Hangar 24 from Redlands, California has been around for a few years, offering a standard variety of beers and labeling them with aviation themes. While I certainly appreciate the airplane connection, the beers themselves have often stayed on the benign side of the character spectrum, especially when compared to other Southern California brewers.
Finally I stumbled across their IPA, which I believe is a relatively new offering from Hangar 24. Given the intense hop culture of west coast breweries, it’s nice to see Hangar 24 jump in the IPA game. That said, since breweries like Stone, Green Flash and Ninkasi (among others) have set the IPA bar so high, it’s becoming difficult for younger breweries to make a distinctive mark with this style.
Betty IPA is a solid effort, but it might come up short for seasoned hop-heads. If you like a nice, go-to IPA that doesn’t punch you in the face with hops (I kinda prefer the hop knock out these days), then Betty IPA is worth a try. 3.5/5 Hopefully we’ll see continued growth from Hangar 24, because at the very least, the world could use more airplane themed beers.