Humulus Lager
The Bruery

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From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Style:
India Pale Lager (IPL)
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 9.11%
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
856
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 11, 2018
Added:
Aug 02, 2009
Wants:
  180
Gots:
  50
SCORE
95
World-Class
Notes: India Pale Lager, but closer to Imperial Pilsner than IPA, according to the brewery.
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Rated: 4.2 by TrojanRB from Texas

Feb 11, 2018
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Reviewed by silverblaze540 from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A-Murky gold/yellow.

S- Floral and pine.

T - citrus and pine hoppiness with mild bitterness.

M - Medium light, fairly smooth.

O - Pretty similar to an IPA. Bitterness is not off-putting and, while not my style, it is very drinkable.
Jan 08, 2017
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Rated by Spreetaper from New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Henry Street Ale House (Brooklyn,NY)
Dec 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by wander4 from New Jersey

Oct 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia

Sep 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by AlvinLin from New York

Sep 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by atrocity from Virginia

Aug 29, 2016
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Rated by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
3.82/5: Really damn easygoing and light for such a big pilsner; great C-hop character
Aug 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Aug 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by agreenman19 from Connecticut

Aug 09, 2016
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Reviewed by barczar from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Fairly floral, pine, muddled citrus aroma. Very hoppy, but somewhat refined. Lightly sweet malt.

Flavor is extremely citrusy, with tangerine, grapefruit, and peach notes countering lightly sweet, bready malt. The finish is fairly bitter and crisp. Nuanced brew. Not overly hoppy, and the flavoring hops go so well together.
Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by ross84 from California

Jun 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.53 by Bluecrow from New York

Jun 18, 2016
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
My new favorite beer.....of recent memory anyways.Came in standard pint a chill hazed lighter golden with a thinner but sticky white head atop,now the fun begins.A big slash of grassy and citric hops hit ya in the face but it's not all about that,I also got a doughy/bread quality that stood up against it.The flavor for me are near perfection,big grassy and spicy hops intertwined with pizza dough that turns into a crisp finish.The hops are not finished at the grassiness,as I drank more the citric/fruity qualities played a bigger role in the finish.I mean what a lager they have here,the Bruery just killed it here....what a fantastic beer.Wow.
Jun 12, 2016
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Reviewed by woosterbill from Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Hopcat in Lexington, served in a Pilsner glass.

A: Clear gold body under a finger of fine white head. Good retention and lots of clinging lace. Lovely looking lager.

S: Clean, bright, but slightly subdued aroma. Hops dominate, with grassy, herbal notes in front and faint grapefruit and pine in the background. Complex, delicate, and inviting.

T: Fruitier hops at first, with lemon-lime as well as grapefruit. Things quickly get dryer and more herbal, with some distant biscuit malt offsetting the clean, crisp lager yeast on the back end. Long, bitter, grassy aftertaste. Quite tasty.

M: Medium-light body, with lively carbonation at first becoming smoother with a swish. Nice.

O: I'm on a quest to try as many #1 rated beers by style as possible, and this paragon of the Imperial Pilsner had long eluded me. It's a pleasure to try it at last, and while I prefer some of Jack's Abby's offerings it's a great brew. Cheers!
Jun 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Jun 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.49 by brauseboof from South Carolina

May 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.33 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

May 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.67 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

May 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by brbrocc from New York

May 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.58 by IceAce from California

May 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.3 by Jason_cs from Florida

May 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Apr 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.22 by rdooley from Texas

Apr 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.91 by chrisjws from California

Mar 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by Mista_Carta from California

Mar 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Feb 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by dbc5 from Arizona

Feb 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by JeffKowalek from Tennessee

Feb 15, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Yellow color, a little more rich than BMC and a way better head of a full inch. More dry hopping than almost any lager I can think of. And any that compete with it came out years later.

Really nice lager/pilsner body, even solid yeast contribution, along with lots of what seems like a relatively green, vegetal hop flavor and bitterness. Amazed the alcohol is over 7%. Solid growler option on this one, probably have got this more than any other from there. Real similar to Jack's Abby. Carbonation is higher than any other Bruery beer, apropros for style. Green stuff hops, pine, onion, veggies.
Feb 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.72 by burns3y from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Slack from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Golden to straw colored with a finger’s worth of head.

Citrus, pine, and grass on the nose.

Taste is citrus mixed with hops and floral notes.

Mouthful is medium to light and creamy with medium carbonation. Finish is clean.

The beer exhibited more properties of an IPA than pilsner which threw me for a loop. Not really my cup of tea but the clean finish and easy drinkability are definitely strong points.
Jan 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.94 by Fuchswitme

Jan 28, 2016
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Straw in color with almost a finger of head. The essence of fresh hops are abundant in the nose along with piney notes. The body is substantial for the style but this offering remains eminently drinkable. The bitter hoppy finish is refreshingly dry.

I sampled this only days before Christmas but I really kept thinking that this would be an exceptional Spring seasonal.
Dec 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.21 by whatname from Pennsylvania

Dec 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.37 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

Dec 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Magister_Beav from Vermont

Nov 06, 2015
 
Rated: 4.31 by Redgoatman from California

Oct 22, 2015
 
Rated: 4.08 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Oct 14, 2015
Humulus Lager from The Bruery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 1015 ratings