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

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPAShort's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,442 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 625
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 199
Gots: 103 | FT: 5
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:
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

(Beer added by: arizcards on 06-13-2004)
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tpd975

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for sending this want my way.

A: Pours lighter than I thought it would. A nice darker shade of yellow / lighter shade of orange. The head was nice and tall and a nice vibrant white color. Okay retention with lots of leggy lace all the way down the glass.

S: Release the hops! Pop the cap on this one and pure hop juice rushes from the bottle. Very grassy herbal hops mostly but there is a touch of citrus juice as well.

T: Taste is very floral with very strong fresh cut grass notes. Bitter grapefruit rind and some sweet caramel malt. The malt attempts to provide balance in this one, but it really has no chance against these hops. It really is a hop theme park in your mouth.

M: Actually drinks sort of light, zippy carbonation, with a real clinging bitterness.

D: Crazy good. It drinks fairly light, and the taste makes you take gulp after gulp. One I could drink six of no problem. One of the better beers I have had in awhile.

Short's has been hit or miss for me. They are always pushing the envelope which I love. This beer is a hit no doubt. Not just a hit, but a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth kind of hit.

This is goood!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 15:59:57 | More by tpd975
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dudecandle

New York

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Not sure if there's anything to criticize about the looks. Hazy golden-orange body with a huge off-white, creamy, sticky head, good lacing and great cap.

S: Highly complex. Orange peel and nuts, spices, light yeast, and butter right up front. Chocolate malts are also present. Amazingly rounded.

T: Peppery and citrusy, with some good floral hops coming through along with some earthy tones. Sweet chocolate is great as well.

M: Wonderfully creamy, lightly carbonated.

D: This is a perfect IPA. These are hops done right without using too many and getting into imperial territory. It's not the hoppiest, but is rather quite balanced. If may have to go to Michigan just to have some more.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 08:12:17 | More by dudecandle
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alexanf

Mississippi

4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a mild to dark amber.

S: Hints of citrus, pine, and hops.

T: Bitter start that transitions into a sharp hopped body with hints of grapefruit/citrus zest, and floral/earth.

M: Dry from start to finish.

O: This beer is a Short's top 5. Hop heavy, yet easy to drink. A solid go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 01:32:33 | More by alexanf
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wingman14

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orangish copper with a nice off white head that fades after a few sips. The smell is very powerful, the hop aroma is ridiculous, really potent and fresh. Their are some sweet smells, citrus and pine, a great aroma. This one has big flavor, the hops and sweetness hit up front, with a nice complex finish, and a bitter aftertaste. This one has a medium mouthfeel, like you are chewing on some hops. The beer is packed with flavor, fresh hop flavor, with a hard malt backbone. This one is a great beer for hop lovers, a beer I will revisit again and again.

As a side note, I bought this in bottles to take home, and the on tap beer out ranked the bottles by far.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 02:16:26 | More by wingman14
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b3barron

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From some notes I quickly jotted down.

Small one-finger head with a little lacing. Very citrusy and floral. The nose is vibrant on this one. Slightly sweet malt and a dry finish with enormous hop flavor. Balance is toward the bitter end for an IPA.

Very good stuff. I hope to be able to purchase this in bottle form soon as it would be a welcome addition to my IPA rotation.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2009 03:24:14 | More by b3barron
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - slightly hazy (from bottle conditioning) copper color with a nice head and good retention, nice lacing as it drains

S - strong American hop aroma characterized by citrus and pine like scents, malt is noticed; yeast fruitiness blends well with hop aromas

T - rich malt and hop flavor profile from start to finish; moderately strong hop finish balances out the caramel flavors in the malt; yeast fruitiness present, but subdued compared to the hops and malt

M - medium to full body, moderate-to-high carbonation

D - This is quite an outstanding American IPA. It delivers all the great factors of the style in the right proportions that hit the spot - very enjoyable and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 22:59:23 | More by scoobybrew
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Gtreid

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler obtained at Short's brew pub on 7/30/08, into my brand new Short's Imperial Pint Glass.

