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Humulus Lager - The Bruery

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 976
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 23.38%
Wants: 186
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: vacax on 08-02-2009

India Pale Lager, but closer to Imperial Pilsner than IPA, according to the brewery.
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Photo of scbeerman
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

My first beer from the Bruery, only cost me a leg and half an arm! Poured into a snifter, brilliant clear gold color with half a finger of creamy white head. Great looking beer!
Smell of juicy, fruity hops - almost reminds me of Sculpin to some degree. This ain't no Pilsner; India pale lager through and through.
Taste of slightly underripe citrus; clean, bitter, and refreshing but sort of a one-note taste. I'd like to get a little more citrus character and depth of malt flavor out of a pretty big lager such as this.
Feel is somewhere in between medium-light and medium; kind of slick yet over carbonated at the same time. Something just doesn't seem to fit with the mouthfeel overall.
Overall, this was definitely an enjoyable beer and one I'd drink again. Look forward to trying more from The Bruery as soon as science advances to the point of limb regeneration.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at Federal Taphouse, served chilled in a snifter.

The color is a dark golden with thin white head with fine bead with lasting retention. The smell is strong citrus with tropical fruit quality and mild floral with herbal hop scent and light malt odor which seems lightly toasted. The feel is medium high in bitterness with moderate carbonation with low sweetness and light astringency with mostly dry finish.

The taste has tangy juicy and bitter hop flavors with citrus and slight grassy yet somewhat tropical in taste with a flavor similar to less ripe pineapple with gentle herbal flavor which obscures the malt for the most part with slight taste of alcohol in the back with a sort of peppery dry spicy finish. Overall this is definitely a hoppy west coast lager aka IPL, hop dominant intensely bitter as it finishes which is borderline too bitter but excellent hop flavor with tons of hop aroma -Kudos Bruery!

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Photo of inkman15
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lucky enough to get to try this on tap on the East Coast. Nose is resin, onion and a little citrus. Palate has some of that onion (which I love) but it's more subtle than the nose. Some pine flavors as well. Almost no malt presence. Mild bitterness.

Really excellent hoppy lager.

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Photo of Etan
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly on tap at a new local place.

A: Nice mellow orange gold. S: Big citrusy punch, a bit of biscuity malt. T: citrusy with a grassy edge, followed by smooth breadiness. Yum.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz baby growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Poured into a tulip pint.

Straw yellow with a short white head. Hazy with light carbonation.

Pine, papaya, grapefruit, pineapple, and candy sugar.

Orange juiciness, grapefruit pith, papaya, dank greens, and pineapple. Bready maltiness and candy sugar sweetness. Pine needle, bright florals, and touches of onion.

Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, clean, and off-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Juicy, clean, and dank. Fantastic IPL but the price point is ridiculous, Bruery! Glad I got to try it either way.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1-liter growler poured into a matching bruery snifter. The brew is golden copper in color with a finger of white head composed of large bubbles.

The smell is grassy and tropical with hops. Mild fruity mandarin character blending to biscuit/bready grain.

The taste is oily with almost a canteloupe or melon flavor. Somewhat grassy hops, yeastiness, bready grain and more dry grass into the finish.

This is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Similar to the wave of other "IPL's" that are becoming popular. However this one carries some warming alcohol that becomes even more noticeable as it warms up.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery, poured into taster. Hazy yellow in appearance with thin white head that settles to a persistent film. Leaves some lacing. Aroma is hop-forward with citrus, floral, and pine. There is a little grain, too. Hops carry the day in taste, too, with a moderate bitterness that is less than expected based on the nose. A thin ribbon of sweet malts is perceptible in the background. Nothing shocking in the palate: medium body, crisp texture, average carbonation, dry bitter finish.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.18/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of the first beers to help me identify the infamous "cat piss" note some hops apparently evince. Combined with a noteworthy sulfuric note (not uncommon in lagers, but amped up to an overbearing level here), I just couldn't get into this brew. I admit that the Double IPL has historically been a touchy style for me, but Humulus was one I just couldn't abide.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is no lager, it taste like a premier West Coast IPA. Shows was SoCal can do right, an IPA full of flavor without holding back. Would be an easy go to beer if available.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a hazy, almost opaque orange/yellow, looks almost creamy, with a one inch head, and a lot of lacing. Looks delicious.

