Humulus Wet | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Halcyondays on 09-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 80
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darker gold color with ample orange running through it. Thin white head. Aroma was citrus and funk, like a southern hemisphere + northern proprietary hop.

Taste was great, Lots of pine, not excessive bitterness, little bit of lager yeast contribution. Slick citrus, pine and pineapple going on. This is a real keeper and worth a growler of come harvest time of year.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken on 11/2/11 during a wet-hop festival. This offering of 5 was brewed with 60 pounds of wet Chinook and 60 pounds of Citra hops. Extremely floral and aromatic grapefruit notes. Pale yellowish gold with a moderate head and lacing.

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Photo of beagle75
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft service into a becker glass at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Heavy, nearly-continuous sheets of lacing remain on the glass.

S: Floral and piney hops keep pace with each other, and also strike a balance with husky but dry crystal malt.

T: Begins almost dry, with intense rose flower and mild orange citrus hop aromatics. Acidity is restrained, appropriate, into the drying middle where hop flavors become more green herbaceous and a thread of toasted malt emerges. The finish is easy, mildly bitter with rustic malt that peaks late.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A world-class pale ale that possesses a remarkable and unusual hops profile that is worth remembering (and hopefully reproducing.) Not exactly West Coast, but obsessively dry-hopped and focused on appealing aromatic hop qualities. It is difficult to recollect a more floral ale, whose other qualities bear such marks of fine craftsmanship.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly dark orange for a beer that is only 4.6%. Thin head, white. Slides down the glass, not much head or retention, but the burnt orange is really what is impressive to me. The smell is a fair funky hop presence. Funky citrra nelson type aroma. Grassy and loads of citrus.

Light mouthfeel in terms of malt body, the hops are flavorful, and not all that bitter, enjoyment maximized, thank you. Allows the pine to come out, you get equal mixes of citrus, tropical fruit and piney mild menthol. Very easy to drink, this makes it tough to go back to the usual stuff at the store. I think the carbonation is a little lower than their other humulus beers, that might be what is causing the oily slickness that a lot of people are talking about. Its far from a negative.

Actually pretty complex when you think about it. Orange, pineapple, pine. Yum Yum.

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Photo of tgreenwood4
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Orange-gold color, a little murky as with unfiltered beers/ales, but after a week of beer tasting in California I was holding the best beer I had tasted all week, but sadly it is only available on tap. They feel the fresh hop taste can only be achieved this way. So living outside of California makes this a sad realization.

The taste: an average amount of hoppiness, but supplemented with citrus and pine flavors to give a broad, balanced experience. If you're ever in Orange, CA and you like IPA's, don't miss this one, at The Bruery's own outlet on Glassell St.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't be the first to think of The Bruery for a wet hopped beer, but given their success with the Humulus series, Wet deserved a look. Served on-tap at the source, on to the beer:

A bit murky looking. Murky tanned orange in color, soapy suds lasting for a long time on top. And then...SO FRESH! That's the aroma calling my name. I've had very few hop experiences like this, and the hops are so fresh, and it's like walking in a forest and indulging in rich aroma of needles and grass.

Indeed, very hoppy in the taste, yet it comes with almost none of that bitterness. Pine and lemon flavors, onions (in a good way), fresh hops. Crack...just kidding (though I imagine the sensation is just like that). Mouthfeel leads into lighter middle territory, with a smooth and somewhat creamy texture. As you could imagine, I was very happy drinking my glass.

Whenever people think of hophead breweries, names like Stone and Hill Farmstead are thrown out. While Pat and crew promise to never make an IPA, they continually produce high quality hoppy beers (of different styles of course!) whenever they decide to go down that road.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Served a golden orange color with a thin finger of white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hop with lots of grapefruit and a bit of pine. There is a bit of sweet caramel malts in the background.

T - Starts off with lots of fresh citrus and grapefruit hops with some good bitterness and some pine. Through the middle, the sweet caramel malts comes through a bit with some more hop flavor. The finish is a mix of earthy citrus hops with some bitterness that lingers.

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

D - Very drinkable. Really nice fresh hop pale ale. The hop profile was really nice and there was a good balance.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice copper tone, with a good sized head that has some nice clumping and staying power as well as some decent lacing throughout. Smell is wonderfully hopped, like a pine cone dipped in orange juice! Fantastic full hoppy smell. Taste is right up with the smell. Full on hops from the gate. Piney, very grassy and citus, AWESOME. Very smooth with a nice dry aftertaste

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Photo of Murrhey
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taster poured at the Bruery Provisions in a tulip glass

A: Golden color, clear with good carbonation. Thin off-white head.

S: Light fruit tones, citrusy.

T: Light, fruity, some bitterness to it.

M: Nice consistency, not too thin or thick.

O: Yummy! Good beer.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden in color, pours minimal white head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing.

Smell: hoppy, citrus, pine resin, grapefruit.

Taste: fresh hops, slightly malty, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Overall: a very drinkable fresh hopped pale ale.

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Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light-ish golden yellow. Maybe an inch of dense, surprisingly long lasting tight white foam.

Smells like ... strangely muted, actually. I gave this beer three different shots (two different growlers and two different serving formats). Some light pine ... where are the tropical notes? Barely any citrus. Maybe a hint of floral-ness. The regular Humulus Lager is a hop bonanza, this, not so much.