A: Very cloudy, orangish green. The bartender explained that they were selling a "shitload" of the stuff lately, so that was why it had almost a green hue to it. Small amount of head that retained well and left great sticky lace.

A: Smelled of Big grass and citrus hops. Orange, grapefruit, and "hemp". There was a very distinct sweetness as well, maybe from honey?

T: Extrordinary! The hops are enormous, again, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and honey. The sweet malts balance this very nicely.

M&D: Medium body beer, nice level of carbonation, makes for a semi-creamy mouthfeel. As for the drinkability, I had planned to drink one or two glasses out of the growler with my grilled chicken that night, but I finished it before my brother-in-law could finish grilling. I can't wait for Joe Short to bottle this one. Just an outstanding IPA. Skal.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2008 19:22:10 | More by Gtreid
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ryantho00

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, wow, wow. What an unbelievable beer! This maybe my favorite IPA ever! This is simply great, especially as its not an imperial/double IPA. It has a deeper golden shade with some red and orange tones. Slightly hazy appearance, but pretty clean and crisp. I got a 2 finger that settled to a nice lace that stayed throughout the drink. Aromas of citrus, pineapple and grapefruit mostly, but I detect some blood orange and mango to. Holy hops! I get that fresh piney and deeper grass and herb overtones that give way to subtle breads malts in the background. The first sip gives way to a sharp explosion of hops and citrus, bitterness, pine, more hops, a more refined 'aged' hop flavor (maybe just the blend of hops they use created this taste for me), a subtle bitter sweetness balanced with the hops and citrus. I get some sweet maltiness of light toasted malts near the end, but a nice aftertaste of hops comes back to end the drink. Very very nice in my humble opinion. Hop-forward, similar to some of the Stone brews, very unique though, stands by itself as one of the best IPA's on the market. Definatly one of short's best brews. An absolute legend!

Cheers!!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:53:32 | More by ryantho00
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shorts Huma Lupa Licious IPA
on tap at the Holiday Inn in Alpina, MI

Appearance: amber-brown, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: pinecone sweet hops and malty goodness.

Taste: lots of yummy hops and bitter grapefruit with a malty touch at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium and bitter.

Overall:
This is a good IPA. Loads of good fairly malty flavor. It is a must try for IPA fans.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 05:17:19 | More by megahurts4
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely, slightly orange amber with a densely packed white head that sticks around forever and leaves super sticky lacing. The aroma is all I could ask for in an IPA. Citrus grapefruit punch with caramel malt sweetness holding it up. My parents brought this to me from Michigan and it must be a pretty fresh bottle, because the smell filled the room when I popped the cap. The flavor differs slightly from the aroma in that I pick up a lot more pine than in the nose. Don't get me wrong, it is still a grapefruit party in my mouth, but pine is busting a move on my tongue as well. It definitely has a very complex hop flavor and I am also picking up some herbal notes as well as orange and lemon. Bitterness is pretty strong, but I still find that the malt balances it quite well. The malt is very nice with some toffee notes that do not overpower the pale malt base. Yum. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice dry finish and carbonation that is right on the money. This is a very drinkable IPA, and I am looking forward to my next trip to MI so I can have it on tap again. It is quite depressing that Short's came onto the scene about the time I moved away from Northwest Michigan. I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 22:00:38 | More by zoso1967
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a semi-clear dark golden color with a ¼" off-white head that recedes to a small ring around the glass and a patch of foam in the middle. Sipping leaves a sheet of lacing with lots of small speckles and a few legs. Even when the ring is gone, sipping leaves behind some sparse lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft and contains both floral fruity hops (grapefrut, tangerine and lemon) with some nice rich caramel from the malt and some hints of pine. The aroma of this beer is like a complex, finely woven tapestry with no single strand more dominant than the others.

