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Humulus Bruin | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Halcyondays on 07-19-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by athensbeermaster:
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This dark ale has a big tan head that last for day's and has very nice lacing. The nose has fresh roasted coffee and rich malt notes. The taste; Has more of what you get on the nose, rich coffee and dark roasted malts. The exciting twist is the huge hops profile that adds nice earth tones and a mellow spice quality. The mouthfeel is full body and the finish has a great fresh pumpernickel bread quality. The drinkabilty is ranked so high because the med. abv. and the super fresh velvety finish. Cheers to Patrick for being such a great host and making such tasty brews in the OC.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery for the AHA rally. Deep brown in color with an off-white head. Aroma is spicy, hoppy, and a little phenolic. Taste is a brown ale meets Belgian meets IPA. A great mix of hops, malty roast and Belgian yeast character. Carbonated like a Belgian beer and it's light and dry. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of scbrew
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting date August 2008 (from old notes. On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. Dark brown, porter-like color. American C hop aroma. Great balance between malt and hops. Was expecting less hops, but pleasantly surprised. Very subtle tartness. Dry finish. Good through the last drop.

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

by kenny's suggestion at holingsheads.

pours a dark brown. into a chimay glass. when held up to light I can barely see a hint of light near the stem of the glass. head is frightening. a nice tan counterpart to the darkness of the beer. lacing is great.

I get a bit of yeast on the nose. some nice unidentified spice. very interesting smell.

taste is nice. I get a nice smooth ride. I can taste a good ammount of malty goodness. and a nice touch with the hop bite at the end.

mouthfeel is thin at first but opens as it progresses. a large ammount of carbonation.

all in all a good beer. well played patrick.

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Photo of charlzm
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed at JJ Brewski's, Camarillo, CA on 10/08/08.

Very dark but clear brown, as evidenced by the plentiful garnet highlights. A thin skin of tan foam provides minimal lacing to the bottom of the glass.

Strong hop aromas of resiny pine and grapefruit greet the nose.

Flavor is front-loaded with hops: as in nose, pine and grapefruit/orange zest dominate. Profile segues into dark, mildly sweet caramel malt before finishing with a hop touch similar to the start. Finish is fairly clean with low bitterness.

Slight dryness evidenced on swallow by lightly prickly tongue parch.

Bruery beers tend to be undercarbonated on draft (evidenced by multiple places where I have had them) and this one was no exception. Quite still, the beer seemed to become heavier the longer it sat in the glass, making it hard to finish.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery in a 400 ml serving, on to the beer:

Impressive to look at when it arrived, nearly pitch black, good head on top. Now this is a "small beer" made from the rinsing of their massive Imperial Stout (which won't be released for over a year, but that's another story), and it's "small" in stout characteristics, but heavier with the hops. Tropical and hoppy flavors are dominant, with the mild coffee/roasted flavors not far behind. Some fruity esters are released, though it could be the yeast doing that. Overall, I'd give it a go.

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Photo of Floydster
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eight ounce glass at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach for $7.50 today with my girlfriend, more recently from a growler purchased at the brewery for eight dollars

A-Very dark brown, nearly black, bubbly 3/4 inch light tan head, not much retention, no lacing
S-Very light malts, floral hoppiness, herbs, some stinky sugar, and
T-All hops up front, this does not even seem like a brown ale, more on the side of an IPA but not quite because the dryness is different and more toasty, needed more malt, honestly could not taste a single part of Belgian sugar, unbalanced
M-Dry and chewy mouthfeel, serious cottonmouth, medium body, thinner than expected, lots of carbonation, taste lasted a little
D-Could not drink much more than this glass, pretty thick and heavy, ABV is not very high or anything, not very smooth

Second beer from The Bruery and not blown away, definitely a different kind of beer, most similar thing I have had was Indian Brown from Terrapin, do not expect a Belgian from this one, might drink again, worth trying

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at JJ Brewskys..

Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Nose was hoppy, malty and good. Taste was a wallop of hops of front. Some toasted and maybe caramel malt, seemed off balance with so much hops up front but if you have an open mind then it gets better. Mouthfeel was a little dry, not really bitter as you would think with the hop kick. It was a pretty heavy beer and hop heavy up front left drinkability good but not great, something I could not have over and over but still good.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown, almost black, a very robust looking beer, with a medium, rocky off-white head, full lacing all around.

S: A beer by its looks you expect a malty bouquet, but its hops all the time, very floral, herbal scent.

T: Taste is quite interesting, not really a profile I have encountered before. I first thought Stone 11, though I think the malt works with the hops better in this beer. Floral, juicy pine bitterness mixes with grapefruit and lemon juice and lightly sugary brown malt to create a fantastic mix. Similar to a wet-hop beer I thought in its hop flavour. Quite good.

M: Juicy, lightly acidic, medium-bodied, creamy.

D: A fantastic Belgian brown with an American kick to it. My favourite of my day at Beachwood, another great Bruery beer.

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

*I was told by Patrick that this beer is made from the second runnings of their Imperial Stout.*

Wow, I just had to review this beer. Just came back from La Bella Pizza with my buddy Tim and we had two small glasses of this on tap, I would have had more of it if I could.

The head seemed to last an eternity. The color was a very dark brown with some ruby edges on the sides. Excellent retention on this one, had some legs too.

The aroma was very interesting...if you gave me this beer in a blind tasting I would have guessed a black IPA. Yep, reminded me of Pizza Port Black Lie or Stone 11th both in aroma and taste. The beer had a earthy bitterness, herbal too (Chinook seems like a good guess). Also some chocolate and roasted malts. It would seem like an odd combination, a hoppy brown ale, but it works so well.

Started off eathy and herbal with a bit of bitterness but the chocolate and brown sugar takes the second wave. Some hints of caramel too. Lightly roasted, a bit nutty, but again the hoppyness brings this to another dimension...every sip seemed to bring something new.

Well carbonated, and extremely easy to drink. I'm going to have to go back and drink this one till it's gone.

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Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Humulus Bruin from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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