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Humulus Lager - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

822 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 167
Gots: 24 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -13%

01-17-2014 00:22:01 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-02-2013 02:34:31 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is of grain, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some subtle tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good lager with some very nice aromas and flavors.

03-18-2012 22:14:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13%

07-04-2013 00:30:29 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Poured a dark golden with a nice wheat head and a decent amount of lacing as it went down. The smell and taste were both fantastic. Loads of citrus hops, mostly orange; also, a bit of some tropical fruits. The taste went along very similar lines, with the addition of a nice bitterness that nicely balanced out the citrus and tropical flavors. The mouthfeel was a bit light and exceptionally drinkable. Very delicious--hopefully they bottle this.

01-27-2010 20:50:18 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-02-2013 00:00:37 | More by nmann08
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-11-2013 05:43:23 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13%

07-04-2013 00:30:51 | More by acurtis
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

Holy hell I scored a growler of this! I am just tickled to be able to type this review. There are some beers out there that just seem to allude, big thanks to my man for not letting this one become part of that lot. Served gold and shared amongst friends and family on 09/04/2009.

The pour was nice, I was looking for a bit more, but that would come later. Bright golden amber in color with a good bit of haze and cloudiness to it. Small head of white on top that needed to hang out a bit longer but faded back with only a touch of side glass lacing.

Holy hops batman. I did not think it would be so strong. Rich pine hops cut with tons of citrus, Huge notes of medicinal malts cutting it as well. Really big aroma here. Then I took a sip and melted, literally melted. This was what I have always wanted in this style. I have had soo many bad imperial pilseners, this was the shit to be blunt. Crisp, clean, rich hoppy goodness cut with huge bready malts and a light touch of grain. Simply amazing. Each sip better then the one before it. I was just beside myself with joy. Medium and well carbonation body let the silky smooth taste just absorb all the moisture of my mouth and leave a long dry finish akin to apricots and grapefruit. Holy hell this is good. Abv is well placed, letting me get a taste without being overbearing.

Overall everything I thought it would be and a bag of chips. This was sublime. One of the best beers I have had in the last year hands down and worth every effort to try and obtain. Wow..

09-05-2009 20:14:45 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.9/5  rDev +13.7%

A: Cloudy golden color with a nice fluffy white head, good carbonation.

S: A great combination of pine and grapefruit, a bit floral as well (seems to be the case with all Bruery beers, however).

T: An excellent crisp bitterness, like the nose, lots of pine and citrus are immediately present. Not much malt character, which is very well suited for this beer (I think, anyway).

M: Medium body, very plentiful carbonation as well.

D: For as hoppy and apparently high in ABV as this is, you could certainly drink a lot of this (which is why I got my growler filled with it).

08-08-2009 18:46:48 | More by womencantsail
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

06-10-2013 00:21:59 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16%

11-15-2011 05:34:06 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-09-2013 22:31:09 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-05-2013 00:07:12 | More by Knapp85
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-14-2011 22:33:00 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%

Draft serving in a tulip glass.

Bright saturated orange, bright clarity, lasting presence of creamy white foam on the surface. Fluffy couple fingers of foam that last for awhile. Lots of lace, looks more like an IPA.

Resiny pungent hop aroma, citrus sweetness, fresh and dank.

Very smooth and easy drinking, a fistful of citrus hits first, lots of grapefruit and resiny hop oils. Moderate bitterness that sticks in the teeth, lingering long into the aftertaste. Grapefruit flesh and pith dominate, this is a deceptive lager base, as it masquerades as a dank west coast IPA. Pretty nice stuff, hope we see more of it in Chicago.

"This lil motherfucker is tasty!" - Mr. Show

03-21-2013 00:18:51 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

Draft at Toronado. Cloudy blond appearance, tons of hop haze on this one. Served with a finger of foam that retains well for a draft pour. The aroma is explosive and mind-blowing, loaded with pine, wildflowers, freshly cut grass, a touch of citrus and a bit of weed for good measure. Incredible. The taste, surprisingly, lives up to the aroma, with the slightest hint of malt supporting an enormous amount of dry hopping. Resiny, floral, fresh and crisp with a light body and the perfect amount of bitterness in the finish. Lager yeast is faintly noticeable but really, this is all about the hops. I really couldn't fault this beer in any area except for appearance, it's one of the most well-crafted lagers I've ever had and has a more complex hop character than 99% of the IPAs I've tried.

