Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA - Short's Brewing Company
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Reviews by Brandegee:
3.96/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Appearance: Light, clear copper; head settles quickly, some lacing; good retention of a thin layer of head throughout the taste.
Smell: Pine, grapefruit and malt. Strong hop smell on this one.
Taste: Lots of floral and pine flavor up front. BItter citrus, like lemon mixed with bitter orange dominates the wash.
Feel: This is a strong single IPA, and has little bit of a syrupy mouthfeel, but not heavy. Definitely a medium on the body.
Overall: A very assertive IPA that bunches above its weight in hop power. I think it's very good, but rated it just short of outstanding (I should have taken 2 weeks away from IPAs after the Heady Topper). In smaller doses this works well and satisfies, but for more than a pint the bitterness could get in the way (or maybe not…).
Serving type: bottle
10-25-2013 04:12:25 | More by Brandegee
More User Reviews:
4.06/5 rDev 0%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 05:57:29 | More by thehyperduck
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.