Hangar 24 2nd Anniversary Ale - Belgian Caramel Apple

RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
(Belgian Caramel Apple)
Hangar 24s second Anniversary Ale marked our first attempt at a Belgian-Style beer. This type of beer requires special yeast that provides interesting spicy flavors and aromas. We used fresh-pressed apple cider from Los Rios Apples in Oak Glen and combined it with carmelized sugar made for us by a local culinary school. The combination of yeast, apple and caramel (along with some malt and hops) created unique flavors of clove spice, bready apple pie and a sweet, fruity finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2011
growler from fata 3/6/11. vibrant pour.... golden with a big white head. remarkably apple filled aroma!... along with yeast and its spiciness, a touch of fruity tartness, dust, cinnamon, banana notes, mustiness and floral perfume. the flavor is the same only more like a apple filled donut! the body has some heft and stickiness yet remains crisp and easy drinking. 7/4/7/4/16/3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 3, 2011
Grower from main man Tim. shared at DLD eve tasting. Sweet, candy covered apple. not overly sweat. some brown sugar apple crisp. a touch of bready, doughy malts. good dessert, holiday. thanks again tim!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (10012) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Sampled at a big tasting in the Holiday Inn in Schererville the night before Dark Lord Day- thanks to everybody for their generosity! Pours a cloudy yellow-gold with a small bone white head. Aroma of apples, caramel malts, brown sugar, and spices. Flavor was pretty similar, with apple tartness and acidity, caramel and sugary sweetness, mild spice, and bready, fruity yeast. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Sweet mouthfeel. Pretty interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Appearance: orange. No head, though twas a second growler fill so not too surprised. Lovely hue with a slight chill haze.
Nose: doughy yeasty goodness right off the bat. Spices, apples, and a twang of heat in the back which mingles well with the spice and melted caramel nuggets. Honeyed dough. Mulled cider with cinnamon and nutmeg. Gentle kiwi and pear essence. Pressed pulped mulled apples and sweet yeasty doughy delights dominate.
Palate: yummy. Sweet than spiced then doughy then right back to spice and apples. Lips are sticky from first quaff to last. Amazing fresh apple quality, both sliced, pressed, and then mulled into warm cider delights. Apples are strongest up front, then slowly permeates rest of palate. Honey orange marmalade breads. Not too long of a finish. Apple skins dry the top of my tongue. Nutmeg is a whisper. Caramel is melted and mild, a gently coating presence that never weighs.
Final Thoughts: wow and wow. For curiositys sake, I would love to have been able to sup a bit of it warm to see just how close to a fresh homemade mulled cider it would have come. Dreams aside, a fantastic beer and thanks to Eric for sharing it with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (8532) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
12/18/10. Shared by fata2683 - thanks, Keith! Aroma and flavor are of sweet banana, Belgian yeast, and mild fruitiness. Cant say I got huge amounts of apple or apple pie, but definitely fruity and Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (11020) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Growler Hazy yellow ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The nose bestows apples, very light clove and whispers of caramel and banana. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. The flavor is balanced and moderately acidic. Reminiscent of the aroma, the flavor awards caramel, mild clove and banana. Low bitterness, but enough to counter the sweetness. Finishes kind of tart, kind of sweet and kind of dry. I kind of like it. Growler courtesy of DuffManSW!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3880) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Goblet pour @ Blue Palms on the Monday after their 2nd anniversary party. Had no idea what I was going to get out of this beer but the name was intriguing enough and I had never heard of the brewery before. Color is hazy golden and the beer has a sticky lacing. Aroma is alcohol barrel, very sweet on residual sugars, and sticky smelling (sweetness again). Flavor is sweet alcohol with lots of sweet Belgian characteristics. Not at all a bade beer but a bit sweet and alcoholic for me. I could feel the alcohol evaporating off my tongue, which actually created an interesting taste sensation and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Did not get much apple here. A skosh bit of caramel here but if if is in the name should be more present. More a plain strong ale. Very Belgian in flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Sample at Stone 14th Anniversary. Hazy dark gold pour, frothy white head. Sweet bready malts, caramel, crisp apples, banana, belgian yeast, honey, and light spice. This is very nice, and aptly described.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
I had this on draft at the Blue Palms Second Anniversary Party. I was fearful that this would be an overly sweet or cloying beer. It had a very nice, slightly sweet flavor and I enjoyed it.

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