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Humulus Lager - The Bruery

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Humulus Lager
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BA SCORE
96
world-class

792 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 166
Gots: 18 | 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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VaTechHopHead


4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-08-2013 23:19:58 | More by VaTechHopHead
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kevanb

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Bruery Tasting Room, review from notes.

Pours a nice copper color, orange, amber also come to mind, golden hues when held to the light. A finger of so of head appears, recedes quickly, minimal lacing. The aroma is all hops, piney, sticky, resinous, some floral and citrus notes come out, but I really like how earthy the aroma is, compliments the sweeter malt bill very well. The flavors are great, bitter earthy hops, notes of pine, dirt almost, sap, resin, bits of citrus fruit, more like lemongrass, very dry flavors. The malt is certainly there, sweet yet light cereal grains, cracked peppercorn and some richer sweeter malts, munich or caramel perhaps, all come out. Very complex flavors, balanced well, certainly the Bruery's best showing with a hoppy beer. The body is big and rich, I don't really like saying that honestly, could use more carbonation, a bit too syrupy at times.

Verdict: Carbonation aside, this is a knockout. Great hop profile, easy to drink, refreshing, spot on. The Bruery isn't known for their hoppy beers, but this leads me to believe they have the potential to make a really fine APA or IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 20:59:19 | More by kevanb
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mscudder

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-18-2013 19:12:03 | More by mscudder
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-10-2013 19:02:30 | More by wdarcy77
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wyatt13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13%

05-25-2014 00:51:07 | More by wyatt13
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topdown

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

08-06-2013 20:57:35 | More by topdown
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Beerenauslese

California

4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a Bruery tulip glass. An ample white head floats above a clear deep golden body. Moderate head retention with gobs of sticky lacing. Eventually recedes to a ring and some film.

Lovely, fresh aromas of straw-like lager malt, pine, herbal-weed, citrus, and a little spice.

This is a strongly hoppy beer that one might confuse for an IPA except for its unmistakable lager yeast signature. Tastes of grassy, herbal and citrus hops, supported by smooth bready malts. Grapefruit bitterness builds into a long finish. The lager malts and rice adjunct that is used provides a light body but with just enough structure for the hops to really shine in this beer. I have not had a cleaner tasting hoppy beer that showcases hops so well. Hops seem of the noble variety, but there is also a strong element of west coast hops. My Citra detector is blinking, but actually the hops used are Simcoe (piney), Summit (orange and grapefruit), and Centennial (noble bittering).

The body is light and carbonation fizzy, lending to a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. There is, however, a little astringency on the tongue.

With this beer, The Bruery takes lager into a wonderfully hoppy dimension. It's really a terrific beer, especially consumed fresh. I hope The Bruery will start bottling it sooner than later.

Serving type: growler

12-02-2012 03:03:35 | More by Beerenauslese
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Skunkdrool

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

08-22-2013 22:15:12 | More by Skunkdrool
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Gtreid

Florida

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-19-2013 23:40:35 | More by Gtreid
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Rado

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-23-2013 18:29:07 | More by Rado
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fthegiants

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-15-2014 03:17:24 | More by fthegiants
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John11486

California

5/5  rDev +16%

02-15-2012 19:29:17 | More by John11486
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Lucnifter

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-28-2013 05:25:28 | More by Lucnifter
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-15-2014 13:55:08 | More by appetiteforparis
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13%

03-31-2013 04:23:47 | More by Casey3236
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13%

05-15-2014 15:49:47 | More by schmidtmattsays
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imyourhero21

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

02-28-2013 19:52:01 | More by imyourhero21
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vacax

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An India Pale Lager (IPL) brewed with four pounds of hops per barrel. The closest recognized style in my opinion seems to be that of the American Double/Imperial Pilsner, though the hop/grain bill here is not necessarily similar to a pils. Hybrid style, what can you do?

Humulus Lager is a lustrous cloudy golden lager with a white two-finger head. Retention is high and lacing is graceful and abundant. It must be the abundance of hop oils in this that results in probably the thickest most unbelievable carpet of lace I have ever encountered. Best looking lager I have ever seen, bar none.

The aromatics at play in this India Pale Lager reminds me of a traditional west coast hop bomb. Loads of pine and abundant tropical and citrus fruits. An assault of grapefruit and tangerine then some persimmons and pineapples backing them up.

My taste buds are immediately thrashed with an onslaught of white grapefruits and pine needles. The lager aspect retains a crispness that reminds me of a Belgian IPA, but is much milder and does not detract from the hops. It is hop focused and relatively dry, no syrupy malt character here. Some earthiness, tangerine, spruce, and geranium floral elements on the finish. A true West Coast IPL.

Medium body is surprisingly light for a 7.2 beer, retaining the drinkability of a lighter beer. Prickly full carbonation feels right for such a hopsplosion. The extreme hopping may put off some toward the level of drinkability, but the light crisp flavor and abundant carbonation make drinking easier than it should be!

Calling Humulus Lager an "India Pale Lager" is an accurate descriptor. Perhaps more accurate would to call this a hop focused, unbalanced, in your face hop bomb, but it's a lager! If this were "just" an IPA, a Belgian IPA, or an Imperial Pils I would probably be more critical, but the idea that this is a unique creation gives them the full benefit of the doubt when scoring this one. Another +1 for creativity at The Bruery.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2009 01:16:23 | More by vacax
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midlifec

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

10-26-2013 10:33:49 | More by midlifec
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-21-2014 01:00:16 | More by curlybird
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -13%

10-08-2013 22:41:29 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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Booner818

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-16-2013 03:06:40 | More by Booner818
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PeprSprYoFace

California

5/5  rDev +16%

11-21-2011 07:37:28 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-24-2014 01:48:02 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-21-2011 05:27:52 | More by Callmecoon
Humulus Lager from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.