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Humulus Ludicrous - Half Pints Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

92 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 34
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company visit their website
Manitoba, Canada

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: trevorwideman on 08-13-2007)
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
Photo of trevorwideman
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Bought at the Brewery Aug. 11, 2007. The Double IPA comes to Manitoba at long last! Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a coppery-orange color, unfiltered. 1 inch of head off a vigorous pour, medium-high carbonation. Lots of rocky lacing. Aroma is very juicy and fruity, tropical fruits, apple, cherry blossoms, all this with an undercurrent of grapefruit, and just a little bit of pine. Back all that up with a light crackery malt and maybe just a little vanilla.

Taste is very rich and heady. Heavy duty malt profile with a definite vanilla bean flavour, chewy and bready with a bit of caramel and buttery richness. The hop presence is extremely juicy and fruity and with mango, peach, apple, grapefruit, and a little bit of star anise. Flavour packed and surprisingly comforting, like if your mom baked a cake and threw a few pounds of hops in. Highly balanced, just the way I like it. Mouthfeel is really quite thick, but the carbonation is just right. Dry, but not super dry, the malt bill is pretty high. Although this one is a sipper, I will have no problem whatsoever finishing a bomber, it's really delicious.

We in Winnipeg are really lucky to have a brewery of this caliber making beers like this for us. Having come back from California just recently, I think this stands up with many great offerings from the Left Coast. Thanks Dave!

trevorwideman, Aug 13, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

341mL bottle with wax on the cap. Pours a cloudy amber color with a tan head. Nice aroma with citrus, pine, and some malty sweetness. Similar flavors, bitter but has a very balanced taste. Medium-full bodied with a very nice mouthfeel. This is a really good Imperial IPA!

chickenm, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JonnyBeers, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz bottle, with a weird but strangely attractive thin green wax coating around the cap, which is actually a might bit frustrating to remove with a standard bottle-opener without getting wayward flaky detritus everywhere.

This beer pours a clear medium orange-brick amber hue, with two fingers or so of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some stellar honeycombed and webbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sweet, pungently citrusy fruit - orange, pineapple, lemon and kiwi - with some tangy pine hop essence fighting for floor space in there too, over top a sticky caramel and toffee maltiness, all well cared for by a soft boozy warmth. The taste is a strong bittersweet blend of bready, toffee-heavy caramel malt, sugary citrus cream, heady grass, and edgy pine and spruce hops. The big ABV does well to keep its head down at this juncture.

The carbonation is on the soft side, never really making any sort of mark, the body a slickly capable medium-full weight for the style, and perhaps a bit oily in its smoothness, with a simmering warm creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel and toffee in for the long haul, and the hops maintaining a sort of to hell with it all, uber fruity/bitter pose.

A wonderfully challenging Canadian DIPA. Not a West Coast palate-searing hop bomb, despite the egregiously advertised 100 IBU, nor a malty compromise in deference to the British, but a lovely balanced affair of all things in the extreme. On par with my local DIPA, Alley Kat's Bad Hare Day, but with perhaps more than a wee bit more ooomph in overall flavour intensity. Canada's best - bring it on, y'all consigned to south of the 49th!

biboergosum, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Very drinkable leafy minty IPA, citrusy and there are hop oils. 100 IBU takes a first sip or two to get used to.Regular sized bottle, which is not enough, thanks Piscator. Great example of a DIPA.
Good cask, had 3 years later at Volo. VG aromas, IBU in taste, smooth drinker without a palate erasing effect.

Sammy, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

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

joemcgrath27, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of ZiggyPop
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

ZiggyPop, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of eat
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a viscous golden-honey colour with a frothy off-white head receding to a thin covering...which then disappears. Some lacing in spite of the non-existent head.

Huge hops smell with fresh cut grass, pine trees and grapefruit all making appearances. A little caramel maltiness in the background. In terms of hoppy beers I've smelt, this is among the very best.

I was actually expecting more hops; the label describes it as ridiculously hoppy and I don't think it's quite there. (EDIT: Okay, this is THEIR most ridiculously hoppy beer. This is a fact.) Still though, it's pretty delicious. The exceptional hops smell doesn't show through as much in the taste. Very well balanced between hops and malt. Canadians don't seem to like brewing such extremely hoppy beers as Americans do. I've only tried one or two Canadian IPA's that compare to American hop bomb-style IPAs and this isn't one of them. The hops are just up to the level where they would be out of balance if there were any more added. The 8% is there only to add an extra tanginess to the hops and is otherwise not perceptible.

For me, the feel is where this beer shines above all else. For an IPA, this beer has a world-class feel going on; so thick and sticky. This is the feel I always want to find in an IPA and so rarely do. Perfect.

This is unbelievably drinkable. This could be my favorite Canadian IPA, I can't remember trying one better than this. Thank you Half Pints, this is awesome!

eat, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Clear orange gold in colour, with a perfect two finger head that is just a bit creamy and off-white. Lacing sticks in sheets as the head recedes.

Big citrus hop aroma, not bitter smelling, more fruity. Mixed in is a touch of pine.

