StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2013 650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head that has fair retention. The aroma features maple syrup, sweet malts and some indistinct spices. The flavor is maple, fruity spruce and caramel and filling in the back and sides is cinnamon. The palate is a bit slick and oily, and the carbonation is lively. Finishes medium in duration and sweet. Overall: Tasty brew, they’ve improved it over last years batch.
Initial rating 1-30-2013 - 3.5
This rating 11-27-2013 - 3.8
Chad9976 (1334) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not usually a fan of Christmas-themed beers and "winter warmers" of the general spice/herb/vegetable genre. They tend to taste very similar to me or just use ingredients I don’t like. Hangar 24 Local Fields Warmer is definitely reminiscent of those beers, but in this case they definitely got the spice combination right. A lovely wintery palate that doesn’t go overboard and remains highly drinkable.
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: A dark burnt umber/mahogany hue; opaque; with an average-sized, yellowish, foamy head which leaves some lacing before mostly evaporating.
Smell: Imagine graham crackers in the forest. Distinct cinnamon and spruce spices, but seemingly authentic and contained.
Taste: Judging from the description on the bottle I had a feeling I was either going to love or hate Hangar 24 Local Fields Warmer. It’s a strong ale brewed with maple syrup, spruce tips and cinnamon. That sounds similar to Anchor’s Christmas ale which is also literally brewed with ingredients from evergreen trees (and is not a beer I like). Perhaps the reason this beer works so well is the brewers opted for cinnamon instead of ginger, which counters, and even compliments, the spruce quite well. I also detect a subtle fruity flavor of orange or orange peel, though there’s no mention of it on the label or website.
The spicy palate is a two-fold approach. It begins with a slight prickly sensation, of earthy spices but cinnamon flavor and sweetness like that of a Christmas cookie. A bit more bitterness through the middle, though the hops are not all that prominent. The finish is the best part of the palate as the spruce flavor appears out of nowhere and creates for a quick burst of raw earthy taste, spice, and even more sweetness. Yet this is not a cloying beer. The aftertaste is mild and rather pleasant.
Drinkability: What’s nice about Hangar 24 Local Fields Warmer is that even though it’s certainly robust, it’s not a challenge to drink at all. I would describe the mouthfeel as energetic with a bit of an edge to it. Though the body itself is not overly carbonated, is not thick or sticky, and is remarkably smooth going down. It makes full use of its 7.8% ABV as it has plenty of energy and weight, but is nothing close to obese.
peteinSD (1426) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear, ruddy color in the glass with a thin ring of off white foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is sweet malt with herbal spice and some minimal background hop bitterness. Taste is sweet and herbal (almost medicinal) with spice, pine, and molasses and perhaps some minimal hop bitterness for balance followed by toffee. Clean mouthfeel. Decent.
J_man (773) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bready, malty aroma coming off a crystal clear medium amber/orange body with a light tan head. Light brown sugar, molasses and cinnamon/ginger flavors hit right away and are followed by a rich brown bread flavor and smooth, full body. There’s a pumpkin-like vegetal component that plays off the sweetness very well. The taste evolves as the beer warms and unlike a lot of beers it’s very good all the way through. Excellent winter warmer.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 release. Nose is excellent, earthy cinnamon. Flavor is more cinnamon, with a nice malt character and and earthy note from the spruce and hops.
Shooter42 (131) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice winter ale that is easy to drink with just the right amount of spice and slightly sweet. Another nice offering from Hangar 24.
skmikeg (1163) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep chestnut brown with a small off white head which fades to some lacing. Aroma is of toasted sweet malts, caramel, molasses, cinnamon, some pine, and some fruits. Taste is similar with sweet caramel malts, molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon, spruce, and some ripe fruits. Has a medium-full body with a slightly syrupy, but still slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet, ever so slightly bitter finish. Overall, a pretty nice winter warmer.
ryanfolty (2009) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
December 21, 2012 bottle from Joe. Cloudy brown pour with nice head and lacing. Malt, grain, spice, cinnamon and caramel in aroma. Taste was strong on the cinnamon with some caramel and wood. Finished nutty and somewhat dry bitter. Thanks Joe!
thome50 (1181) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hollingshead. Pours a mild amber with slight white head. Aroma is again minimal with some malt, cinnamon, coriander, sweetness. Taste is very muted in terms of cinnamon and other spices. Has a very thin mouth feel which is not great for this style in my opinion. Overall, nothing to write home about at Christmas.
Barreras (1165) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep amber color with aroma of spice and syrup. Taste is a bit cinnamon spice with a slight bitter aftertaste. A lingering spruce and nutmeg on the palate. Overall a decent seasonal that warms your chest.