Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA - Short's Brewing Company
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Reviews by Gigantis:
3.3/5 rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
I really like Shorts usually. This one, however, was not for me.
I had this at a new bar in Grand Rapids. The name was striking, so I ordered it. It came in a pint glass and was darker than I expected in an IPA. Dark, dark orange with an off-white head on it. Said head hung around awhile and left good, web-like traces of itself around the top of the glass. The scent was very fruity and piney. A little heavy on the grapefruit, which ended up being fairly good preparation for how this beer tastes.
At first sip, it tastes kind of how it smells: sour, pine and a bit oily - which isn't a bad thing. As soon as it has been in your mouth for half a second though, it turns into a bitter hop bomb. It is sort of akin to having some fresh cut grass in your mouth. There is a woody malt quality to it as it goes down but you have to be looking for it to see through the haze of bitterness accosting your palate.
I use the word accost but it is a mixed bag because I sometimes like a really hoppy IPA that just storms my mouth and takes no prisoners. In the case of Huma though, I feel like the bitterness has an unpleasant quality and really overstays its welcome. To me, it makes the beer taste too thick and makes me want another, less bitter IPA. On account, I would not have more than one of these. I don't find this beer unenjoyable and will definitely have it again sometime but I didn't like it as much as I wanted to and would never drink more than one. Although I should add that this takes your mouth hostage for a good fifteen minutes or more after the beer itself is long gone so you might have to drink nothing but HumaLupa.
If that was the plan, then bravo, Shorts!
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2009 19:14:06 | More by Gigantis
More User Reviews:
4.31/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 00:06:05 | More by mpyle
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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