mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2015
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. ChadPolenz (1819) - 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.
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
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.
Poured a dark golden brown color with small head. Aroma was cinnamon and spices some alcohol. Taste was very sweet and spicy with a smooth medium pallet. Very enjoyable winter warmer. iowaherkeye (2703) - 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. Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Had this out of a tap at the brewery on 1/23/09 . I could taste the maple syrup,cinnamon,and spruce tips and guess what it tastes great .
J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
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. monk191 (1978) - 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. DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
On tap at the 2nd anniversary party..pours orange brown with a thin tan head...sweet aroma with a light spicy note..not one flavor of this beer really sticks out more than another..very mellow. StefanSD (2451) - 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
slowrunner77 (12043) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"A winter warmer had on a June evening, but it still hit the spot. It had it faults, but was still very nice. Mahogony pour, good body but the abv doesn’t show at all. Intense aroma of spruce and cinnamon. Similar flavor with a rich malty backbone. I’d have loved to trade a little of the cinnamon spice for more maple, as it was barely noticeable, but otherwise a GREAT beer."