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Humulus Lager - The Bruery

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Humulus Lager
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BA SCORE
96
world-class

777 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 777
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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Drucifer

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-21-2013 03:16:42 | More by Drucifer
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emerge077

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 00:18:51 | More by emerge077
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jpeck13

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

03-20-2013 04:50:52 | More by jpeck13
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Unchi

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-19-2013 02:39:09 | More by Unchi
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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+

Serving type: on-tap

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

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a tulip.

Humulus Lager pours a hazy bronze color with lighter golden edges where light shines through. A full and creamy head fills up the top of my glass with a firm pour. Nice head retention, and there is a bit of lace sticking to the sides of my glass.

The aroma is of sweet grains, orange and grapefruit hops, and a bit of lager yeast in the back. It smells more like a traditional IPA than it tastes, for sure.

With my very first taste of this beer I can sense the difference between this and any ale IPA. The lager yeast adds another character to the flavor, accentuating the hops in such a unique way. There is a little bit of genius in doing it this way. There is a little bit of honey and straw sweetness up front, but the flavor resides in the blast of bitterness that comes next. The hops come through with grapefruit and orange citrus, including a fair amount of pith and zest, with a little bit of pine on the back end. The hop combination is not unusual, but the way it is presented is, which makes this beer that much more interesting.

The dryness of the lager yeast is apparent for sure. The carbonation is bubbly and creamy, just barely on the full side. The body is right about where I expect it to be at 7.2% alcohol.

Overall I was impressed with this beer. Usually I feel that Bruery beers are overhyped and underwhelming, but I enjoyed the thought that was put into this beer's design. This is the type of beer where the total is definitely greater than the sum of the parts; the interaction between the lager yeast and the hops alone makes this beer worth trying.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2013 06:02:01 | More by KickInTheChalice
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oline73

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 05:13:47 | More by oline73
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-15-2013 03:46:08 | More by oriolesfan4
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -19%

03-14-2013 21:24:45 | More by beernads
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badboy7113

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-13-2013 00:58:47 | More by badboy7113
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-13-2013 00:18:02 | More by AngusOg
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-12-2013 03:33:24 | More by THECPJ
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erha2

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-12-2013 00:20:50 | More by erha2
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Googs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-11-2013 17:10:09 | More by Googs
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BeezNeezy22D

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-10-2013 22:27:22 | More by BeezNeezy22D
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.4%

03-10-2013 21:38:15 | More by rolltide8425
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

03-10-2013 19:39:40 | More by zekeman17
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-10-2013 00:22:45 | More by stephenjmoore
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Jessenimmo

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-10-2013 00:05:11 | More by Jessenimmo
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-09-2013 12:07:29 | More by SkiBum22
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1up

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2013 14:26:05 | More by 1up
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NorthSideSean

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-08-2013 03:38:28 | More by NorthSideSean
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banger7

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2013 01:48:09 | More by banger7
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SuperCutePanda

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-07-2013 23:32:43 | More by SuperCutePanda
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anteater

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-07-2013 21:27:26 | More by anteater
Humulus Lager from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.