iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
On tap at the brewery 1/11/10. Hazy reddish orange with a small one finger yellowish head, fair retention. Nose is of cinnamon and spicy spruce as well as toasted and caramel malts, lightly sweet. Definitely reminds me of Christmas. Flavor is much the same with something that reminded me of spiced apple cider. Bitterness peaked at a 3, and the alcohol was masked pretty well--only slightly spicy in the finish. There was no overbearing spice or sweetness, which, is usually the downfall to a winter warmer. Well-balanced. Light to moderate carbonation, medium body. Very tasty winter warmer. ryanfolty (2655) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
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! fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Bottle shared with friends. Caramel and other malty notes on this beer. It was pretty much what I expected after the initial spice aromas. StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2013
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
SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle from KegNBottle (NC): Appeared as a light amber hue with a slight tint of brown and mahogany while an average size of head that started out thick but then quickly broke down to a thin patchy film cover. Aroma is faint yet has a strange smell to it that I cant recall what it reminds me of but it is not a smell I particularly like, however, there is only a minor notice with absolutely no chance of maple syrup. I blame a long shelf life—but in Hangar’s defense this was a beer recipe that had potential for aging so I do not blame them like I do other breweries who refuse to take back their old expire inventory aging for years in most every single liquor store out there. After taking my first sip I almost need to take back what I said about the aroma because there is supporting evidence of the sweet maple syrup along with dashes of cinnamon. Not a whole lot of flavor happening here and again, the shelf life of this beer has erased what traces of spruce or cinnamon it originally had.
beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
This screams winter warmer. Good strong base beer with pine notes followed by fruit and sweetness. A little spice for good measure. A solid winter ale. monk191 (2022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2015
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. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2013
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.
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
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.
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.