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

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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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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 Converge
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of h20mbh
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of jgs628
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of BasementBer
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of jbonapar
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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