Little Scrapper IPA - Half Pints Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
04-09-2007 00:46:15 | More by tavernjef
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
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!
04-08-2007 10:00:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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
3.48/5 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
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
Thanks to chonyr and raider for bringing me some back from the Grey Cup.
A golden-copper hued ale poured with a nice two finger white head. The ale produced a low level of carbonation with fine bubbles graciously rising to their freedom.
White grapefruit peal, hint of pineyness. Bready and biscuity malt aromas with just a hint of caramel.
Dry biscuity malts form a sturdy malt backbone, with lesser bready flavours and a light touch of caramel sweetness. Nicely hopped, although lightly hopped for an American IPA, with astringent character and flavours of grapefruit peal and pine. My personal preference begs for a larger Cascade hop presence, but this was a tasty brew.
A very well balanced IPA with a somewhat light body. Surprisingly full of biscuity malt flavour considering the thin feeling body. Dry and astringent in feel with a decent lingering hop bitterness. Shows off its malt backbone as well as the Cascade and Amarillo hops.
Very drinkable and sessionable due to its light yet full flavoured body. Also a good crossover brew for introducing a hop novice to the possibilities of hoppier beers. Will be drinking this one again, next time I go through the 'peg
11-27-2006 01:06:27 | More by demcorhip
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
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.2/5 rDev -19%
thanks to trevorwideman for this bottle.
Appearance: Pours a reddish amber colour with a nice foamy head which settles to a nice lace. A tad hazy due to it being unfiltered. Not as hazy as the bulldog amber.
Aroma: Big hop heavy nose with citrus notes. Backed by strong bready malts.
Taste: Nice butter flavour. Also detect grassy notes. Quite bitter. Leaves a citrus finish with a slight medicine flavour, not too significant though.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, but not creamy. Carbonation is perfect for this IPA. Not a session brew, but you can easily drink a few pints.
Final Statement: Very nice IPA. I have had better, but this is still very good. The finish isn't quite what I want in an IPA, but it's definately worth a try. It's pretty well balanced, and an enjoyable brew.
10-06-2006 00:39:54 | More by MMansfield
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
Not surprisingly, Rudges best. Half inch of foam on a dark amber/light copper beer. Subtle but captivating light hop aroma that seems lighter than the lower hopped Amber. Flavour like a double hopped version or the Amber, or triple hopped! Tongue drying finish, but not overpowering. Waves of hop flavour float across the tongue after the finish. The more you drink the more you like! Thanks Piscator34.
09-05-2006 01:41:17 | More by presario
3.95/5 rDev 0%
Orange in colour with medium-low carbonation. Bright orange and grapefruit aromas with some minor notes of lightly toasted bready malts and hint of flowers. The flavor progression seems to work the opposite way that most of the IPAs that Ive sampled have: leading with some heavy bready and lightly caramel-sweet malts before the citric hops re-appear. Some black pepper notes show on the back end, as well as some fairly assertive chunky pine bitterness. There is a bit of similarity with Scotch Irish Sgt. Majors IPA, only this beer seems a bit more refined. The body is still feels fairly heavy inspite of the bitterness. Generally speaking, I tend to prefer dryer interpretations of IPA, this one is still very good. Ill be buying it again for sure.
08-18-2006 22:36:16 | More by fisherman34
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Batch no.1 from our new local brewer. 660ml bottle bought at the brewery.
Poured into a Pint Glass. Brilliant amber-orange colour with a pillowy 3/4 inch head, well carbonated. Good head retention and nice lacing all the way down the glass. Serious West Coast IPA nose, earthy, with grapefruit and all manner of citrus and a toasted caramel malt backbone.
Taste is well balanced, there's a candy-like toasted sweetness that is offset well by the hops. There's lots of hefty body in this beer, and Grapefruit citrus notes predominate but don't overcome the palate. Full bodied mouthfeel and not overcarbonated, sticks to the throat nicely. A balanced and tasty brew I'm happy to say comes from my hometown.
08-18-2006 22:29:27 | More by trevorwideman
Little Scrapper IPA from Half Pints Brewing Company
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