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Little Scrapper IPA - Half Pints Brewing Company

Little Scrapper IPALittle Scrapper IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%


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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smakawhat

Maryland

3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 23:06:23 | More by smakawhat
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:16:07 | More by spinrsx
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:20:18 | More by Noxious26
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 22:05:14 | More by FondueVoodoo
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zachloveshisbeer

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 21:24:50 | More by zachloveshisbeer
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 00:56:59 | More by Rutager
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:29:04 | More by leaddog
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 23:58:31 | More by jrenihan
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 04:37:52 | More by joemcgrath27
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:30:34 | More by Converge
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h20mbh

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 06:39:34 | More by h20mbh
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 04:32:41 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 23:04:45 | More by DaftCaskBC
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jgs628

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 20:59:04 | More by jgs628
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jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:47:18 | More by jbonapar
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 17:42:42 | More by marty21
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:57:21 | More by CrazyMike
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kjyost for this one. Enjoyed last night with my wife.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A dark orange body which is extremely hazy due to the sediment. A big 3 fingers of foam that are very insistent in remaining in place. Excellent retention.

Smell: A bit of a let down here. Whispers of tangerine and hops but it's too brief. It smelt more as i poured but muted up too fast.

Taste: Heavy on the malt with a slight hop appearance on the back end. Lots of grapefruit and my wife tastes white grapes.

Mouthfeel: Strong body with some dry astringency though not mouth puckering. Bitterness is slow at first but rises up more as it warms.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I could see myself having this again.

Overall: A good IPA though i would have preferred more hops to malt. Still worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 19:07:15 | More by papat444
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:47:24 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wordemupg for this extra. Served in my Surly pint glass. No obvious freshness date.

A - Pours with nearly two fingers of off-white creamy foam that features solid retention and eventually settles to a partial cap and leaves some lacy fingers behind. Body is a hazed dark apricot color with a nice glow to it.

S - Citrus zest that's heavy on the lemon, but with notes of grapefruit as well. A bit of herbaceous perfume as well. The malt backbone is lightly toasted bread.

T - Taste is more toasted grains and cereal, with light notes of orange and grapefruit. Low in sweetness, and high in residual piney bitterness, making it somewhat unbalanced.

M - Carbonation is slightly higher than I prefer, but it's not overly harsh. Body is medium-light but doesn't seem undersized for 6%. Finish is dry, and then resiny.

D - It was easy to drink 12oz (err...341ml), but the carbonation left me feeling a touch bloated. Still, it's much better than most IPAs I've had from Ontario. This wouldn't be out of place on the shelf in the US, but it lags behind the better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 00:08:05 | More by MasterSki
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 02:53:52 | More by chickenm
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from the brewery.

A - Tight one finger head with big bubbles that go away fast but leave a nice cap. Darkish golden colour with low carbonation.

S - Really juicy hops. Lot's of citrus. Not a particularily strong aroma but really really inviting.

T - Citrus hops balanced really well with malts. Flavour hangs out for a long time. Bitterness is noticeable but not overpowering. Flavours linger really nicely. Delicious beer.

M - Light to medium body is nice for the style. Carbonation is there but works well with the beer and doesn't offend.

D - It's a shame I only got a 6 pack and we can't get it in Ontario because this would be my go to IPA. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 04:32:14 | More by tbeckett
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours an orange colour with thick white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Light piney hops in the nose with some caramel malt. Taste has some definite bitterness, but nothing too crazy. I get some tropical fruite flavours and pine hops. A very well made IPA. Too bad this isn't regularly available for purchase in Ontario.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 15:35:40 | More by kwjd
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 02:36:23 | More by Ralphus
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a nice thick white head and elegant lacing.

It starts off with a wonderful bouquet of pine needles, grapefruit and all the good stuff hops provide. I sense a nice malty undertone as well.

This is a wonderfully hopped IPA, lots of citrus and pine and finishes with a nice toasty malt backbone.

Nice thick mouthfeel and pretty drinkable. This is without a doubt one of the best Canadian IPA's I've had - but that's not saying much I suppose. I can't wait to try their other beers, if only they were more available here in Ontario!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 11:55:00 | More by GodOfBeer
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Little Scrapper IPA from Half Pints Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.