Little Scrapper IPA - Half Pints Brewing Company
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Reviews by BasementBer:
4.65/5 rDev +17.7%
A limited batch of what appeared to be a Little Scrapper with an additional dry hopped fermentation transferred to cask. Not as overwhelmingly hoppy as Humulus Ludicrous but darn bitter! Fortunately I managed to get there in the nick of time for a pint.
A: Cloudy orange to amber hue with a brief head. For various reasons, mostly near end of the cask, the 'pour' didn't produce much head to report on. But a consistent lacing remained from the off-white top.
S: Grapefruit. Excellent citrusy aroma with a hint of pine. One of those smells that makes a hop head tingle in the gullet.
T: Flavor was the most distinct similarity to little scrapper, but still had additional bittering qualities of grass and fruit with a heavy malty character in the nose.
M: Front to back, the bitter resins from the lupulin washed over and left a lasting impression in the pockets of the mouth. Despite the lack of carbonation, the tongue had plenty to play with.
D: A great IPA. The humulus is tough to go back to back with, this double dry hopped ale was neither overpowering or singular in quality making seconds an easy decision. If made a seasonal, I would queue up.
04-02-2011 16:32:56 | More by BasementBer
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a medium amber color with an off-white head. Subduded aroma of mostly citrus hops. Nice balanced taste with citrus hops and a solid malt backbone. Medium bodied with good carbonation, and a bitter finish. A pretty good beer, I've liked everything I've tried from Half Pints so far.
08-30-2010 02:53:52 | More by chickenm
3.95/5 rDev 0%
341ml bottle. Going to see my parents for the holidays, trying to get south of Calgary, and I'm stuck in the worst traffic I have ever seen on the Deerfoot. So I peel off, trying to find a route where the cars are actually moving. Lo and behold, I pass right by Willow Park, and I have to stop and have a look inside. So what do I find that doesn't seem available yet in my neck of the woods?
This beer pours a clear, medium copper-amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and weakly foamy off-white head, which dawdles incessantly in its disappearing act, leaving some awkward webbed lace around the glass.
It smells of indeterminate meaty citrus and wet pine hop esters, a lightly toasted bready caramel malt, a hint of herbal, funky yeast, a touch of dried honey, and further floral, earthy hops. The taste kicks off with more mild orange and grapefruit citrus pith, followed lazily by the grainy bready malt backbone, a suggestion of buttered toast, and some equally bitter herbal, grassy, and pine resin hop notes. A bit of alcohol becomes evident as it warms.
The carbonation is quite tingly on the tongue up front, yet settles into a murmouring state soon enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and somewhat tacky in its plebeian smoothness. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the hops holding fast, while the malt seems ready to give up the countervailing reins.
A pretty good example of this polarizing style - quite bitter in its hoppiness, sure, yet weirdly understated in its approach, so, yes, very Canadian, through and through. I could easily see this being a veritably sessionable IPA, were it more available, i.e., in my hometown. I'm sure that's in the cards, things being as they are.
12-25-2008 07:35:00 | More by biboergosum
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
Bomber, courtesy of Blair-thank you for bringing back. No offence to Boutin who also sent a 330 at the same time. This is to some a very good pale, to others a good but not super hopped up American IPA. What it is, is very drinkable masterful brewing, it would be awesome I think on tap. Orange citrus flavour, grapefruit Cascade in the aroma. Drying but not overly. Oh, nice orangey colour and white head.
02-04-2007 03:55:49 | More by Sammy
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours a cloudy copper. Medium lace settles into a very thin film. Slippery lacings.
Very English on the nose, a really big hit of caramel with some piney hops hovering around the edges.
Starts out really nice. Quality malt with a nice toastiness comes on with some piney hops. Not a huge fan of the finish, things turn astringent pretty quickly making the bitterness a bit unpleasant.
Great mouthfeel, just right carbonation. A good example of the Canadian-style IPA that we're seeing more and more of.
06-05-2009 22:25:18 | More by CanuckRover
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Deuane for hooking me up with a 4-pack of these Half Pint brews from a recent trip.
