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Humulus Lager - The Bruery

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Humulus Lager
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BA SCORE
95
world-class

842 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 170
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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2/5  rDev -53.5%

Bartos, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of tigg924
2.54/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

tigg924, Aug 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Hellyeahimdrinking, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

smartassboiler, Jun 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

brez8791, Jun 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

ScottStache, Aug 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Liondiscs, May 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

QuentinCall, May 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

rpjordan, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Rifugium, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of tarheels86
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
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

tarheels86, Nov 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

obiwan_k3n00bi, Mar 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Nichols33, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -20.7%
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-

kojevergas, Jun 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

JosephThompson, Oct 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

bouncepass, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Sisky, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

g_jenkins, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

dcisco44, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

IdrinkGas, Apr 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

jhillwastaken, Apr 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 24, 2014
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Humulus Lager from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.