Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2013
Taking a break from Slutfest ratings to catch up on some Mekong backlog. Told people I had something hoppy from the Bruery, but no one believed me. Gold, nice head. Aroma is massive floral and hay hops. Flavor matches, clean, with enough honey accented grain to hold it all together. Very nice, really loved this one. Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2013
On tap at Blue Dog in Chalfont, PA. This was my first positive Bruery experience after trying the painful 5 Golden Rings. Incredibly hoppy lager, balanced very nicely with the yeast base. epiphyte707 (67) - eureka, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Pours golden clear orange thin layer of suds. Smells like a field of humulus lupulus on a beautiful sunny cool day, piny, touch of citrus and sweet sugar cane. Tastes light biscuity and green hop floral slight citrusy zesty presence such subtle crisp clean malt finish with hops lingering. This has the hops presence of pliny but the body of a pale. So drinkable and satisfying. czar (9061) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
on tap at black back, waterbury. unclear bright golden pour with a creamy and ffrothy whtie head offering excellent retention and strong lacing. bright citrus, whole cones, herbal-grassy nobleness, gentle pine, weed, very lightly toasted maltiness - specialty, lagering fruitiness surprisingly making its way through the massive fragrant hop bill - peaches, apricots, clementines. average carbonation, light body - oily, surprisingly dry and crisp citrusy-herbal-grassy finish. balanced and very tasty. my first non-BA or perhaps hoppy lower abv brew from the bruery - for the third time, i’m surprised if not flabbergasted. dangerous drinkability. conway (2210) - - APR 17, 2015
Draft. Clear light gold with a big soapy white head. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit throughout in taste and aroma with a little toasted grain as a backbone. Definitely comes across as a lager but with a tremendous amount of flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Really excellent.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3 cask versions with 3 different hops (centennial, cascade, chinook) sampled at The Bruery. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin, creamy white head. All 3 versions have an abundance of citrus, the chinook being more spicy and sharp and the cascade being more mild and floral with some of the bready malt coming through. The Centennial was my favorite. Tons of orange peel with moderate bitterness and more balance than the chinook but slightly more aggressive than the cascade. All in all, a fantastic beer no matter which one. The standard version has cascade and it’s equally as delicios on tap. Good stuff. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Growler from "the bruery". Pours a mostly clear medium golden yellow with a frothy white head that lest some great lacing. Nose was quite hoppy with notes of citrus, apricots and Pineapple. The nose also really reminded me of Sculpin from Ballast Point. Very crisp bitter finish, great stuff! pari6819 (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2012
A plea cloudy offering that is balanced in its flavor. There is a bit of sweetness to it. I got a lot of floral notes with mango and citrus. Specifically some grapefruit in the finish. peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Tap @ brewery. Clear, copperish color with a slick of white foam. Aroma is balanced hop bitterness, pine, and a clean dry malt backbone that is slighly like a pilsner. Taste is clean and fresh pine, hop bitterness, and bready malt. Clean and sharp mouthfeel. Ultra quaffable lager with excellent hop characteristics. Impressive beer. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a tulip.
Humulus Lager pours a hazy bronze color with lighter golden edges where light shines through. A full and creamy head fills up the top of my glass with a firm pour. Nice head retention, and there is a bit of lace sticking to the sides of my glass.
The aroma is of sweet grains, orange and grapefruit hops, and a bit of lager yeast in the back. It smells more like a traditional IPA than it tastes, for sure.
With my very first taste of this beer I can sense the difference between this and any ale IPA. The lager yeast adds another character to the flavor, accentuating the hops in such a unique way. There is a little bit of genius in doing it this way. There is a little bit of honey and straw sweetness up front, but the flavor resides in the blast of bitterness that comes next. The hops come through with grapefruit and orange citrus, including a fair amount of pith and zest, with a little bit of pine on the back end. The hop combination is not unusual, but the way it is presented is, which makes this beer that much more interesting.
The dryness of the lager yeast is apparent for sure. The carbonation is bubbly and creamy, just barely on the full side. The body is right about where I expect it to be at 7.2% alcohol.
Overall I was impressed with this beer. Usually I feel that Bruery beers are overhyped and underwhelming, but I enjoyed the thought that was put into this beer’s design. This is the type of beer where the total is definitely greater than the sum of the parts; the interaction between the lager yeast and the hops alone makes this beer worth trying.