Little Scrapper IPA | Half Pints Brewing Company

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Little Scrapper IPALittle Scrapper IPA

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
To admit that the brewers at Half Pints are hopheads is an understatement. This India Pale Ale is unabashedly hoppy, with a grapefruit-like aroma due to a large addition of hops directly to the final tank (a process called “dry hopping”). A firm, toasted malt presence forms the background for all these hops lending balance so it’s not just a one note symphony.

50 IBU

Added by trevorwideman on 08-18-2006

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 135
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: Extreme cream coloured head that is easily over 3". Leaves a lacing comparable to, if not better than, Duvel. The liquid is a cloudy amber colour with white chunks floating throughout. I would dive right in, but I have to wait for the head to settle.

S: Citrus and floral hops and yeast.

T: Floral hops give way to citrus hops in the middle. I was left with a malty aftertaste at the end. At 50 IBUs this might be a little too well balanced for some hopheads; but I could see many others getting into this beer.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a medium to low level of fine carbonation. Possibly the carbonation exploded into the gigantic head...

O: An easy drinker, and a good session IPA. It makes perfect sense that this IPA comes in six-packs, because it is one of the most accessible representations of the style I have come across.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to trevorwideman for this bottle.

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber colour with a nice foamy head which settles to a nice lace. A tad hazy due to it being unfiltered. Not as hazy as the bulldog amber.

Aroma: Big hop heavy nose with citrus notes. Backed by strong bready malts.

Taste: Nice butter flavour. Also detect grassy notes. Quite bitter. Leaves a citrus finish with a slight medicine flavour, not too significant though.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, but not creamy. Carbonation is perfect for this IPA. Not a session brew, but you can easily drink a few pints.

Final Statement: Very nice IPA. I have had better, but this is still very good. The finish isn't quite what I want in an IPA, but it's definately worth a try. It's pretty well balanced, and an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a light orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of citrus hops is well balance with some caramel malt. Taste is a mix between some medium citrusy hops with some semi-sweet caramel malt. A bigger hops presence would have been more enjoyable IMHO and body was a bit too watery for my own taste. Still very good effort nonetheless.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Real nice deep bronze amber and crystal clear body, with small amounts of pinhead rising carbonation. Head is fluffy bone white, two to three fingers deep and sets down nice and thick.

Nose is a bit odd. Strange dirt action on this, and ranking musty qualities. Very off putting and not enjoyable. Some interesting toasty qualities and faint brown sugar, but not a real great smelling brew even in the hop realm, and not much citrus sensing warmth.

Palate is a little lacking. Juicy mouthfeel coating though, with lots orange and grapefruit like citrus. Oily on the lips and sweet zesty flavors roll easily. Some aftertaste biscuit qualities and sweet brown sugars that match with the zesty oily bitterness nicely. Luckily none of that rank smell comes to the palate.

Overall a pretty easy drinking IPA and has some nice distinct malt finish, but the nose is just rank and off putting.

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Photo of nmann08
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours a pale yellow color with a thin off white head.

The flavor is sweet floral hops, a bit musty. The citrus is fighting to come through..grapefruit, lemon, citrus rinds, but the sweetness of the malts cut through it.

The flavor is more typical, citrus rinds, pineapple, grapefruit, less malt dominance. Pretty clean, but could benefit from a bit more balance.

Overall, good.

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Photo of papat444
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kjyost for this one. Enjoyed last night with my wife.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A dark orange body which is extremely hazy due to the sediment. A big 3 fingers of foam that are very insistent in remaining in place. Excellent retention.

Smell: A bit of a let down here. Whispers of tangerine and hops but it's too brief. It smelt more as i poured but muted up too fast.

Taste: Heavy on the malt with a slight hop appearance on the back end. Lots of grapefruit and my wife tastes white grapes.

Mouthfeel: Strong body with some dry astringency though not mouth puckering. Bitterness is slow at first but rises up more as it warms.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I could see myself having this again.

Overall: A good IPA though i would have preferred more hops to malt. Still worth trying though.

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Photo of elricorico
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big off white head sits on a dull orange brew that seems to be just a touch hazy. Head retention is good and there is plenty of lace.

Big citrus hop aroma in the nose. Very grapefruit like. Nice to smell.

Citrus is big in the taste as well. Grapefruit, lime and mandarin orange. Very fruity. A bind of bitter rind in the finish. Decent, but kinda straightforward.

Fairly thin in body with plenty of carbonation, this is a fairly lively beer in mouthfeel. Not oily but not watery.

Goes down very well, but would benefit from a bit more complexity in the flavour.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Cloudy orange-yellow amber with a small amount of frothy white foam (although what is there sticks around for a long time). Aroma is gritty grapefruit rind and bready caramel malts, lemon cleaner perhaps. I want to say harsh but that's overstating the case. Quite rustic though. Palate is similarly a little coarse and grainy, although the grapefruit and orange hop flavors do pop nicely. Strong malt backbone, nutty bread front and center, with an unusually dry, mildly metallic finish. Not fresh and bright in the hops department despite the robust flavors, recalls some old world examples of the style although its impossible to miss the Cascade in here. Nice mouth feel, smooth and moderately thick. I do appreciate the toasted character and jam-like fruitiness. Not a top tier western Canadian IPA but worth a sample.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light coppery honey color with a starchy topping of off-white foam sitting smallishly with a compact heft. Creeps away to alot of lacing grabbing the glass in branched out strings and globs.

