Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hangar 24 Columbus IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Redlands, CA
Price: $5.49/22 oz
ABV: 7.0%
NSP: 8.29

Pulled this out of the fridge while watching Denver get a collective raging Tebowner against the Dolphins. It's from our buddy Brent's neck of the woods, so, you know, good for him.

Everything about this beer is nice and clean (other than the fact that it's from the Inland Empire, which is generally covered in filthy LA smog)- it's a good example of a crisp San Diego-style IPA. The nose has the piny, herbal character you'd expect. The flavor doesn't have the same intensity as the nose, and while some may find that a source of disappointment, it also lends itself to a very clean finish, which to me is the standout feature of this beer. All in all, this is a good IPA, lots of good flavor, nothing objectionable. I'm not sure the single hop thing really affects anything one way of the other. I'd slot it into the category of a good bar beer- very drinkable, but not necessarily something you feel like you need to really concentrate on to fully enjoy. The only problem is, for a similar profile (i.e. ABV and IBU), Racer 5 and Big Eye are cheaper (~$4), and as the blind IPA tasting demonstrated, tough to beat. That immediately puts this beer behind the 8 ball. But there's definitely potential here, so I'll keep my eye on Hangar 24 in the future.

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