Humulus Ludicrous - Half Pints Brewing Company

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91
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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 30
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Manitoba, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: trevorwideman on 08-13-2007

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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 62
Photo of mtomlins
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a MoB teku glass and shared with friends.
Thanks to tbadiuk for the bottle!

Pours a deep orange/brown color that speaks of the malt profile to come. The nose is very malty with some nice citrus and spice coming through in the background. On the palate, this beer is still very malty with lots of caramel, light brown sugar, bread dominating. There is a decend wack of hops there with some citrus, floral notes and some spice trying to dry the finish out. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy but still nice considering the malt profile. Maybe I am a hophead, but there seemed to be too much residual sweetness in this beer for my tastes.

Photo of DJQ
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage, poured from a 650ml bottle.

A: Orange/golden, a bit cloudy off the pour but it settles clear.

S: Smelled is enticing...orange/citrus and floral hops.

T: Sweetness off the top with a slow bitter finish - very nicely balanced. Like the smell, strong citrus undertones, a bit of pine here.

M: Medium body and carbonation, and an oily mouthfeel frame the strong beer nicely.

O: This is a big beer: big on hops and and big on malts. But it is balanced in such a way that both these extremes dance across your palate and neither is overpowering. This is (one of) Half Pints' secret recipes, and is a seasonal beer to reflect fondly upon and look forward to year after year.

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A : pours a clean dark amber, 1/2 finger of small bubbled head which hangs around, very healthy lacing

S : pleasant aroma primary of floral hops and lemon citrus, pine, some iced tea sweetness

T : starts of with some sweet caramel right into intense hops and citrus, pine and somewhat herbal, deep hops, minty and slightly soapy, the finish is a resonating hop filled bitterness

M : full body, well carbonated, somewhat oily, smooth, wet end

O : A fiercely hoppy DIPA which i enjoyed every minute of. The aroma complimented the delicious flavors of this beer and at %8.0 ABV the alcohol seemed tame. Overall this was outstanding and one of my two favorite beers from Half Pints.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge thanks to tdadiuk for sending us this brew. Bottled August 2013.

A: Pours an exceptionally clear deep amber with 2 fingers of off-white head leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Sweet malts notes upfront of dark honey together with toasted grains or cereal and a slight toastiness. Background notes of earthiness and hints of pine. Much, essential hoppy in the scent than I expected.

T: Here are the hops, grassy, piney and citrus pith. Middle notes of sweet malts quickly followed by a long lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A nice DIPA but slightly less balanced than what I was hoping for. While the malts were very present in the scent, the taste was much more towards straight hops. This would work better in my view if there were more hops in the scent to balance out the malts and the reverse in the taste.

Photo of jrenihan
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Volo during the Half Pints cask takeover.

Good-sized white head on the beer, which fades steadily but not totally. Some head remains. Good lacing. Beer is a murky, cloudy amber colour.

Smell is quite full of herbal notes, caramel malt and muted citrus. A bit dank.

Flavourwise, the beer is (unsurprisingly) quite hoppy, but there is a large malt component as well. Citrus, orange, pine resin. Grassy and quite herbal. Alcohol stronger than I would like for the style. Biscuity, sweet malt, with some caramel. The herbal element results in a medicinal flavour, a bit minty. Quite bitter in the finish.

Full bodied, low natural carbonation. Too heavy. Not sure that cask is the best treatment for this beer.

Overall, the herbal characters of this beer and the alcohol heat really hurt it for me. I find it rather messy. Good qualities, but not for me. Would be interested to try it on tap or in bottle, as I do wonder whether it just does not work on cask.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and dank earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a high amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's quite herbal and dank.

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber sized bottle into a tulip pint glass. MY FIRST HALF PINTS!! I'VE BEEN WAITING SO LONG!

Great shining brass dark amber body, and crystal clear. Head is white, but incredibly sudsy and shampoo like in appearance. Four fingers off the pour but still manages to sit around, little lacing, what is is spotted and scattered thin.

Nose is ripping mix of earth hops first, faint light airy soil. Lingering smoky pine as well, with a nice malt and toasted brown sugar backbone. Solid, it's a DIPA and it's going good so far.

