I recently took a trip to the Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands, CA. Located across the street from the Redlands Municipal Airport, Hangar 24 has been supplying Redlands with craft brewed beer since 2008.
While at the brewery, I was able to taste all of the beers they had available, but sadly only took notes on three of them. Here are brief reviews of their Orange Wheat, Helles and Imperial Blood Orange Wheat beers.
Traditional and Sweet. This Munich style Helles bears all its delicacies for you to enjoy with nothing to hide. Sweet candy-like malt sweetness and a hint of German noble hop flavor and aroma is what this craft lager is all about.
The Hangar 24 Helles pours with a light, straw color. Mild carbonation, light foam, and slight lacing are the names of the game.
Smells of fruit and yeast are in the nose.
The taste is slightly fruity (I was thinking lemon) and very “American”. My impression was of an American macro and/or typical Pilsener style brew. The difference being the fact the Hangar 24 brews their beer with care unlike certain companies (who shall remain nameless). The more I drank this the more I liked it. The Hangar 24 is a commodity that seems to be disappearing from most breweries stables: the easy drinking session beer.
Overall: 6 out of 10
As a HELLES: 8 out of 10
Crisp, Tangy, and Refreshing. The citrus aroma, light airy mouthfeel, and tangy finish are this unfiltered beer’s trademarks. This is accomplished by adding whole locally grown oranges throughout the brewing process, which perfectly coalesce with the wheat and barley base.
The color is yellow/straw color (like your standard wheat beer). No carbonation is present and surprising no sediment. The head was mild, as was the lacing.
Smell is of fruit, mostly orange (no surprise), but with a generally aromatic citrus scent.
The main taste is orange (a fruit beer that tastes like what it’s actually named after, weird). It’s kinda tart, which I liked.
The mouthfeel is light, as you would expect from this style. Aftertaste was mild with very little drying and no bite. Smooth.
A respectable wheat beer.
Overall: 6.5 out of 10
As a WHEAT BEER: 7 out of 10
IMPERIAL BLOOD ORANGE WHEAT
This was Hangar 24 Brewery’s Anniversary Ale. A beer brewed in honor of their first anniversary, and a fitting one at that.
The beer poured with a deep orangish red color. It let almost no light through and had a quarter inch layer of foam. Heavy carbonation.
Smells like blood orange (imagine that!).
Tastes like blood orange and/or grapefruit. Slightly bitter, with a sticky mouth that dries quickly.
A powerful wheat beer that lives up to the imperial name. An honorable anniversary ale and my favorite Hangar 24 brew.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10
As an IMPERIAL WHEAT BEER: 8.5 out of 10
All in all, I had a fantastic time at the Hangar 24 brewery. The building was respectable, the people were friendly and most importantly, the beer was fantastic. I can’t wait to make another trip back to Redlands.