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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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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Photo of bylerteck
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from the brewery.

A - Tight one finger head with big bubbles that go away fast but leave a nice cap. Darkish golden colour with low carbonation.

S - Really juicy hops. Lot's of citrus. Not a particularily strong aroma but really really inviting.

T - Citrus hops balanced really well with malts. Flavour hangs out for a long time. Bitterness is noticeable but not overpowering. Flavours linger really nicely. Delicious beer.

M - Light to medium body is nice for the style. Carbonation is there but works well with the beer and doesn't offend.

D - It's a shame I only got a 6 pack and we can't get it in Ontario because this would be my go to IPA. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange colour with thick white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Light piney hops in the nose with some caramel malt. Taste has some definite bitterness, but nothing too crazy. I get some tropical fruite flavours and pine hops. A very well made IPA. Too bad this isn't regularly available for purchase in Ontario.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up case of this and I've enjoyed every one.

Pours a lovely opaque orange with a big poofy head that not only sticks around but is sticky at the same time. It leaves tons of lace down the glass.

The smell is full of tropical hop fruit.. pineapple, grape fruit, pine and sweeter malts underneath. And the taste lives up to the smell adding more of the hoppy fruit flavour with a nice dose of bitterness. It's a well made Canadian IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little sticky - just the way I like it. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a nice thick white head and elegant lacing.

It starts off with a wonderful bouquet of pine needles, grapefruit and all the good stuff hops provide. I sense a nice malty undertone as well.

This is a wonderfully hopped IPA, lots of citrus and pine and finishes with a nice toasty malt backbone.

Nice thick mouthfeel and pretty drinkable. This is without a doubt one of the best Canadian IPA's I've had - but that's not saying much I suppose. I can't wait to try their other beers, if only they were more available here in Ontario!

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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 biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer's twinkling golden tone suggests a more conservative use of malts which, for a beer presumed to be principally hoppy, is a positive sign of things to come. More reassuring yet is the extravagantly foamy head that rises to the top of the beer like cream. Its lacing slaps itself securely on to the glass and holds on tight as a bulldog.

Amarillo and Cascade - good thing they have my brands. The bouquet is a bright, pungent mess of festered tangerines, breakfast grapefruit and a satchel full of lemon zest. There is also a supplemental dose of spicy, flowery zest (courtesy of the Cascade hops). Taken together, the two varieties of hops make a double exclamation point.

This thing is like the two faces of Janus - one part of it looks towards all that is sweet, biscuity and malty while the other faces all that is bitter, pithy, dry and earthy. Biscuits and shortbread are paired with fig jam, grapefruit puree, orange glaze and some sort of pine resin reduction. It's a substantial meal and sumptuous dessert all in one.

Many brewers (especially Canadian ones) ensure their IPAs have a malty underbelly. While that's all well and good, the heavier, more viscous flavours of nutty light roast and chewy caramel can be clammy, lumbering and ill-matched to bright, citric hops. Although this has a strong supporting malty base, it does not come across the least bit disjointed.

The pithy, citric, piny bitterness of the hops is read loud and clear, uninterrupted by no malty sweetness what so ever. The malts, for their part, fill the mouth with a spongy thickness and, while they do ground the hops' biting acidity, they hinder none of that flowery, pithy, uniquely spicy character. It's a perfect compromise.

Added bonus: although it has the flavour of an 8% beer, it rings in at a relatively sessionable 6. Sessionable or not, I wouldn't have minded another bottle right now - anything with this much juicy, citric hop and sumptuous, toasty malt flavour is difficult to part from after only one glass. I intend on finding more of this stuff first chance I get.

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Photo of pootz
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a clouded shimmering orange-amber ale in the glass with a rich puffy 2 finger cap that lasts and laces.

Aroma: Rich leafy citus-herbal woodsy tones over some substantial malt notes....very lush.

Flavor profile: starts with a big chew of caramel malt up front but then the hops rush in..citrus, piney, leafy hops ride just above a stable bready malt spine...finish is dry and lightly bitter.

