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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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1,753 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,753
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 226
Gots: 234 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: arizcards on 06-13-2004

Named after the hop flower Humulus Lupulus, this India Pale Ale style beer has enormous amounts of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. With a very complex malt bill, flavors seem to meld with the hops to balance this ale and provide a ridiculous urge to sample more.
140 IBU
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Ratings: 1,753 | Reviews: 649
Photo of EmGM
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: oragne-y gold color
Smell: very hoppy, touch of citrus notes
Taste: overwhelming hops (expected), slight pine taste
Aftertaste: hops stay with you, slightly sweet VERY slightly
Overall: not my favorite, but pretty ok for an IPA

Photo of carolynschaf
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional IPA with strong pine, citrus, and light spice hop aroma and taste. Generous bittering hop additions and a medium body balance very well, if you can take the up-front hop blast.

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hoppy hoppy and not much else going on for me.

Photo of Scott420
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so good that i don't think i'm gonna buy torpedo anymore.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great year-round IPA from Shorts. Similar flavors to Two Hearted, more bitter though.

Photo of joe12pk
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't understand all the hoopla about this beer. It's good. But I've been down this hop oil road before with much better results. A Torpedo or Centennial is cheaper and better.

Photo of Borkman18
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this through a trade and was surprised. I am a fan of the bitterness. Very tasty.

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop explosion up front, but is missing something on the back end.

Photo of KidDoc
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in the Detroit airport. Nice light Amber color with ok head, minimal retention, very light lacing. Aroma was a bit of an earthy skunky flavor and the flavor followed. Not bad but I am not sure how fresh my beer was. Had it a second time and enjoyed much better. First try was definitely old. Scores upgraded accordingly

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid. I think I had an older bottle though.

Photo of LakersGotRings
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good overall hoppy flavor. Clean finish.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/29/2014. Pours hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of ShawnB112
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional IPA the best I have had! ~_~

Photo of nawicks
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deliciously crisp IPA that offers a lot of floral citrus notes. It's quite bitter and perhaps a little less malty than some of the sweeter IPA's. This really allows the different flavors of the hops to shine through.

Photo of Vogie
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Bottled on 11/03/2014.

Pours a nice orange with 1 finger of soapy white head the dissipates leaving a thin ring around the edges. Wonderful aromas of juicy grapefruit, pineapple upside down cake, oranges, and shortbread. Taste is malty upfront almost cake like then finishes with a piney hop bitterness that lingers slightly. Light body with a hint of carbonation.

Overall a top notch brew. A staple IPA for hopheads. Its up there with some of the best IPA's the midwest has to offer.

Cheers!

Photo of Barnoloid
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour at Stella’s in GR. The nose is pine and sticky resin. A hoppy hoppy IPA that veers into hopslam style territory in bitterness but with less sweetness and restraint. Truly a favorite for hopheads - definitely not a beer to take lightly. Good stuff from Shorts

Photo of Kraj30
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It was less than 2 months old. Very tasty and Very smooth. I would drink this on the regular if it was around me. Solid IPA

Photo of emmasrue1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

I really enjoy this beer whether it is warm or cold outside. It just tastes so refreshing. Good beer

Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -14%

9-13-14. Bottle. Water goblet.

A: pours a somewhat hazy golden amber. 1/4" frothy off-white head. Outstanding lacing. Small, visible effervescence. Decent retention, small thin cap.

S: Grapefruit; slightly tropical; slight sweetness.

T: Bitter arrival; lighter in body and taste than expected. Quite refreshing, surprisingly. Malty presence across mid-palate, but no sweetness. Tight, bitter finish.

M: Solidly mid weight. Good carbonation, not excessive.

O: Really excellent west-coast style IPA, in my book.

Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Copper filtered with tinge of haze, 4 fingers of off white yellowish head leaving a chunky lacing.


S: Caramel, orange candy, pine, toasted malty quality, slight medicinal.


T: Flavour profile dances in the mouth. The malt quality reminds me of London Pride, lots of orange candy and pine, a bitterness that dances like sunshine through pine trees. Light sweetness, a little honey.


M: Medium body, little carbonation.


O: Excellent brew. Got this in Frankenmuth near the beginning of my trip in North America, drinking it the last day here, though the flavour profile still shines. New Hamburg, Aug 26th, 2014.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Bottle opened on 6.13.14

Photo of Omnium
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Standard Pint

A - Hazed gold with two fingers of fluffy soapy off white head, thick lacing
S - Very very floral, some light fruit notes of orange and other citrus, grassy, slightly earthy, pine, cracker malt.
T - Extremely floral in flavor as well, mid way you get some bold bitterness, bitey pine, spicy hop resin, lightly sweet malt notes, just solid.
M - Super easy to put down for 7.7%, even though there's a serious bitterness, it kinda mellows out after a while.
O - Very impressed by this beer, one of the more floral IPA's I've had, and its just great to drink, balanced and flavorful.

Photo of mpyle
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Last of my beers courtesy of Newman

Brilliantly clear, on the gold/amber bolder, but fairly pale. Pours a nice tight head, creamy and with nice retention.

Rich hop aroma, more on the pine side. Has some malty notes in support to balance out the aroma. Sampling fairly cold, but feel like their might be a little alcohol just out of reach in the nose.

Wow, hops! Big, solventy but not overpowering hop flavor, a piney/earthy flavor with a hint of nuttiness. I know the malt is there, but it is buried under the hops. Hop bitterness in the finish is intense yet somehow smooth.

Borderline tongue scraper in terms of hop bitterness on the tongue, but not overly astringent. Some definite warming, not out of line for the style. Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

A really expertly crafted beer. How it could be so hoppy without much in the way of harshness was impressive to me. The nature of the hop flavor isn't my personal favorite, but they used the hops to maximum advantage.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle picked up as a single in Port Huron; no apparent freshness info. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky brownish-amber colour, topped with one finger of soapy white froth that dissipates over the next few minutes. It eventually thins into a lumpy cap and collar, with some loose bands of lacing scattered around the glass. Very enticing aroma - citrusy grapefruit and mandarin orange are quite prominent, in addition to notes of mango and pine sap, underlain with a malty caramel sweetness.

A good, strong IPA. The backbone consists of toasted malts and toffee, providing just enough substance to keep the (far more aggressive) hop bill in check. Lots of pine and grapefruit pith notes comes through, with a candied orange flavour toward the finish, as the citrusy and boozy elements begin to blend. Bitter, resiny aftertaste that lingers. On the more viscous side of medium-bodied, with a somewhat oily, slick mouthfeel in spite of the moderately assertive carbonation. This is a full-flavoured, bitter IPA with a modest alcohol kick, which limits its drinkability.

Final Grade: 4.06, an A-. I enjoyed this bottle of Short's Humalupalicious IPA, certainly enough to consider picking it up again in the future. Working under the assumption that this is a fresh bottle (since it doesn't taste off or otherwise stale), this is an excellent, hoppy strong ale that all hopheads within Short's distribution range should consider well worth a look. Great stuff.

Photo of richj1970
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft in Detroit airport.

A: Golden honey yellow with two finger white head and average lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of honey.

T: Bitter hops mixed with some citrus and malt sweetness.

M: Medium body leaving some oily hop resin. Crisp dry finish.

O: Very good IPA, very much hop forward. I'm not sure this was the freshest keg, and would like to find a good fresh bottle.

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,753 ratings.