Humulus Lager - The Bruery

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world-class

940 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 180
Gots: 33 | 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:
Beer added by: vacax on 08-02-2009

India Pale Lager, but closer to Imperial Pilsner than IPA, according to the brewery.
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Ratings: 940 | Reviews: 153
Photo of mhaugo
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft. 4 ounce pour in mini-snifter.
Appearance: Golden and clear with a thin cap of foam.
Smell: Citrus and mint. Very inviting.
Taste: So clean and dry. A very pleasant bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Very refreshing.
Overall: Amazing beer. I could drink a pile of it. Perfect for the hot day that it was.

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

Huge thanks to Leschkie for this one...

A: pours a perfect translucent yellow gold. There is about two full fingers of pure white head. The foam fades fairly quickly, leaving a rocky sheet along the top of the beer. There is a good amount of lacking as it drinks.

S: The nose is big grapefruit citrus, a good helping of floral notes, and a some astringent alcohol burn. The hops are crazy in this pilsner/lager/whatever.

T: It starts out light and mildly sweet with a huge helping of super bitter citrus hops. As it moves to the middle it's like licking a hop pellet. I get a good helping of boozy heat in the back, but it's not too overwhelming. Good balance of sweet, bitter, and booze as it leaves the palate.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's light to start, but has enough heft to coat the palate and linger for a bit. It's sticky as it drinks.

O: Really good beer. The hops dominate this beer, and it's really intense at times. Maybe a little too intense for my personal preference. However, if i were in the mood, I'd buy this beer fairly regularly if i could.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden color with a thin cream colored head.

S: Floral and earthy hops, some pine and a bit of funk.

T: Wowzers. Starts with a soft malt flavor that soon gives way to some piney and peppery hops. A bit of grapefruit as well. Really tasty and well balanced.

Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to tick this! Bruery growler poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours golden yellow, beautiful white frothy head, thin cap, nice lacing. Nice-looking beer, for sure.

S - Tropical fruit, herbal, floral, hops, nice bitterness. Jeez, lots going on here and the style lets a lot of different notes stick out. Love the tropical fruit and herbal/floral notes together.

T - Tropical fruit, nice hoppy bitterness, herbal Pils notes and some floral character to round things out. A hybrid IPA, IPL, Pils mix...really tasty and a nice idea.

M - Body is light, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - An excellent beer that exceeded my expectations! It's not an IPA, not a Pils, but something in between. Whatever they did, it's done right. Can't wait to try it fresh at the brewery in the near future.

Photo of ehammond1
4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Bright golden amber and orange with a touch of haze. Thin white head. Just a touch of spotted lacing down the glass. Not the most impressive beer to look at necessarily, but this was one of the most enjoyable beers to drink I have ever had!

If I didn't know any better, and I smelled this beer, I would say it's a DIPA, and a world-class one at that! The aromas are of citrus, melon, pineapple, guava: an overwhelming aroma of fresh and pungent hops! This is like standing in a hop field or bathing in hop juice!

This beer is smooth, easy to drink, clean and disappearing, yet bitingly hoppy, pungent and citrusy. The flavor is of a world-class DIPA! It's fruity, it's balanced, it's bitter, it's biting, it's tropical, oh my is it tropical! WOW!

Smooth, thick, creamy yet airy, heavenly mouthfeel! This beer is extraordinary.

I've never simply enjoyed drinking a beer as much as I enjoyed drinking this one.

A masterpiece.

Perfection.

Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Ridgewood

Clean gold covered with a sticky pure-white head. Stinky, leafy citrus and fresh hop pellets in the nose. Grass and pineapple becoming more pungent and spicy towards the bottom of the glass. Fresh peppery citrus, spicy bitter pine, peach, and grapefruit hop flavors. A bit of trailing cracker-like malts, but the focus is squarely on the hop resins. Drying, fairly crisp, and extremely drinkable for a style that can sometimes be a little tedious.

Photo of flexabull
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this recently on tap at the Public House in San Francisco.

Pours a pale gold color with a nice large fluffy white head.

Aromas are grassy, floral, a bit pine like, with some biscuit and grainy malts.

