Friday, June 23, 2017

Hangar 24 Double Betty IPA (REVISITED)

(Original Review -- August 2016)

Beer Name: Double Betty
Brewery: Hangar 24 Craft Brewery (Redlands, CA)
ABV: 10.1%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $9.49 for 22 oz bottle

Date Bought: February 6, 2017
Date Received: February 9, 2017
Date Opened: April 4, 2017 
When brewed? Special release beer.
IBU: 100

What's on the Bottle: "Double the Trouble. This bombshell drops a tropical arsenal on your palate. Coupled with citrus notes and featuring six hops, our double IPA explodes with flavor. Galaxy and Equinox round out the hop profile, delivering intensified notes of stone fruit, grape fruit, orange, and lime. Surprisingly drinkable and incredibly balanced, this beer has a big, complex character that leaves a lasting impression on the palate."

What's on the Website: "When you've got a good thing going... why not double it? Double Betty amps up our Betty IPA with the additional of Equinox and Galaxy hops for a huge burst of ripe tropical fruit, citrus, berries, stone fruit, and pine. But really, you already know the most important part: it's the Betty IPA you know and love, doubled up to a whole new level." Read more here!

Where distributed: As of April 2017, Hangar 24 distributes their beer mainly in Central and Southern California, but I have seen certain beers (i.e. Betty) pop up in Southwest Washington. See if Hangar 24 ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. Frothy white to off-white head. Lots of tiny bubbles. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Strong pineapple, orange, and other tropical citrus. Still amazing. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Tropical hoppy with complementing malt. Pineapple hits first, with orange and other citrus swooping in afterward. The octane is well controlled, very easy drinking for a 10% beer. Full of flavor. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied, some carbonation. Very slight dry tongue. Pleasing bitterness lingers. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): A world-class Double IPA. Nearly a year after having it the first time, Double Betty seems to have gotten even better in my book. It might clock in at over 10% ABV, but will drink like 8%. Very dangerous and tasty. As a note, I had the regular Betty IPA a couple years ago and loved that too. And yes, Hangar 24 even does various incarnations of the Betty IPA, so if you're lucky enough to be in Redlands when that happens, be sure to check it out. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.713/5

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