Humulus Ludicrous | Half Pints Brewing Company

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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 Derek
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of MAB
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Dawkfan
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of berley31
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of eat
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Mebuzzard
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of kwjd
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

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Photo of MMansfield
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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 pootz
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 it’s 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 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 brew from this brewer so far.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my half pints connection, trevorwideman, hooked me up with a couple of these. thanks trevor!

22oz bottle.

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.

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Photo of presario
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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 markaberrant
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 103 ratings