Humulus Ambre | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Halcyondays on 01-24-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Brewsmith:
Photo of Brewsmith
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a growler fill at the Bruery poured into a Willi Becher style 0.5 L glass. Aroma is a combination of fresh American hop cirtus with Belgian yeast fruit, spice, and bubblegum. Amber brick orange with a big pillowy beige head. Hop flavor is up front with caramel and toasted malt flavors. A touch of sweetness, but balanced toward bitterness. Higher carbonated like many of their beers. Dry finish with some lingering bitterness and yeast character.

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

From a growler purchased @ WFM/Bowery in NYC a few days ago. Pours Fairly typical looking amber, with orangy hues, semi cloudy, nice looking light tan head, that leaves fine, sticky strands of lacing. Nose is of a hoppy California style pale ale, American hops, Amarillo etc, grapefruit abounds. The sniff carries into the taste as this one tastes, as well, a lot like a nice California style pale or mellow IPA. I'm not getting much of a "Belgian pale ale" feel here, unless Patrick was going for a hybrid type of thang. I agree with what a wise person said at the recent WF/NYC tasting "this one tastes a lot like Dale's Pale ale"

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy deep amber. Frothy off-white head holds very well. Excellent lacing.

S: Resinous pine/citrus. No malt gets through!

T: Juicy hops! Fruit! Pine. Total citrus - all grapefruit with some chalky, earthy rind. So Amarillo. Finishes with juicy grapefruit, light pine, berry and minor tangerine but dry.

M: Medium, gently crisp, slick.

D: For hop heads it's HIGHLY drinkable! The common folk might need a moment to decide. Superbly done. Impressive!

--- Had I realized there were so few reviews for this beer I would have made better notes, but on the other hand it's really just that "in-your-face" juicy hops that I'm not so sure I could have found much more to it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

This one is, well, amber in color with a cloudy violet colored center. Head retention could be better. This is a drier ale than I was expecting. There's a pinch of fruitiness all around with a dry, crackery maltiness. Moderately hopped, but the hoppiness picks up its feet towards the end of each sip, and becomes the dominant force in this instance.

A well structured ale, and one of the lighter offerings available from The Bruery. Good for quaffing.

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Photo of Floydster
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a growler of this yesterday from the source at around noon for fifteen dollars, drank a few glasses last night with my dad, poured into a pint glass, color is a deep orange mixed with red, 3/4 inch soapy white head that lasts around five minutes, good retention, minimal lacing, aroma is made up of west coast hops, earthiness, Belgian yeast, sweet fruit, and grains, flavor starts off dry and bitter, light malt in the middle and a good amout of yeast that is on the sweeter and tangy side, finish is also dry and stays that way until it fully warms, nicely balanced and the hops hold their ground, dry, bitter, and yeasty mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation, medium bodied, taste lingers with a dry bite, could drink even more of this but twenty to twenty-two ounces went down quite easy, not filling and pretty smooth overall, another great addition to the Humulus series, this one seems to be more hoppy than the others, will be drinking again, recommended

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark amber, creamy 1 finger off-white head, incredibly long lasting, settling into a slighty thinner creamy cap but never going away. Walls of lacing.

Nose is piney, sharp, slightly astringent. Very clear and clean.

Taste explodes with piney hops, clear, fresh and green. Lightly astringent. Bitterness is surprisingly light for how much flavor comes through, which is a nice surprise. Lightly toasty malt underneath, peeks through towards the finish. Simple, but executed with great finesse.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light carbonation - well matched to the flavor.

Nicely drinkable to the hop lovers out there, especially because the hop bitterness doesn't seem to build up, and astringency is held to a minimum. Flavorful without going overboard.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery, blog says 6%, but I was told there it was 5.7%, so I'm going with that,

A: Pours a medium/dark amber with a full white head, good retention, solid look.

S: Big hop note, spice, mint, pine tree.

T: The mint/spice and pine notes from the nose are concentrated in a bitter attack across the tastebuds. Very strong hop flavour, crazy how they get that much hop bitterness into a APA strength beer. Floral hop character and a bit of fruit, orange, grapefruit, bitter melon come out more as the beer warms and add a complexity to the overall flavour.

M: I found the mouthfeel OK, though it was fizzy and a bit soapy, I would have liked a little less carbonation methinks. Medium-bodied with a good structure, quite resiny, dry.

D: A tasty, hoppy new brew from The Bruery, quite enjoyable. Once you get past the big upfront hop assault, there is a lot of complexity and subtlety to this beer.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at The Bruery's anniversary. Amber color with an off-white head. Sticky, dank hop aroma with pine resin and grapefruit. Straight-up west coast IPA. Quite hoppy in a piney fashion, with light toasty malt. Finishes with lasting bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very much like a hoppy pale ale/IPA, but with a slightly different character than is typical, you might even say Belgian-influenced, but it doesn't jump out at you. The Bruery can definitely do hoppy beer. Now I want a Belgian DIPA.

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Humulus Ambre from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 9 ratings