The Bruery Humulus Bruin

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Brown Ale
Placentia, California USA


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Brewed from the second runnings of our massive Imperial Stout, Humulus Bruin is a hoppy Belgian-style brown ale. Huge amounts of Summit and Sterling hops were added to the whirlpool and as dry hop additions, giving this beer an almost illicit aroma. Up front, hops dominate the flavor but then give way to roasty, toffee-like malt. ABV: 6.9%, IBU: 25, SRM: 20

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
A: The pour is mahogany in color with a billowing off-white head on top. S: The nose is fairly complex with a nice hop aroma provided by the summit and steriling hops. There isnt really all that much in terms of citrus, but a nice pine to it. There is also a touch of the typical Belgian yeasty esters and spiciness. T: I was slightly let down by the flavors. Certainly a good hop bitterness, and a hint of citrus (more comes through as the beer warms) but there isnt all that much else. A touch of sweetness and a mild ester contribution from the yeast. M: The body is medium to full with a lingering bitterness and moderate carbonation. D: Not my favorite of the Bruerys Humulus offerings, especially not when compared to the Lager, but I enjoyed my glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
On tap at The Bruery. Darkish pour with a nice off white tan head. Huge hop aroma. Some toastiness comes through which is hidden behind the hops. Finishes hoppy and bitter. Quite refreshing.
Earlier Rating: 9/19/2008 Total Score: 3.7
On tap at The Bruery. Nice dark copper color. This was the second run fron their RIS batch. Nicely hopped to give a bit of pine resin and slight bitterness. Reminded me of a hopped up brown ale. Very tastey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
On tap at The Bruery Friday, April 9. Pours a dark brown with very slight head. Aromas of citrus, hops, pine, and a ever-so-faint aroma of sugary-sweetness from the Black Tuesday runnings. I had expected something much sweeter just from reading the description as the Black Tuesday is the ultimate in sweetness, but this is a Humulus first - full of hops, and even more hope aromas from the dry hopping. Finishes with a wonderful dryness, but a bit of a let down after seeing the color and pour. Its easy drinking and a nice session beer, but I expected some more complexity out of this one. Its a fun one-off keg of beer, but I really wish I could have tried the last one they did - Amulet. The Humanless falls a bit short of expectations, but is still quite good and I enjoyed both glasses I had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2009
On tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach. The pour was an essentially clear brown color with a thin white head and not much lacing. The aroma was lots of pine hops with some toasted caramel malts providing nice balance. The flavor is light peppery spice with a well balanced mix of roasted malts and piney, earthy, floral hops. The mouthfeel is thin and the finish dry. This stuff is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
Tap at Stone Brewing. Deep amber-brown beer with a thick pillowy white head. Aroma is lightly spicy. A bit of light corianderish spiciness along with some Belgian yeastiness. A lot of clove and black pepper as well as a grapey/cherry fruitiness. Very perfumey nose. As it warms, there is a bright herbal component along with a soft earthy cocoaish quality. Quite complex and pretty tasty brew. The hoppiness picks up quite a bit as the beer warms up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (922) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
On tap at Stone. Pours a deep dark red-brown with a nice off-white head. Sharp aroma, of malt, toast, a hint of bitter hops, and pine. Taste is very sharp, of burnt toasted malt, hops, pine, citrus, and wood. Lingering sharpness. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
On tap at the brewery for the AHA rally. Deep brown in color with an off-white head. Aroma is spicy, hoppy, and a little phenolic. Taste is a brown ale meets Belgian meets IPA. A great mix of hops, malty roast and Belgian yeast character. Carbonated like a Belgian beer and it’s light and dry. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1530) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
A lovely beverage with more hops that most of the Bruery’s offerings. Dark brown in color, still has that noticable Belgian yeast presence, but with hops and malt stacked on top. Interesting - unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2008
On-tap at Stone. Wow, unexpected hoppiness. Pours brown with red highlights, crisp offwhite head, some lace. Smells dark malty and very dark, red fruity, earthy as well. Tastes of fruity, red hops up front followed by earthy, mellow and slightly roasty malts. Pretty nice, very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Tap at the Bruery. Pours a dark brown with a very nice tan head that fell to some very nice lace. Aroma is flowery, hoppy, roasted malt, very well balanced. Flavor is roasted malt, flowery hops, dark fruit and a slight tartness in the finish. Overall I really enjoyed this beer big time! I would love to have this one on tap at the house...awesome.

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