Taste: The aroma predicts the flavor but not the finish. There is strong bitterness from the hops showing off their orange zest, grapefruit peel and piney character. The underlying harshness is well balanced by the soft light toffee/caramel sweetness in the background that supports and carries the mix of hops forward across the palate.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with very light carbonation. The finish is medium-long and begins with some sweetness present. That sweetness quickly fades out leaving a strong bitterness throughout as everything just fades slowly away. Interestingly the bitterness is neither all grapefruit nor all pine, it seems to be both at once and just takes over and then fades.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability and I could make an evening with this one. I surely will seek out and have this one again when I have the chance. BTW: Don't drink this one too cold as it will be all bitterness if you do.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 01:57:40 | More by drtth
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, citrus grapefruit like hops. In the taste, pine hop like dryness, and a grapefruity citrus undertone of sweetness. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, pine like hop aftertaste. Nice big hops, somewhat balanced, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 20:32:19 | More by OWSLEY069
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tapman

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect cobweb lacing creates rocky mountains of foam over a hazy, bottle conditioned light rust body.

In the nose: fresh crushed mint and raw hops. Lightly sweetened oats and a fresh snapped pine tree branch. A little sweet plum in the back.

Taste: All that from the nose except toast the oatmeal and add a little soapiness.

Light, though not too crisp. A little chew, but not much.

A fantastic beer that I had first on tap at Foran's in Detroit.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:56:47 | More by tapman
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beergoot

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice, long lasting white head. Beer was a beautiful golden color. Excellent carbonation.

Smell: Definite, but not over-powering hop aroma.

Taste: Nice bitterness throughout and melding nicely with the soft, malty taste at the end. An excellent combination of hop and malt flavorings.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: A great example of an American IPA. Classic in its hoppiness, looks, and taste. Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a more restrained IPA rather than a DIPA hop bombs.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 23:35:34 | More by beergoot
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle picked up during a weekend trip through michigan. drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass

A- this one pours out a darkish hazy golden colored body with a small layer of bright white head on it. the head lasts for a long time and leaves rings of lacing behind.

S- faint caramel and toffee malts and a huge rush of hops. very piny and citrusy.

T- the taste is equally as unbalanced as the smell. a little bit of sweet caramel and toffee malts upfront, and then a barrage of hops. lots of citrus and pine resin. grapefruit. some earthy notes as well.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. very bitter and leaves the mouth feeling dry. no complaints here.

D- a great IPA and something id love to have on my local shelves. more please, this one is great

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 03:24:13 | More by jwinship83
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AshlandNacho

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-12-2014 02:58:31 | More by AshlandNacho
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Chris_Panos

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

12-12-2013 17:38:00 | More by Chris_Panos
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iparules

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-19-2012 22:06:06 | More by iparules
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BillMueller

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-21-2012 18:21:07 | More by BillMueller
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-22-2014 12:48:29 | More by JIMTRK16
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cynical1027

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-21-2012 03:41:50 | More by cynical1027
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Magpie14

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: heavy orange with the addition of golden hues and a dash of burnt yellow bronze color. Bleach white foam is above average, as well as the lacing. Some large sheets of lace exist and are clinging to my glass, loaded and laced

S: soft biscuity malts with an intensely strong citrus edge. Fruity orange notes run amuck with whiffs of pineapple. Some spiciness is hidden at the back of each continued whiff. All in all this possess a mighty hop presence in the nose

T: imagine a car. In the trunk the contents are toasted pale malts, caramel, some nuttiness, and maybe a sugar cookie. The passengers are all hops (oranges, pines, and grapefruits) while the car is fueled by oily alpha sticky goodness. Overall this is a potent hop vehicle. Continually bitter and snappy, a near tongue destroyer. Leave it to Short's to produce something so tasty and raw

M: medium body and ample bubbles proved perfect support for the wonderful palate of flavors. This is quickly turning into one of my all time favorite IPAs

D: simply wonderful

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 18:28:03 | More by Magpie14
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-18-2012 06:03:45 | More by Beezee
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PayTheTolles

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-03-2012 23:55:31 | More by PayTheTolles
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rolandboy

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

10-20-2012 03:37:35 | More by rolandboy
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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