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Humulus Lager - The Bruery

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Humulus Lager
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BA SCORE
96
world-class

879 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 172
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of drabmuh
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Habit. Handsome golden amber with a long-lasting head in the tulip. Plenty of carbonation and a tangy mouthfeel. The great thing about this beer is the fulsome aromatic hoppiness. Bitterness is restrained, but adds a nice note to the malty base.

Rather sharp after some sipping. Really spicy hop flavors linger invitingly, wafted up by the hottish alcohol. Some deep fruity flavors that remind me of mango and apricots. A tasty brew that seems stronger than it really is. And a good example of another homegrown style that seems to have a reason to exist. My favorite Bruery product so far.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to digitalHorizon for sending a growler of this out my way. Been wanting to try it for a while and my one or two attempts to get a growler previously had fallen on deaf ears. Poured from a Bruery growler into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with a tiny bit of brown to it, with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for three to four minutes and leaves a ton of spotting lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, grapefruits, fruity malts, oranges, floral hops, and light bready malts. Super hoppy anf fruity, really amazing nose. Love it.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, tropical fruits, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, light pine hops, floral hops, grains. Not quite as hoppy as the nose, but still really nice. Some medium bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink, with some light to medium bitterness. Definitely does not feel like it is over 7% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer; I haven't had a ton of Imperial Pilsners but this is definitely the best I've had. The nose reminds me of a fresh IPA as it has a ton of citrus hops and tropical fruits; I loved it. The taste was great too, though it dropped a tiny bit. Very easy to drink; could definitely take down half a growler of this one. The firrst really hoppy beer I've had from the Bruery and I think it's awesome; they should make an IPA or bottle this or something.

Photo of drewone
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
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-

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Bruery, 3 different wet hops - Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook,

A: Pours a light amber with a soft off-white head.

S: Fragant, floral notes of hops in all 3, light amber malt.

T: All 3 had clean toasted bread notes. The Cascade brought a very floral, herbal flavour, Asian spice and thyme. The Centennial brought a lot of pine and cedar bark. The Chinook was very grassy/hay-like.

M: Smooth, resiny, medium-bodied, no ethanol heat.

D: Nice to try 3 different casks of this, to taste each hop on its own, still want to try the regular on-tap version, haven't gotten to as of yet.

Edit 7/2/10 - Finally got to try the regular version. Nose is fragrant and is filled with pot and skunk (the animal, not the green bottle Euro lager smell), dank Summit hop heaven, loved it. Taste brings more pot, the Citra comes out and adds an interesting tangerine and lemon play. Really good flavours. Upping the smell score, everything else is staying the same as of now.

Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of yourefragile
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear golden yellow in color with a small fluffy head that left some spotty lacing on the glass

S: Not what I was expecting...big citrus nose, a light pine and loads of fruit

T: Is this a lager? I would say an amped up IPL perhaps but not a Pils. Loads of fresh fruits(citrus), light pine, subtle bitterness. Clean, hop forward finish

M: Light-medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a lightly bittered yet pseudo dry feel

O: Great tasting beer but not sure I would rate this as a PIls by any sordove BJCP standard.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Sixgill

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1/2 finger white head on top. While small, the foamy head had great retention and left nice rings of lace.

S: Not has hop forward as I expected, but very nice. Some light citrus with a bit of graham cracker malt underneath.

T: Nice and hoppy, with more citrus fruit, a bit of orange and grapefruit with faint bitterness. Some light sweet graham cracker malt with a bit of the lager yeast coming through as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Finally! Been wanting to try this beer for a long time and it was great.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap the the source itself, on to the beer:

Bright hearthy orange appearance, with a head that holds well initially. If you're a hophead, you'll love the aroma. It is bursting with fresh, oily hops and a crackery dry malt. The taste, indeed, is hoppy delight, but again balanced out by dry crackery malt. It doesn't seem "lager like", but does it really matter? Goes down without a hitch...no overbearing hop bitterness in this one.

The Bruery demonstates with this beer than not only can they make outstanding tasting beers with oddball adjuncts like basil and yams, but they can also jam those hops into a strong lager. Think Sculpin IPA and you're all set.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Slightly hazy yellow hue with a huge white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Really hoppy. Wow. Smells like an IPA.

T: Insanely delicious. Fresh and tasty hops. This beer has greatly exceeded my expectations. This beer is nothing short of phenomenal. It's remarkably smooth and easy to drink. I could put away endless pints of this until I fell off the bar stool. Seriously, it's that good.

M: Wonderful aftertaste with long lasting hop flavors.

D: Without question the best imperial pilsner I have ever had. Wow - my highest recommendation.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass.

A real nice frosty looking appearance, golden amber to lemon hues on the bottom to a bronze rusty pale yellow at the top. Opaque. Very creamy white top presented with lots of lacing and a creamy puck to match.

Nose brings a dense malt and muted hop. Slight hint of wine like heat and fruit, quite interesting.

Palate is a nice controlled thick rush. Playfully carbonated and hoppy. Hints of soft pine and chewy almost wheat like feel with a good malt crispness. Fruit action follows a real nice lime citrus bitterness and popping finish. Chewy and crisp with a perfect balance between the two. Lingering dense bitter hop goes on forever. Vinous wine like warmth with good control. As it warms up the hops pull of a nice tropical action of pineapple and some peach it seems.

Overall a great impressive and controlled pilsner with a real pleasant and impressive hop profie.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Humulus Lager from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 879 ratings.