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


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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (2966) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9877) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2236) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2881) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-amber body with a soapy, medium-sized, white creamy head. Aroma has fresh pineapple, grapefruit, cookie dough, and toast. Alcohol is noticeable up front. Very hoppy as well with a yeasty component, some apricts, and leafy fruit. Very good and sufficiently balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Greg Clow, thank you sir! Hazy blood orange pour is capped off with an off white frothy cap, that lasts. Pine needle and grapefruit fill the nose, leafy fresh hops, lemon drops with cookie dough as well. Lemon and grapefruit pack a punch up front in the mouth with piney hops, cookie dough and a nice biscuit discernment. Quite bitter and astringent. Well balanced with perfect attenuation. Very well made. Thanks a lot Greg!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2012 A - Citrus and spice A - Amber in color, with thin, but lasting head F - Light sweetness that is quickly overtaken by a strong, but controlled hoppy bitterness P - Oily, full bodied with medium carbonation O - A great double I.P.A

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle from trade with Piscator34. This is my ideal beer. pine hops dominate the nose, lite notes of citrus and something else i cant finger. Poured a hazy orange with minimal head. Some carbonation bubbles. Lots of hoppy goodness in the flavor obviously. Notes again of citrus and even more hops. Nice smooth bitterness to finish this off. Much better fresh out of the fridge, got kind of gross as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
looked good, tasted good...but didnt really stand out from other IPAs. decent bitterness with a floral and citrusy hop flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
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!

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