Belgian Summer Ale | Hangar 24 Brewing

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Belgian Summer AleBelgian Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Halcyondays on 06-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Tdizzle:
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3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hangar 24 pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden straw color. An aggressive pours yields a nice head of white foam that gradually dissipates to a thin layer atop the beer and a thick ring along the inside of the glass. No lacing clings to the glass from start to finish.

S - Bright aromas of lemon, pineapple, and fresh-cut grass. Bready yeast, bubblegum, banana, and peppery clove as well.

T - The initial flavor is tart and lemony; nicely complimented by bready malts and an estery yeast profile. Finishes enticingly tart and dry.

M - Agressive carbonation with a medium, somewhat chewy, mouthfeel.

O - A very flavorful and refreshing beer. Worth keeping a 4-pack in the fridge for the hot California summer ahead.

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Photo of JasonFromLA
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Adeezy4495
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of VictoriaAnne
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of HalfFull
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12 oz. single mixing some summer brews together. Just now realizing the Belgian component. Anyway, poured into a globe glass, this summer ale pours a hazed golden with a light cap of foam.

Offers a decent Belgian yeast aroma and even more so with some good agitation. Yet the beer is rather undercarbonated to maintain such things for long. Touch of wheat sourness comes through at times.

Taste offers a light sugary sweetness and a lot of pale/pils malt throughout. A touch of lemon and spice on the finish fends off an odd bitterness. Overall too cider like, not so much in flavor but in carbonation. Gas it up and I think this will come across much better.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of danwho
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of sjmad23
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobertConway
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of womencantsail
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

The pour is a pale yellow color with a fluffy white head. A nice yeast aroma with lots of straw and grass notes. Some pear notes and a little bit of apple. Very mild malt and phenolics. The flavor is quite watery, unfortunately. Some hints of sweet apple and malt, maybe a little straw and grass. Fairly bland due to being so watery.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Thomas_Greiner
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of superspak
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with swingracex. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, banana, wheat, bread, clove, light pepper, bubblegum, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pale malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, banana, wheat, bread, clove, light pepper, bubblegum, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light amount of bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, banana, wheat, bread, clove, light pepper, bubblegum, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and pale malt flavors; with crisp malt/yeast/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Belgian pale ale. Good balance and robustness of pale malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of foam at first pour. Hazy, pale yellow in the big chalice. Delicate cidery aroma. Soft, foamy mouthfeel. Surprisingly watery and light bodied.

A slight fruity sweetness on the lips. A modest pear flavor, or really it's a drier, paler version of Champale. A little yeast in the mix. More flavor in the nose than on the tongue. Not exactly sour, but definitely tart. The stuff is so pale it's hard to get a handle on it. I would have guessed it was under 4% alcohol. Slight bitter aftertaste like orange peel.

This tastes a lot like a Wit, and I find it hard to identify as a Belgian Pale Ale. I think I would have liked it better with a touch of esters and less of the lactic acid. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mhaugo
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle decanted into a curved pint glass.
Appearance: Lightly stained maple, moderate haze, with small islands of foam drifting around inside an off-white ring (3/5).
Aroma: Pears and apples. I’m digging in there for more, but I’m pretty much just getting pears and apples (3/5).
Taste: Very light and fruity. Nothing else really jumps out at me. I guess I could imagine a hint of honey on the finish, but even that might be a stretch (2.75/5).
Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation (3/5).
Overall: This beer is extremely one dimensional. It’s so straight-forward, in fact, that I eventually got a little tired of it. The label suggests that I should be picking up flavors like pineapple, bubblegum, clove, and nutmeg, but my tongue disagrees. It also says that Hangar 24 used a sour mash to add tartness to this “complex, slightly sour treat”. Hmmm... (2.75/5).

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Photo of hipboy221
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of fannypakit
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Radome
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheMarkE
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice shade of gold, good foam and lacing.

Smell: Lemon, grass, bubblegum, spice… and some others I can’t quite identify. Complex nose to it.

Taste: Tart lemon, grass, spice, pear… and still more distinct but subtle flavors.

Mouthfeel: Deceptively light bodied, with a slightly tart aftertaste.

Overall: Good beer. Slightly different with a higher ABV than your average summer brew, with a complexity to it that is just slightly disjointed buy still pretty darn tasty. I like it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light orange-tan with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart with some grain, yeast, spice, and slight fruity aromas. Taste is also slightly tart with grain, yeast, and spice up front with some light fruity flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink and pretty tasty for a Summer beer.

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Belgian Summer Ale from Hangar 24 Brewing
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 47 ratings