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

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90
outstanding

640 Reviews
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Reviews: 640
Hads: 1,810
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 224
Gots: 257 | FT: 10
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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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (892 characters)

Photo of SirRuss
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Biggups to the Rhettroactive for this one!)

A: a sturdy clean white head splays out across the deep amber body. Thick lacing coats the edge of the glass, and the retention is O's firm that the silky smooth surface remains in place for the full experience. Expectations of superb carbonation and luxurious makes follow.

S: great interplay of deep malt and light, fresh hops from the get-go. The former offers up toast biscuity notes alongside thicker bready notes, while the latter provide super herbaceous notes of grass, pine, and layers of citrus to finish. Although the nose is awash with character, it remains modest in it's approach, and lulls you in gently rather than the bellowing commands so frequently found in other examples of this style.

T: Again, excellent collaboration between malt and hops result in a harmonious balancen of an almost Siamese nature. The malts express on the palate much of that which is displayed on the nose. However, the hops impart a waxy bitterness that goes beyond the usual resin resemblance to become akin to that found in green tea or - dare I say it - ear wax. Although this maybe a fetish for some, and despite the hop's commendable citric notes, this is not a flavor profile for my personal taste.

M: The carbonation certainly satisfies expectations set by its appearance: smooth, functional, well-integrated bubbles carry the bulk of this brew with elegant ease. The malts provide a pleasing weightiness to the body, and the relentless head imparts a velvety kiss upon its uptake.

O: I really want to sing this brew's praises - it ticks so many boxes, and yet the fact it falls almost flat on it's face when it comes to the most defining feature of an IPA - the hops - robs me of that opportunity. If only the Short's brewmasters had considered a more nuanced hop profile that didn't remind me of the "I'll eat anything" bets I made with my friends as a 7 year old, I'd be right back out there looking to scoop up every bottle I could find. Of course, if ear wax is your thing, then I say trade whatever you've got (baseball cards and all) to get your sticky little hands on bottle of this stuff. (2,151 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of MSU_hophead
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (1,650 characters)

Photo of fishbrew
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to shamrock for sending this my way!

Great looking IPA - hazy honey gold body with a creamy finger of paper white head that laces perfectly, tons of tiny beading from beginning to end.

Some dank citrus type hops, sweet corn malts, faint conifer presence, nice and balanced.

Not as rich as the nose would suggest... hops are muted to an abstract bitterness, malts are pleasant though and actually do fine with the citrus peel bite, which makes for a clean finish. (472 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draught @ Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan. Dark orange with the perfect IPA color. Unbelievably luscious hop aroma, showcasing nearly everything aromatically possible for hops, but with the pine and grapefruit standing out most. Suprisingly harsh hop flavor with a medley of pine, lemon, spruce, resin, grapefruit and citrus, while maintaining a ridiculous level of bitterness. No malt backing and bone dry, making it almost undrinkable, but wow, what an aroma. (487 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of mikecharley
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tyson for tossing this in as an extra in a recent trade. I barely had this beer 24 hours before I decided it was time.

Poured a cloudy, hazy light copper color. This beer is really cloudy, almost like a hefe. The small off white head retreats quickly into the brew. It leaves some decent lacing as I sip.

The smell is of piny hops, really strong and bitter. Not strong in a strong citrus, or piney way, just bitter strong. There are some pine and fruit notes in there, but they are really overpowered by the bitter.

The taste is of strong bittering hops, with really slight citrus. some pine in there as well. This is the taste of a really average IPA, In my opinion.

The Feel is pretty good, nice carb.

Overall, this is a beer I wouldn't say is bad, but I was very underwhelmed by my first Shorts Brew. (822 characters)

Photo of weatherdog
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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. (514 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (1,671 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Stephen. Thanks for the opportunity!

Into a tulip pours a cloudy yellowy with orange highlights when backlit. Retention is minimal leaving a razor thin collar.

Caramel, ginger, and lemon rind on the nose. This smells like liquified Indian food. While I happen to love indian food, the ginger and spices on the nose are slightly odd here.

Malts, bitter lemon rind and cilantro? Ginger rides hard here as well. Certainly an odd beer that conjures up vivid memories up Indian buffets gone-by.

