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Humulus Lager - The Bruery

Humulus Lager
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BA SCORE
96
world-class

683 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
India Pale Lager, but closer to Imperial Pilsner than IPA, according to the brewery.

(Beer added by: vacax on 08-02-2009)
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a clear golden-yellow color with a good-sized white head that retained well and laced the glass. For a lager, this had a very nice nose, crisp, resinous hops, balanced with biscuity pils malts. The taste fell quite short of the aroma, dry and bland, cork-like malts, grainy, and though some of that nice resinous/citrusy hop profile found its way through, it quickly faded to a stale, metallic bitterness. Light-bodied, moderately carbonated, and fairly decent overall, but not something I'd ever want to have again.

I admit I haven't had many "IPLs," but this was no champ among them.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2013 20:35:00 | More by Rifugium
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tarheels86

California

3.15/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Tap at PP Old Town. Pours a chill haze light orange. Sheety white lacing. Nose is hoppy, citrusy, pithy melon, sweat. Taste is dry, very nutty, meaty, lots of paper on the finish. Moving to extremely soapy. Hard to finish. My rating: 3.2 Fiancé rating: 3.6

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 03:35:22 | More by tarheels86
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Reservoir. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden amber. Small white head. Wispy surface with nice lacing.

Smell - Herbal and grassy. Some grapefruit. Pungent and sweet. A little grainy. Smells like wheat.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Sweet. Some caramel. Grainy wheat. Sweetness builds along with bitterness. Grassy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. A little sweet for me.

Overall - The more I drink it, the less I like it. I guess it's good for a Pilsner, but that doesn't say a whole lot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2013 02:57:18 | More by Alieniloquium
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kojevergas

Texas

3.41/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into New Belgium stemware last week at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given this beer's reputation.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head. Decent cream. Decent thickness. Pretty good (~4-5 minute) retention. Body colour is a cloudy nontransparent translucent orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing. Pretty nice vibrance.

Sm: Surprisingly hoppy for a lager. Floral hops, nectary hops. Lovely oily hop character. Pale malts. Vague orange fruit. Some restrained grapefruit. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Very fresh and evocative. Quite inviting.

T: Very full bodied. Heavy hop character throughout, with floral and oily hops dominating. Some nectary character. Soapy - it spent a bit too long in primary methinks. A bit overwhelming hop-wise, eclipsing the otherwise refreshing pale malt foundation. No yeast character comes through. Some noticeable alcohol. Most of the flavour is up front, leaving little for later. Grapefruit here is unwelcome and heavy-handed .

I like the malty side of it. Balance is troublesome, but it's interesting for the style. Good complexity. Lacks any subtlety whatsoever. Lacks a clear direction or focus. Scattershot. Tangerine. Somewhat fruity. Luckily, in spite of its blatant overhopping, no hop bitterness comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Far too thick. Too full-bodied. Overbearing. Lightly oily. A biteen buttery. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Suits the flavour profile decently, overall, but it needs work.

Dr: Hoppy for hop's sake. This approach doesn't serve the style or the beer as a whole. I like the experimentation, but to an extent it misses the mark. I'd like to revisit it with a full growler to really go more in-depth (not reviewing standing up at a crowded bar), but I'm not impressed. How did this make the top 250? Another overrated, overpriced beer from The Bruery. Doesn't hide its ABV well. Unrefreshing.

B-

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 20:44:12 | More by kojevergas
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Bung

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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.."

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2014 01:40:17 | More by Bung
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the bruery
Was not impressed and my notes reflected that until I got back and read the description... I am reviewing this with the consideration that it is more an IPL than an imperial pilsner

Pours a pale hazy yellow golden colour. A nice foamy white head. Looks pretty solid.

Smells hoppy and earthy. Some nice light grassiness on the nose. There is a wheaty yeastiness on the nose that I am not a fan of.