Aroma is fair to light without much gusto. Some pale grassyness and pale malt sits with a bit of a twist of pine resin and smoke. Gets a bit broader as it sits.

Taste is about the same with a fair body and tone of flavors that swim quickly onto the palate leaving impressions of piney, grass ended hoppyness. Starchy pale malt, semi drying and breadish, a bit of wood notes some of the dryness as fades into a simple finish leaving a slight resinous smokey pine.

The body is lightish to medium with a decent carbonation holding it together around its hoppy middle and lightly dry efforts. However, a bit flat overall and more so developing a Pale ale sense of body, tone, and flavor.

The name is suiting, as it is just that, a little scrapper of an IPA. Perhaps a bit plain for me and unimpressionable but drinks down fine enough due to its somewhat lighter approach to the style.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Thanks to kjyost for the hookup.

Pours a clear amber/orange, medium sized white head forms, lightly fizzy, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lacing sticks, looks good.

Smell is nice, lightly piney hops, nice citrus notes, some grapefruit and orange peel, nice malts, lots of caramel and toast, a bit of oat, biscuit, nicely balanced.

Taste is similar, nice grapefruit notes up front, some orange, a bit of pine, caramel through the middle, light biscuit, gets dry in the finish, cheerios and toast, very assertive bitterness, but still has some balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down easy but perhaps a little too dry in the finish. Thanks Ken!

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Photo of demcorhip
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr and raider for bringing me some back from the Grey Cup.

A golden-copper hued ale poured with a nice two finger white head. The ale produced a low level of carbonation with fine bubbles graciously rising to their freedom.

White grapefruit peal, hint of pineyness. Bready and biscuity malt aromas with just a hint of caramel.

Dry biscuity malts form a sturdy malt backbone, with lesser bready flavours and a light touch of caramel sweetness. Nicely hopped, although lightly hopped for an American IPA, with astringent character and flavours of grapefruit peal and pine. My personal preference begs for a larger Cascade hop presence, but this was a tasty brew.

A very well balanced IPA with a somewhat light body. Surprisingly full of biscuity malt flavour considering the thin feeling body. Dry and astringent in feel with a decent lingering hop bitterness. Shows off its malt backbone as well as the Cascade and Amarillo hops.

Very drinkable and sessionable due to its light yet full flavoured body. Also a good crossover brew for introducing a hop novice to the possibilities of hoppier beers. Will be drinking this one again, next time I go through the 'peg

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wordemupg for this extra. Served in my Surly pint glass. No obvious freshness date.

A - Pours with nearly two fingers of off-white creamy foam that features solid retention and eventually settles to a partial cap and leaves some lacy fingers behind. Body is a hazed dark apricot color with a nice glow to it.

S - Citrus zest that's heavy on the lemon, but with notes of grapefruit as well. A bit of herbaceous perfume as well. The malt backbone is lightly toasted bread.

T - Taste is more toasted grains and cereal, with light notes of orange and grapefruit. Low in sweetness, and high in residual piney bitterness, making it somewhat unbalanced.

M - Carbonation is slightly higher than I prefer, but it's not overly harsh. Body is medium-light but doesn't seem undersized for 6%. Finish is dry, and then resiny.

D - It was easy to drink 12oz (err...341ml), but the carbonation left me feeling a touch bloated. Still, it's much better than most IPAs I've had from Ontario. This wouldn't be out of place on the shelf in the US, but it lags behind the better offerings.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml Bottle received in trade with rejtable - thanks!

Appearance - Slightly hazy light copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some grassy notes and a hint of an odd musty flavour. It ends with a medium amount of bitter hop bitterness.

Overall – Pretty decent. Unsure how fresh this is. It's by no means a world beater, but a solid IPA with a nice variety of flavours.

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Photo of presario
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not surprisingly, Rudge’s best. Half inch of foam on a dark amber/light copper beer. Subtle but captivating light hop aroma that seems lighter than the lower hopped Amber. Flavour like a double hopped version or the Amber, or triple hopped! Tongue drying finish, but not overpowering. Waves of hop flavour float across the tongue after the finish. The more you drink the more you like! Thanks Piscator34.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, courtesy of Blair-thank you for bringing back. No offence to Boutin who also sent a 330 at the same time. This is to some a very good pale, to others a good but not super hopped up American IPA. What it is, is very drinkable masterful brewing, it would be awesome I think on tap. Orange citrus flavour, grapefruit Cascade in the aroma. Drying but not overly. Oh, nice orangey colour and white head.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is opaque and orange, head is very small. Has a medicinal, citrus smell with a hint of oranges.

