Humulus Ludicrous - Half Pints Brewing Company
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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.
09-17-2009 05:05:15 | More by IronDjinn
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
Much thanks to trevorwideman, my Half Pints connection. May the hop shortage quickly correct itself so this brew or another hoppy incarnation can grace my gullet!
Pours a deep, hazy amber that borders on bronze. Half finger off white head forms on the pour. Not much for retention or carbonation. Still manages to leave intricate and sticky lacings.
Nice aroma, bready, with a good dollop of caramel from the malts. Big C-hop aroma from the Cascade and Centennial hops, ruby red grapefruit and some pine.
A prototypical IIPA, white bread crust, hints of whole grain and a touch of husk. Some caramel and a slight touch of diacetyl play well with the hops. Good level of bitterness, as well as C-hop flavours of ruby red grapefruit, some orange, and a touch of pine. Kudos to rudge for making this damn tasty IIPA!
A nice bready body, medium in feel. Some smooth creaminess, offset by a touch of tannin like astringency as well as some resinous character from the hops. Hops nicely showcased, not quite stripping, but they produce a nice tingling sensation on the palate. Alcohol quite well hidden, reveals itself in a slight warmth.
A tasty and quite drinkable brew, definitely a quality IIPA that meets or surpasses the benchmarks for the style. Recommended, but it will be a damn shame if the hop shortage prevents this beer or others like it from appearing on the north side of the border.
02-05-2008 01:21:34 | More by demcorhip
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
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!
12-21-2007 15:28:23 | More by DrJay
Nova Scotia (Canada)
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Thanks to Trevorwideman for sending me 2 bombers!
Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangey amber colour with a big off white head. Good retention, leaves some lace.
Aroma: Smells of citrus and caramel malt. A bit of pine in there to go with the grapefruit citrus aroma. Malts make presence known, not as hop heavy as one would expect.
Taste: Caramel malt, piney and grapefruity. Is too balanced for a beer called Humulus Ludicrous. Hops are definately there, spicy and plentiful, however, not in ludicrous amounts. Medium-high bitterness in finish.
Mouthfeel: Soft, lower level of carbonation. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.
Final Statement: Very balanced, very drinkable, especially for an 8% beer. One of the better IPA's in Canada for sure.
11-24-2007 15:19:35 | More by MMansfield
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
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!
11-19-2007 21:26:27 | More by Viggo
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
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!
11-18-2007 09:23:39 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev -3.4%
bottle (thanks Trev):
poured a luscious orange amber lightly clouded ale in the tumbler...nice rocky, sticky 2 finger cap laces up the glass as its drained.
Rich aromas of floral-citrus hops over sweet toffee malts....very lush.
Rich body, lush juicy citrus character, great balance, warming and satisfying.
The front side is thick in malts...you get toasty bready- toffee tastes, rich toffee smothered biscuits...just for a moment...then the flood of juicy citrus cone hops hit and balance this off...some resiny pine and earthy tones develop mid palate and some complexity evolves as these 2 tidal forces of massive malt and infused hops balance off...musty sweetness, woody peach tones, honey- pine resins...finish is long, rich wet and has a gradual bittering that pierces the tongue with metallic after tastes....a warming satisfaction ensues.
A wonderful big IPA in the Pacific NW style but with some unique characteristics...best brew from this brewer so far.
09-26-2007 00:03:20 | More by pootz
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
my half pints connection, trevorwideman, hooked me up with a couple of these. thanks trevor!
pours reddish copper colour with just a touch of haze. a small dense off-white head rises up, falling slowly and leaving spotty lace behind.
aroma is good. big biscuit malt. grapefruit and orange. hint of alcohol. touch of caramel. bit of pine. not as much hop here as i'd expect, but pretty good.
taste is nice. great hoppy bite. big resiny hop flavour. bit of grapefruit. pine. touch of orange. medium-high bitterness level. light caramel sweetness. bit of alcohol. this is what i was looking for - lots of hops. the biscuity malt is something i don't necessarily associate with an ipa, but i'm not minding it here.
mouthfeel is good. medium body. fairly low carbonation level.
drinkability is good. very well balanced. the alcohol is hidden quite well.
09-23-2007 04:17:17 | More by grub
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Another trade with fisherman34. Big head on clear orange. OK IPA aroma. Soft hops. Dry aggressive hops and dry wood flavour. Enjoyable growing flavour. A tad viscous in the body. A good thing I traded for two bottles. The second full bottle (shared the first one) seems woodier and hoppier.
09-22-2007 15:38:32 | More by presario
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.
09-17-2007 03:38:39 | More by elricorico
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.
09-16-2007 07:37:52 | More by irishkyle21
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
A - quite hazy (I'm guessing due to dry hopping), but a gorgeous pinky orange colour, topped with tight white cap. Thick sheets of lacing.
S - big juicy grapefruit hops, bottle is roughly 4-6 weeks old, has plenty of fantastic aroma.
T - large amounts of hops from start to finish, mainly grapefruit, but they start sweet and finish bitter. There is a big malt backbone holding it all together, but it really doesn't reveal itself, it just keeps things balanced.
M - viscous and thick, but saved by a dry resinous finish. I like IPAs with a decent body. Med low carbonation is perfect for the style.
D - This is a hophead's dream
Dave, you absolutely nailed the style with this mother; it stacks right up with any of the American versions I've tried. Reminds me of a "hopped up" version of Two Hearted Ale. This is a superb IPA that absolutely met my high expectations.
Thanks to Gary F for taking pity on me and donating a bottle of this gem.
09-09-2007 02:12:40 | More by markaberrant
4.18/5 rDev +1%
Sampled on draft from my kegerator. Holy Christ, who would ever have thought that a DIPA would come out of Winnipeg! We've come a long way in twelve months. I had been eagerly anticipating this beverage ever since I got wind of it in June.
Pours a tangerine orange, with a robust white head. Head retention is very good, and there is generous lacing that is sticking around for the voyage down my gut. Nose is of tropical fruit- pineapple, mango, with a little grapefruit. Taste- same tropical fruits in the initial taste, which then leads to chewy malts. Body is quite heavy, but not out of place for the style. Hops show up in the finish in a big way. The tropical fruit turns to a dry grassy finish with a metallic twang to it. Mouthfeel is fairly heaving, but in a creamy way. Nice- but causes the drinkability to drift lower, which is probably a good thing. In summary- this is an excellent DIPA. I have had quite a few in this style in the last 18 months, and it stands up to the best of them. Big kudos to the folks at Half Pints and happy 1st anniversary!!
09-09-2007 00:39:15 | More by oakbluff
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Amber in colour with moderate carbonation. Profoundly hoppy aromas of pine sap, orange, and grapefruit, with some mild maltiness bringing up the rear. Flavor wise, the malts come through much more than youd expect, but the residual sweetness seems to make the c-hop flavors lean more towards the sweet pink grapefruit end of the spectrum. Theres still more pine flavors here, along with some leafy and black pepper notes. The bitterness is firm, but the maltiness takes a bit of the edge off. A bit heavy in the mouth for my personal taste, but its a minor quibble. This is a superb hop delivery vehicle. I never thought Id see the day when a brewery in Winnipeg made a IIPA (and a damn good one at that).
08-14-2007 21:59:13 | More by fisherman34
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!
08-13-2007 03:52:27 | More by trevorwideman
Humulus Ludicrous from Half Pints Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.