A good boilerplate APA with a Pac-NW flair wedded to a Brit IPA simplicity...a rich sessioner.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Canadian IPAs that I've had the chance to try. They sure do brew some pretty good beers at Half Pints. This beer looks good, lots of lacing and pretty good retention. Hazy (more like a chill haze but it's not), looks a little like cider.

The nose is the only thing I find needs a little more muscle. Hops are laid back but still showing pine and citric qualities as well as a little bit of malt. Edit...the nose became much better as the beer warmed.

Tastes great, good hop bitterness, pine, grapefruit. I'm having a hard time with the malts...a little biscuit and toast I would say. I could drink this all day long.

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Photo of Long813
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated: N/A
From: Chris (wordemupg), 341ml

A: Hazy copper body with one inch of fluffy white head. Head dissipates rather quickly into a thin ring, but leaves nice lacing.

S: Fair amount of pine mixed in with some bready notes and some citrus at the back.

T: Much like the aroma, loads of pine and bready malts. Citrus notes are subtle.

M: Medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Creamy texture is given off with a nice malty finish.

D: This beer tastes damn good! Nice balance between two styles of IPA's. Hoppy and malty, easy to drink and no sense of alcohol. Thanks again to Chris, I love it.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've drunk this on several occasions, but have yet to review it until now. Half Pints continues to produce top quality microbrews jam-packed with flavour!

A - Pours a nice thick pillowy amount of head, leaving a noticeable amount of lacing. Golden copper brown with the slightest haze.

S - Powerful citrus and pine scents. Smells absolutely delicious and possesses quite a strong scent.

T - Very bitter hop flavour off the top. Much like the scent bit of a pine and citrus, similar to the initial taste, finishes quite bitter. Prepare yourself to pucker those lips!

M - Very light on the palette, carbonation is light and bubbly and goes down quite smooth.

D - A delicious IPA, and I'd easily rank it up there with my go-to Canadian IPA (Tree's - Hop Head)! It seems to be easier to find lil' scrapper than in the past... Increased accessibility means more shelf space dedicated to it in my beer fridge!

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Photo of Conrad
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got my brew straight from the source on a visit to the brewery. My sense of smell and taste may not be as refined as some of the previous reviewers, but I know what I like. So to keep it simple:
Appearance - clear amber colour, nice head, not too thick, pretty lacing.
Smell: Big on hops, pine or spruce (I like trees) some caramel.
Taste: Bitters right off the top, but nicely balanced. Full flavour.
M-Feel - Spikey carbonation that stays with us right to the bottom of the glass. Dry finish.
Bottom line - would I have another? Damn right, but only one or two more. That would leave me smiling.

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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 ZorPrime
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper color beer, it is veiled due to no filtering process involved, should be tasty. The head is sticky enough. Looks creamy too.

The aroma is citrusy with some grapefruit. It is of medium intensity. Some piny notes too in the aroma. Very inviting.

The taste is all citrus. This beer is very refreshing with some floral notes. The finish is all dry from the hops... you want more after that.

Medium body beer. It is well balanced too. An excellent introductory IPA if you ask me. I like this stuff for an every day beer.

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

Pours a clear light-amber with an airy off-white head, fading to a thin covering over the beer. Some lacing.

Hoppy smell with pine dominating, accompanied by some grapefruit and grass. Not much smell present once the head fades away, however.

Lots of sharp, bitter hops. I can feel the full 50 IBUs. Definitely more piny than anything else. The balance favors hops to malt, with just a touch of the latter in the background. Hops are definitely the feature here, which is nice given that this is one of Half Pints regulars. Extremely hoppy for a 'flagship' beer.

Slightly oily medium body with a prickly medium carbonation.

Definitely one of the best straight-up IPAs I've tried. Packed with hop flavour and light enough to drink a bunch of them. This could easily be my session IPA if only it were available in Ontario. Send one of these over to Alexander Keith's as an example of what an IPA really is. I think they're confused.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from wordemupg in the CanCon BIF - thanks man!

Pours a slightly hazy golden almost brown color with a finger of head rushing to the top, dies down to a thin layer that leaves lacing down the glass.

