Gremlin | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by billshmeinke on 03-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 50
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear yellow-gold with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that makes it very easy to drink.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Stone.

A: Pellucid pale yellow with a mountain of white foam. Good retention.

S: Grassy, herbal, peppery, and floral. Esters are pronounced, imparting apple, pear, and a dash of lemon. Malt is grainy and lightly sweet. There's just a touch of banana.

T: Floral and lightly peppery with a biscuit malt foundation. Fruit notes are effusive, bringing to mind ripe pear and apple. Lightly grainy orchard fruit finish with a low sweetness. Dry at the very end.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice Belgian Pale. Love the name.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a cloudy golden-yellow color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon peel, Belgian yeast, and a bit of funk. There is also just a touch of spice and tartness.

T - Starts off with some lemon and citrus flavor with a bit of tartness and some yeast flavor. Through the middle, more yeast character comes through with some banana and spices. The finish is yeasty with some lemon zest and a bit of tartness.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feel smooth with a nice dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very sessionable with more flavor than expected.

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Photo of corby112
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewery.

Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin ring  Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Slightly spicy aroma with hints of bread and slightly funky yeast.  There's also some sweetness with light fruit notes, notably apple and pear, along with some subtle alcohol.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of zesty fruit, bready yeast, light fruit and swet alcohol.  Vry dry with zesty pepper and coriander, apple, pear, banana and boozy sweetness.  I'm also picking up some faint bretty funk.   Decently balanced and quaffable.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood; served in a tulip.

Liquid is a cloudy gold capped by a solid ivory plug of foam. Dense, super-fine lace climbs the sides in a series of rings.

Delicate yeast notes pervade the nose with light spice and floral scents as well.

Biscuity palate entry with mild hay-like hop flavors and clean yeasty notes throughout. Finishes dry and herbaceous with hints of coriander and maybe a touch of diacetyl.

Slick yet effervescent mouthfeel.

Straight-forward decent but not outstanding rendition of the style. It's a little lacking in character, but a good ale none the less. Curious how old this keg is?

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden pale straw yellow in color with a finger of head and left some good frothy lacing sticking to the head.

S: I could definitely spot out a variety of grains, hops, and some citrus but with a hint of sweetness.

T: lots of malty sweetness cominated the flavor alongside mild hops, a variey of grains, and citrus notes but with hints of belgian yeast.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild hoppy, slight citrusy, and crisp finish.

O: it was a solid beer all around that was drinking very well and could possibly enjoy on a hot sunny Socal day.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

MrHirschybar sent me a growler of this and I decided to drink it on a Wednesday night because I'm retarded. NO ASSIST. Almost finished the damn thing too.

Beer served in a Bruery tulip because I'm better than you. Beer is really light yellow, completely clear, white head, no retention, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, yeasty, hoppy, like hop candy, citrus fruity.

Beer is light in body, easy drinking wet mildly bitter finish. Sweet hops on the midpalate, the overall beer is good, easy drinking, drinkability is high on this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it but not my favorite from the Bruery, not by a long shot.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pale highlight yellow in color with a head that goes away quickly and very little lace hanging around. The smell takes some time getting used to. At first, it smells like...let me be blunt, it smells like shit produced by farm animals. Thankfully, that stench goes away, though in general it remains wild. It smells like a farm with tart apple.

It's a similar case with the flavor as well. Very wild and funky. Eventually, flavors of grass, apples, and pear emerge, the latter two providing extra adrenaline of saliva production to the palate. And I suppose a few kisses of tartness too. It's somewhat light in the body, with a refreshing and crisp carbonaiton that clenses.

If you like 'em funky, the Gremlin is for you.

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Photo of sweethome
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions.

Hazy light yellow. Light white head.

Described as a beer designed to be a "light", drinkable belgian. It delivered quite well.

Nose of lemongrass and just a bit of brown butter. Soft entry - gentle on the palate. Nice little citric bite on the finish cleanses the palte perfectly.

The amazing thing about this beer is it's drinkability. Well flavored, but delicate, just so quaffable. I was shocked to note it was 7% abv. I could imagine knocking back a few of these on a warm summer day.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, straw color, minimal head, minimal lacing.

Smell: hoppy, grapefruit, stress, grassy, earthy, a little Brett.

Taste: grapefruit, hops, earthy, grassy, a little funk.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carb., crisp.

Overall: very drinkable. Very fresh/crisp. Good beer.

