Kroney (150) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a frothy white head. Muted aroma... like almost none. But the flavor is outstanding. Strong floral and citrus (oranges) with a very nice malty balance. Palate is thick, but very smooth. Ecxept for the lack of any aroma, this is an outstanding beer.
madvike (2678) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Pours hazy dark amber with a huge foamy white head. Nose is orange marmalade malt and lightly spicy herbal hops. Huge malty body up front on the first sip, with honey, herbal hops, and a bit of a spicy finish. Lots of sharpness and boozy qualities too. Medium body with nice carbonation. As were many of the bottles I purchased from Total Wine, I feel like this one had been on the shelf for awhile. Disappointed.
dnstone (2134) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale golden color with a soft white head. Lightly malty arooma with a dry hop edge. Quite dry in taste...almost chewable hop character (lightly piney) and leaves you thirsty for another sip. Neither aggressive nor lacking in flavor...well done.
mcberko (6041) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Mohawk Bend, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of floral hops, flower fields, and some light malt notes. Flavour of floral hops, not much else. Good stuff.
wchesser (1123) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark gold orange. Pretty flat nose... Pine and resin forward. Taste follows plus some orange. Decent IPA.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Trader Joeís in Huntington. Clear, golden pour. Lots of citrus- lemon, orange, bitter grapefruit. Some grass. Good malt backer to balance the hops. Very good! Wish we could get this in AZ.
kathouse (934) - Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazy brownish orange. Foamy off white head. Aroma is grassy, citrus, and dragon fruit. Medium body has some malt sweetness followed by bitter orange peel and more grapefruit. Finish is long.
badpuppy69 (208) - orange, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Copper color nice head lacing. Aroma is piney hops with some citrucy notes. Taste is danky piney hop foreword with citrucy notes nice balance of malt. Smooth resiney mouth feel. Has a taste and aroma similar too Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Very excellent ipa!
wlajwl (3771) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is yeast, tropical fruit and a strong note of kiwi. The flavor is kiwi, tropical fruit, hop resin, an undercurrent of mild sweetness and a tangy/bitter finish.
Chad9976 (1139) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
They say you can often gauge a brewery by their India Pale Ale, so when Hangar 24 sent me a bunch of their beers to review I of course opted to start with the Columbus IPA. Itís an interesting beer that uses only the Columbus variety of hop in the brew (in addition to five unlisted malts). Itís got the strong bitterness you except from a West Coast IPA, but the balance of something more eastern. I like it.
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Dark hazy amber/orange hue. No carbonation visible, but it does form a large, eggshell colored, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Surprisingly malty with strong honey-like sweetness and noticeable dank/piney hop character.
Taste: Hangar 24 Columbus IPA is definitely a brew that walks a fine line between single and double IPA. The hops are quite prominent at 77 IBUs and the body is quite strong as well to give it that more energy and attitude than your average IPA. The choice of using only Columbus hops is interesting, if not a bit daring since the hop imparts more raw bitterness than it does flavor. Though there is noticeable earthy/herbal hop flavors here: pine, tree bark, and a hint of garlic or onion (but in that good way).
Letís not forget the malt side, though. Thereís a sweetness to be found here in the form of some honey and caramel lollipop flavors. They stay in the background, mostly, but give the beer a solid backbone to make it well-rounded and versatile. Drink this on its own or with a strong meal and itíll work well either way.
Drinkability: Though thereís a lot of bitterness and overall body to Hangar 24 Columbus IPA, itís not a challenge to drink (well maybe to newbies). The mouthfeel is on the thicker side, but itís quite soft with a smooth texture. The hops do linger, but itís not nearly as astringent as many other beers of this caliber. At 7% ABV itís surprisingly light on its toes and wonít wear you down.