Tastes light and hopy. The earthy, grassy undertones are nice but the hops don't meld well with the beer. There is an awkwardness to this beer that I'm not pleased with. Lagery yeast flavours. Orange, lemon, maybe some other citrus on the tongue. The flavour profile is interesting but unbalanced

Solid mouthfeel. Well carbonated.
Overall the beer has a lot of potential it just feels really rough around the edges to me

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 13:12:25 | More by Urbancaver
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bulletrain76

California

3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draught at the Bistro IPA fest. Hazy blond with a lasting head. Resinous grapefruit peel aroma with some sweetness and flowers. Clean and dry with a bitter finish and low fruitiness. Medium bodied and smooth. Good stuff, but not a standout. The lager yeast is nice because it lets the hops come through very cleanly, though I think they could have finessed the bitterness a little more and given the aroma a little push.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2009 10:06:27 | More by bulletrain76
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mactrail

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Habit. Handsome golden amber with a long-lasting head in the tulip. Plenty of carbonation and a tangy mouthfeel. The great thing about this beer is the fulsome aromatic hoppiness. Bitterness is restrained, but adds a nice note to the malty base.

Rather sharp after some sipping. Really spicy hop flavors linger invitingly, wafted up by the hottish alcohol. Some deep fruity flavors that remind me of mango and apricots. A tasty brew that seems stronger than it really is. And a good example of another homegrown style that seems to have a reason to exist. My favorite Bruery product so far.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 05:08:37 | More by mactrail
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olfolxholme

California

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15

Enjoyed on tap at Mill Valley in a Unibroue hurricane glass

A - a nice deep golden color, pours with a few fingers of delicate white head. Lacing coats the glass and the head retention is ok. A nice beer to look at.

S - fantastic hop aroma. Smells like a great IPA. Does not smell like what you expect of a lager.

T - taste is good, but not quite as delectable as the aroma. Some sips seemed a little too bitter, others seemed perfectly balanced. Enjoyable, though.

M - nice smooth mouthfeel with just the right hint of astringency.

O - probably one of the best lagers I've ever had. Great aroma, good taste, and an interesting beer. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 02:41:09 | More by olfolxholme
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to kyle2k10 for sending me a growler of this good-looking-lager off my wants list. 750ML of light goodness split with my wife.

Pops open with a satisfying sppoot & the pour has plenty of whitish head, always a good sign when a growler arrives. Clear, One Ring gold, real purty when held up to the light. Nose is full of straw, floral hops, touch of spice.

Humulus Lager is like having a half-orc in your party, odd & slightly uncomfortable. The light, clean lager yeast comes through like a soft pils kiss. But then there's the scratchy mustache of the herbal, floral hops &, well, this just feels weird. Citrus is strong. Minty, thatch roof, grains, with a finish of moderate bitterness. Light & spritzy, goes down nice & easy.

Lovely take on the quiet pils. A bit of a schizo of a beer, but very good nonetheless. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2013 02:30:15 | More by maximum12
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Krevee

California

3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Bruery this afternoon

A- Pours a nice dark golden yellow, with a fair sized head on it as well as a decent amount of lacing as you drank it.

S - It smelled of citrus and hops and also had a mild malty smell to it. Overall good smell.

T - Taste was similar to the smell. You got lots of hops on the front end but didn't last as long on the back end. Had a great citrus profile to it. Had a nice amount of bitterness that didn't linger for a long time after you drank it.

M - Mouthfeel was nice, very light but left a decent hop/citrus reside in your mouth which was good. Higher amounts of carbonation but it was not overwhelming.

D - I enjoyed this beer very much and hoping they make more of it. Not a beer I would have too many glasses of in one sitting but I did enjoy it quite a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 02:31:28 | More by Krevee
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at closed for business while in charleston...10oz pour

a-pale golden color...little head...no lacing....lots of bubbles...

s-bitter pine hops and grass...there really is no malt present to balance this out...but at the same time the hops remain tame enough to make this enjoyable and hard to think of as a lager....its dry and finishes bitter and piney

m-was a tad thin...the carbonation was acceptable..the resiny character was missing....and it seemed a bit thin to me for such a hoppy beer

d-could have a couple...but being this is a draft only..be in the right place at the right time on the east coast beer dont think ill revisit it...

overall one of the best lagers ive ever had as i generally try to avoid the style...this one was very lively and showed great potential but needs some cleaning up...

