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 brewerys 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, were 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 "Worlds Best Beers" Ben McFarland, and "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" by Adrian Tierney-Jones.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2010
330ml bottle from Volo. Wow, my favourite half pints so far!! Pours dark amber with resinous hop and caramel nose. Taste is big, lots of citrus and resinous hops. Earthy and dark berry notes. Well balanced beer, nice to have a tasty double IPA from our neighbours in Manitoba!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2010
Aromas of vanilla bean, rich chocolate mousse and sweetgrass. A treat to the nose! Taste.....A sweet malt blanket wraps itself around well-rooted and bursting hops. This one could easily be mistaken for overly-sweet but its the sweetness that make it a gem. It works so well in tandem with the hops that it would be half the beer it is without it. There are also lingering hints of dust and salt. The finish is touched with slight smoke resistent hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10944) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Bottle RBWG 10 Cloudy golden ale with a bubbly, white head. The nose is malty, but also presents plenty of musty, earthy hops. Medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. Nice malt and hop flavor. Good, savory bitterness not overwhelming. Mildly bitter, astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2010
341ml bottle shared thanks to Josh. Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas caramel, earthy, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, floral, citrus, and earthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Thanks to Josh for sharing. Pours a hazy deeper amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit hop notes quickly complimented with sweet malts and caramel. Flavor is a great example of aggressive hops meet malts, tea pine, hop bitterness is there but not over the top which helps smooth it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
Aroma is an inviting orange/pine and some good malt, deep amber, pours a tiny custard head. Taste is rich malt, lots of orange/pine notes from those hops. Medium bodied, very well balanced, beautifully bitter. Terrific! Thanks for sharing midlife crisis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of caramel, resin, increasing hints of limey and grapefruit hop notes. Flavor again starts off with sweeter malty notes and lets the juicy hop character creep up and ultimately flourish. Seemed like an old bottle to me at first, which it may have been, but it also may have just been the beer, which was quite good either way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 Opened the bottle and nice strong orange aroma right away. Pours a nice copper colour with a light head which leaves a light lacing. Taste light sweet hoppy and leaves a dry feeling on the palate little or no acl. flavour. Great beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3856) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle thanks to DalzAle. Pours a deep tawny orange with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, prunes. Flavor of caramel malt with a citrusy, bitter finish. Decent but this might be a bit aged. Id like to try this again as a fresh sample. 6/4/6/4/13 [3.3/5]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2010
In short: An oily, resinous, piney, caramelized and boozy IIPAA. Very good.
How: Bottle 341ml. Consumed fresh, one week after receiving it from presario, thanks a lot Trevor.
The look: Cloudy orange body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: The hoppy nose is half-coniferous half-resinous. Taste has a lot of oily caramel, some wild berries and other red fruits, wood sap, all that followed by highly resinous hops with a slight piney character. Sticky bitter finish of medium intensity. Alcohol brings a little too much warmth and feels more than 8%. Smooth carbonation and oily body. Something I found interesting is that fresh green hops sensation that I usually get from so-called fresh-hop ales. All in all this is a good imperial IPA. What? A great Double IPA from Manitoba!?! It is Ludicrous. Really. It is.

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