Pours a hazy copper orange, with 2+ fingers of off-white foamy head. Retains with a big foamy dollop, that flares up into a huge frothy cascade of lace, which leaves just a HUGE latticework of sticky lacing back. The aroma is floral and piney, with a pleasant spicy earthiness to it. Citrus, caramel, and even a touch of smokey malts, tang it up in the back. Light warmth mixes in with the floral notes to give this a light fumey feel.
The bitterness in this is spicy with a sticky resinous edge to it. An earthy herbal quality that I'm really digging blends in nicely with juicy citric notes and a roasty caramel malt presence that offers some good balance. Finishes a bit sweeter and then the earthy flavors carry through with a dirty dry feel that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a more bubbly and creamy feel on top, that is propped up by more oily and slick textures underneath. This is definitely very easy for the size.
Probably my favorite of the Half Pints selections that I tried, this gave me a nice earthy and herbal hop fix, at a time when I really haven't had a good one in a while. Well balanced, tasty, and very easy drinking, this was a solid IPA experience.
07-31-2009 17:06:26 | More by Kegatron
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Enjoyed on many occasions and was surprised to discover I hadn't done a review
A - mostly clear copper golden, thumb of head retained at a good covering leaving a consistent lace ring as it dissipated
S - earthy woody hop notes followed by mild citrus and grain
T - interesting hop mix of earthy, perfume, and citrus, dry cracker and multigrain bread malt flavours
M - medium body with big carbonation, dry and medium bitter finish
O - I have found this to be a fantasticly sessionable IPA, great hop variety and a very drinkable 6%, this will continue to be a regular 6er purchase for me
07-05-2012 04:37:52 | More by joemcgrath27
4.43/5 rDev +12.2%
Imagine, beer from Winnipeg! Thats what I thought untill i tried beer from this brewery!
Pours a wonderfully dense amber with a slight hazyness ( think they must use a touch of wheat malt) with some yeast sediment.
Smell is fantastic: Hops. Bread. Caramell. Amazing.
Taste: Just like the smell but 10x. I was shocked by the complexity in the hoppy character as well as the dense caramel that seems to tickle your taste buds.
A short review, but honestly, one of my favorite IPA's now. Along with 90min IPA and the Souther Tier IPA.
I recently learned that there is no wheat used! But I'll keep my review as is!
03-21-2011 00:47:18 | More by jbonapar
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a clear light-amber with an airy off-white head, fading to a thin covering over the beer. Some lacing.
Hoppy smell with pine dominating, accompanied by some grapefruit and grass. Not much smell present once the head fades away, however.
Lots of sharp, bitter hops. I can feel the full 50 IBUs. Definitely more piny than anything else. The balance favors hops to malt, with just a touch of the latter in the background. Hops are definitely the feature here, which is nice given that this is one of Half Pints regulars. Extremely hoppy for a 'flagship' beer.
Slightly oily medium body with a prickly medium carbonation.
Definitely one of the best straight-up IPAs I've tried. Packed with hop flavour and light enough to drink a bunch of them. This could easily be my session IPA if only it were available in Ontario. Send one of these over to Alexander Keith's as an example of what an IPA really is. I think they're confused.
12-29-2009 07:50:20 | More by eat
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
A big off white head sits on a dull orange brew that seems to be just a touch hazy. Head retention is good and there is plenty of lace.
Big citrus hop aroma in the nose. Very grapefruit like. Nice to smell.
Citrus is big in the taste as well. Grapefruit, lime and mandarin orange. Very fruity. A bind of bitter rind in the finish. Decent, but kinda straightforward.
Fairly thin in body with plenty of carbonation, this is a fairly lively beer in mouthfeel. Not oily but not watery.
Goes down very well, but would benefit from a bit more complexity in the flavour.
01-20-2007 04:49:13 | More by elricorico
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +2%
New to BC. Sweet!
Appearance. Pours a quite clear, rich yellow gold/amber with over a finger of white head.
Smell. Nice sweet citrus fruits, some lightly toasted malts and grains, just a little pine and a drop of honey.
Taste. Sweet light malts and some floral, fruity hops. Not the intense citrus of some ipas, but a nicely rounded fruityness with citrus, tropical and even some orchard fruits. Pretty low bitterness, but there is a bit in the finish.
Mouthfeel. Medium body with just below medium carbonation. Very nice.
