badpuppy69 (220) - 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 (3877) - 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 (1180) - 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.
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, IBUís 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 (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (1344) - 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!
jgb9348 (4737) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and rich copper coloured body with a solid two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of fresh light grassy and herbal hops with a bit of a malt nose and a hint of sweetness. Medium-bodied; Assertive, yet very restrained hop flavour with a good grassy and perfumey character all with a solid malt backbone and a relatively well balanced IPA, especially from the West Coast. Aftertaste is nice with some fresh grassy and herbal notes, a hint of sweetness and a very subdued hop bitterness. Overall, a well executed IPA that doesnít show as much hops as I expected, but with a solid malt backbone. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased by haddon90 at Pavilionís Grocery in Newport Beach, California on 01-December-2012 and brought to my doorstep in Washington from Los Angeles, sampled 17-December-2012.
adnielsen (9090) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle @ Crooked Stave Reserve Society bottle share. Thanks to A-Dogg / womencantsail for sending this in a stupid box. DMS, creamed corn, light piney, floral aroma. The flavor isnít fucked as bad as the nose with DMS but itís still pretty dominant and ruins all the piney/floral hoppy characteristics. I should return this one to sender. I didnít even get a buzz from this garbage.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A well malted and well hopped golden IPA with grassy spicy fruity hops. Good beer.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh two weeks after receiving it from oakbluff, thanks a lot Scott.
The look: Cloudy orange-golden body topped by a medium off-white with medium retention.
In long: The inviting hoppy is predominately fruity hops with an underlying spiciness and floral notes. Body is richly malted, nice toffee that feels round and smooth and not crunchy sugary. A hefty amount of hops that retains a bit of the aromaís fruitiness but taste a lot more grassy, dried flowers and spicy. Surprisingly dry finish with a mild spicy after-taste. The nature of the beer, its natural spciness, sweet maltiness and all make for an IPA that is not of the refreshing kind. But even if not a Ďrefreshingí IPA, it is however a tasty satisfying hoppy beer. Another bomber that went down easily, and it kind of worries me that beer permanently destroys brain cells because I really hate not to remember where Iíve put my bottle opener.
pushkinwow (2009) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Douglass88. Hazy amber with thick and creamy with a cream coloured (according to the ladies) head. Malty, some nice citrus and light resin hops, like the mango and grapefruit which is pretty balanced, hint of alcohol. Moderate carbonation and body, little flat on the palate, becomes bitter and somewhat dry.