Pure hop flavour, from the tip of the tongue back to the finish. Grapefruit citrus bitterness, and a little bit of heat from the alcohol. Flashes of pine at moments. As advertised, a true hop bomb.

Medium bodied, with a bit of an oily feel. Carbonation feels light but is more than sufficient to support the body.

This is a well brewed beer. Not a quaffer for me, in the end I find it a bit much, but the hopheads should be well served with this one. Much thanks again to my Winnipeg connection Rod for getting this beer into my hands.

elricorico, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

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 ;-)

Rutager, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep amber color ale with a rather larger frothy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops with nice caramel malt backbone. Taste is not bitter at all but more dominated by citrus and grapefruit notes with some light piney notes as well with a huge caramel malt backbone. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very good execution of a West Coast style IIPA.

Phyl21ca, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

smakawhat, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of ZorPrime
4.43/5  rDev +7%

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!

ZorPrime, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of irishkyle21
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

I am very fortunate to have tried this Canadian gem. Pours with a fair sized head that hovers 1/4 of an inch along the top, more than enough lacing ( makes me happy). Has a murky orange color.

Smells of fresh hops, pineapple and grapefruit, Although this is all hops the malt is more than evident ( on the nose and palate) almost caramel like.

The taste is bang on for the style. Has a big hoppy/piney bite, with a lingering sweet and bitter (sounds weird but it is bitter and sweet at the same time) finish that holds on to the back of my throat. Very well balanced and very well made. This beer is heavy but it tastes so good that's what makes it so drinkable for me. Thanks to oakbluff for the sample.

irishkyle21, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of IronDjinn
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

From a 341 ml brown bottle, bought as a single. Green beeswax around cap and neck (it smells good!), 100 IBU's listed on the label.

Already aromatic once the cap is removed and poured into the glass. A cloudy deep amber in appearance, short tight creamy off-white head.

Once again the nose is incredibly aromatic, some sugary sweet malt, burnt toasted notes, pine and grapefruit rind, all of it beautifully wedded together.

That marriage continues evenly within the flavour, sweet, toasted mildly bready malt that effortlessly blends with grassy, herbal, earthy, citrus rind hops, almost equally as sweet on the finish, with the hops eventually lingering on longer in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied in general, yet seems to come across as surprisingly thin for such a robust ale, very light carbonation.

I like this double IPA a lot, well done, and is getting up there with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute in my books, very well balanced and refined, hardly an obnoxious out of control behemoth. Half Pints is setting the bar with this one.

IronDjinn, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of adhallick
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

adhallick, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of DJQ
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

DJQ, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of ritzkiss
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

12oz green waxed bottle from wordemupg in CanCon BIF, 2nd bottle and review after I lost one in the site crash - thanks for sending 2 man!

Pours a juicy caramel amber, finger of head that dies down to a thin lace.

Tangerine, grapefruit, orange, lemon hops hit the nose first, followed by a smooth sweet caramel.

As with the first bottle, the hops just aren't as bold as you would expect from a DIPA. Sweet sticky caramel malt body with a hint of biscuit gives good depth like you would want, nice fruity sweet hops, heavy on the citrus with hints of floral, with a light bitterness in the body that follows through to the finish with little lasting bitterness. Silky Smooth carbonation works well, good malt base - but needs some jump to the hops to balance it out.

Not a bad attempt but without the hops (which is what a DIPA is all about) this one falls short of expectations, needs a more complex hop bouquet as well as more bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malt base. 2nd bottle has raised my score ever so slightly but still not enough to justify me seeking it out again.

ritzkiss, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of DamageCase76
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

DamageCase76, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of JGymnast1
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JGymnast1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of FrostyWPG
4/5  rDev -3.4%

FrostyWPG, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

***2009 Vintage (Aug. 15 according to the post in Beer Releases). Green wax covering the top.***

Big thanks to stagger for this one. Enjoyed this afternoon while alternately watching the Als conference final and the Hola episode of Dora with my daughter.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A deep-orange brown body with a healthy 2-3 finger head. Body is quite hazy with a dark brown cloud right in the middle of it that slowly goes upward. Lots of lacing left on the side of the glass. Digging the look of this brew.

Smell: Not as strong as i would have liked but a good resinous hoppy aroma with a dose of malt. A bit of orange & pine thrown into the mix.

Taste: Malt hits me first mixed in with a nice edge to it. Slowly leaves the place to a surprisingly sweet taste. Good dollop of hops but not overdone. Has a sugary aspect to it. Finishes with a spice-like bite and a good piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with an medium body. Good balance but i found it ended just a little bit thin for my taste. Bitterness isn't quite up there for a 100 IBU beer. It's still quite good in the palate though.

Drinkability: Insanely & easily drinkable. No problems gulping this and would have another for sure.

Overall: A very tasty brew. More conservative than i would have thought but it is quite a solid DIPA. Very much enjoyed it.

papat444, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

FondueVoodoo, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of mdevonshire
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

mdevonshire, Jan 15, 2012
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Humulus Ludicrous from Half Pints Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.