Humulus Lager | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Pale Lager, but closer to Imperial Pilsner than IPA, according to the brewery.

Added by vacax on 08-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,015
Reviews:
159
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
9.26%
 
 
Wants:
185
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,015 |  Reviews: 159
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Slightly hazy yellow hue with a huge white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Really hoppy. Wow. Smells like an IPA.

T: Insanely delicious. Fresh and tasty hops. This beer has greatly exceeded my expectations. This beer is nothing short of phenomenal. It's remarkably smooth and easy to drink. I could put away endless pints of this until I fell off the bar stool. Seriously, it's that good.

M: Wonderful aftertaste with long lasting hop flavors.

D: Without question the best imperial pilsner I have ever had. Wow - my highest recommendation.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1-liter growler poured into a matching bruery snifter. The brew is golden copper in color with a finger of white head composed of large bubbles.

The smell is grassy and tropical with hops. Mild fruity mandarin character blending to biscuit/bready grain.

The taste is oily with almost a canteloupe or melon flavor. Somewhat grassy hops, yeastiness, bready grain and more dry grass into the finish.

This is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Similar to the wave of other "IPL's" that are becoming popular. However this one carries some warming alcohol that becomes even more noticeable as it warms up.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of imbibehour
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass.

A real nice frosty looking appearance, golden amber to lemon hues on the bottom to a bronze rusty pale yellow at the top. Opaque. Very creamy white top presented with lots of lacing and a creamy puck to match.

Nose brings a dense malt and muted hop. Slight hint of wine like heat and fruit, quite interesting.

Palate is a nice controlled thick rush. Playfully carbonated and hoppy. Hints of soft pine and chewy almost wheat like feel with a good malt crispness. Fruit action follows a real nice lime citrus bitterness and popping finish. Chewy and crisp with a perfect balance between the two. Lingering dense bitter hop goes on forever. Vinous wine like warmth with good control. As it warms up the hops pull of a nice tropical action of pineapple and some peach it seems.

Overall a great impressive and controlled pilsner with a real pleasant and impressive hop profie.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.39/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a hazy, almost opaque orange/yellow, looks almost creamy, with a one inch head, and a lot of lacing. Looks delicious.

Smells insanely fruity and hoppy, just could keep my nose in this one for a while. As tropical smelling as any hoppy ale/lager I've ever had.

The taste is similar. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, and peach abound, just really creamy and juicy at the same time, with a small amount of lingering bitterness, that brings to mind orange or grapefruit peel, rather than pine. I could chug this stuff.

This one has a fairly light body- but it's not thin at all- creamy and hoppy deliciousness awaits. The body is light, though, so it goes down quite easily. There's no lingering bitterness.

An absolutely delicious hoppy concoction, a bit out of the typical wheelhouse of The Bruery it seems. This shows they can make a hoppy beer with the best of them.

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Toronado. Served in a pint glass. Ordered this one after hearing some hype about it. Somewhat scant notes on this one as it was pretty late in the day.

A - Pretty generic looking - small off-white head that dissipated pretty quick and left minimal lacing. Nice hazed golden-orange color.

S - WTF? Is this an India Pale Lager? Super aromatic hoppiness - fresh orange zest, mixed with perfume and floral notes. The malt character is incredibly subdued and I can't even pick up any hint this is a lager.

T - I'm not entirely sure how to evaluate this - there is a lack of strong bitterness in the aftertaste that would be a negative for an IPA or DIPA, but it's still appropriate for a pilsener. However, the lack of any real pilsener malt flavor is a problem in that line of thinking. The bottom line is that it's superbly hoppy, with tons of sweet fruit and floral flavors, well-hidden alcohol, light sweet malts and a very clean finish. Great stuff and quite unique.

M - Pretty generic - moderate carbonation, fairly smooth medium body. I think cask would really suit this brew.

D - Low bitterness, well-hidden ABV, great hoppy flavor - sounds like a winner to me. Glad I tried this one, even though I was initially not very interested.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Humulus Lager from The Bruery
4.32 out of 5 based on 1,015 ratings.
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