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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

64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 6.09%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: trevorwideman on 08-18-2006

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
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Photo of mtomlins
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really tasty IPA that probably kills in the local market, but when squaring off with some of the heavier hitters on the market, it puts up a great fight but doesn't stand out. (177 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA changed the way I approach this style of beer. I love the strength and balance of the hops and malt in Little Scrapper. It has great colour, lovely grapefruit notes and a clean after taste. I love beers that help shake up your perceptions, and this one did that for me when I first tried it years ago. (310 characters)

Photo of ThomasT
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance: Medium caramel colour, with thin brown head.
Smell: Hefty amount of grapefruit, with moderate pine and a strong, but pleasant caramel sweetness.
Taste: Grapefruit and pine are definitely present. Floral notes and delicious sweet caramel, like clover nectar lead up the middle and the finish is a very dry and bitter, but refreshing roastiness.
Overall: Nice flavour profile, very delicious and well-balanced. (421 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours a pale yellow color with a thin off white head.

The flavor is sweet floral hops, a bit musty. The citrus is fighting to come through..grapefruit, lemon, citrus rinds, but the sweetness of the malts cut through it.

The flavor is more typical, citrus rinds, pineapple, grapefruit, less malt dominance. Pretty clean, but could benefit from a bit more balance.

Overall, good. (397 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Cloudy orange-yellow amber with a small amount of frothy white foam (although what is there sticks around for a long time). Aroma is gritty grapefruit rind and bready caramel malts, lemon cleaner perhaps. I want to say harsh but that's overstating the case. Quite rustic though. Palate is similarly a little coarse and grainy, although the grapefruit and orange hop flavors do pop nicely. Strong malt backbone, nutty bread front and center, with an unusually dry, mildly metallic finish. Not fresh and bright in the hops department despite the robust flavors, recalls some old world examples of the style although its impossible to miss the Cascade in here. Nice mouth feel, smooth and moderately thick. I do appreciate the toasted character and jam-like fruitiness. Not a top tier western Canadian IPA but worth a sample. (869 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml Bottle received in trade with rejtable - thanks!

Appearance - Slightly hazy light copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some grassy notes and a hint of an odd musty flavour. It ends with a medium amount of bitter hop bitterness.

Overall – Pretty decent. Unsure how fresh this is. It's by no means a world beater, but a solid IPA with a nice variety of flavours. (688 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've never reviewed this as it's one of my regulars. 341ml brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a pint glass.

Light copper to orange in colour and mostly clear but a little hazy. Light beige head is 1/2 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap with lots of lacing down the sides.

Nicely balanced aroma of sweet citrus fruits (grapefruit and orange) and malts (caramel and bread).

Nice hop bite right off the start. The caramel malt tries to add backbone, but winds up making a cameo appearance. Long bitter hop finish or pine and grass.

Medium bodied wth mild carbonation and a little oily.

As I mentioned, one of my regulars as there aren't many IPAs available year round and of the couple that are, this is my favourite. Definitely worth a try. (774 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tbadiuk for this and many for tasty brews!
A: A clear amber capped with plenty of boney white head. the head settles down to a cratered cap leaving lacing around the glass.

S: Cirtus rind and yeasty bread, with sweet malty notes. Slight notes of funkiness mirrored with honey.

T: Pops forward with pleasant bitter orange rinds followed up with caramels, honey and malts. Some faint biscuit and yeastiness mid palette and finishes piney and hold on the palette well. Hops are present and balanced well with the malts.

M: Creamy and thick with a dryness that develops at the back end. Complex mix that manages to offer a welcoming medium body and a refreshing finish.

O: A well balanced brew that offers a solid hop and malt profile. Neither playing centre stage, but complimenting and enhancing the other. (822 characters)

Photo of zachloveshisbeer
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good IPA and true to style. Not a big, hoppy surprise but very approachable and something I'd pour for someone interested in a more "hopped up brew" but not something "so bitter I need a can of Coke to counter the pain". The fact that it's brewed in what is often hailed as one of Canada's worst cities, it sure does impress me. I'd love to try it on tap some time. (372 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.02/5  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. (684 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with a finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Piney hops, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruits, caramel malt.

Taste - Piney hops from the start followed by toasted caramel malts and citrus. Moderate level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy body.

Overall - An enjoyable AIPA by Half Pints. I'd like to see a higher hop flavour level (my personal preference), but still a good representation of the style. (476 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is orange/copper in colour. Translucent. A fairly large off-white and frothy head on top. Good retention, quite a bit of lacing.

Caramel malt, light citrus fruit and a wood scent.

Caramel malt, some citrus fruit, wood, grass. A little bitter, but really quite balanced. Maltier than I would expect. No freshness date on the bottle so I do not know how fresh it is. Pretty good but not the citrusy, hop-focused beer that it presents itself to be.

Medium body, moderate to high carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, pretty good but not anything special. Perhaps this is not a super fresh bottle. I would try it again for sure. (631 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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 (588 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy offering North of the border...

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. Place offers no description of the brew. Served on a pint shaker glass.

A - Slightly hazy deep gold to pale amber pour, short frothy head with good retention, creamy surface memory, and fair lacing.

S - This initial offering is very tepid in the nose, almost non-existing… I was lucky to have it later through this trip and the nose was far better. Dunno.. Me? Cold serving? Old keg? Soft hoppy notes...

T - Luckily the palate displayed a nice hoppy range, citrus, pine, some resign, light caramel in the background…

M - Medium to medium/light body with sizable carbonation picking it up. Good crisp finish as it folds.

