Brewed by Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial IPA
Winnipeg, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The Latin name for hops is Humulus Lupulus, and when we decided to brew an ultra hoppy Double IPA to celebrate the brewery’s anniversary, Humulus Ludicrous was born. Pale two-row, crystal and Munich malts form the firm malt base with thick, nutty flavours. We add a stupid amount of Centennial and Cascade hops during the brewing process and finish with running the sweet hot wort though a hopback (stuffed with more hops) on its way to the fermenting vessel. But, we’re not done yet! Three separate dryhop additions take place as we move the brew through to the aging tanks. The result is a beer with unrivalled grapefruit and orange rind aromas with a bittersweet malt finish. 100 IBU As seen in "World’s Best Beers" Ben McFarland, and "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" by Adrian Tierney-Jones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2009
(bottle from presario). Cloudy dark copper color. Medium off white head. Light hop and sweet malt aroma. Earthy, light malt flavors. Avg duration. Smooth finish with light bitterness. Slick texture. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Good lacing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3840) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2009
Opaque dark amber,lasting beige head.Piney hop nose.Flowery citrus hop profile,lots of malt, strong alcohol heat.Poorly blended. Long strong hop end

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2009
Sweet caramel and toasty, bready, nutty malts mingle with grapefruit/lime citrus and spruce hop aromas in the nose. Opaque darkened tan coloured body is topped by a generous beige head that recedes slowly to a persistent cover and coats the sides of the glass. Flavour is less sweet than the aroma suggests with plenty of bitterness that really lives up to the beer’s name. Citrus hops linger in the aftertaste. Hop notes also take on a bit of a floral character as it warms. Medium bodied and quite dry in the mouth with lightly prickly carbonation. Tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in Nov-09.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Resinous hops and their strawberry halo adorn this flavorful Double IPA’s toasted and biscuity malts for a very pleasant take on the style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear copery amber.
-The resinous bitterness is firm and quite long.
-Carbonation is relatively soft, increasing drinkability.
-The hoppy onslaught also has quite a few citrusy angles.

Bottle. Thx Mike!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (2303) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2009
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA via Winnipeg (traded some Bell’s Two Hearted at the brewery for it). Hazy bright orange copper colour with tantalizing smoke-like sediment mutating within the glass. Citrus and stone fruit aroma with coriander. Very smooth and not-to-syrupy. For an IPA the flavor is relatively balanced, upfront caramel that transitions to citrus and peppercorns. Long dry finish..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patricks110 (2428) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 Rerate of fresh Bomber: I forgot how much I loved this brew. The pour is a bright orange amber with a massive whipped and frothy beige head that leaves a ton of lacing. The nose if huge on the hop with a nice toffee malt and caramel malts. the hops are citrus heavy with a nice amount of tropical notes and grapefruit. Taste is amazing with an incredible balance of toffee and biscuit malts and a massive resinous and sticky hop. A sweet and sticky taste overall with the most incredible hoppy taste. The palate is medium to full body with a sticky and resinous mouthfeel. This beer gives me recollections of tasting it in the past. An incredible brew. Original Rating: Bottle with waxed cap. Pour is a deep amber brown colour with creamy off white head. Moderate lacing and an aroma of hops and fruits as well as some sweet and spicy aspects. Flavor is ridiculously amazing. Starts with citrussy hops, grapefruits, lemon and then sweetness, finishing with a nice hoppy burn and alcohol taste. Smooth and very bitter. An awesome beer. First taste left me speechless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheDoctor (67) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2009 Bottle. Aroma slightly minty and floral, with citrusy presence of grapefruit and oranges. Rich mouthfeel with very citrusy aftertaste. One of the finest Canadian beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
First, thanks to Brad (mmmBeer) for sending this down my way. Bottle dipped in green wax. Beer pours out a medium amber color, crystal clear with a creamy dingy white cap with decent lacing. Aroma is spicy, piney (even a bit pine woody) with a nice sweet note to it. Not as agressive as some CA IIPA’s but very nice. Flavor has all the wonderful qualities I look for in an IIPA. Assertive grapefruit hops on the tongue, sweet juicy pit fruits, caramel, alcohol, and a huge lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is sliky and quite smooth. I think fresh, this might even get a few points more. Really a damn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle. Dark red brown with a thick creamy off white head. Good retetion and great lacing. Aroma is citrusy with grapefruit, pineapple, orages, mint, pine and caramel and sweet toasted malt. Flavor is biscuit, alcohol, sweet malt, piny and citrusy hops, caramel, Great hops with a solid malt backbone. Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very good double IPA

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