Taste is dry, biting, and crisp. Notes of bitter pine, grainy biscuit, and light creamy sweet malts meld well together, and create a nice complex flavor. It is very tasty, but to me, it comes off a bit strong.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice and full, very excellent body, and snappy carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent Imperial Pilsner. I think it suffers a little bit in the drinkability department, and if they toned this down a notch or two, I'd probably score it an A+. But this is certainly no slouch of a beer...

Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind a good amount of lace.

S - Aroma is full of lots of hops. There is a good amount of pine and earthy hops with just a bit of citrus hops in the background. There is also just a bit of grain and funk mixed in as well.

T - Starts off nice and hoppy with a good amount of bitterness. There is a bit of grain flavor alongside. Through the middle the bitterness really kicks in with some more traditional lager flavors. The finish has a nice hop kick to it with some bitterness and a bit of funky grain that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Super smooth and a nice dry mouthfeel from the hops.

D - Very drinkable. This is without a doubt one of the best Pilsners I have ever had. The hop flavor is super strong and has a really nice profile from start to end.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at provisions

Look: Golden yellow with a 1/4 inch white head and good retention with lots of spotty lace

Smell: Soft piney hops with a touch of citrus

Taste: The flavors are similar to the nose but the beer finishes with just a bit of funk

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation and a bit dry

Overall: This is a good beer but I wasn't blown away by it

Photo of Tucquan
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-07-04 in Paoli, PA at TJ's.

A - Mostly-clear golden orange with a 1-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Light malt, yeast, citrus, hop floral. Not strong but quite pleasant.

T - Smooth. Light malt., some stone fruit and citrus. Plenty hoppy but not as brash as something like a Victory Pils (a favorite of mine), citrus, hop floral. Great balance. Finishes with a decent bitterness. Delicious.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Silky. Just right.

O - A really fine brew. Would enjoy this anytime. Worth seeking out.

Photo of GbVDave
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 64oz Bruery growler into a 20oz imperial pint. Extra special thanks to errantnight for the extremely generous hook-up!

A: Pours a rich, perfectly hazed, gold bar color with four fingers of the thickest and creamiest head I've ever seen on a lager. It seemed like it was planning on retaining forever, but it very suddenly receded down to a bubbly ring and thin skim. Sheets of puffy lace were left coating the glass. Carbonation was lazy.

S: I couldn't believe how fresh the hops smelled as soon as I cracked open the growler. Huge and resinous. Loads of pine and tropical fruit. Apricot, mango, pineapple, clementine, orange zest, with a dallop of pine tar. I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass!

T: Damn! My first few sips of this were so loaded with hops, it felt like my tongue blacked out for a second. When it "revived", I was met with a wall of hoppiness so perfect and well thought out, I could scarcely go more than 20 seconds between sips. All of the aforementioned tropical, citrus, and pine flavors, plus some peach, and the addition of a bit of crackery malt that does its' thing during the finish.

M: This beer is so packed full of resinous hop oils, the whole inside of my mouth seemed like it was buzzing. Astringent hoppiness actually made my teeth feel "squeaky", if you know what I mean. Wonderful.

D: Well, this beer humbled me. Seriously. So absolutely delicious. I got the email from the Bruery last week saying that they were growlering Humulus Lager and I thought to myself, "Oh well, another Bruery beer I won't get to try." The very next day I got a bm from Derek saying there's a package on its' way to me that's meant to be consumed "soon". Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and saw a Bruery growler inside with a sticker on the top that said "HL". Thank you very much for your generosity Derek!

Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mostly golden yellow with hints of orange in it. Paler than a normal IPA/DIPA, maybe cause of lager yeast, maybe not. Not sure. Big billowy white foam head.

Very good aroma. Tons of complex floral notes, and a bunch of citrus that ranges from lemon (pilsener influence?) to tangerine and white grapefruit.

The taste, once again, is across the spectrum. I typically found that IPA-style brews tend to come across is either more dry and bitter, or more fruit-y and citrus-y. The best run the gamut, and this does. Very good sweeter tangerine and grapefruit, mixed with an almost lemony, pungently bitter crisp citrus and hop bite. Interesting, and complex. Maybe the lager yeast is adding the crisp, somewhat earthy/lemony component? Not sure.