Taste is noticeably malty with hints of orange and citrus. After taste is bitter, creamy and smokey. Very crisp and full bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, this is good beer. At first comes off as something that would be hard to drink, but hits the spot. A 6 pack of this is always fun, would recommend.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper. Medium lace settles into a very thin film. Slippery lacings.

Very English on the nose, a really big hit of caramel with some piney hops hovering around the edges.

Starts out really nice. Quality malt with a nice toastiness comes on with some piney hops. Not a huge fan of the finish, things turn astringent pretty quickly making the bitterness a bit unpleasant.

Great mouthfeel, just right carbonation. A good example of the Canadian-style IPA that we're seeing more and more of.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooray for Half Pints finally being available here in Alberta! This IPA pours out a clouded tawny copper hue, suspended particles, turns a bright cloudy apricot when held to direct light. Tall, frothy cream-coloured head that recedes slowly and leaves intermittent lattices in its wake.

Leathery, earthy malts on the nose, joined by mild fruit, citrus and coniferous spices, woody notes.

Once again, very earthy and woody in the flavour, seems both the malt and hops work in unison to maintain this palate throughout. Quite balanced in that manner. The hops tend to break away in the aftertaste however, leafy, herbal and astringent.

Mouthfeel is very good, medium-bodied, rounded and smooth, slight oily texture on finish, soapy aftertaste.

Reminds me more akin to an English IPA overall in nature, far from the biscuity citrus hop bombs that have become the trademark of American IPAs (and that I admittedly have a soft spot for...). However it's a nice change from that here on domestic soil, and very well crafted, just not a bulls-eye to my particular palate.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good IPA, but I remember this having a bigger hop profile on tap/cask at the GCBF last year than when I had it out of the bottle.

Nice amber-orange with a big fluffy head. Nice spicy hop smell and a good, sweet malt presence. Rich malty taste, with enough hops to keep me interested. Tastes a bit watery, as mentioned before I thought this was hoppier when I last had it.

Nice carbonation, very easy to drink. I'd like to try it on tap again.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is orange/copper in colour. Translucent. A fairly large off-white and frothy head on top. Good retention, quite a bit of lacing.

Caramel malt, light citrus fruit and a wood scent.

Caramel malt, some citrus fruit, wood, grass. A little bitter, but really quite balanced. Maltier than I would expect. No freshness date on the bottle so I do not know how fresh it is. Pretty good but not the citrusy, hop-focused beer that it presents itself to be.

Medium body, moderate to high carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, pretty good but not anything special. Perhaps this is not a super fresh bottle. I would try it again for sure.

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Photo of Shadman
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably our favorite beer from Calgary Beer fest 2009 so I may be a little biased.

honestly 1 good looking IPA...hazy copper color, excellent head with good retnetion and huge webs of lacing to boot.

Ahhh...the let in AIPA I have come to ecpect a bit more in the nasal dept. this offering certainly score on a nice balance between hop and sweet malt...but doesn't knock my socks off...if it were an EIPA I'd score it higher.

Taste is like wise...awesome balance between the citrus/grapefruit/pine hop and the sweet this case the balance is too good to pass up.

Carbonation level is almost perfect...allows all the flavours to come trhu without any fizzy bite.

Very drinkable and is now my goto IPA

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Photo of GJ40
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the King's Head in Winnipeg.

Very nice appearance with a golden hue, great clarity and a small white head. Aroma is floral and citrusy hops with a touch of yeast. The flavor is clean and crisp with lots of citrus and only a hint of toasted malt. It's not especially flavorful compared to other IPAs but it is compared to other beers made in the area. There are similarities to a Canadian lager so I could see this as being a great step into craft beer for anyone up here that normally drinks commercial beer.

This is a pleasant beer that's flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange with a creamy off-white head that lasted forever, and laid down big sticky sheets of lace. Most impressive. The aroma is neat and reminds me of hop candy (and to some extent the same brewery's barleywine). Sweet citrus mingles with a touch of brown sugar and pale malt. Very nice.

The taste is neat and full of fresh sweet citrus. Its all there - sweet orange, tangering, satsuma, clementine, call it what you will, there's certainly a boatload of sweet citrus flavours and pithy skins. Beyond that there's a little pine resin and a hint of pale malt, but this one is definitely all about the hopping. The medium-weight body comes across smooth on occasion and the billowy carbonation helps to emphasise this.

With its big tangerine character and not much behind it, this is definitely a one-dimensional IPA, and as such would never make my top tier of choices, As it is, though, its vastly enjoyable, and a great choice for a hot summer's day. I like what I've drank from Half Pints so far, and I won't hesitate to try more of their stuff based on this performance.

Thanks to Colin for the bottles in a trade!

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Photo of mtomlins
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really tasty IPA that probably kills in the local market, but when squaring off with some of the heavier hitters on the market, it puts up a great fight but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of chickenm
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with an off-white head. Subduded aroma of mostly citrus hops. Nice balanced taste with citrus hops and a solid malt backbone. Medium bodied with good carbonation, and a bitter finish. A pretty good beer, I've liked everything I've tried from Half Pints so far.

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Little Scrapper IPA from Half Pints Brewing Company
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