Nose is on the light side - light toasty caramel malts, lemons, pine, grapefruit. Not that exciting.

Taste is excellent, better than the DIPA I had from them. Sweet caramel malt with a hint of spicy, earthiness thrown in meets piney, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit hops. Medium long bitter finish, nothing tongue searing. Balanced and drinkable. Malt base seems to thin a little as the glass progresses, perhaps needs just a touch more bulk.

This is an excellent example of a Canadian IPA - balanced and yet hopped up. Gladly drink this one again.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Deuane for hooking me up with a 4-pack of these Half Pint brews from a recent trip.

Pours a hazy copper orange, with 2+ fingers of off-white foamy head. Retains with a big foamy dollop, that flares up into a huge frothy cascade of lace, which leaves just a HUGE latticework of sticky lacing back. The aroma is floral and piney, with a pleasant spicy earthiness to it. Citrus, caramel, and even a touch of smokey malts, tang it up in the back. Light warmth mixes in with the floral notes to give this a light fumey feel.

The bitterness in this is spicy with a sticky resinous edge to it. An earthy herbal quality that I'm really digging blends in nicely with juicy citric notes and a roasty caramel malt presence that offers some good balance. Finishes a bit sweeter and then the earthy flavors carry through with a dirty dry feel that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a more bubbly and creamy feel on top, that is propped up by more oily and slick textures underneath. This is definitely very easy for the size.

Probably my favorite of the Half Pints selections that I tried, this gave me a nice earthy and herbal hop fix, at a time when I really haven't had a good one in a while. Well balanced, tasty, and very easy drinking, this was a solid IPA experience.

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

330ml bottle july 17 2009

A almost orange in color, nice head that hangs around for a while, some lacing

S hops and citrus and some sweet malt

T hoppy but balanced with some sweet malt flavor. quite nice i enjoyed it from start to finish

M/D good feel easy to drink all around good IPA nothing blows me away but noting disapointed me either

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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 biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. Going to see my parents for the holidays, trying to get south of Calgary, and I'm stuck in the worst traffic I have ever seen on the Deerfoot. So I peel off, trying to find a route where the cars are actually moving. Lo and behold, I pass right by Willow Park, and I have to stop and have a look inside. So what do I find that doesn't seem available yet in my neck of the woods?

This beer pours a clear, medium copper-amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and weakly foamy off-white head, which dawdles incessantly in its disappearing act, leaving some awkward webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of indeterminate meaty citrus and wet pine hop esters, a lightly toasted bready caramel malt, a hint of herbal, funky yeast, a touch of dried honey, and further floral, earthy hops. The taste kicks off with more mild orange and grapefruit citrus pith, followed lazily by the grainy bready malt backbone, a suggestion of buttered toast, and some equally bitter herbal, grassy, and pine resin hop notes. A bit of alcohol becomes evident as it warms.

The carbonation is quite tingly on the tongue up front, yet settles into a murmouring state soon enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and somewhat tacky in its plebeian smoothness. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the hops holding fast, while the malt seems ready to give up the countervailing reins.

A pretty good example of this polarizing style - quite bitter in its hoppiness, sure, yet weirdly understated in its approach, so, yes, very Canadian, through and through. I could easily see this being a veritably sessionable IPA, were it more available, i.e., in my hometown. I'm sure that's in the cards, things being as they are.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear, orangey-brown with a 1 1/2 finger, off-white, rocky head that has good retention and leaves some nice lacing on my glass

S: good amount of hops and a touch of malty sweetness

T: nice, rounded hop flavour, not overly strong, reduces to a smooth, sugary, honey, bready sweetness that gives way to a bitter and spicy hop flavour on the finish.

M: light and creamy, well carbonated and a spicy-dry finish that tingles the whole way down.

D: This is a good IPA. Perhaps not as hoppy as most western IPAs but, still, it delivers on the flavours demanded by the style and is a pleasure to drink. I will buy this beer again in the future.

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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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Little Scrapper IPA from Half Pints Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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