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Brewed by Half Pints Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Winnipeg, Canada
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RATINGS: 126   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (2082) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2012 Dark amber colour with nice white head. Aroma of pine, honey, sweet malts. Taste is nicely bitter, well balanced with honey and citrus notes. Excellent double IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1097) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
11.5 oz bottle at a tasting at Chris’ place, served in a tasting glass. Pours hazy amber with a small, off-white head. The head fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of lace. On the nose, there are notes of lemon, biscuit and caramel, with a touch of pine. The flavour is balanced between toasty malts and a sharp, piney bitterness. It evolves to a long, resinous bitter finish. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a balanced IPA with nice toasty malts and a nice hop aroma. 2011-05-22

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3013) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2011 (From Vertical Bacon Strips. Quite a nice beer Jeff. Thanks a lot!) Le liquide a une robe orangée qui est traversée par de fins sédiments. La petite tête mousseuse s’évapore tout doucement en laissant quelques pointes qui s’éparpillent autour du verre. Le nez est frappé par des fruits tropicaux et des petites baies, enrobé par du caramel et des notes grillées et piqué par des parfums résineux. Très intéressant. Les saveurs sont aussi surprenantes avec des houblons aromatiques et amérisants qui prennent légèrement le dessus sur le sucré du malt qui demeure néanmoins enrobant et juste. Au fil des gorgées, l’alcool vient souligner les flaveurs. Un délice. En bouche, le liquide a une rondeur agréable avec une effervescence posée et une texture à la limite huileuse. Ravissante sensation. La finale est bien longue de fins agrumes et de résine goûteuse avec un retour assuré des malts sucrés.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3063) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
Bouteille de 341ml. Bue en compagnie de Patrick et de Two Captains. La couleur de cette bière est orange et la mousse est blanche. Le nez est un amalgame de malt et de houblon. Le petit côté sucré est présent. La bouche est équilibrée, les saveurs sont marquées. Les houblons sont marquants en fin de bouche. Cette bière même si elle est dans le registre de son équivalant norvégien est plus équilibré et meilleur.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2011
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. Scent is strong soapy hops, cedar and pine, sweet lemon iced tea and a light caramel finish. Taste is 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. A nice smooth oily texture, medium bodied and not overly dry. Very nice mouthfeel. Hopheads take note - this is one to get your hands on.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeZasada (285) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a thin greenish head. Some hop particles visible in the beer. Very aromatic, lots of floral and citrus aroma. Tastes very hoppy, significant but not overpowering bitterness, notes of citrus and spruce. Warming mouth feel, slightly sweet malt overtones. Finishes with a grassy hop taste. Very hoppy but still balanced. This is a pretty fantastic imp IPA for certain, one of the best!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Dany. Pours a deep dark ruby amber with a huge beige head. Some faint cool citrus and a touch of raisin, spicy and malty, a touch of oxidization. Medium bodied, malty and a touch of oxidization and warm alcohol. A bit of papery age, but still not too bad. Warm alcohol on the finish with some lingering grapefruit bitterness. Hoppy enough that even with the apparent age, it’s still drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 13, 2010
Dark amber color, big caramel malty backbone with some citrus hops. Well balanced sweet malty mouth with a huge caramel malty whack and then a moderate bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2070) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of savvy1982. Thanks. Pours a hazy copper color with a small off-white head that has fair retention. The aroma is soft with mild citrus, toffee and some pine. The flavor is a bit oxidated with barley wine, almonds, sherry, biter pine and caramel. The palate is smooth and full with lively carbonation. Finishes long with lingering biters. Overall: I’ll bet that this is a lot better fresh, but still it was quite tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeek (167) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2010
Beautiful color, a red-tinged orange. Hops come through in the aroma and big time in the taste. Mouthfeel is good, and finishes with slight bitter aftertaste.


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