Finish is somewhat drying and astringent rather than lush, which is, again, different from what I see in the IPA family tree. Engrossingly drinkable, really good.

Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the '09 Bistro IPA Festival in Hayward, CA. India Pale Lager, eh?

This beer is a hazy straw color (not pale lager like) with a lasting white head.

Aroma is malt/grain and some citrusy hops. Smells very nice.

Flavor is pale malt and grain with grapefruit and pineapple. Nice and pleasant for an imperial pilsner of sorts, or an IPL, but not overwhelmingly awesome.

Light-medium body. Drinkability is very high. Pretty good overall, as I've come to expect from The Bruery.

Photo of MDDMD
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pine, bready malt, slightly herbal notes

T-grapefruit, pine, cracker malt, hints of tropical fruit, nice bitter dry finish, alcohol not very noticeable

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a delicious pilsener that has many IPA-like qualities, really enjoyed this beer

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

16.9 oz baby growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Straw yellow with a short white head. Hazy with light carbonation.

Nose
Pine, papaya, grapefruit, pineapple, and candy sugar.

Taste
Orange juiciness, grapefruit pith, papaya, dank greens, and pineapple. Bready maltiness and candy sugar sweetness. Pine needle, bright florals, and touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, clean, and off-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
Juicy, clean, and dank. Fantastic IPL but the price point is ridiculous, Bruery! Glad I got to try it either way.

Photo of Raziel313
2.92/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very light and crisp. More on the hoppy side

Photo of Arbitrator
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried at the Bistro IPA fest and at the Toronado anniversary party. Notes transcribed later from memory, typed up now.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with pretty minimal head and short retention. There is a ring around the brew that leaves some streaks here and there.

S: The one at the IPA fest was definitely skunked, but the Toronado pour was very aromatic and impressive. Orange peel with hugely floral backing behind it, and not-insubstantial grassy note. There was something herbal in there (weed?) but I couldn't put my finger on it.

T: Has all the qualities of the nose and then some. A great hop profile, with the barest hint of some pale malt character swimming around underneath. Starts off with citrus and floral hops, but by the finish it becomes more grassy and herbal. A slight lingering bitterness.

M: Light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and very dry. I would never have pegged this for a pilsner, imperial or not, from these characteristics. It goes down very easily and is quite clean, although it does have some sticky resin to it.

D: This offering pleases the hophead in me. I demand more.

I know it has "lager" in the name, but I was still surprised when I found out this wasn't an IPA. A damn good beer.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at The Bruery during their 4th of July weekend festivities. Tasted on 7/2, review from notes.

a - pours a bright golden color with a one-inch white head, great retention and lacing, fairly hazy

s - mostly citrus in the aroma, lots of grapefruit and lemon, some biscuity grain and light pine notes as well

t - big grapefruit, orange and lemon blast up front with the midpalate having a bit of the biscuity malt coming in to balance out the hops a bit, some lingering hop and pine resin on the finish along with a light maltiness, very crisp and clean tasting, alcohol is very well hidden

m - medium-bodied with slightly higher carbonation, very crisp in the mouth, dry finish, not much alcohol warming

d - incredibly drinkable stuff for being 7.2%, refreshing and it doesn't wear on the palate, flavors are interesting enough and the malt backbone lends some depth to the hops

Very, very good stuff - probably my favorite beer from The Bruery. I was glad to get to try this fresh at the brewery after it was a standout for me at last year's Bistro IPA Festival. It would be great to see them bottle this stuff in the future.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pony Bar UES. Served in a 8oz. pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

.5 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy goldenrod. Lacing is web-like with good stick. Real solid.

Nose is citrus, tree sap, grapefruit and other tropical fruit hop bitterness. Aromatic. Real appetizing.

Opens citrus, cane sugar, grapefruit, papaya, passion fruit. Very fruit forward with a big malt presence. More tree sap hop bitterness balanced with cane sugar in the middle. End is citrus with a sweet papaya and tropical fruit aftertaste. Probably the most complex and enjoyably hoppy pilsner I've ever come across.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and light in the mouth and goes down quenching. Real drinkable and the 7.2% is barely there. Finishes sticky with a dry aftertaste. Very nice.

