Tasting the Craft Brews of Hangar 24

Not to be confused with Hanger One, Hangar 24 is a beermaking operation in Redlands, California, where it creates some 30 different brews. The company sent us 6 of its beers — in various size bottles — to check out. Thoughts follow.

Hangar 24 Amarillo Pale Ale- Straightforward American pale ale, hoppy but not overwhelmingly bitter, and sweeter than most pale ale styles. Some nuttiness on the nose leads to a modest orange character on the finish. In between: tasty hops. I’m not sure they drink anything like this anywhere near Amarillo (yes it’s named for the hops, not the town), but I’ll take it. 5.5% abv. A- / (12 oz.)

Hangar 24 Double IPA – Brewed with four types of hops as well as orange blossom honey. Lemon and orange notes are prominent, despite the massive bitterness level – 118 IBUs. After that, it’s a scorcher of hops and high alcohol (9.0% abv), surprisingly drinkable… but probably not 22 oz. worth of fun. B+ / (22 oz.)

Hangar 24 Columbus IPA – Boldly amber in color, this unusual IPA is heavy is massively malty and herbal, a beer that uses 100% Columbus hops to create a beer with a lot of extraction, almost like a maple syrup at times. The overall vegetal character is a bit much, though, and the resin-heavy character begins coating the mouth before too long. 7% abv. B / (22 oz.)

Hangar 24 Alt-Bier – A big caramel apple of a beer, this red ale offers lots of chewy cookie and biscuit notes, some ginger, and some citrus peel on the finish. Bready and mouth-filling. It’s a drinkable and flavorful, even if it’s not exactly to my personal tastes. 6% abv. B+ / (12 oz.)

Hangar 24 Orange Wheat – A refreshing wheat bear, not particularly orange in its character, though. (Local oranges are used.) I get more crisp green apple, lemon, and a slightly sweet finish. Almost like a flavored lemonade with a touch of bitters in it. Pleasant as all get-out. 4.5% abv. B+ / (12 oz.)

Hangar 24 Hullabaloo Winter Beer – A hearty seasonal brew that packs a punch. Lots of caramel notes, plus seasonally-appropriate Christmas spices… cinnamon, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and piney flavors. Lots of fun, but rich as Christmas dinner. 6.5% abv.  B+ / (12 oz.)

prices vary / hangar24brewery.com

  • hangar 24 Amarillo Pale Ale
  • hangar 24 Orange Wheat
  • hangar 24 Alt Bier
  • hangar 24 Columbus IPA
  • hangar 24 Double IPA
  • hangar 24 Hullabaloo

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3 Responses

  1. Ja Z January 8, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    Howdy Chris, just doubled onto the site by accident and came across this review of my hometown brewery. The reviews he made of the beers are pretty spot on, but i wanted to note that the Orange Wheat can vary pretty considerably in flavor throughout the year. Even so its one of my favorite brews there and is never a disappointment.

    Keep up the great reviews. This blog earned a coveted spot on my bookmarks.

  2. Ja Z January 8, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    That will also be the last time I let Siri do the voice dictation!

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