Palate hits with a big malt sweetness and rich hops. Thick body, a bit sugar syrupy though, but the earth component hits like crazy. Huge MINTY finish on this beer, and herbal mint sweetness going on. Little carbonation, through this thick and seriously coating body. Faint prickly sense and incredibly tight and small.

Overall a real good solid DIPA and I love this mint finish on this. Not too boozy either. Well friggin done, would love to have this again easily.

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with a thick creamy head. Copper honey brown in colour.

Smell- Piney, earthy aromas. Mild sweetness with a hint of plum.

Taste- Very strong hop flavour. Strong bitterness but pleasant on the palate. ABV is quite noticeable in this one.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied with good amount of bubbles. Smooth creaminess as it goes down.

Overall- A good session brew from Half Pints. A hoppy yet balanced DIIPA that is sure to impress those that are fond of this style of beer. Quite drinkable for the ABV. This offering from Half Pints tastes very similar to those brewing companies that use fresh hops. For example, the Fresh Hop Full Moon IPA from Alley Kat. Besides this, a good job by Half Pints and I would buy this again.

Photo of tbeckett
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a few times before and it's always been good. This is the freshest bottle I've ever been able to get my hands on thanks to kjyost who picked it up on the release day in Winnipeg so it can't be more than 3 weeks to a month old. The new labels are pretty sweet too.

A - Pours a dark copper with good carbonation. One finger beige head is very fluffy and thick. Bright. Good rings of lacing and a film hanging out after a while. Holds up well.

S - Tons of strong pine backed up with a strong caramel backbone. Citrus is there as well, but the aroma is definately coated with a pine sap type aroma.

T - Oh ya. Reminds me alot of the better DIPAs I had in Denmark. Tons of malty caramel and bread smashed together with intense amount of piney hop and citrus, but not typical grapefruit/pine. Interesting.

M - Very full body. Thick and syrupy with an obvious chew. Scraping bitterness leaves your mouth dry and wanting more.

O/D - Wow. Definately one of the better DIPAs to come out of Canada and it could probably hold it's own against alot of world-class ones. Excellently crafted and developed well with extremely high drinkability.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from Shadman. Thanks! From information given by Half Pints, this bottle is 1 year old.

Copper color, slightly veiled with very little head formation. Pours was timid which has probably didn't helped the head creating. The aroma presents some caramel notes and piny and citrus hops. Pretty intense in the aroma too. I like it! Wow pretty intense in the mouth. Notes of caramel malts and citrus with a very very dry finished. Very bitter. Well balanced even though it is very aggressive and intense. Very tasty. Warms. Complex body. I really like the feeling that the taste lingers in the mouth for quite some time. Some similarities with Corne du Daible from Dieu du Ciel.

Another good brew from half pints even though the bottle is old. Wish I could get my hands on their beers more regularly, thus tasting them fresh!

Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber with little head and little lacing.

Smell. Pine, peaches, mango, caramel. Nice

Taste. Caramel malt, ripe pears and herby, grassy hops. A little lemon and grapefruit rind in the nice bitter finish. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, lower side of medium carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

Overall. Nice. These guys make a quality DIPA. Good balance with plenty of hop goodness. Just so happen to have another ...but not for long ;-)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/29/2010. Bottle thanks to DalzAle. Pours a deep tawny orange with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, prunes. Flavor of caramel malt with a citrusy, bitter finish. Decent but this might be a bit aged. I'd like to try this again as a fresh sample.

Photo of marty21
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep cloudy amber colour with a nice white head that settles to a light cap. It leaves great lacing the entire time.

S: A strong smell of citrus and grapefruit as well as pine and lot's of hops. It all blends together perfectly.

T: Lot's of hops with pine and citrus. Caramel malt lingers in the background behind the intense hop flavors.

M: A medium body that sometimes feels a bit light with light carbonation. Has a nice bitter bite at the end seeing as it's 100 IBU's. The 8% alcohol is completely hidden.

D: One of my favorite beers. First time I had this I had no idea what to expect and didn't enjoy it but decided to try it again and loved it. Now I can't get enough of it and it's worth the $4.55 for a single 341 ml bottle.

Photo of cratez
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle at barVolo in Toronto, Ontario.