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2010 00:40:04 | More by stoutfiend27
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rand

California

3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From growler to Schneider Weisse pils glass

A: Copper-tan in color, clear, the pour forms a sudsy two-inch head that leaves lacing all over the glass

S: The nose is cracker-y yeast and earthy hop-snap. Malty sweetness bounces nicely off a floral hop aroma. Hops have a floral, tea like edge and are carried by alcohol volatiles.

T/M: The flavors are much more ale-like than the nose. Citrusy, rind-y, pithy hops add plenty of refreshing astringency as the cracker-like texture and honey sweetness round the flavor profile. The finish is short and dry, a little salty.

A super drinkable big lager, bending the boundaries between an ale and a lager.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2013 05:00:09 | More by rand
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Koufax21

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Bruery. Poured a pale light straw color with a 1" pillow of bright white head. Big nose of citrus like hops and a very light biscuit like aroma. The taste was great. Fruit like hop presence with some piney flavors as well. Light bodied and carbonated well. A little dry on the finish. This is a good beer. I'm not much in to lagers, but this is an exception. Tasty stuff here. Heard a lot about this stuff. It didn't disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 18:37:07 | More by Koufax21
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paytoplay

California

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

toro sd draft. smells like wet juicy sweet hops, but when you drink it you get a dry hop whit kind of flavor. maybe the ultimate extreme west coast hoppy beer that is super dry. very unique and easy to drink. just was super complex. i've been away from hoppy brews lately. would LOVE to try this with several other comparable brews. i think it would stand out but for me it was fun to try and not sure i'd rush out for more. then again this was just 1 tulip one 1 afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 00:02:43 | More by paytoplay
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nickd717

California

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the '09 Bistro IPA Festival in Hayward, CA. India Pale Lager, eh?

This beer is a hazy straw color (not pale lager like) with a lasting white head.

Aroma is malt/grain and some citrusy hops. Smells very nice.

Flavor is pale malt and grain with grapefruit and pineapple. Nice and pleasant for an imperial pilsner of sorts, or an IPL, but not overwhelmingly awesome.

Light-medium body. Drinkability is very high. Pretty good overall, as I've come to expect from The Bruery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 00:32:44 | More by nickd717
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange color, light white had of a few fingers. Grapefruit and citrus aroma, slight sweet pale maltiness, orange and a touch of pine. Good bitterness. More of a tropical fruit taste with plenty citrus, bready malt backing. Light , crisp body, good mouthfeel. Held up great considering its journey.

Thanks Alex!

Serving type: growler

05-01-2013 20:46:02 | More by EgadBananas
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Nugganooch

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port - Bressi Ranch
Aug. 5th, 2013 – standard pint glass

A: Golden light-straw colored body with some minimal haze. Very thin brim of pure white foam bubbly remains for a few moments before subsiding to a crown and marking the glass with lace upon each swig.

S: Smells of grapefruit, orange, and some light evergreens with a mild tropical twist. The aromas take on a very floral nature. Real botanical. Malt is rather subdued and a nonfactor in the nose. Very pure, clean Lager yeast profile. A lovely fresh hop medley. Somewhat tame by IPA standards although forward by Lager comparisons

T: Flavors are grapefruit, citrus, peach, and tropical mango-like hops. I get a very distinct floral quality that is almost perfume like as well. It really seems to dominate. Haven’t quite experienced that with this brew before. Hoppy with no abrasive qualities. Rather a very smooth, well-rounded overall hop bitterness to the beer and the alcohol is incredible well masked. Malt is secondary. Very light dry cracker base and a super clean Lager yeast as well. Tasty and refreshingly hoppy. As to be expected.

M: Very light body with a nice spritzy carbonation and killer drying crisp lager finish. Very clean and slightly resinous with sticky hoppy oils.

