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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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91
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1,605 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 213
Gots: 153 | 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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Photo of MSU_hophead
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a composite rating compiled from the couple times I bothered to take notes for this over the past few years. I would just like to put up here rather then in the notes that the 140 IBU rating in the description is incredibly misleading, this is less hoppy then two hearted or centennial both of which are around 70 IBU. Based on all the (I)IPAs I've had I would put this about 60 if I had to guess.

A - Pours a pleasant golden color with a rather quickly dissipating two finger white head. Surprisingly opaque for the lightness of the color.

S - Not much on the nose at first pass, perhaps a bit of general greenness.

T - The hops are certainly present as should be expected for an IPA with a name like this. There is a bit of malt presence but not a whole lot. The hops have a (not unpleasant) grassy / slightly-piney characteristic with a hint of lemon zest, although, the hops flavor is not quite on the level of Centennial/2H.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit fuller then filtered IPAs given the cloudy nature. Taste was not off at all so I'm just assuming its unfiltered/they bottle condition. Still light enough to be sessionable and it is relatively dry as a lot of IPAs are.

O - Certainly a decent IPA; I think in dryer (IPA wise) parts of the country this could easily beat the local offerings but being from Michigan and having access all of the time to brews like Two Hearted and Centennial makes me a bit pickier then most. I would put this in the high B+ category for Michigan made IPAs along with the likes of Mad Hatter from New Holland. Not bad by any means but the competition is tough in Michigan when it comes to standard IPAs.

MSU_hophead, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Many thanks to crazynelson for the extra!

Poured from bottle into a pint glass, showing a finger of foamy head -- IPAs seem to have the most attractive head. Golden oragnge with just a little copper, a few strands of tiny rising bubbles. A nice looking beer. Leaves some impressive lacing.

The smell hits me with grapefruit first, then mixes with a sweet graham cracker-y malt presence. The taste is much more dominated by a strong bitterness that hits the salivary glands, as well as a little bit of a peppery taste toward the back of the tongue. This is a hoppy, bitter mother! That graham cracker note in the smell is nowhere to be found here. Maybe as it warms a little...

Mouthfeel is intense in a few spots, but it doesn't coat the mouth like some IPAs. Don't know if I'd want more than one. Not bad, but I just find it so out of balance with hops that I doubt I'd seek this one out.

OneDropSoup, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed amber color with a flash head and no lacing.
The nose is intensely floral with smaller amounts of pine and citrus. The flavor is boiled pine resin-centric and much less floral than the nose, although it does contain plenty of musty earth flavor. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, smooth texture... and a very long extended pithy finish. It's a powerful and straightforward boiled hops freight train of alpha acids crashing into my palate. This bittering hop bomb doesn't really even bother trying to balance things out with the malt very well...and for that I score it lower than other similar bitterness level brews that did so with much more balance and intricacy.

WastingFreetime, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of aforbes10
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to kkulacki for this bottle. He's always good for some Michigan beer love. Pours a cloudy brown/orange with a half inch egg-white head and clumpy lacing. Smells of clementines, hint of lemon, alcohol and sweet malt. Bitterness is the name of the game here at first...dry and intense. After my palate copes with it i get more of a flowery, jasmine-like flavor with some citric acid. Sweet pale malt base comes through later but doesn't quite support the hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Just too bitter, almost one-dimensionally so. I can appreciate the flavor underneath being good, but the bitterness kills it for me.

aforbes10, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of IndianaAndy25
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%

IndianaAndy25, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of weatherdog
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass

It pours clear copper color. A fluffy eggshell white head is very long lasting and intricate lacing across the glass.

Aroma is a balance of slightly toffee malt and orange hoppiness. The hoppiness is pretty juicy and bright as well. Finish is slightly sweet.

The balance of the beer is tilted more towards the hops than in the aroma. Nice fairly bright orange with a long lasting resiny bitterness. The bitterness is kind of harsh though and unpleasant. I much prefer a smoother beer.

The bitterness effects the mouthfeel a great deal but besides that the carbonation is just fine.

Overall it's just a decent American IPA offering, nothing special and it's fairly forgettable.

weatherdog, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of JonBrand
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

JonBrand, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of fishbrew
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Six pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased in Charlevoix, MI over Labor Day Weekend, 2009. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance:
Two finger head which dissipated within a couple minutes. Nice lacing. Light orange in color, I would estimate in the neighborhood of 9 SRM.

Smell:
Citrus, pineapple, and some sweetness. Not extremely fragrant, but still very pleasant.

Taste:
Starts with a mix of mild pine and citrus flavoring with a backbone of pale malt. Finish is piney bitter and VERY hop-forward. This beer places an emphasis on bittering hops over flavoring hops and malty sweetness. I feel it is approaching imbalanced, with a tongue bruising bitterness that overpowers the malty sweetness. Still enjoyable, but more one dimensional than I typically look for in an IPA.

Mouthfeel:
A bit on the thin side, but acceptable. Not as slick as I would like.

Drinkability:
One or two is plenty, primarily due to the slight imbalance between bitterness and sweetness. It's nowhere near a chore to drink, but after one or two my palate is ready for something a little more complex.

Overall a good IPA that I wouldn't hesitate to purchase again. Not mind blowing or style-defining, but if you like bitterness you'll enjoy this beer.

fishbrew, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of mobius387
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

mobius387, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of robgage
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

robgage, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

kbuzz, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of TheMonk41
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

TheMonk41, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Lurkerson
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Lurkerson, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

CaptainNomihodai, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of jamvt
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jamvt, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of danwho
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

danwho, May 19, 2012
Photo of ob_carr
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ob_carr, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of ScottyG
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ScottyG, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of ThatsStout
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ThatsStout, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Kevin55
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Kevin55, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of YCantWeNotBeSober
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

YCantWeNotBeSober, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

SaltofOH, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Selling the beer with high praise, the brewery makes some big statements on their label. The focus on the hop flower yields the gripping citrusy bitterness of the cone with supple support.

Medium to dark gold in color, the beer boasts a mild hoppy haze and a frothy white head of great staying power and broken rings of lace as the beer fades. It's a fine looking IPA that doesn't steer from the visual path very much.

The forefront of hops is evident in the nose. Grapefruit, oranges, and fresh-cut grass allow for an citrus and herbal display that seduces the olfactory senses with sharpness and mouth whetting effect. A brief search for malts yeilds a light scent of baking bread and mild caramel.

The one-sided balance that the nose promises is met with taste. Hop flavor starts juicy and citrusy as the supple sweetness of malt gives the fruit flavors a plumper and juicier impression of taste. As the beer traverses over the middle palate, the sharpness of citrus grows, the malt sweetness recedes further, and the grassy herbal notes rise. A malty-dry finish of muddled grasses, pine resin, and citrus pith spearhead the throat-gripping bitterness that the label suggested.

Medium in body at first, the carbonation and crusty malt lift and the dryness of hops, alcohol, and malt memory deliver a quick and fleeting finish except for a lingering citrus bitterness that crispens heading into the next taste.

If I were a craft beer enthusiast of ten years ago, this would have likely been the showpiece for hopcentric beers, similar to Goose Island's IPA and Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin'. But in today's combative IPA world, this one may get lost in the shuffle.

BEERchitect, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of leadahmer
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

leadahmer, Dec 07, 2013
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.