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
ryanfolty (2051) - 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!
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a murky dark copper with no real head to speak of.
Aroma: Sweet, fruity malt.
Taste: Sweet cinnamon, spruce, caramel and booze.
Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy.
Overall: After a pint, my reaction in Guy Fieri fashion was "MONEY." A real tasty kick in the ass.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a foggy mahogany color with a nice thin head. Very sweet aroma. Brown sugar is very real in this. Amazing taste. Roasted malt, with a strong sense of brown sugar and some hops. Great brew for a cold day.
mikedR (1553) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very enjoyable. A very quaffable winter warmer-type beer. A bit lighter than expected, but the ABV is notched down too. I like this one.
peteinSD (1431) - 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.
Chad9976 (1386) - 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.
skmikeg (1279) - 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.
monk191 (1271) - California, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good winter warmer. Pours a bright red-orange with a foamy head. Smells of maple syrup, apples, vanilla and cinnamon. Taste is quite sweet, with lots of maple syrup, berries, juniper and vanilla, and more syrup in the finish. Warms on the way down. A bit like Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice with more maple syrup. Had in the bottle.
thome50 (1228) - 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.