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Brewed by Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Winnipeg, Canada
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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2093) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2009
Ya! beer! Pours out a less than medium sized off white cap that is quite thick and has decent retention and ropy lacing. Dark amber or further down the line. The aroma is massive and in my face big time. Huge sweet fruits (ruby red grapefruit, nectarine, lemon, lychee, all hell just type them all in), quite floral (non pungent), background caramel that I had to search for just to discover that it is right there and tied in quietly to the hops, spearmint that peeks out... man, this is making me drool. Very thick nose indeed. The taste is also very good and very very bitter which has wiped out my donair breath nicely. Taste isn’t quite as good as the aroma. The bitterness is almost absolute. Pine, spice bite associated with the alcohol I think.. then again, maybe it’s just the massive shit load of hops punching my taste buds into submission. The citrus take a back seat to the pine here, even though the pine is not totally overwhelming. Large, thick dose of caramel with grapefruit, hard nectarine skin, slight white pepper (maybe), this is a huge beer. Full bodied with a viscous drinking effect. Super huge beer, this is a mouthful without question. When too warm it looses its depth so keep a bit of cold in your glass. A no holds barred sludge-like IIPA (% is a bit weak) that is packed with a so many hops that it resembles that old Bugs Bunny / Yosemite Sam cartoon where Sam goes insane and stuffs apx 5600lbs of dynamite into the rabbit hole in his house floor... and as he is jumping up and down to get get the last massive kegs in and there is so much explosives packed in that the wooden floor boards of his entire house flex and reveal enough explosives to decimate the entire planet. I like this beer a lot but it is not a fast drink at all - it’s to damn thick! I’m clearly drunk on beer, wine and whiskey tonight... Hail Mike Comrie’s return to Edmonton! Half Pints pumps out another excellent beer - all hail those mysterious provinces between Alberta & Ontario for producing wonderful beer. In the end, despite the high marks, I wish that this beer had more depth, but that is just me being a selfish douchebag cuz this is an excellent brew. Time to chase this sucker with Scotch just because it’s still so damn early!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cirrhosis (1223) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2009
A very dark brown body that appears deep red when held to light complete with a thick cap and roapy lacing, nothing wrong so far. Sweet candy hops with more of a peach flavor then a grape fruit in the mouth watering good aroma. This be peachy hop bitter awesomeness in a glass say’s I to you, but really when compared to others this isn’t that bitter it has tons of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Brew is thick and will carbonated. Don’t taste the alcohol but my stomach can sure feel its warming affects. Nice smooth caramel and wood flavored malts come through stronger the warmer the beer gets. This is highly drinkable due to its not so intense bitterness but still packs tons of flavor, this is a beer that could get me in trouble.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2669) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2009
341ml brown bottle. Dark orange/amber in colour, some haze. Maintains a good sticky head, good lacing. Nice piney, spicy hop aroma. Big malty body feels full in the mouth, caramel malts provide a balanced sweetness against a ton of C-hops. Grapefruit notes, medium bitterness. Aftertaste is grapefruit. Overall a nice DIPA, good drinkability, medium carbonation, goes down fast for it’s strength. If only I could get this in bombers...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
Pours a vice honey amber color with a thin white. Very nice lacing in the glass. Smells of pine forest, juniper and freshly cut wood. Very rich flavors of pine and toffee. Creamy, full and rich mouthfeel. This ones a winner.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a very dark and caramelly-looking amber, with a thin off-white head with passable lacing. Nose is quite sweet and malty, hops are to the fore, spearmint, grapefruit, and pine needles are all present, but so is a very big, round, sweet, and nutty maltiness. Palate is big on both hops and malt again, hops are slightly more assertive in the mouth than on the nose, finish is spicy, sweet, and minty. A solid effort for a Western Canadian brewer, but too much malt, it masks the hops. Decent IIPA, but not more than that.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
12 oz bottle sealed in wax. This year’s release. Lucky enough to grab this in person at the brewery last week. The beer is certainly one of the best IIPA’s in Canada but sadly that isn’t saying much. What do I compare it to? Regardless, there’s an abundance of hops but perhaps too one note in the palate. The malt is there but subdued. Alcohol is well integrated for 8% and yet it tasted more like an IPA than an IIPA. Curious. No matter what I am gladthe brewery are pushing the boundaries in such a staid and conservative beer marketplace. Hats off!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3056) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2009
Brown bottle, 660 ml, shared with Luc Bourbonnière (merci!); eye: caramel, hazy, thick, no effervescence, sheet of beige-tan head; nose: lots of hops, grapefruit, citrusy, light caramel malt, light sugar, pine; mouth: start all in hops, grapefruits, slight caramel malt, pine, short finale all in hops, rather bitter, slightly sweet, good carbonation, medium-full body FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 660 ml, partagé avec Luc Bourbonnière (merci!); œil : caramel, voilée, épaisse, pas d’effervescence, couverture de mousse beige fauve; nez : beaucoup de houblon, pamplemousse, citrique, léger malt caramel, léger sucre, pin; bouche : entrée très amère, pamplemousse, très léger malt caramel, pin, finale courte tout en houblon, plutôt amère, très légèrement sucrée, bonne carbonatation, corps moyen-corsé

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10290) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2009
A hazy golden ale with a thick off white head. A pleasant sweetish hops aroma, pinhey and bready. In mouth, a weel balanced IPA, rich, pinhey a bit of caramel notes, and a bit short in mouth. Still, a good beer. Thanks to Piscator32.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2321) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
Clear copper (became cloudy as the bottle emptied) in colour with a large and lingering white head, excellent lacing. The aroma is very hoppy, sweet with lots of citrus, moderate bitterness with just some light alcohol. The flavour is again very hoppy, lots of oranges and pink grapefruits, rich and chewy, high bitterness and equally as sweet. Chewy mouthfeel, medium/large body, high carbonation. Finishes very long with a bitter/sweet balance.

This is a highly drinkable IIPA, definitly one of the better balanced ones that I have had as well. Very well done.

660ml bottle obtained in a trade with piscator34, thanks Kris.
Opened on July 10, 2008.
No date.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
Bottle via trade with piscator34. Hazy amber with a good sized white head. Aroma of toasted malt, pineapple, grapefruit and resin. Medium mouthfeel. Big, warm flavour with lots of grapefruit and pine, some tropical fruit, and a decent maltiness to back things up. A solid IIPA, a pleasure to drink.


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