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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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to papat444 for this one. Green waxed bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - Most opaque light brown with orange-gold highlights. Two fingers of slightly tanned off-white head. Decent retention to a solid cap and ring, with tons of sticky lacing.

S - This one is a little faded - guessing it is from the mid-September batch. Still, there was a good mix of peach and tropical Simcoe, soapy Cascade, and citrus Centennial. There's also a hefty dose of sharp pine and Alpine-style sugary dough as a malt backbone.

T - The taste is definitely less pine-oriented, with all the sweet flavors taking center stage. Thankfully no soap either. I can't believe this was 100 IBU, as the bitterness is quite mild - there must have been a hefty malt bill, even when this was fresh.

M - Slight soft carbonation tingle, light-medium body. Drinks more like an IPA than a DIPA. Wish there was more bitterness as well.

D - Even at 3 months old and with a few flaws, this is still an enjoyable brew that I could drink frequently. Glad that Canadians are starting to brew solid hoppy brews - now if only the distribution could improve so that we could try them fresh without living next to the brewery.

MasterSki, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Pints Humulus Ludicrous, 22 oz bomberator, 100 IBU, 8% abv.

I like these guys. My kind of brewery. Let's see what we've got here, already.

I'm pouring this into my Big Ass Triple Karmeliet glass, just for fun.
Smells great pouring it out...wow! But I'm out of turn here....

Gorgeous amber/crimson coloring, with an ample crown of fluffy off-white foam. Very nice.

But that aroma! Ah, this is the stuff! Lovely, arresting, stimulating, full of fresh fruit, grapefruit peel , pithy peach pits, orange rinds, pine needles, lemon zest, and a squirt of lime...bubbling over with hops, fresh and vibrant, everything this hophead desires.

Drinking it: flush, plump, and juicy. Fits the bill for a tasty Double IPA, doesn't skimp, doesn't skirt, just delivers. Fullish mouthfeel, floods the mouth with bitterness, and some sweet fruit flavor, bright as it is bitter. Twist of bitter citrus with prickly piney flavor holds true to the classic parameters of the style, and then some. Very well constructed, excellent composure and balance. There's no hop overload, if you know how to handle it, plenty of malty balance, allowing the hop hoppitude to command without any overkill.

Overall, an indulgent, hopalicous treat, great as a nightcap, which is how I'm enjoying it tonight. They went to great lengths to make this, using a hopback finish and plenty of dry-hopping. I didn't have the stinky bleu cheese or insanely spicy curry (if I dared), or the HAlf Pints tulip glass (come on, Dave, you need my address?)...but enjoyed it was...gorgeous stuff, a hoplovers wet dream, without the alcohol sticking out much. Great job, Dave!
And thanks to oakbluff (scott) for bringing it down for me from Winnipeg!

feloniousmonk, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

drewone, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Canadian American Double IPA, eh? Don't think I've ever had one from the Northern guys. Let's see what we got here...yowza! Nice looking rusty, ruby pour. Slight hazed. Rocky head, chunks. Good use a bit more lacing though. Oh well.
Good aroma of hops; pine, citrus, herbal. Some light breadiness. Doesn't have that sting that some DIPAs have. I kinda like it this way.
The flavor is a good mix of the hops characteristics mentioned in the nose. Starts with a citrus hops bite, then leads to an herbal with pine coming in for a roundhouse wallop. NOt as extreme as thought at first. It's missing that syrupy feel I get from most DIPAs, and that's good.
8abv...perfect

Mebuzzard, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of biegaman
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
Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

smakawhat, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to oakbluff for sending these out my way and for Harry for being the middle man. Teamwork!

Pours a clear orange/amber, brilliant colour, thick white head, tons of lacing, great retention, looks great. Smell is badass, sweet, caramel malts, pine, grapefruit and orange peel, alcohol, bread, big hops, nice floral finish, perfect balance. Taste is tons of floral hops, caramel, pine and grapefruit, bread, citrus, nice spicy bitterness, alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. Easily best Canadian made DIPA, insanely drinkable, very well done, my hat off to you Dave. Thanks again Scott!

