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Humulus Ludicrous - Half Pints Brewing Company

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90
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 31
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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5/5  rDev +20.8%

boyer20d, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of MAB
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now we're talkin'! Seriously hoppy beer that leaves the hop flavor in your mouth well after you've stopped sipping. I just had the problem that I couldn't stop sipping...

Compares well with Dogfish Head's 60 minute, and maybe even the 90 minute, pale ale. Heaven in a glass to a hop-head like myself.

Two off-topic notes:

My bottle looked like the one in the picture above, but the top and part of the neck were dipped in pale green wax. It neither added to nor subtracted from the beer experience, so I'd say, "Leave it off next time." (Kinda messy).

I had my beer with pasta (lasagna) and it went well with that, but the strawberry ice cream that we had for dessert was an amazing, if unexpected, pleasurable taste combo!

MAB, Nov 16, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Litrecola, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

ThatWineGuy, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally this shows up in BC and well worth the watit indeed. A 12 oz bottle with wax on top ( I hate wax but it looks cool). This is a worldclass Impy IPA with all the huge PNW hops you would expect coupled with a real sense of balance and drinkability( I had the Total Eclipse of The Hop by Howe Sound right before and that was an uneven beer that paled besides Half Pints offering). Even at $6 a small bottle this is worth trying and realizing that Canada produces some of the best beers in the world

canucklehead, Dec 17, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

adhallick, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

JGymnast1, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

rogerdandy, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Howlader, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jmdr, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of kwjd
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a copper colour with 1-2 fingers of head. Lacing all the way down the glass.

I could smell this beer all day. It smells of hops, hops and more hops. Some citrus and pine. The taste is quite bitter (as excepted with 100 IBU) with a citrus hop taste with a pine aftertaste.

For 8% alcohol, it didn't overpower it at all. If I didn't have a limited supply of this, I could easily drink a few of them in a row and not be tired of it.

I love this beer. The only problem with it is the wax on the cap of the bottle. The wax gets everywhere when I open it and it starts to crumble and it's difficult to avoid little pieces getting in your glass when you pour. Small price to pay to get to the wonderful beer inside though!

kwjd, Sep 23, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Michaelf318is, Oct 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

IanSpindler, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  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 ;-)

Rutager, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of DJQ
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

DJQ, Jan 09, 2014
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4.45/5  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.

biegaman, Aug 27, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an 18 oz wine glass and immediately had a giant hit of hops - not unexpected based off my experience with their first round of this. Has a light head, and comes across the palate cleanly with a strong malty flavour. Leaves a strong hoppy bitterness on the tongue. A good beer, but it IMO it needs to be balanced with a more floral hit of hops too.

Sept 18/2010:
Not much new to add, save the fact that the balance between body & bitterness is fantastically well balanced. The head is still too small, and where is the lacing? I got this bottle at the brewery days after it was released, and a bit of floral hoppiness is initially on the nose with earthy undertones and a but if alcohol. An excellent beer. A great DIPA, my favorite from north of 49.

kjyost, Jan 21, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

marty21, Dec 05, 2010
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4.43/5  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!

ZorPrime, Sep 22, 2011
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4.43/5  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.

andrenaline, Oct 24, 2010
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4.43/5  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.

tbeckett, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of cratez
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle at barVolo in Toronto, Ontario. Pours a glowing amber hue with golden edges and two fingers of frothy white head. Strands of webbed lacing wrap around the tulip. Smell and taste are perfume, pine cone, navel orange peel, pit fruit, resiny hop oils, mango, some toffee flavours from the malts, and a bold citrus bitterness to finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, sticky-sweet middle, nice juicy 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 several U.S. DIPAs that I've had, and easily one of Canada's top brews.

cratez, Nov 30, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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Humulus Ludicrous from Half Pints Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.