For years my sister and wife have partaken in all the bounty and goodness that the Indian buffet has to offer. This beer is the odd incantation of these tastes and memories. Ill just drink it and ponder. (717 characters)

Photo of gmfessen
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a peachy golden yellow color with an off-white, soapy head. The nose is definitely hoppy yet has a strong malty biscuit presence also. The flavor is similar with the hops being quite bitter and the malt coming out more like victory malt (not a fan). Decent flavor but lingering bitterness that doesn't help the beer. Mouthfeel is a light medium body with minimal carbonation. Overall a decent beer but probably wouldn't go for it again due to the undesirable taste; there are much better AIPAs out there.

It is worth noting that this bottle was not fresh, the hop presence may have faded some but the bitterness had not. I also recall it being astringent when first starting the six pack. (740 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Minimal head, about 1/4 finger. Maybe slightly off-white in the yellow. Body is a great slightly cloudy, perfectly balanced wheat colored.

S - Smells like a good IPA. Nothing crazy, but solid. Hops, grapefruit, and orange. Smooth and simple.

T - Again, nothing crazy but good. Hops are moderately harsh and then some orange rind and slight sourness.

M - Decent carbonation and body. Slightly drying.

O - Simple and good. Could see drinking a lot of this on a regular basis if it was cheap and available. (512 characters)

Photo of EmGM
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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 (233 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to Randalld for this beer. Poured into my pint glass the beer is rather clear orange amber. About two fingers of off white head recede to leave a thick lace ring around the glass.

The aroma is super juicy grapefruit, oranges and lemons. Light pine but mostly citrus. Maybe just a hint of malt. This nose is all hops all the time. Not hot or sharp at all though.

The flavor is much more pine and grass than the nose. Sharp piney hops and fresh cut grass. Dry and bitter. Quite unbalanced for an AIPA.

Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall the nose was very pleasing yet the flavor was out of whack. The drinkability suffered on this one. (658 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: Beautiful golden sunset. Hazy orange-amber that's a thing of real beauty. A good pour yields a fluffy 1.5 finger head with great retention and top notch lacing.

S: (Not too tropical) Juice, though what really shines through here is a piney resin that clings to the nostrils.

T: Christ, it's like sucking on a pine cone. Extremely sappy. I can't think of another IPA quite this sticky. My tounge feels like it's been stabbed by pine needles. As I let it sit and open a bit, there's a mild fruitiness that comes through, and in the end there's a pretty decent layer of malt that tries to hold this unbalanced beer together.

M: Really nice - creamy, rich and dense. Yet it's also easy to get your mouth around and enjoy without fatigue.

O: Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious was a long time want, and I'm glad to have finally ticked it. Having said that, this wasn't a favorite of mine, as there's a real lack of balance in flavor. With a bit more touch, this could be fantastic. As it stands though, I wouldn't go out of my way to grab a pint. (1,103 characters)

Photo of icetraxx
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Three finger head that dissipates to a very creamy one finger whilst leaving its mark. A bit darker than usual for the style, a rather copper amber color. Laces pretty well, what a nice looking IPA.

S: Could be more aromatic. Pine dominates, there is some "rank" here. Some citrus comes through.

T: Definitely wasn't expecting the kick in the pants from the DIPA like bitterness. A bit more bitter than HopSlam (or at least feels like it). There is a lot of "rank" flavor here, if you know what I mean. The hop's close cousin definitely paid a visit. There is a hint of malt on the finish, but the balancing seems to be a bit off with the beer favoring bitter. The finish isn't very clean with a lingering resin-like bitterness.
This is a bitter IPA rather than a floral IPA, I would say this one fails to be an American IPA and tastes a lot like a British IPA. The bitterness is dynamic and find myself quite happy with it now, but the hop florals just aren't here. I wish this had the strong and fresh hop presence of Short's Good Humans.

M: There is good carbonation that gives an illusion of good mouthfeel, yet it is masking the fact that this beer is rather watery.

D: I'm done, forever, after a single one. This is not an American IPA in my book. All the bitterness of a DIPA, without the hop flavor to back it up.

O: I am sipping this one due to the fact there is a bit more bitterness and a lot less flavor than I would of liked. There is nothing in this beer that is better than Bell's Two Hearted, appearance aside.

EDIT: 76 IBU? Why is this categorized as a regular IPA? Seriously? That is almost 10 more than HopSlam! Why have this beer, with all the bitterness, without enough fresh hop flavor to back it? (1,728 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to thabigmp for this one.

