Little Scrapper IPA - Half Pints Brewing Company

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Little Scrapper IPALittle Scrapper IPA

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88
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amarillo hops, dry-hopped with Cascade.

Cloudy peachy/amber hue, attractive milky white foam above, little lace leaving.

Juicy fruit aroma, nice moderate bitterness...grapefruit and piney-ness, lovely stuff.

Good bracing bitterness up front, a plentitude of hoppiness, fresh Amarillo flavor, nice and juicy. Creamy, citric mouthfeel. Toasty malt backbone. Well-balanced brew, plenty of everything, not too much, not too little.

The label says this little scrapper could take other so-called IPAs to the mat. Well, maybe if you're only talking about Canadian IPAs. American IPAs have got this category covered and then some...I'd double the IBUs at least, ...but then you'd almost have Surly Furious...and now we're talking!

Drinks great, though. A bit too reserved to really be an aggresive IPA. At least 65 IBUs would have been better (it's listed at 50).

I like this. Thanks to David for bringing it to Surly, for them to give to me!

Photo of smakawhat
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer's twinkling golden tone suggests a more conservative use of malts which, for a beer presumed to be principally hoppy, is a positive sign of things to come. More reassuring yet is the extravagantly foamy head that rises to the top of the beer like cream. Its lacing slaps itself securely on to the glass and holds on tight as a bulldog.

Amarillo and Cascade - good thing they have my brands. The bouquet is a bright, pungent mess of festered tangerines, breakfast grapefruit and a satchel full of lemon zest. There is also a supplemental dose of spicy, flowery zest (courtesy of the Cascade hops). Taken together, the two varieties of hops make a double exclamation point.

This thing is like the two faces of Janus - one part of it looks towards all that is sweet, biscuity and malty while the other faces all that is bitter, pithy, dry and earthy. Biscuits and shortbread are paired with fig jam, grapefruit puree, orange glaze and some sort of pine resin reduction. It's a substantial meal and sumptuous dessert all in one.

Many brewers (especially Canadian ones) ensure their IPAs have a malty underbelly. While that's all well and good, the heavier, more viscous flavours of nutty light roast and chewy caramel can be clammy, lumbering and ill-matched to bright, citric hops. Although this has a strong supporting malty base, it does not come across the least bit disjointed.

The pithy, citric, piny bitterness of the hops is read loud and clear, uninterrupted by no malty sweetness what so ever. The malts, for their part, fill the mouth with a spongy thickness and, while they do ground the hops' biting acidity, they hinder none of that flowery, pithy, uniquely spicy character. It's a perfect compromise.

Added bonus: although it has the flavour of an 8% beer, it rings in at a relatively sessionable 6. Sessionable or not, I wouldn't have minded another bottle right now - anything with this much juicy, citric hop and sumptuous, toasty malt flavour is difficult to part from after only one glass. I intend on finding more of this stuff first chance I get.

Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Thanks to kjyost for the hookup.

Pours a clear amber/orange, medium sized white head forms, lightly fizzy, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lacing sticks, looks good.

Smell is nice, lightly piney hops, nice citrus notes, some grapefruit and orange peel, nice malts, lots of caramel and toast, a bit of oat, biscuit, nicely balanced.

Taste is similar, nice grapefruit notes up front, some orange, a bit of pine, caramel through the middle, light biscuit, gets dry in the finish, cheerios and toast, very assertive bitterness, but still has some balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down easy but perhaps a little too dry in the finish. Thanks Ken!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle july 17 2009

A almost orange in color, nice head that hangs around for a while, some lacing

S hops and citrus and some sweet malt

T hoppy but balanced with some sweet malt flavor. quite nice i enjoyed it from start to finish

M/D good feel easy to drink all around good IPA nothing blows me away but noting disapointed me either

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light coppery honey color with a starchy topping of off-white foam sitting smallishly with a compact heft. Creeps away to alot of lacing grabbing the glass in branched out strings and globs.

Aroma is fair to light without much gusto. Some pale grassyness and pale malt sits with a bit of a twist of pine resin and smoke. Gets a bit broader as it sits.

Taste is about the same with a fair body and tone of flavors that swim quickly onto the palate leaving impressions of piney, grass ended hoppyness. Starchy pale malt, semi drying and breadish, a bit of wood notes some of the dryness as fades into a simple finish leaving a slight resinous smokey pine.

The body is lightish to medium with a decent carbonation holding it together around its hoppy middle and lightly dry efforts. However, a bit flat overall and more so developing a Pale ale sense of body, tone, and flavor.

The name is suiting, as it is just that, a little scrapper of an IPA. Perhaps a bit plain for me and unimpressionable but drinks down fine enough due to its somewhat lighter approach to the style.

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tbeckett
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of mhaugo
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very decent IPA that shows some hoppy muscle but really keeps it together with the balance. Mid gold with a brewery nose ( more apparent on the draft version) this beer almost seems to have some English hops in the finish. I see the balance as its strong point as I wanted another soon after.

Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've drunk this on several occasions, but have yet to review it until now. Half Pints continues to produce top quality microbrews jam-packed with flavour!

A - Pours a nice thick pillowy amount of head, leaving a noticeable amount of lacing. Golden copper brown with the slightest haze.

S - Powerful citrus and pine scents. Smells absolutely delicious and possesses quite a strong scent.

T - Very bitter hop flavour off the top. Much like the scent bit of a pine and citrus, similar to the initial taste, finishes quite bitter. Prepare yourself to pucker those lips!

M - Very light on the palette, carbonation is light and bubbly and goes down quite smooth.

D - A delicious IPA, and I'd easily rank it up there with my go-to Canadian IPA (Tree's - Hop Head)! It seems to be easier to find lil' scrapper than in the past... Increased accessibility means more shelf space dedicated to it in my beer fridge!

Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange with a creamy off-white head that lasted forever, and laid down big sticky sheets of lace. Most impressive. The aroma is neat and reminds me of hop candy (and to some extent the same brewery's barleywine). Sweet citrus mingles with a touch of brown sugar and pale malt. Very nice.

The taste is neat and full of fresh sweet citrus. Its all there - sweet orange, tangering, satsuma, clementine, call it what you will, there's certainly a boatload of sweet citrus flavours and pithy skins. Beyond that there's a little pine resin and a hint of pale malt, but this one is definitely all about the hopping. The medium-weight body comes across smooth on occasion and the billowy carbonation helps to emphasise this.

With its big tangerine character and not much behind it, this is definitely a one-dimensional IPA, and as such would never make my top tier of choices, As it is, though, its vastly enjoyable, and a great choice for a hot summer's day. I like what I've drank from Half Pints so far, and I won't hesitate to try more of their stuff based on this performance.

Thanks to Colin for the bottles in a trade!

Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of kwjd
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Little Scrapper IPA from Half Pints Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.