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Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft service into a goblet at the Bruery tasting room in Placentia.

A: Clear, medium golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Refined toast that is bright and slightly vinous, with grassy hops and some lively yeast phenolics that provide a suggestion of Brettanomyces character, although no wild yeast is used in this beer's fermentation.

T: Begins nearly dry, with bright aromatic hops whose fruity character is aided by mild acidity. Aromatics turn toward herbaceous--even minty--in the middle, where characterful Belgian yeast emerges but does not overpower. Dryness reigns in the finish, with some low-key biscuit malt and residual yeast phenolics that leave the palate clean.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate but a little gassy, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: An appealing and approachable Belgian-style ale from a place that made its reputation on such beers, but has wandered far-afield in the last 15 months. It is nice to see The Bruery step aside from the full-steam trajectory of experimentation to produce this contribution that is neither extreme, nor collaborative, nor pre-sold on the internet, etc. It channels elements from some of its other Belgian-inspired cousins, both saison and non-, with the similar thread being the Bruery's stand-out house yeast strain. The early hop flavors also land pretty near to the recent (and fantastic) Cismontaps saison collaboration between Cismontane and Taps restaurant.

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap as part of a flight at the Bruery Provisions Shop.

A - Pale gold with a soapy white head that fades to a bubbly ring and wispy haze.
S - Bready malt, coriander, orange peel, and some Belgian bubblegum yeast.
T - More bread dough, coriander, orange citrus, and Belgian yeast, with some candi sugar and ripe pear thrown in for good measure. Pretty tasty, but nothing too unique or Earth-shattering.
M - Slightly creamy mouth-feel, with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Goes down pretty easy.
O - A very nice, drinkable BPA, which is exactly what they were going for. Went well with the Goat Cheese we enjoyed alongside the flight.

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Photo of pants678
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with a frothy, frothy white head.

Smells like ketchup, that's the first thing that came to mind. No citrus, but really spicy, maybe hickory. Bread thick and all kinds of pungent, just not particularly pleasant.

Spicy and cleansing, this would work with a burger or pizza. Well hoped with earth and citrus notes, expected from a Belgian Pale.

Light and sharp, crisp finish.

Not the best I've had, there are better choices in the style.

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Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, slightly hazy golden yellow. About half an inch of scattered bubbles form a lopsided head.

Smells faintly of pepper and spices, more strongly of overwhelming Belgian yeast with a bit of crackeryy lemon.

Flavor is pepper, spices, maybe a hint of banana, overpowering yeast, and it's a bit dry. There's a definite herbel/medicinal aftertaste that's a bit distracting.

Fluffy mouthfeel. Okay.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden color with a couple of fingers of white head.

S: A good nose, but not overwhelming. Bread and cracker malt aromas with quite a bit of yeast. Some white pepper notes as well as a touch of earthiness. Just a bit of grassy hop notes to it as well.

T: Nice spiciness of pepper, white pepper, and mild coriander. Bready malts with a fairly mild sweetness. This beer is surprisingly dry. A moderate hoppiness which is mostly grass and a mild bitterness.

M: On the light side of medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Light and easy enough to drink, but I don't know if I would go back to this one.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

340th review on BA

App- Looked very similar to lemonade in my glass. Thin head and no real lacing. A little cloudy as well.

Smell- Smelled a tad yeasty with a certain freshness to it. A little hops and a nice earthy note.

Taste- A well represented style. The yeast and the hops play well with eachother. Crisp overall and tasty.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a reaching high carb level. A nice summer beer that is crisp and refreshing.

Drink- Nicely done, a good solid beer that I would like to have during the summer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a cloudy murky light orange with a thin film of white head, some lace.

S: Very grassy, lawn clippings, with some Belgian yeast character.

T: As with the nose, a grassy earthy hop flavour, with a note of coriander and bitter yeast. Some minor orange and apricot hints as well. Good overall flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, very crisp, fresh, biting carbonation.

O: This is clearly a Bruery beer, hopping up a BPA base. Nothing too special, but I liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque pale golden color. Slim finer of head that dies down to wisps of foam on top. Some lacing left behind.

Smells of phenols, hay, fresh baked bread, light earthy hops, lemon zest, and some grass.

Tastes follows smell. Phenols, hay, fresh baked bread. Hops are light and come through as a light zestiness and grass.

Light well carbonated refreshing.

Good. A solid BPA, but nothin I would go out of my way for.

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Gremlin from The Bruery
3.74 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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