A: Orange with a yellow tint. Slight haze. One finger white head with good retention and OK lacing.

S: Nice blend of citrus and floral hops. Like grapefruit and pineapple flowers. A bready caramel mingles nicely also.

T: The bready caramel is upfront, but only for a second. The mixture of citrus and floral isn't as good as the nose was. Finishes earthy and grassy. The grapefruit is fairly astringent at the end.

M: Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly slick and oily. Very dry but the acidity of the citrus ruins the finish.

O: It's a decent IPA. Nothing I would drink on a regular basis. The citrus needs to be tamed. (713 characters)

Photo of lanamj
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served into a Old Hickory Pint glass

A- It generates a nice foamy head the resides into a light lacing around the edge of the glass. The color is a translucent amber.

S- Due to the fact i have no idea how old this bottle is, it's sweet and malty. A fresh bottle ( if this isn't one ) would smell more crisp. In saying that, I get a lot of sweet malts and bitter hops. Not to much fresh aroma hops.

T- A nice balance unlike the smell. The bitter hops flavor and sweet malt meet perfectly. The acidic flavor of the hop and sweet tone of the malt complement one anther very nicely.

M- Just as an IPA should be. Drinkability is good and carbonation is moderate. It's good.

O- Maybe I had an older bottle but this seemed malty and bitter. I felt that the characteristics of an high quality hops was present but stale. (829 characters)

Photo of MIBeerRanger4
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had the Short's Huma a number of times... most recently out of a bottle in Grand Rapids at a tasting event.

A- The beer looks great in the glass. Pours with a real nice color and great head. The foam laces the glass nicely as you drink it.

S- The nose on this I.P.A. is almost all floral and pine. Wish it had a bit more citrus going on.

T - Taste is pretty extreme and very hoppy but hit's the spot that most I.P.A. drinkers are looking for.

M- This beer is a palate killer! But in a kind of good way. I love this beer but don't plan on tasting much after you've had the Huma. It is so hoppy and has such extreme bitterness that it does not lend itself to more than a few sips before your mouth is overwhelmed.

O- Overall I like the beer a lot. Better on draft I think as it seems to be a bit more balanced. I will certainly have it again, and again and offer it to friends. (886 characters)

Photo of jdb288
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade. Amber pour with white head. Aroma is pungent pine, citrus. Taste is nice balance of traditional hop flavors - resin, orange, grapefruit. Malt helps to balance the sweetness. Lingering bitter finish.

One of the better Shorts offerings in my opinion. I look forward to this one every year. (308 characters)

Photo of macpapi
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice medium copper--penny like--color, with a pretty fluffy and tannish head.

The first thing that hits the nose is an astringent hop aroma, followed by the presence of citrus with slight floral hop hints. A bit of malt finishes out a very balanced and pleasant aroma.

The taste is disappointing. It is dominated by biting hops. In and of itself this is not a bad thing, but here there is too little to complement the bitter sting. There is a bit of malt, but not nearly enough to provide a satisfying backbone. Citrus tones are notable as well, and somewhat pleasant. On the whole, though, this is a pretty one-dimensional flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp but full. Astringent hop makes it very biting. Potent, but not in the most pleasant way.

Overall, I am not a big fan of this beer. It is very unbalanced in my opinion. Was expecting much more malt. While it is present, it is totally overwhelmed by hop bitterness. Hop bombs are fine every once in a while. To my mind, though, they are not very complex or great beers. (1,031 characters)

Photo of Verecund
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

September 24, 2011. Bottled August 25, 2011. Thanks to splax23 for this.

Pours an almost-amber with a nice one and a half finger cloudy head.

Very nice nose of grapefruit, light citrus, pine, and some grassy bitterness. Pretty well-rounded; I don't know why, but I didn't expect this to be as aromatic as it was. The bready backbone helps display the hop profile.

A bit of a letdown after the nose: medium grapefruit and citrus bitterness, but the sweet maltiness peeks through more strongly, cutting through the bitterness. I would not have guessed this had 140 IBUs. Tastes "young" for some reason, despite the disappointing display of hops.

Not my favorite hop profile, but one of the better Short's beers I've had, especially the nose right after the pour. I wouldn't seek this out, but it's a decent showing. (819 characters)

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.