08-19-2009 00:02:19 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-02-2013 17:40:58 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-01-2013 04:01:36 | More by SocalKicks
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +9%

32oz growler. Pours a clear copper with 2 fingers of rich and frothy bright-white head. This soaps the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells fresh, floral piney and dank, with bright and zesty citrus flavors straight up the nose. Tropical character mixes with sweeter bready notes to give this a ripe flavorful twang in the nostrils. The taste matches the aroma, which a fresh, zesty and resinous bitterness that lights up the mouth with a bright feel. Herbal and tropical flavors spread out, mingling with the honeyed and bready sweetness from the malts. Man, this is just juicy feeling across the back before things finish dry and piney with a pithy bitterness that sticks. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp and tight feel that is undercut by a creamy slickness that has this just moving effortlessly across the palate. Overall drinkability is impeccable for 7% ABV. With this tasting like a fantastic West Coast DIPA and drinking like a super smooth Pilsener, I can say with a certain degree of certainty that this might be one of the best beers I've ever had. It's that good. I have wanted to try this one for a while now and it more than delivered. This gets my highest recommendation.

04-10-2013 17:00:19 | More by Kegatron
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

On-tap at Toronado. Served in a pint glass. Ordered this one after hearing some hype about it. Somewhat scant notes on this one as it was pretty late in the day.

A - Pretty generic looking - small off-white head that dissipated pretty quick and left minimal lacing. Nice hazed golden-orange color.

S - WTF? Is this an India Pale Lager? Super aromatic hoppiness - fresh orange zest, mixed with perfume and floral notes. The malt character is incredibly subdued and I can't even pick up any hint this is a lager.

T - I'm not entirely sure how to evaluate this - there is a lack of strong bitterness in the aftertaste that would be a negative for an IPA or DIPA, but it's still appropriate for a pilsener. However, the lack of any real pilsener malt flavor is a problem in that line of thinking. The bottom line is that it's superbly hoppy, with tons of sweet fruit and floral flavors, well-hidden alcohol, light sweet malts and a very clean finish. Great stuff and quite unique.

M - Pretty generic - moderate carbonation, fairly smooth medium body. I think cask would really suit this brew.

D - Low bitterness, well-hidden ABV, great hoppy flavor - sounds like a winner to me. Glad I tried this one, even though I was initially not very interested.

08-18-2009 21:55:26 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.88/5  rDev +13.2%

Humulus is the hop genus, and humulone is a 21 carbon containing compound that is responsible for hop bitterness.

Can I get some lager love up here right about now? Not only is the BY FAR! the BEST Impy pilsner I've ever had, its probably a top 20 beer overall for me. It is seriously that good. Well done Bruery. All of you guys with Black Tuesday boners are missing out of a beautiful draft lager, thanks womencantsail for this brew.

Split with the other Matt last night, beer poured from a growler into a Corsendork tulip. Beer is yellow, a little dark yellow and pretty hazy, haze clears up slightly as the beer warms, we may have started out a little too cold. Forms a soft white head of small and medium bubbles, good moderate carbonation, steady, and lots of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Now I know why its called Humulus, its very hoppy. It nearly smells like an IPA its so hoppy. Its strongly CTZ hoppy with a nice floral / fruity back and a mild sulfurness. I bet this is amazing out of the tap.

Beer is medium to light in body, even with this high level of hop aroma and flavor, its not harshly bitter and it finishes completely cleanly. This is seriously a beer that I would have to monitor myself drinking due to the level of alcohol and the complete ease of drinking this beer. There is nearly no room for improvement and this was a GROWLER. The perfect beer.

09-11-2010 21:11:30 | More by drabmuh
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.71/5  rDev +9.3%

not only the best lager ive ever had (not even a close second), but possible the best beer ive ever put to my lips. this stuff is incredible. on tap at the monk on Colfax. the pour is glowing golden with an orange hue, mostly clear, and an inch of white thick whipped cream looking head that lasts, and is easily roused with a swirl of the globe. the nose is really hoppy, this was obviously dry hopped generously. the lager yeast gives it a crispness, and I smell some tropical fruit in there with all the bitterness. the flavor is just astounding, it has a very similar hop complexion to the pliny the younger, no kidding. its that decadent. the grains are light on the toast but give a lot of body, which I think works well with the lager yeast, a fuller bodied crisp clean beer with a ton of hops, its really a nice and new combo. so much fruit and hop oil here, ive really never had anything like it. the mouthfeel is also fantastic, lots of tiny bubbles and a full body make it feel like almost a nitro dispense, and the texture is so big and coats the whole mouth with this fresh hopped goodness. this is a beer that is worth every bit of its hype, it reopens the lager category as exciting for me, and it is another reason why the bruery is near the top of the brewing world right now. this is absolutely divine, and I cannot wait for my next one. A+

03-16-2013 17:53:55 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -29.2%

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.

03-28-2013 20:35:00 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

I had this on-tap at Max's, served in a goblet.

Pours a clear amber with gold hue and a layer of off white head. Smells of fresh green hops, citrus peel, and some sweet bready malt undertones. The taste is made up of citrus peel bitterness, green hops, and a sweetmalt and bitter hop finish. The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a finish that is not very dry.

03-15-2013 05:13:47 | More by oline73
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Humulus Lager from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.