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.
Appearance: A dark burnt umber/mahogany hue; opaque; with an
average-sized, yellowish, foamy head which leaves some lacing before
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