Pours a golden amber hue with orange edges and two fingers of frothy white head. Strands of webbed lacing wrap around the tulip. Nice appearance.

Smell and taste are perfume, pine cone, navel orange, pit fruit, resiny hop oils, mango, some toffee flavours from the malts, and a bold citrus hop bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, sticky-sweet middle, nice juicy hop bite on the back end.

An incredibly bright and floral strong ale, this beats out 10 Bitter Years by just a hair. More hop forward than I expected, and easily one of Canada's top brews. Worth trying.

Photo of Relic1
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gem from Winnipeg pours quietly and gives no head. Grapefruit and pine in the nose is very strong. Thick dark orangey red in color. Full bodied, quite bitter from front to back (in a good way!). This is an extrememly hoppy beer, up there with hop stoopid.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a cloudy brown, one thumb of white head with nice retention and great sticky lacing
S - florals, citrus, toasty grains, and light spice
D - strong citrus hops with some floral and pine, light grainy malt flavour, and a pleasant spicy finish
M - a pleasant tangy bitter that stays wet through the finish with a slight spicy tingle
D - very nice hop flavours with the alcohol well masked, Half Pints never dissapoints

Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of TheSevenDuffs via an unsolicited box! 341ml into a pint glass, thanks a ton Marcus. No best before date.

Tried to pour this pretty aggressively, still only came out with about a half finger of thin bubbly and white head. More appears with a bit of a swirl. Slightly hazy and golden orange body, some splotchy lace. Loads of orange, tangerine and pine, with some other citrus notes in the nose here too. Yummy. Taste is completely contrary to anything I could've expected, very forward and heavy on the malt and its the first thing to hit the tongue. Smooth and coating, with some sweet caramel here, and minimal hoppiness. Slightest touch of citrus and an some bitterness shows up at the end, but doesn't last too long. Drinkability is quite nice, this goes down real quick. Couldn't find the alcohol in here even if I tried. Quite good stuff here, nice enjoyable and malty DIPA.

Photo of andrenaline
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice copper colour, solid finger of head with decent retention (couple minutes), leaving some fine sticky lacing throughout. Little carbonation noticeable on the body.

S - Scent is strong soapy hops, cedar and pine, sweet lemon iced tea and a light caramel finish.

T - Much like the scent, soapy cedar and pine hops, finish is bitter but not overly dry. Some woody caramels come through and linger on the finish, and the higher ABV is well hidden.

M - A nice smooth oily texture, medium bodied and not overly dry. Very nice mouthfeel.

D - Overall a very tasty DIPA and well worth the cost. Highly recommended to any hop fan and a great example of a stellar DIPA. Yet again, Half Pints comes through with a strong performance. I will be purchasing this one again.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of kjyost.

Poured in to Duvel tulip. Waxes top was cool.

A - A nice dark amber/orange colour with half a finger of thick creamy head. Hazy with sediment floating around.

S - Juicy earthy and citrus hops. Some nice bitterness comes through but a very sweet caramel malt backbone cuts through the bitterness. Overall the nose is more malt forward.

T - Very sweet caramel malts dominate the palate. There is a nice bitterness from the hops and some earthy notes but overall the hops provide bitterness and not a lot of flavour. The bitterness lingers in the finish.

M - Medium body, nice chew, moderate carbonation.

D - A nice DIPA but a little too malty for me.

Photo of A380
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty nice light amber colour with a not so healthy head but its there and not so great lacing. First smell wow lots of fruit! First sip tons of fruit! and hops and super sweet almost fruit syrup taste to it. some grains in there too. aftertaste kinda metallic and bitter. i think one of these beers is good but after two or three it would be too sweet. other strong beers tend to be a bit more bitter rather than extremely sweet. not too shabby half pints

Photo of Noxious26
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml brown bottle with cap dipped in green wax. Purchased from Willow Park in Calgary. Poured in a pint glass.

Copper colour and cloudy. Beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap with splotches of lacing here and there.

Strong hop aroma is mostly citrus with hints of floral. Sweetish caramel malt backbone plays a supporting role.

Brief caramel malt sweetness at the start is overwhelmed by a wave of citrus hops. Finish is long and wet citrus hops.