Overall. A nice, easy drinker here. Not the tongue bruising, insanely hopped kind of IPA, but very tasty and somewhat unique among the many IPAs out there.
12-18-2012 00:56:59 | More by Rutager
3.33/5 rDev -15.7%
Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a light orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of citrus hops is well balance with some caramel malt. Taste is a mix between some medium citrusy hops with some semi-sweet caramel malt. A bigger hops presence would have been more enjoyable IMHO and body was a bit too watery for my own taste. Still very good effort nonetheless.
10-10-2006 20:13:07 | More by Phyl21ca
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
Enjoyed in a hotel room in Brandon, MB. Poured in to a regular glass.
A - Hazy oragne colour with a small amount of white head.
S - Nice juicy citrus hops up front with some tangerine and grapefruit notes. A nice sweet caramel malt backbone rounds this one out.
T - Some nice bitterness up front from the hops along with a nice citrus palate with the tangerine & grapefruit from the nose really coming through nicely in the palate. A nice sweet malt backbone that is noitceable but doens't overpower the nice juicy citrus hops. The finish is bitter and sweet at the same time. A very well balanced IPA.
D - One of the better IPAs I have had recently.
M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.
10-14-2010 02:47:24 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.44/5 rDev -12.9%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
Real nice deep bronze amber and crystal clear body, with small amounts of pinhead rising carbonation. Head is fluffy bone white, two to three fingers deep and sets down nice and thick.
Nose is a bit odd. Strange dirt action on this, and ranking musty qualities. Very off putting and not enjoyable. Some interesting toasty qualities and faint brown sugar, but not a real great smelling brew even in the hop realm, and not much citrus sensing warmth.
Palate is a little lacking. Juicy mouthfeel coating though, with lots orange and grapefruit like citrus. Oily on the lips and sweet zesty flavors roll easily. Some aftertaste biscuit qualities and sweet brown sugars that match with the zesty oily bitterness nicely. Luckily none of that rank smell comes to the palate.
Overall a pretty easy drinking IPA and has some nice distinct malt finish, but the nose is just rank and off putting.
12-23-2013 23:06:23 | More by smakawhat
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
Copper color beer, it is veiled due to no filtering process involved, should be tasty. The head is sticky enough. Looks creamy too.
The aroma is citrusy with some grapefruit. It is of medium intensity. Some piny notes too in the aroma. Very inviting.
The taste is all citrus. This beer is very refreshing with some floral notes. The finish is all dry from the hops... you want more after that.
Medium body beer. It is well balanced too. An excellent introductory IPA if you ask me. I like this stuff for an every day beer.
03-16-2010 00:34:39 | More by ZorPrime
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
One of the better Canadian IPAs that I've had the chance to try. They sure do brew some pretty good beers at Half Pints. This beer looks good, lots of lacing and pretty good retention. Hazy (more like a chill haze but it's not), looks a little like cider.
The nose is the only thing I find needs a little more muscle. Hops are laid back but still showing pine and citric qualities as well as a little bit of malt. Edit...the nose became much better as the beer warmed.
Tastes great, good hop bitterness, pine, grapefruit. I'm having a hard time with the malts...a little biscuit and toast I would say. I could drink this all day long.
06-01-2010 05:01:41 | More by irishkyle21
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
Hooray for Half Pints finally being available here in Alberta! This IPA pours out a clouded tawny copper hue, suspended particles, turns a bright cloudy apricot when held to direct light. Tall, frothy cream-coloured head that recedes slowly and leaves intermittent lattices in its wake.
Leathery, earthy malts on the nose, joined by mild fruit, citrus and coniferous spices, woody notes.
Once again, very earthy and woody in the flavour, seems both the malt and hops work in unison to maintain this palate throughout. Quite balanced in that manner. The hops tend to break away in the aftertaste however, leafy, herbal and astringent.
Mouthfeel is very good, medium-bodied, rounded and smooth, slight oily texture on finish, soapy aftertaste.
Reminds me more akin to an English IPA overall in nature, far from the biscuity citrus hop bombs that have become the trademark of American IPAs (and that I admittedly have a soft spot for...). However it's a nice change from that here on domestic soil, and very well crafted, just not a bulls-eye to my particular palate.
01-03-2009 22:57:40 | More by IronDjinn
Little Scrapper IPA from Half Pints Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.