Humulus Ludicrous - Half Pints Brewing Company
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4.58/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
09-02-2010 02:01:34 | More by ThatWineGuy
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
08-27-2010 20:32:30 | More by biegaman
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
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!
06-10-2010 00:17:05 | More by korguy123
4.1/5 rDev -1%
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!
05-05-2010 02:17:20 | More by Deuane
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a bright copper-orange. Even the head is orangey-yellow. Some sediment in the bottle, doesn't look like yeast. Beer is therefore cloudy.
Smell is really nice. Toasty nutty malts and a blast of cascadey hops. This is an IPA of the old-skool, none of the skittles-esque amarillo or simcoe.
Taste consists of slight caramel sweetness, some toast and a bit of nutty malt. Lots of hops, as expected. It's got a pleasant lingering bitterness to it too.
Body is a bit thick. It's not overly sweet, like fruit punch, but it is somewhat syrupy. but, considering the overall size of this beer, I suppose it's acceptable.
Drinkability - well, it's tasty. But it's also a bit too big to pound these all evening.
03-02-2010 22:29:03 | More by prosper
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
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.
01-21-2010 22:48:14 | More by kjyost
British Columbia (Canada)
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!
01-10-2010 01:53:09 | More by chickenm
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
Beer club selection for jan 2010...thank Christos for the Trackside beer club and the 10 that paul brings in each month...this month looks like all killer no filler.
Awesome looks...brownish orange, very hazy with an incredible head that refuses to vanish. After 7 minutes still a big rich cap along with gobs of lacing.
Smeel is balanced between ppine, sweet toasted malt and a hint of floaral fruitiness.
The 100 IBu's give it a good hop kick...very slick and oily pine, but balanced perfectly with sweet bread/caramel malts. Nice citrus kick @ the finish and the alchohol kick stays in the backseat where it belongs.
Low carbonation works here, letting the fullness and flavour come through.
Will be snagging and storing as many of these gems as possible before they are all gone.
12-31-2009 04:42:50 | More by Shadman
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
12-21-2009 16:47:34 | More by MasterSki
British Columbia (Canada)
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
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
12-17-2009 17:23:35 | More by canucklehead
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
The name seems so obvious for an Imperial IPA, it's a wonder nobody used it sooner.
Anyway, first off. I could do without the wax on the cap. I assume it's there for aesthetic purposes. But really it feels more like it's there for make a mess all over my kitchen counter purposes.
Pours a deeply dark fulvous topped by a modest 1/4", dense head. I can tell instantly that this will lace wonderfully. And boy does it.
The aroma is nice, fresh grapefruit juice and lemon zest, very clean and citrusy with hints of tropical fruits popping up as things go along.
And then a thick and heavy malt shows up in the taste out of no where. Piney bitterness, but with some good hop flavour as well along with lots of tangerine and sweet ripe pineapple and something just a little off that I can't peg. I'd expect more bitterness in the finish considering the style...and I feel a bit let down by that.
Very full bodied, very chewy and viscous in the best possible way. Could use a tad more carbonation to lighten things up a bit, if I'm to nitpick.
Really it's a heavy, dense, sticky malty hoppy beer and yet somehow it goes down REAL easy.
This is my second from Canada's top 25 tonight, and it feels good to know that Canadian brewers can keep up with the best of them. It's just too bad so few of them are in Ontario.
Thanks to stagger for this one.
12-10-2009 01:04:57 | More by MeisterBurger
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Received via wordemupg in a trade. Green wax top makes for a stellar appearance.
G: I&G Tulip
A: Pinkish-red cloudy body, with one inch of white head with poor retention. Leaves fine lacing.
S: Strong sense of pine and grapefruit. Some caramel in the mix.
T: Pine, grapefruit, oranges, hint of caramel.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation. It's very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Leaves a bitter-fruit pine feel in the mouth that doesn't last long.
D: This is tasty and the alcohol is hidden very well. For an imperial IPA it seems to fall short since the the hoppiness and bitter finish is weak, but sometimes having a less intense mouth feel is what you want. For that it's easy to drink.
12-05-2009 05:09:17 | More by Long813
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.
11-22-2009 23:01:32 | More by papat444
British Columbia (Canada)
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
11-19-2009 23:07:16 | More by Derek
3.83/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
11-19-2009 14:55:36 | More by bobsy
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.
11-17-2009 04:30:36 | More by ritzkiss
4.8/5 rDev +15.9%
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!
11-16-2009 18:21:19 | More by MAB
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
A- Pours a dark golden orange, almost has a ruby tinge to it. 1 finger off white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing that clings to the glass.
S- Nice piney & grapefruit smell. Lots of malt in the background. Perhaps a little breadiness on the nose as well.
T- The hops aren't as prevalent in the taste. I'm getting a lot of the caramel malt, there's definitely a bitter taste upfront and some that lingers in the finish, a fair bit of sweetness in here as well. Although this isn't what I would expect in a DIPA, the flavors work well together.
M- Full bodied, low carbonation. Nice and slick & oily, fairly smooth.
D- Although it's nothing like the west coast hop bombs I've come accustomed to, this DIPA is no slouch either. Different but enjoyable.
11-05-2009 02:22:24 | More by Dawkfan
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
A: Poured with an average-sized, off-white head that slowly diminished to 1-finger or so. Very hazy and a nice, dark amber color.
S: Extremely strong aroma of hops, with some citrus mingled about. I kept taking whiffs of this beer, because it was damned heavenly.
T: For a DIPA, this beer is quite nicely balanced. There's a bit of malt sweetness at the beginning, ending (of course) with a medium bitterness from the hops. Not as strong as you would think from the ABV, or as hoppy from the aroma.
M: Medium-bodied with an oily/creamy texture, and soft-to-average carbonation.
D: A great DIPA from Half Pints... makes me want to seek out some of their other beers.
10-30-2009 19:46:13 | More by berley31
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.
10-12-2009 01:40:07 | More by Sammy
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!
10-06-2009 02:20:09 | More by eat
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
09-29-2009 21:02:01 | More by Mebuzzard
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.
09-26-2009 02:50:36 | More by Phyl21ca
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!
09-26-2009 01:49:33 | More by biboergosum
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
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!
09-23-2009 02:56:36 | More by kwjd
Humulus Ludicrous from Half Pints Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.