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


on tap

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RATINGS: 140   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.

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fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2010
bottle pours light amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is floral and citrus hops with a wood/earthy element. Flavor is sweet hay with a sweet fruity hop finish. Like an aged American barleywine.

Sask89 (529) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 11, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2010 Pours amber with minimal head and is fairly clear. Aroma is of resin hops, some malts but most noticeable was the fruitiness; grapefruit, peach, and some orange. The taste is of sweet malts and fruits throughout and finishes with a nice bitterness. Medium body, lively carbonation, smooth / oily mouth feel. Overall very enjoyable.

TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2010
341 mL bottle received in trade with VerticalBaconStrips. You da man Jeff. The wax on top lokks great, but ya gotta pick it out of the beer after you open it. Not an aesthetically pleasing beer to look at, but IIPAs rarely are. Smells gorgeous - so much citrus, pine, caramel and spice. Flavour is almost as good - caramel, citrus, citrus and toast. Almost like lemonade at the end. This stands up to any IIPA I’ve ever tried. More please.

thb (840) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
Oh boy. This one packs a punch. Pours a slightly hazy reddish orange with good sized foamy lingering head. Big strong aromas of grapefruit and orange, balanced by caramel-y malts. Needless to say, it’s hoppy. Pretty interesting hoppiness too - they add hops at multiple stages throughout the brewing and it gives a really nice nuance to it.
For such a hoppy beer I was expecting a long bitter finish, but it’s actually very sweet and malty.
The alcohol gives a great warmth to this one too.
Really good stuff. I don’t usually go for higher alcohol or very hoppy beers, but this has made me reconsider!

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010

Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: hazy orange, wispy off white head, drippy head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, tangerine, touch of pine, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of balancing bitterness, long bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
Marmelade sweet nose. Floral hops, toffee, earthy malt notes. Pours amber with some foamy islands. Flavors of sweet caramel, some pale, light iced tea, alcohol, floral and earthy hops, hints of marmelade. Tastes almost barley winey to me with good heat. Full mouthfeel, mild carbonation. Dry bitterness lingers.

bvc (1244) - Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
12oz wax dipped bottle, thanks Tom! Murky toffee golden with loose head. Big caramel malt presence, danky hops with ligh citrus, some ice tea. Creamy slightly oily and chewy mouthfeel. Piney danked citrus resin with caramel malt and tea.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
12 oz, wax dipped. thanks dany! pours a clear medium amber. loose thin white head. gorgeous big peachy nose with grapefruit mixed in. creamy medium body with mild carb. tons of toasty caramel on the mid palate with oranges, peaches and grapefruit. mild fruity resiny finish.

v1rgil (172) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2010
Fantastic brew. Probably the single best beer I’ve had to date. Bottle came sealed in wax. Extremely clean finish and able to appreciate the floral hops.

barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
341 ml bottle from a trade with boney from bar towel. pours deep reddish brown with a small tan head that lingers and laces. not much aroma. mostly crystal malt with a touch of C hop. the flavour is quite balanced between the cara malt structure and C hop citrus. the finish isnt bitter at all and is actually quite balanced. i nice beer but not a hop heads IIPA. id drink a sixer a week if it was availble locally.

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