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Little Scrapper IPA - Half Pints Brewing Company

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Little Scrapper IPALittle Scrapper IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company visit their website
Manitoba, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
To admit that the brewers at Half Pints are hopheads is an understatement. This India Pale Ale is unabashedly hoppy, with a grapefruit-like aroma due to a large addition of hops directly to the final tank (a process called “dry hopping”). A firm, toasted malt presence forms the background for all these hops lending balance so it’s not just a one note symphony.

50 IBU

(Beer added by: trevorwideman on 08-18-2006)
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Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up case of this and I've enjoyed every one.

Pours a lovely opaque orange with a big poofy head that not only sticks around but is sticky at the same time. It leaves tons of lace down the glass.

The smell is full of tropical hop fruit.. pineapple, grape fruit, pine and sweeter malts underneath. And the taste lives up to the smell adding more of the hoppy fruit flavour with a nice dose of bitterness. It's a well made Canadian IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little sticky - just the way I like it. Drinkability is good.

Ralphus, Jul 03, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of chickenm
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chickenm, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

JonnyBeers, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of CanuckRover
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CanuckRover, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of jcubz
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jcubz, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

qcbrewer, May 13, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kegatron, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

joemcgrath27, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of jbonapar
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

jbonapar, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of ZiggyPop
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

ZiggyPop, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of eat
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

eat, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of elricorico
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

elricorico, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Reider
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Reider, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Rutager, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

smakawhat, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of ZorPrime
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ZorPrime, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of irishkyle21
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

irishkyle21, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of mmurphy525
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

mmurphy525, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

IronDjinn, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of adhallick
4/5  rDev +1.3%

adhallick, Jan 29, 2012
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Little Scrapper IPA from Half Pints Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.