Medium bodied oily mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

The mouthfeel detracts from the drinkability a little. The hop profile is a little milder than most douple IPAs. This results in a more drinkable brew that belies the 8% alcohol backing it up.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shades of amber with orange hilights on the pour, hazy and murky, opaque in the centre with softer tones nearer the surface. Fleeting tan head reduces to a thin film and hardly weighs in. There appear to be the tiniest of bubbles in the mirth, I always find that encouraging.

The nose is simply delightful with pitted fruit aromas of peach, nectarine, citrus hops predominant with sweeter mango and apricot glimpses lending another dimension. Those aromas are reflected in the taste as well with a marmalade array of flavours, tart and bitter with a malty backbone. Body is somewhat dense and chewy, medium or better, a cleansing finish, hop and malt teasers linger. Eight per cent ABV hardly noticeable, I could drink several of these.

Overall, this is simply a splendid DIPA and I'll hope to cross paths with more of it one day, a beer for discerning guests.

Photo of biegaman
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Humulus Ludicrous is much darker than I had anticipated; its muddied, grubby, frankly dirty appearance is exacerbated by the fact that it has virtually no head (less you count the ultra-thin, fleecy ring of lace churned from swirling). The turbid, opaque complexion helps none but the colour itself has the bad luck of just looking boggy and unattractive.

The aroma, fortunately, is a whole lot of wonderful. The extra colour corresponds to a healthy amount of malts which, provided you're not one who insists their hop bombs must showcase strictly nothing but hops, is immensely appealing. Toffee, dates, nuts and toasty bread do a fine job supporting the leafy, bitter, resiny, earthy hoppiness.

And I should disclose that, upon first smelling the beer, and for the ensuing five minutes or so when I would smell it again and again without break or interruption, my mouth grew a long smile and my senses became blissfully sedated. Tasting it is even better. Dark caramel, nut butters, grapefruit pith, orange peel, citrus extract and pine are all flavours I enjoy.

Centennial and Cascade hops are never capable of doing wrong in my books - they're like the colour black, they go with just about anything. And while this is advertised as a DIPA it strikes me almost as a Barleywine. While I don't mind quaffing it, I'm equally tempted to try my luck with the cellar and break a bottle out only on those special occasions.

The brewery may be called "Half Pints" but there's nothing little about this one. When the brewery says they're giving you 100 IBUs you bet that they're delivering on each and every last one of them. Curiously, however, it seems as though I've been shortchanged on the 8% alcohol (not that I mind, on the contrary, I'm most appreciative of it).

Humulus Ludicrous is indeed ludicrous. In fact, this shit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S. It has enough hops that you'll need a knife to cut through 'em and enough maltiness that it could coat the back of a spoon. I wish I didn't have to finish this bottle, I wish my glass could just stay full all day. If there's one beer in Canada I have to seek out again, this is it.

Photo of korguy123
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chianski for this.
12oz into pint glass

A- Hazy copper, thin white head, excellent lacing.

S- Grapefruit, mandarin oranges, pineapple, pine

T- Sweet pineapple, grapefruit, pine, brown sugar, mandarin, bitter hop oils.

M- Hop oils dancing across my tongue, silky, chewy, juicy.

D- Complex tastes and refreshing hops make this beer a winner long into the night. Be careful though; the 8% will sneak up on you faster than you think!

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to UncleJedi for hooking me up with a bottle of this in my Secret Santa box. After having this beer at the brewery it was nice to get another shot at it.

A-Orange-golden highlighted copper with a medium off-white head. Head had good retention and reduced to a thin cap and left nicely ringing lace..

S-A touch faded as this was about 4 months old at the time of drinking. Still a nice dose of tropical fruit, peach citrus rind and a touch of pine. Caramel malt sweetness is a bit more pronounced with this one.

T-Still a tropical, orange rind, grapefruit kick in the teeth...but a little less so than previously. Malt backbone becoming more noticeable but not a real detractor.

M-Medium body with good lingering bitterness and a lovely smooth feel.

D-Still a well done brew for sure but four months out and it is starting to lose it's hop pop. As with most of these brews they are always best when imbibed FRESH! I am glad I had the opportunity to revisit this beer again though!

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Humulus Ludicrous from Half Pints Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.