O - Very drinkable, hands down this was the brew of this trip to Winnipeg.

Notes: First time trying Half Pints and this did not disappoint. That lack of aroma at first was a bit worrying but the brew stood out. On the last night the place we were at had an issue replacing a keg, which was a bit warm, and while excessively foamy it was a brew that held the evening together very nicely. Looking forward to a chance in the future when I may have a proper shot at this IPA. Also had their Bulldog Amber a couple of times, which I though was all kinds of decent. The only thing I tried from Fort Garry while on a different level was also very decent. Thanks Lawrence and Richard for being such great hosts and putting me close to these libations. (1,453 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Big bubbly, off-white head. Hazy copper body with moderate carbonation. Head retains as a thick foamy cap that leaves generous lacing as it recedes.

S - Lots of hops upfront with some faint bready caramel malt. Good citrusy character, grapefruit and lemon, with a nice pine aroma as well. Slightly skunky, and the hops could have a little more character here.

T - Lots of hops, piney and grassy, but not quite as fruity or citrusy as the description led me to believe. Light caramel malt helps balance, but doesn't add much character. Pretty average, run-of-the-mill IPA here, to be honest.

M - Body is about medium in feel, a little creamier than average. Could probably use a touch more carbonation to liven up the feel of this one.

D - Overall, this IPA definitely underwhelmed. That being said, it's still an excellent beer, and I'm not at all disappointed to have 5 more bottles. The citrusy character just never really came through for me. Average IPA, but that's not a bad thing. (1,041 characters)

Photo of h20mbh
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance
golden orange in color

smell
smell of citrus hops

taste
taste of citrus hops, not overly bitter, slightly more hops than malt, but it is an ipa so a super balanced beer wasn't to be expected

mouthfeel
slightly light, but has enough density to be satisfying, for the ipa style has desireable amount of body

overall
really good beer, good ipa, I love ipa's so I might be biased, but solid 4/5 in every category, try this beer if you like ipa's (456 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - gold-copper colour with a good 1/2-inch head. Good lacing from the heavy quantity of hops.

Smell - a very nice citrus hop aroma over top of a nice malt foundation.

Taste - this is a good beer. Rich and malty, very hoppy but smooth. Tonnes of flavour but finishes fairly crisp.

Moutheel - smooth and tasty. Some oily after-effects from the richness of the hops.

Drinkability - goes down easy. Crisp and flavourful, ideal for most situations. (500 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: Extreme cream coloured head that is easily over 3". Leaves a lacing comparable to, if not better than, Duvel. The liquid is a cloudy amber colour with white chunks floating throughout. I would dive right in, but I have to wait for the head to settle.

S: Citrus and floral hops and yeast.

T: Floral hops give way to citrus hops in the middle. I was left with a malty aftertaste at the end. At 50 IBUs this might be a little too well balanced for some hopheads; but I could see many others getting into this beer.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a medium to low level of fine carbonation. Possibly the carbonation exploded into the gigantic head...

O: An easy drinker, and a good session IPA. It makes perfect sense that this IPA comes in six-packs, because it is one of the most accessible representations of the style I have come across. (880 characters)

Photo of jgs628
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My current favourite. Has sparked my interest in IPAs.

A: Nice amber hue and creamy head.

S: Sweet citrus aroma.

T: Grass hop bitterness that is strong enough for most hopheads but does not dominate. Caramel malty background that is the perfect compliment to the hops.

M: Lite carbonation with a creamy texture.

O: Can't get enough of this IPA. Has everything an IPA should have. (384 characters)

Photo of BasementBer
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,161 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
4.42/5  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! (619 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I rarely double review beers with different servings, but I had this on tap last night and it was so much better than the bottled version I had reviewed that I had to re-review...

20 oz pour into a sleeve at Original Joe's in Winnipeg

A: Clear amber body, with a head that retained through the whole drink (~20 minutes) and left scads of beautiful lacing all over the glass.

S: A nice balance between some bready malts and some citrus aromas courtesy of the cascade hops (I think). The aroma is strong, yet not overpowering.

T/M: A body that has a bready depth to it that comes off almost as toast with a solid bitterness that balances beautifully. The hops lend citrus flavours in the beer, though they are understated when compared to the malt backbone.

D: The key word here is balanced... It was sublime. I haven't had a beer like this in quite a while, and perhaps that a function of me leaving hoppy beers alone for a month so I can appreciate a 'mere' 50 IBUs... Stellar. Just enough 'West Coast' influences to be loved by my palate... (1,047 characters)

Photo of marty21
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with a one finger head that leaves a nice cap and nice lacing that continues until you're finished.

S: It has a nice hoppy aroma. I get a lot of pine needle and citrus scents.

T: Similar to the smell I get a nice hop taste of pine needles and citrus. A nice malty, dry and mild bitter finish to it

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation that suits this beer perfectly.

D: This is a really good session IPA and is a good warm up for Half Pints Humulus Ludicrous. I've never been disappointed with Half Pints. (536 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is opaque and orange, head is very small. Has a medicinal, citrus smell with a hint of oranges.

Taste is noticeably malty with hints of orange and citrus. After taste is bitter, creamy and smokey. Very crisp and full bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, this is good beer. At first comes off as something that would be hard to drink, but hits the spot. A 6 pack of this is always fun, would recommend. (417 characters)

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Little Scrapper IPA from Half Pints Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.