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Humulus Ludicrous - Half Pints Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 31
Gots: 7 | 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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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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 oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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 drewone
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Litrecola
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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.

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.

Humulus Ludicrous from Half Pints Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.