D: Light, dry, crisp, and refreshingly hoppy this is a very drinkable lager and one I order whenever available. I will say this has been more on par with Sculpin or Pliny in my previous experiences. Found it to be a little less vibrant and a lot more floral here. I really want to score this higher. Perhaps next time will convince me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2013 21:57:53 | More by Nugganooch
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juhl31

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-not quite a golden yellow with some cloudiness. really scattered lacing

-smell is nice. smells like a DIPA. solid hops, some foot. crazy for a pils though

-not as much hops in the mouth which is good based on the style. a little soapy to me. good taste though

-little oily

-solid. if i had to make a list of pilsners to keep around, this would be one

Serving type: growler

08-04-2009 03:24:44 | More by juhl31
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at provisions

Look: Golden yellow with a 1/4 inch white head and good retention with lots of spotty lace

Smell: Soft piney hops with a touch of citrus

Taste: The flavors are similar to the nose but the beer finishes with just a bit of funk

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation and a bit dry

Overall: This is a good beer but I wasn't blown away by it

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2012 01:13:56 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprise find at McLadden's in Northampton.

Served in a pint glass, the pour is a darkish copper/brown with an off-white head. It retains pretty well throughout, just about dissipated by the end, with good lacing.

Smell is nice, big potent hops - definitely lots of citrus, grapefruit, earthiness. Some sweet and bready lager scent to it.

The taste is more well-rounded with more of a pilsner presence for sure. Good mix of sweet, almost buttery malts with some crackery malts, grain and bready tones. Hops are nice, not overpowering, and have decent complexity. A bit of a grassy tropical feel with citrus, grapefruit, lemon, earthy and some piny hops.

Mouthfeel feels a bit slick, could use more carbonation. Not much alcohol presence here, good balance of bitter hops and lager-y finish.

A nice beer that is an OG hoppy lager if I remember correctly. Enjoyable to drink, and one of the more balanced+interesting 'IPL's I've had. Hops are very flavorful but not overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2013 22:22:31 | More by Chico1985
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to beachstrength49 for the growler.

Appearance: Perfectly clear dark gold. Head is bright-white, pillowy, and massive. Drops to a wispy cap with a thick collar with a tight bubble structure. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Some streaks of lacing.

Smell: Pine, crisp light malt. Some underlying bready and earthy notes. A hint of sweetness. Citrus pushes through adding some grapefruit. Loaded with resinous pine. Oily and bitter. A touch of yeast. Deeply floral with a small hint of spiciness in the back. A bit juicy. Iffy retention.

Taste: Crisp clean pale malt. Nice lager yeast finish on the back. Hoppy and bitter. Oily pine lingers. Bitter pine needle. Big push of floral hops with a backing spicy earthiness. A solid depth to the hops. Malts are lightly sweet with some caramelized malts on the back. Some tropical elements in the back, mostly pineaplle. Slight bready malt through the middle. Mint builds a bit with each sip and as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and easy drinking.

Overall: A solid ode to the hop.

A bit of a restrained beer from The Bruery. It's in that hoppy lager vein and they did it well. Relatively easy to knock back a few glasses, but the ABV creeps up quick. Definitely a solid summer beer.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2013 20:03:48 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold color, thin white foam head. Floral, citrus bouquet with west coast flair. Clean without much coming from the malts. Just a very hop forward smell.

The taste has an intense citrus bite with a grapefruit twang and melon sweetness. Quite bitter in the finish as the citrus kind of hangs for awhile. A nice presentation of hops but something is very one dimensional here. Good carbonation, the mouthfeel has a slight syrupy feel but is otherwise lighter and smooth.

Not sure if its because its not an ale, but this beer lacks complexity and the flavor begins to weigh heavily after while. Still a hoppy monster though and was glad to try it, but its perhaps a bit overrated.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 03:32:22 | More by bennetj17
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.11/5  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.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2014 01:08:08 | More by ThickNStout
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MiScusi

California

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear vibrant orange with a fizzy white head. This beer I call Sculpin-light because of how similar it is in flavor to that. However it does have more of a lager "bite" to it, obviously, as it doesn't have that fruity backbone. Still lots of flavor from the hops though, very citrusy, orange is predominant. Mouthfeel is also on the fizzy side, being a lager. Just a weird overall tasting experience.... weird but good!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 02:46:32 | More by MiScusi
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Humulus Lager from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.