Smells insanely fruity and hoppy, just could keep my nose in this one for a while. As tropical smelling as any hoppy ale/lager I've ever had.

The taste is similar. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, and peach abound, just really creamy and juicy at the same time, with a small amount of lingering bitterness, that brings to mind orange or grapefruit peel, rather than pine. I could chug this stuff.

This one has a fairly light body- but it's not thin at all- creamy and hoppy deliciousness awaits. The body is light, though, so it goes down quite easily. There's no lingering bitterness.

An absolutely delicious hoppy concoction, a bit out of the typical wheelhouse of The Bruery it seems. This shows they can make a hoppy beer with the best of them.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 9/8/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts, lager yeast and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in followed by breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty malt character creating a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured a golden body with large foamy head and lace patches everywhere.
Aroma is grainy with good citric hop presence and touch of sweetness.
Smooth body that is light-drinking, this beer has mostly a bitter citric hop taste as well as some sweetness from pils malt and light fruit sweetness (straddles between tropical and grape).
Well balanced and enjoyable beer that keeps the ABV well-hidden.

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Photo of WoostaBia
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a glass of this beer at the Nor'East Beer Garden in Provincetown, best lager I've ever had and top 10 beer. Awesome beer. Well balanced, perfectly hopped, sweet malt and corn backbone, crisp and refreshing. I wish this was available in 4 or 6 packs along the other distributed bruery beers.

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Photo of tigg924
2.58/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, bright yellow in color, clear

Smell: pithy citrus rind

Taste: grain, light butter, and tropical fruit hops

Mouthfeel: light body, slightly bitter, medium carbonation

Overall: Not what I was expecting. This had a buttery grainy taste to it that was not appealing. I usually like Bruery beers, but this did not come together for me. I will be passing on this.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at TRB. Tulip.

A: Pours a clear deep golden color with a dense, oily, and greasy off-white head that faded into a lasting collar that left streaks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Huge dominating notes of citrus and leafy, sticky hop cones. Hints of mint in nose and taste.
T: Tastes like a fantastic ipa. Can barely detect the lager yeast if it is there. Definitely green and leafy, solid bitterness. Slight stone fruits in the finish but not much. There's a touch of lager breadiness in the finish but it's really not present.
M: Greasy and slick medium-full body. Tingly bitter and sticky mouthfeel. Tingly wet splashy carbonation.
O: Crazy hoppy and smooth. Great bitterness, clean and easy. First hoppy lager that I probably wouldn't know is a lager unless I was told it.

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Photo of richj1970
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft at Public house in Las Vegas.

A: Light honey yellow and crystal clear. Big three finger head leaving heavy lacing that covered the glass.

S: Floral hops with a touch of grain aroma. Lager yeast is barely detectable in the nose.

T: Pine, and light citrus. Lots of hop goodness.

M: Light body. Steady bubbles even 10 minutes after pour.

O: Very nice, and very easy drinking. This drinks almost like an IPA but with a slightly different mouthfeel.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap 8/2014
Pours a clear medium dark golden, with a thin film of minuscule bubbles, foamed at the edges. Light lacing.

Smell is tropical fruit, specifically passion fruit, but also maybe some honeydew. I also get just a hint of coconut. Wonderful, but it does dissipate with some warmth.

In the taste, I get a bunch more coconut than I do in the smell. I think it's really the combination of the tropical fruit and the piney hops bitterness that come to dominate the end taste. Actually dominate might be a bit strong, but to me this taste is strong in the forefront, but the nice fruits linger in the background.

The feel is really nice, the depth of flavor doesn't kill the crispness, but the drying pine hops do reduce the refreshing nature a tad.

Definitely one of the better IPLs I've had. The style is getting some nice attention , and what I've seen recently (i.e. this and Dissenter) have me wanting the next one.

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Photo of JulioH
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I almost don't know why they call this a lager. It tastes exactly like an IPA.