Taste is similarly strangely flat/absent of hop flavor. Kind of more like a mild ESB mixed with a pale ale in terms of a light piney toastiness and citrus aftertaste. Certainly easy to drink, not palate wearying in the slightest, but I guess I was expected this to be more hop forward.

Bruery's experimentation is awesome. Every year they come up with 2-3 awesome new offering. On the other hand, I really wish that they'd offer Humulus Lager or their DIPA (Old Richland) on a year-round/regular basis.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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@Bruery Provisions

App- A lighter yellow with a one finger head. A small pond layer falls. A small touch of cling/lace.

Smell- A bit large on the nose, a little spice with some peppery citrus. A little orange with some lemon and a lot of hop oils.

Taste- Taste follows the nose with the hop oils and the citrus. Has a certain mild white pepper flavor with some bitter thrown in for balance.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a light medium carbonation. A touch of citrus and bitter to finish.

Drink- It's a tasty beer. Had high hopes for this one seeing as I love Humulus Lager a ton. This was all over it with flavor and just was a bit let down in app/feel.

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Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Bruery

This is my second review of this perfect beer, but this time is the cask-conditioned version. This version pours a copper/gold looking color. Much darker than the original version. Has a half-inch of bubbly head that dissipates after a minute or two. It leaves minimal lacing. The smell on this is even more pungent than the previous. Really danky and resinous pine aroma and a very strong citrus smell. Smells like a you're in a forest of hybrid pine/orange trees. Taste is exceptional. There's a much stronger citrus presence, with orange zest dominating, but also hints of grapefruit, lemon, peach, etc. Really good stuff. The mouthfeel is really oily, leaving a great aftertaste. Carbonation is very subtle. Overall, a really outstanding brew. Seek it out while its still around!

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Bruery's tasting room.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color, nice thick white head.

S: Loads of pungent hops in the nose, grassy and citrusy.

T: Pungent hops in the form of floral, loads of citrus, along with some pleasant grassy flavors. The malt is very light and soft.

M: Could be the best part, the mouthfeel is slick and oily. The hops really shine through.

O: A very good wet hop ale. It's not as good as humulus lager however, and actually tastes quite a bit different.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


The Bruery
Placentia, CA

Thanks for sharing, NoSignsOfPain!

Clear golden amber. Thick white head and spots of lace left down the glass.

The aromas are of orange citrus, melon, pineapple, guava: an overwhelming aroma of fresh and pungent hops! The aromas are so bright, they practically leap out of the glass.

This beer is smooth, easy to drink, clean and disappearing, yet bitingly hoppy, pungent and citrusy. It's fruity, it's balanced, it's bitter, it's biting, it's tropical. It's everything I've ever wanted in a beer. It's superb.

Smooth, crisp, creamy yet airy, heavenly mouthfeel! This beer is extraordinary.

A masterpiece. One of those perfect beers.
The only pale ale better than Alpine's Hoppy Birthday.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The beer pours a clear amber/orange color with a thin white head.

S: A nice citrus nose and quite fruity overall. There is a touch of piney hops and some floral hop character to it as well. A light sweetness of pale, bready malts.

T: Sweet and fruity with just a light pine flavor and bitterness. As with the aroma, plenty of citrus. There is a light pineapple and peach note to it as well. A subtle, underlying flavor of bread/malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not as good as Humulus Lager (though what is?), but still a good, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Cavery
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ The Bruery Saturday the 24th. The taster was so good I had to get a full glass. Off tap into Bruery Snifter/Tulip.

A: Sunshine filtered light honey. Some honey comb bubble formations with egg shell white foams. The body definitely has a lightly foggy sunlight body. Reminds me of early mornings in cold climates.

S: Musky wet rain woter hops and grains. Pungent hop with a mellow refined earthy quality. Lots of DIPA likeness in the nostrils, but there's a noticeable lightness to all of the notes. Grassy, but not the kind that's deeply rooted in earthiness. This is an airy breeze of cut grass tops, with lots of airy freshness to accentuate the beers other lightening qualities.

T: Thick hoppy flavor with negative ten on the alcohol scale. So much flavor in a brief zephyr. It's like taking a refreshing dip in a natural hop spring, and being free of resins or stickiness. Crisp flavors that are full of green and yellow grasses floating in fresh mountain air.

M: Light-medium body with subtle carbonation. This is pretty magical in the way that the flavor pops off of such a light body. Slight wateriness, but nothing that really kills or even interrupts the flavor. A slow steeping release of wet hop flavors.

O: Amazing flavor off of such a light feeling beer. This did hops in a very wet way. The hops seemed stripped of their sticky and earthy qualities, and were now being served as a condiment of crystalline bodies of water. This was lightly bitter, with a bit of shoe soles, and I really liked it. Some bamboo chutes and leafy dark greens. Some light steaming of collards and kale. This was wet deliciousness.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours goldenrod with a medium fizzy white head which surprisingly holds good retention. Some lace.

S: Citra and Chinook show their stuff. Great mix of pine and tropical fruit with a bit of cat piss, quite fruity and lush.

T: Strong pine notes with some herbs initially. Grassy with pineapple and some mango in the mid-palate. Good mix of flavours but didn't quite deliver on the promise of the nose.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, fairly smooth, though i can be light and fizzy at times.

O: Pretty nice wet hop ale. My first of the season. The Citra adds a nice element and makes the beer complex, something to check out for Fall.

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Humulus Wet from The Bruery
4.31 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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