Humala IPA | Nómada Brewing Company

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Humala IPAHumala IPA

Brewed by:
Nómada Brewing Company

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by metter98 on 07-15-2013

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by popery:
Photo of popery
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber. Right around average for the style, if you discount the influx of nothing but light malt IPAs. Medium off white head. Decent lacing. Retention is pretty good. A coating of bubbles remains after a few minutes. The aroma is big on sweet tropical fruit flavors. Lots of pineapple and kiwi. Mango, lemon, tangerine, wildflowers. It’s not quite as juicy as I’d like, but that could be a function of the travel time and process. Pretty fun to try an IPA from a Spanish brewery, but I’m sure it doesn’t taste quite the same as a glass at the brewery. Nice yeasty edge to the aroma. Little malt character. The taste similarly has a ton of sweet, tropical hop flavor, but it’s not quite as bursting from the seams as it should be. It’s a shame, but I bought this bottle earlier today before it even hit the shelf at my local store, a single day after they received it. To be fair, the hop flavors present are very nice. Seems like some sort of new, possibly NZ hop. Some very nice tasty white grape juice flavor, though it doesn’t quite seem like Nelson Sauvin. A bit of pale, sugary malt flavor. Not very bitter, even in the finish. It dries out nicely, and there’s a bitter edge to that, but it’s mostly just sweetly flavorful hoppiness. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth. Easy to drink. I’m not blown away, but it’s fun to find a good Spanish beer, and I think that I might be blown away by a fresher taste. They’ve used some fancy hops and generally seem to have a good formula worked out. Tasty.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Between 'Nomada' and 'Humula', I feel there's a corny gag in there somewhere, but no go for the present time.

This beer pours a rather hazy, cloudy medium golden apricot colour, with two fingers of puffy, melting marshmallow, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some rather pervasive, layered pockmarked cloudy lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of semi-sweet grapefruit, orange, papaya, and kiwi fleshy fruit, earthy herbal tincture, somewhat sour bready caramel malt, and further pine resin hops. The taste is more of the same - strong multifaceted citrus pith and fleshiness - grapefruit and blood orange, mostly - acrid pine needles, a pervasive earthy, forest floor essence, bready, mildly pastry-esque caramel malt, and a simple floral, lightly perfumed malingering hoppiness.

The bubbles are nice and even, not too soft, not too strong (bring it on, any slumbering babes out there), the body a sturdy medium weight, and equitably smooth, with even a mild creamy touch. It finishes still more sweet than otherwise, the malt somehow teasing the sugary aspect out of the hops, with the caveat of the bitter side not quite getting the joke.

Weird, in the usual sense of a heretofore unheralded brew-nation attempting America's finest, and accomplishing more than anyone has the right to expect. Big, brash, and hoppy, with just the right amount of complex malt to make everything work out just right. Glad to see craft-minded brewers around the world taking the time and measure to get things right.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of n2185
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear honey-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with good lacing.

S: Lot of earthy hop aromas here with notes of grass, herbs, and pine. There are also some some slight citrus rind and caramel notes on the nose.

T: Caramel malts with earthy hop flavors. Citrus rind, earthy pine, herbal and grassy flavors. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is a little sticky feeling on the finish but avoids being too watery or oily.

O: An enjoyable IPA overall and a bit different than most American IPAs with all of the earthy hops.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, light to medium golden amber with a fine one finger white head with excellent retention and lacing. Nice aroma of tropical fruit, orange family citrus, grapefruit, hint of citrus hops. There are some unusual, light fruit components to the aroma that are intriguing. Flavor follows with an interesting mix of orange, tangerine, grapefruit and tropical fruit with a pleasant neutral malt background. Finishes with a bit of citrus rind and light grassy hops. Medium bodied. A little short on hop presence, but a definitely off-beat and interesting malt/fruit body. The hops that are present are nicely melded with the malt, but wish they were more forward. Nicely made and a pleasure to see something this good coming from Spain. I hope to support this brewery in the future.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: The taste very much follows off the smell and starts off with initial flavors of citrusy hops—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular—and is followed by notes of pine resin hops that linger through the finish. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer if you like flavors of hops and the associated bitterness, but it's not very balanced and lacks malty flavors. Nonetheless, it's rather easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of erogers
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of grass, herbs, pine, lemon furniture polish, fruity. Taste fruity, herbal, mild floral, zest, dry astringent finish.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium apricot to golden orange in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow + peach highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit and citrus orange hops with lighter notes of caramel malts and pine hops.

T: Upfront there is an initial light to moderate caramel malt sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/orange hops which are then followed by light pine hops in the finish. Moderate amounts of bitterness are present in the finish and linger slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I thought this beer was easy to drink and enjoyable - the alcohol is well hidden. The beer is slightly out of balance with stronger hop flavors and bitterness than malty sweetness but that is OK with me since I enjoy hoppy beers.

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Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold/copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, citrus hops, pepper, slight spice, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of yeast, slight pepper, slight alcohol, and slight caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, almost a rustic/saison-like body that was really interesting. I liked this beer much more than I expected.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.52/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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Humala IPA from Nómada Brewing Company
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