Pours a nice yellow beer. Smell is average. Taste is exactly like an IPA. Bitter, dry, light, refreshing and easy to drink. I don't know why they bother with the lager label. In any case, this is a great beer. The Bruery is got the funk.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on draft at Bruery Pint night at Columbia Ale House. Outstanding beer, looked the part completely. Had the absolutely wonderful smell and the citrus taste that I love in IPAs without the bitter bang that can turn me off. Truly a great beer and one I hope to enjoy at some point in the future.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4 oz. pour on tap at ChurchKey in NW DC into their characteristic snifter glass, drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration; although it's dark on here, the clarity looks high; frothy white head on first pour eventually settles into a 1/4 finger glass lacing; tight white bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass throughout; large alcohol legs (especially for 7.4% ABV)

S: 10/12 - big IPL-ish mixture of PNW hops - citrus and piney, pils breadiness, lager yeast and alcohols

T: 16/20 - nice tickle of bitterness on the anterior tongue gives way to PNW hop flavors that match the nose; evolves with the pils toast followed by an alcohol sizzle; finishes dry and quick

M: 5/5 - thick hop oils comprise an imperial style; high carbonation --> bubble and effervescent, alcohol coating

O: 9/10 - solid imperial IPL that I've been eager to try for a while and this didn't disappoint; I'd put the intensity of the hop aroma and flavor up their with Jack's Abby's IPLs; recommended

TOTAL - 43/50

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

6oz pour into wide mouth short glass at Fireworks Pizza

A-Pours clear golden with a large creamy beige head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing.

S-Aroma is light pine, citrus, Passionfruit, guava, musk melon.

T-Flavor follows, light sweet and medium bitter, fruity, tropical, a bit dank. Pretty nice finish with lingering tropical bitterness.

M-Medium body, oily mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Very clean

O-Impressive imperial India pale lager. Would really enjoy in the summer!

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Photo of Gatch
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Hostel Tevere in Warren, VT!

A: Clear, golden-orange in color with a fluffy, bright white head. Not much lace and retention.

S: Dank, floral, sticky aromas.

T: Real dry and fruity. Super hoppy and slightly bitter with a seriously dank finish.

M: Sweet but smooth. Hops dominate every aspect of this beer. An easy drinker.

O: Quite a twist on the traditional massively hopped double IPA and the lager qualities stand out. Hard not to compare this to Jack's Abby offerings and it just doesn't match up. While very delicious, it lacks consistency and has some rough edges.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2 liter growler from j47paco (thanks so much for the opportunity to try this!). Filled 2/23/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a brilliant golden straw yellow with a fluffy two fingers of near white head. A hearty layer of froth persists and leaves large sheets of lace caked on the glass.

Crisp aromas of leafy orange citrus, piney hop resins and faint lemon with a mild cracker and dry yeast character.

Bright piney and cirtrus rind hops are the stars here. Pine, grapefruit rind, orange pulp, cracker, soft lemon, dry biscuit, pepper and mild yeast. Herbal and slightly grainy with no dicernable alcohol. Very easy to drink.

Fairly light body with healthy carbonation. Dry with a bitter finish of grapefruit skins, pine and crackery malt.

Further proof that lagers can be quite flavorful. Bitter and oily like an IPA with the refreshing, dry crispness of a pilsner. A hoppy departure from The Bruery's standard fare and good stuff in a very different way than what I typically drink by them.

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Photo of Bung
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Duckworths Ballantyne. Pretty clear gold pour, thin white layer. Sticks to the glass a bit.

Aroma, some pine and citrus zest. A little bready pilsener like malt.

Taste, light biscuit, heavier pine and citrus zest again. Bitters linger quite a while. A little more caramel and grain comes though as it warms, but very little.

On the light side body wise, nice smooth carbonation. Drinks very easily.

More of an ipa than a pilsener, probably why it is rated so high. Needs more malt and grain balance. Very straight forward.

"Come on ride that train, and ride it...it's a choo choo train.."

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on Tap @Matchbox
A-pours a slightly hazed golden color with a small white head but nice thin clingy lacing thru-out very fresh
S-citrus ,cracker lemongrass a sweet floral smell
T-delicious with clean crisp notes of citrus and floral hops that are mixed with spices and caramel malts
M-crisp with with medium carbonation sweet floral hops a touch of dryness
O- great brew refreshing easy to drink

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Humulus Lager from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.