Humulus Ludicrous | Half Pints Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by trevorwideman on 08-13-2007

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Photo of MAB
4.79/5  rDev +16%
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!

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.52/5  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

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Photo of kwjd
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of marty21
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of DJQ
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  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 ;-)

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Photo of biegaman
4.44/5  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.

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Photo of kjyost
4.44/5  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.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.42/5  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!

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Photo of andrenaline
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.42/5  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.

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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 golden amber hue with orange edges and two fingers of frothy white head. Strands of webbed lacing wrap around the tulip. Nice appearance.

Smell and taste are perfume, pine cone, navel orange, pit fruit, resiny hop oils, mango, some toffee flavours from the malts, and a bold citrus hop bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, sticky-sweet middle, nice juicy hop 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 I expected, and easily one of Canada's top brews. Worth trying.

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Photo of prosper
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of chickenm
4.37/5  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!

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of Shadman
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of eat
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of berley31
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  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! 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!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of markaberrant
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Humulus Ludicrous from Half Pints Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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