Follows the nose with some malt and light herbal/citrus.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes citrusy and semi-dry and bitter.

O: Another easy drinking offering. Full of flavor for a pale ale.

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Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at KnB Wine Cellar in San Diego, CA. March, 2013.

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden straw color with a two finger frothy head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.  

Delicate floral hop aroma with grassy, saaz-like notes along with pale malt, light fruit, bread and biscuit.  

Fuller bodied than expected with a spicy, crisp hop bite that lingers over the pale malts and light fruit notes into slight dry finish. Grassy with floral pine needle flavor followed by apple and pear sweetness, bread and biscuit.  Nothing groundbreaking but this is a solid pal ale that's flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $13.97 (with VONS card) for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: June 1, 2013
Consumed: June 1, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a copper orange, rather clear color with about four fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Lots of thick sporadic foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great thick and foamy retention all the way down.

Initially smelled a mixture of orange , tangerine and lemon. Also butter, wheat, grass, honey and floral notes.

Taste wasn’t quite like the nose. Seemed to taste bitter coffee notes. Some citrus notes (orange, faint grapefruit, lemon), pale ale notes (grainy grass, honey, wheat) and buttery malts.

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish.

Just didn’t like this beer. Not happy that I have three more in my variety 12-pack.

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Photo of FlyingBull
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer from a 12 oz bottle. It used to come in 22 oz bombers, but I believe they discontiunued it that way. This was purchased at a local werehouse grocery that has a pretty good selection of craft beers, considering the MilBudCor beers present. This is a single hop beer using Amarillo hops.

Appearance: Poured a nice clear medium yellow with an appropriate amount of carbonation and ~1/2" white head that stayed for most of the drink.

Smell: Amarillo hops dominate! A nice spicy hop aroma with some fruitiness present; some malt noted.

Taste: A clean malt sweetness with with the wonderful flavor of Amarillo hops along with some grapefruit and citrus flavors noted. This beer finishes with a touch of malty sweetness but is balanced very nicely by hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a nice smooth medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is very tastey for a single hop beer and is very easy drinking. It has a nice spicyness that is similar to an English bitter and it's not too over the top for a west coast IPA-like brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had the Amarillo Pale Ale several time before, I hadn't made the time to type a review. It's clear for tonight, so let's break out one of the bottles from Hangar 24's mix-pack, and go on to the beer:

Suntanned yellow color in the body with orange mixing itself in. The head on top forms a half-inch thick before dwindling to a lace. It does, however, leave good doses of lace around the glass. Its aroma is pleasantly hopped, and pleasant notes complement. There's a touch of pine, vague tropical fruit, orange, grapefruit, and laces of honey.

Nicely hopped pale ale. A little cereal base makes the canvas for the Amarillo hops. A little pine, orange, grass, grapefruit, ppleasant bitterness. The beer gains a biscuity note in its aftertaste long with grass. The body is on the lighter side with a snap of crisp carbonation.

Pleasant and easy drinking pale ale. That works for me.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1598th Review on BA
Bottle to Plastic Mug

@Taco Hut, Chino, CA

App- A bit of a deep orange or close to an amber color. A bit clear in color and mixed with a bit of a brownish wood stain. A nice and small 1/2" head that was a bit off tan and faded quickly. No cling or lace due to the plastic of the glass. Looked like a deeper IPA though.

Smell- It was more along the lines of a full IPA with a bit of malty caramel and a tinge of bitter behind it. The pale malts were there but overall, just a tad too thick and didnt give off a brightness of the style that was needed.

Mouth- It was a bit thick but when paired with the carbonation and with the mexican food that I had it was on point. A bit of a residual caramel and malt flavor stuck around with a bit of a hoppy bitter.

Drink- For a local Pale ale, I thought it was pretty good. Had a good depth of flavor and a bit of a full caramel on the finish. I think most pale ales pale in comparison to a ZD or HB. Just needs more brightness to them.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, roast, dirt, earth, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a very earthy and herbal hop flavor. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around. The label mentions citrusy hops but there is no evidence of that whatsoever.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
5.5% ABV, no date or info.

Thanks for the bottles, Tom!

A - Poured out completely, this bright goldenrod beer is clouded, slightly, by tiny floating particles and topped by a soaring off-white head. Sticky lace clutches the glass as the foam heads down with a slow descent.

S - Amarillo Pale Ale from Hangar 24 is openly hoppy with a bold resinous aroma, immediately suggesting pine cone and sticky sap. Plenty of malt follows through though, balancing it's forward aroma with earthy low tones, mild caramel sweetness, and a hint of pale graininess. While they call it a Pale Ale, candidly, it already smells more like an IPA in terms of hoppiness and perceived bitterness.

T - Smooth caramel and dry pale malt lace the beer with a good base. Plenty of hops come forwards, overlapping the malt with a light citrus, mainly pine resin kick that finishes with just a pinch of yeastiness (though probably from the sediment).

M - Moderate carbonation spritz cuts through the medium body to lighten up the feel a little bit for a crisp and smooth result. It finishes out with a dry and dry-hopped bitterness that lingers briefly.

O - It's always fantastic to experience a well-done single-hop beer that showcases what the particular hop has to offer, and Hangar 24's Amarillo Pale Ale is no departure from that. Sure, it carries itself more like an IPA than pale with it's potent hoppiness and lingering bitter finish, but the malt profile balances the lightly citrusy, pine resin-like attributes well.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color. A huge pure white head is quick to dissipate, leaving tons of lacing down the whole glass.

Smells of citrus, dry malt, and strangely a bit of yeast.

Taste is light crisp malts, a pleasant bitterness throughout, and a light citrussy finish.

Feels very light, but not fizzy. Easy drinking for sure, crisp and refreshing.

It's a nice light pale ale. The yeast is a bit weird, but other than that, it delivers exactly what a pale ale should be. Light, crisp, easy drinking, enough flavor to enjoy, and the right carbonation to make it not fizzy. If you are expecting/wanting more, go get an IPA.


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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the style and prior experiences with this brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over time. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of no real cream, okay thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold. Appealing in a general sense.

Sm: Amarillo hops - what a shocker. Clean bright malts. A mild strength aroma, and quite simple one.

T: Pure amarillo with weak thin clean malts as the inadequate foundation. Both floral and bittering. Very fresh. Some very light hints of cidery pear and apple. Simple and boring. Bland. Uninspired. Decently balanced and built, but neither unique nor special. It doesn't try to be anything more than what it is, but it really really needs to.

Mf: Smooth and too wet, suiting the flavours alright. Too thin. Crisp. I'd stop short of refreshing, but it's pleasant. Maybe a bit overcarbonated; it gets sharp.

Dr: Drinkable but flawed. Amarillo and malts alone do not a great beer make. I'd try this again on draught, but as is it needs work. Fans of the style will likely enjoyed it, but it suffers from simplicity and a lack of ambition. Very average.


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Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice beer, but your experience of it will be defined by your love (or hate) of Amarillo hops.

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with a medium head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is earthy and toasty. The flavor is strong and earthy and like rank, summery hay, with a citrusy bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and clean.

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Amarillo Pale Ale from Hangar 24 Brewery
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