Hands down the best pilsner I've ever had. The ABVs are hidden very well and the beer drinks like a balanced, tropical ipa. Definitely worth the praise.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on draft at Bruery Pint night at Columbia Ale House. Outstanding beer, looked the part completely. Had the absolutely wonderful smell and the citrus taste that I love in IPAs without the bitter bang that can turn me off. Truly a great beer and one I hope to enjoy at some point in the future.

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on Tap @Matchbox
A-pours a slightly hazed golden color with a small white head but nice thin clingy lacing thru-out very fresh
S-citrus ,cracker lemongrass a sweet floral smell
T-delicious with clean crisp notes of citrus and floral hops that are mixed with spices and caramel malts
M-crisp with with medium carbonation sweet floral hops a touch of dryness
O- great brew refreshing easy to drink

Photo of jaasen64
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Publick House. 16oz serving in a pint glass. This was a nice treat to see and something I've been wanting to try for awhile.

A- Golden orange, translucent with some haze, decent carbonation that is fairly consistent, about 2 fingers of pure white foamy head that has great retention but slowly recedes and leaves nice layered lacing.

S- Lots of tropical hops with pineapple, oranges, light greeny/slightly earthy hops, and a bit of pine coming out. Fairly aromatic and very pleasant smelling.

T- Again lots of tropical fruits with pineapple and oranges being the most dominant followed by a slight hint of sappy pine and a light malt presence hiding under the hops that adds a hint of sweetness. Finishes with a light bitterness that is by no means overpowering and a nice lingering fruity aftertaste. Overall has a nice flavorful fruity presence while still maintaining a decent balance.

M- Very easy drinking, refreshing although not quite as crisp as some lagers I've had, decent carbonation.

O- This was a great hoppy lager/pilsener with a very nice tropical fruit presence however I'm not sure if it's necessarily better then some of the other hoppy lagers I've had such as Kiwi Rising and HF's Mary. Overall though I thought this was great, I'm glad I had the chance to try it, and I hope The Bruery does more hoppy beers and sends this to Boston again in the future.

Photo of jvillefan
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer on tap at Pangaea Two Brews Cafe in Sacramento.

A: The beer is a light golden yellow with a three finger white head that lingers for a long time.

S: This is one of the most pleasantly fragrant beers I have ever had. The smell of hop, citrus, and pine hit you in the face before your first sip.

T: Despite being a pilsner, this beer has a similar taste to Pliny the Elder. There is stong but not overpowering hops with a touch of pine in the aftertaste.

M: The carbonation is not a lot but is perfect for this beer. This viscosity could be a little bit more but is. Still above average.

O: Unexpectedly great for a pilsner. I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of cjgiant
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

On tap 8/2014
Pours a clear medium dark golden, with a thin film of minuscule bubbles, foamed at the edges. Light lacing.

Smell is tropical fruit, specifically passion fruit, but also maybe some honeydew. I also get just a hint of coconut. Wonderful, but it does dissipate with some warmth.

In the taste, I get a bunch more coconut than I do in the smell. I think it's really the combination of the tropical fruit and the piney hops bitterness that come to dominate the end taste. Actually dominate might be a bit strong, but to me this taste is strong in the forefront, but the nice fruits linger in the background.

The feel is really nice, the depth of flavor doesn't kill the crispness, but the drying pine hops do reduce the refreshing nature a tad.

Definitely one of the better IPLs I've had. The style is getting some nice attention , and what I've seen recently (i.e. this and Dissenter) have me wanting the next one.

Photo of GJ40
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

A - Golden and hazy with and a small white head. Not much lacing.

S - A very unique hop aroma that included a burst of spearmint along with some floral and citrusy scents.

T - Floral and citrusy hop flavors with a crisp, dry finish. There's a little spearmint in the flavor as well but not as much as in the aroma. There's not much bitterness though there's a tinge in the finish.

M - Creamy with a nice low carbonation.

D - I'm really glad I happened across this unique and flavorful beer.

Humulus Lager from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.