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Humulus Lager - The Bruery

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Humulus Lager
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BA SCORE
96
world-class

776 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 165
Gots: 16 | 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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Centennial

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-29-2013 19:11:28 | More by Centennial
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MrNate

Florida

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-29-2013 03:16:41 | More by MrNate
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-27-2013 06:56:47 | More by mc4z
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-26-2013 15:47:46 | More by roostor07
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-26-2013 14:30:18 | More by bpfrush
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RWNay

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

07-25-2013 12:26:34 | More by RWNay
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rand

California

3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
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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mendonza

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10%

07-24-2013 19:44:17 | More by mendonza
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-23-2013 17:26:17 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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lucas1801

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -19%

07-23-2013 09:45:11 | More by lucas1801
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-23-2013 00:31:42 | More by 2GOOFY
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LambicKing

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-21-2013 18:13:12 | More by LambicKing
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-20-2013 23:44:26 | More by Hanzo
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-20-2013 20:51:09 | More by warnerry
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-20-2013 19:56:02 | More by DrunkinYogi
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artoolemomo

Oregon

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

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has really good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a hazy yellowish orange (grapefruit) that looks a lighter orange (weak orange juice) when held up to the light. Substantial lacing which is basically sheeting.

Nose- Mostly citrus notes at first- orange and lemon. Not very strong but still quite nice. Some grapefruit and a slight mustiness/armpit. Very nice but subdued. Warm and inviting.

Taste- Very strong (initial) mix of grapefruit, orange, and matchstick. Some hints of tropical fruits. Very hop forward. At this moment, I would regard this as a DIPA if I didn't know otherwise. Pine and woody resin. No real malt bill except the spicy, slight grain of a pilsner malt. Properties which distinguish this from a DIPA: not as hoppy, slight spice that does not seem to come from the hop profile, and a nice dry finish. The finish tends to clean up the hops on the finish even despite the fact there is still some wood and resin on the finish. No indication of heat. Now that I read that the Bruery describes this as an IPL, I understand. Definitely a solid beer.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a lot of zip. Usually, I would consider the amount of carbonation to be a negative but it really works with this beer.

Drinkability- Delightful. Very easygoing. No heat. Six buck for a 12 oz. pour of the Bruery is pretty good. Crisp, refreshing with a nice dry finish.

Overall- Very solid beer. It's a very good representation of the style the brewery is trying to make but not the one BA classifies it as. Even though I went to Beermongers with the intention of having this one beer (and only one), I almost had another.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 02:48:53 | More by artoolemomo
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-14-2013 17:13:26 | More by Retail1LO
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hipboy221

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-14-2013 08:45:12 | More by hipboy221
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DersOne

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-14-2013 04:51:40 | More by DersOne
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to ehammond1 for sending this beauty of a growler my way!

Classy looking golden body capped with a healthy dose of stubborn white foam. Sticky lace marks every swig.

A well-varied hop profile shines in the nose. Bright citrus, spruce, faint white grape sweetness... juicy. Certainly lives up to the name in this regard. Sharp bitterness and a supportive malt character... could likely pass as an English IPA.

The hop presence is the elephant in the room, no surprise there. But I'm glad to find that some of those buttery pilsner malt flavors manage to hold their own. Citrus, conifer, mellow pineapple, sweet grains... far more balanced and approachable than I had originally anticipated.

Glad to finally try this one - thanks Eric!

Serving type: growler

07-13-2013 00:40:41 | More by yamar68
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roodie

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-12-2013 02:31:35 | More by roodie
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LincolnHawk

Djibouti

4.75/5  rDev +10%

07-11-2013 16:08:35 | More by LincolnHawk
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willjschmidt

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-11-2013 04:21:17 | More by willjschmidt
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Benjiehorn

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

07-07-2013 22:11:53 | More by Benjiehorn
Humulus Lager from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.