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Brewed by Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Winnipeg, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
To admit that the brewer at Half Pints is a bit of a hophead is an understatement. This India Pale Ale is unabashedly hoppy, not only from the Amarillo hops we add to the brew kettle, but also from the northwest U.S. variety called Cascade that we add directly to the final tank. A firm toasted malt presence forms the background for all of these hops, and we're confident our Little Scrapper IPA could take other so-called IPA's to the mat if called upon to do so. Try it with a curry or a basket of beer battered fish & chips. Serve in a glass at 8 degrees celcius. Unpasturized.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2010
Huge fluffy white head covers the charming hazy golden pour. Lacy all the way. Generous floral, orangey nose of C-hops combined with crystal bready, toasty, caramelly malts. Classic-style IPA with convincing aromatic powers, an initial sweet toasty, honeyed attack and a growing affirmative bitterness that never feels overpowering. Classy stuff that I feel Iíve had a few times under different names, but refreshing, fresh and hitting the spot nicely. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2926) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2010
Aroma:Caramel,maple syrup,grapefruit and critrus hops aroma... Appearance:light hazy orange,light head... Flavor:Good bitterness,good caramel flavor.....

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
Good and firm hops aroma, just what it should be to call it an IPA. Nice cascade presence, but it seems like something is missing in it, I donít know what though, it just smells too light. Decent head, great lacing, it just keeps on lasting. Orangey coppery colour, very nice, fairly hazy. Taste if quite sharp of the amarillo hops, has the same hole in it the smell has, somethingís jut not quite right. It peaks too high and then falls too far too quickly.Hard to find malt flavour under the hops. Prickly on the way down, leaves the hop taste for a while for you to chew on. A pretty nice IPA, itís almost like a 1 1/2 IPA, not quite a double. Amarillo isnít my favourite hops but this is a great IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lefossoyeur (453) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
Clear deep orange blonde with a huge and everlasting mushroom head. Notes of caramel and a gentle herbal hops aromas completed by a mineral note. Medium body, lovely malt presence, chewy, backed by a gentle but sustained bitterness that finishes a little spicy. Very classic english style IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1988) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2010 Bottle from piscator34 (Thanks!) Copper orange pour, medium carbonation and good amount of lacing after the head subsided. Aroma is caramel and slightly stale resiny hops. Flavor is earthy, herbal hops, some vanilla and a little dry and stale on the finish. Not bad, although I would love to try this fresh on tap! 02/25/2010 Re-Rate-->Bottle received this last weekend via an in person BA trade. This bottle is much better, all the good aspects of the beer from my original rating but much richer. Syrupy hops are definitely up front after the first sip, followed by stronger vanilla and a little booze. Again, very well done and most certainly a beer thatís best fresh!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
Deep amber colour, tall slightly green head. Aroma is very hoppy. Very North American. The beer is rich smooth and flavourfull. A very nice sessional IPA. Full bodied and robust, hoppy and bitter without ripping your face off.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6802) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle. Hazy deep golden with orange highlights and a thick long-lasting head. Very fruity hoppy aroma. Hop-dominated flavour, mostly tangerine citrus, some peach, hints of spice, beautifully bitter end. An excellent west-coast American style IPA! Fuck yeah our western provinces can turn out the IPAs! Western Canada REPRESENT!!

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (2422) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2009
341 ml bottle at Volo. Pours a cloudy copper with slightly off-white head. Maybe something was off with my bottle, glass or me, but the nose was strongly salty, almost fishy. That smell really overwhelmed the hop presence that was clear from the flavour - big piney, green hops with some spiciness and a subtle caramel malt backbone. Lasting, moderately bitter finish with the alcohol giving it a pleasant warmth. I donít for the life of me understand the aroma, but otherwise a nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2009
A soft, crisp,clean and refreshing IPA. Surprisingly soft nose, mild hops and citrus, with gentle floral notes. Tastes of orange and lemon rind, hops and butter. Nice lacing in the glass, pours golden yellow.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours medium red-amber, with a fluffy and persistent off-white head with gorgeous lacing. Nose is delicate but still well-hopped; notes of spruce and citrus, not terribly aromatic. Really tasty in the mouth, plenty of grapefruit, pine resin, firm malt background. Well done, points are for balance though, not massive extroverted hops.


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