Viggo, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Zithal for breaking this out at the Biergotter group brewday 2007. Thanks Rob!
This one was fairly clear and coppery orange in colour with fine whitish foam. As the head reduced to a ring, sticky and spotty lacing was left behind. The aroma was that of a true hop bomb - lots of orange and tangerine with some pine and light alcohol in the background. Bitterness was strong without being aggressive, with lots of citrusy hops and mild warmth, plus a pine resin finish. Malt was pushed far into the background. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and some dryness. Good stuff. A bit more malt would balance it out more, but who am I to complain when a Canadian brewery is making a beer this hoppy. Kudos to Half Pints!

DrJay, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

liamt07, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-brown with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: Nice hop nose, pine, appricot, nectarine; toffee; grainy biscuit; melon; mango.

T: Pine, nectarine, tangerine, rind, toffee, melon, mango, peppery spice, solid bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: well-attenuated moderate body is smooth with a light hop acidity.

D: Really drinkable for its weight.

Derek, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle dipped in green wax poured into 400ml dab glass sept21 2009

A Slightly cloudy copper color with decent one finger head that leaves some nice lace. Pretty nice looking beer if I ignore the bits of green wax on top of the foam.

S Smelling the bottle I get nothing but wax, the glass gives off some grapefruit, pine, some mild caramel and malt. The 8%alcohol is nowhere too be found.

T As it smells but no caramel and I pick up even more citrus and maybe some bread? The booze is there but it's pretty mild.

M mild carbonation dose well with the texture of this beer no knife and fork needed but not thin either.

D Some bite too it but I expect that at 100 ibu's

Pretty happy with this one, it appears that the little scrapper has an angry older brother. No real complaints with this one other then the 50$ for 12 341ml bottles

wordemupg, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
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 05, 2011
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 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
Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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!

Deuane, May 05, 2010
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

tom10101, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
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 23, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've wanted to try Humulus Ludicrous for a while, so huge thanks to BigBry for this bottle that he gave to me when he passed through Toronto last week. It certainly looks classy with its waxed top, and cleanly designed label. This is the first time I've seen waxing on a style of beer you wouldn't usually keep, so I presume its more for aesthetic reasons than cellaring ones. Wax is a cute idea, but its a pain in the ass when you're trying to open the bottle and then pour without getting fragments in the glass.

Anyway, this beer pours a rich amber with a large fluffy cream coloured head, that moved more towards yellow as it died down. Very good retention and nice drapes of lace left here and there round off a pleasing appearance for an imperial IPA. The aroma really comes alive as it warms. At first I can only detect a mil mix of citrus, but with time this bursts apart, and tangerine, candied grapefruit peel, mango, orange and lemon zest and light pine all become apparent. Its sweet, hoppy and moreish.

The flavour has me wishing I could award a 3.75, but I can't, so I'm forced to defer to the lower score. Lots of juicy fruit, with mango and peach coming to the fore. On top of this are all the citrus elements observed in the nose, with the tangerine proving to be the most prominent feature. It certainly has the advertised bitterness, but seems to lack a sustained hop bite in the finish, and fails to sustain a lasting good impression beyond the sip. So while it certainly has the 100 IBUs it advertises on the bottle, it does seem to come across more as a regular IPA than an imperial. Every now and then a hint of stewed vegetable joins the fray, and this is a huge distraction for me, and the one thing that really beats this beer down.

One element that Half Pints have nailed is the mouthfeel. Its luscious, full and creamy, and just short of perfection. This helps contribute to excellent drinkability, and the glass is empty before I know it.

Overall, the peripherals of this beer are outstanding, and the flavour itself is fairly good. There are a few off-notes that prevent it from reaching the top tier for the style, and it drinks more like an IPA and a half. There's no doubt, though, that if I lived in the Prairies this would be a beer I'd drink with relish.

bobsy, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

oldp0rt, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Humulus Ludicrous from Half Pints Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.