mcberko (11001) - 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 (1665) - 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 Joe’s 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 (1412) - 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 (310) - 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 (5053) - 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 (1538) - Orlando, Florida, 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. It’s an interesting beer that uses only the Columbus variety of hop in the brew (in addition to five unlisted malts). It’s 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).
Let’s not forget the malt side, though. There’s 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 it’ll work well either way.
Drinkability: Though there’s a lot of bitterness and overall body to Hangar 24 Columbus IPA, it’s not a challenge to drink (well maybe to newbies). The mouthfeel is on the thicker side, but it’s quite soft with a smooth texture. The hops do linger, but it’s not nearly as astringent as many other beers of this caliber. At 7% ABV it’s surprisingly light on its toes and won’t wear you down.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice, IBU’s were well chosen and doesnt quite drink like a 77 IBU ipa, but is hidden in the maltiness and overall well crafted. Really nicely chosen grain bill,, its a hint of cacao, bready light malt, and clean easy to drink, but tasty and satisfies.
arminjewell (9142) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks to Aaron for the pour! Clear red-orange with white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, bread, some veggies, cooked corn/dms notes, hints of a cardboard as well, slight pine and citrus notes, as well as a touch of caramel. Taste is a mix of caramel, biscuit, bread, slight spice, the dms comes through again, touch of pine, finishing fairly bitter, dry. Too bad.
Atom (1969) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber thanks to thome50, pours a cleat copper with a large white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee malts, slight citrus, and musky hop spice. Sweet malts build in the flavor with a mellow hop spice bitterness on the finish. Nice!