Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA - Short's Brewing Company
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3/5 rDev -26.1%
Reviewing the Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
01/09 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/19/12. Thank you to minterro for hooking me up with this one
Appearance: Pours a translucent orange-yellow color with a half finger of foamy off-white head that settles into a bubble ring around the glass. Solid lacing for a headless IPA. 3.5/5
Smell: Sharp honey and a "quick" lemon scent (it's quickly there and gone) mixed with a "floral" aroma. A little cocoa nib and milky malt. The nose is not very bitter, but it is a little "earthy." 3.5/5
Taste: Not much flavor here. There is a malty hops and light citrus flavor upfront, but it quickly mellows into an acidic and bitter, otherwise flavorless, creamy mouthfeel. A little stainless steel sweetness towards the "finish." At least it's drinkable. 2.5/5
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-minus carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5
Overall: The mouthfeel is solid, but the rest of the beer falls far below expectations. This is the second disappointing beer that I have had from Short's in the past 10 days. Hopefully the Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout that I have in the fridge drinks better. I am glad I tried it, however.
Recommendation: This is an OK, but skip-able IPA.
Pairings: Greek-style french fries.
Cost: $8.99 for a six pack.
02-03-2012 05:26:30 | More by jegross2
3.03/5 rDev -25.4%
A: pours a slightly hazy honey color with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.
S: loads of pineapple on the nose with notes of caramel malt, grapefruit, and orange. Nice.
T: unfortunately the flavor does not match the aroma. Bitter grapefruit rind and pine dominate with a dry finish that is overly bitter.
M: medium body and carbonation, this beer could use a bit more carbonation.
O: unfortunately this beer does not taste as good as it smells. Still, it's an alright IPA.
05-04-2012 21:57:39 | More by n2185
3.03/5 rDev -25.4%
$2.00 for a 12oz bottle @ Jack's. My first bottled Shorts. "Crafted in Mar 09" notched on the label.
Pours out to an almost clear light amber, honey/burnt orange, forming a modest light yellow head with average retention and sparse lacing. Medium carbonation. The aroma is quite nice, hoppy and toasted. There is skunky MJ and grapefruit and mango in here. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body, not quite as oily or dense as anticipated, with a dry finish. The taste opens with a huge green hop blast of pine, lemon and grapefruit, followed by a big toasty malt middle, with grain husk thrown in there, followed by a moderately strong grapefruit bitterness, oranges, and then a dry finish with grapefruit pith aftertaste.
This is a bit too bitter for my tastes. I prefer IPA's that are really drinkable...the type where you want to have another one despite how aggressive they can be. This is not one of them, as it's quite unbalanced. Still worth a try. Joe does a great job and his other beers are better, IMO.
04-16-2009 23:04:48 | More by Mitchster
3.1/5 rDev -23.6%
This was a bit of a slow gusher, luckily I had about two seconds before it would have foamed up out of the bottle so I was able to get it into my glass. A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off white colored head. The beer is a nice, rich copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of cheesy, dank hops, ample grapefruit, tangelo and a backdrop of herbaceous pine. Some biscuit and caramelized malt notes are noticeable deep in the aroma if you dig for them. There is definitely something slightly off and cheesy (there is a certain mustiness too) about the aroma, though it is not too distracting.
Biting bitter hops are noticeable from the get go and linger on the palate long after each sip. Essential grapefruit zest oils, a touch of lychee and tangelo notes play a secondary role to the bitterness and pine like flavors found in this beer. There is a sort of an over-ripe cheesy quality, or perhaps almost butter like note to this beer that is mostly dominated by the hop character, but still manages to subtly influence the flavor profile, and not in the best way. This has a fizzy carbonic texture to it that is perhaps a touch too much, but this doesn't detract too much. The hop character in the finish is actually fairly harsh; it is almost too green and vegetal, and I am wondering if there is something else influencing this.
This beer is clearly quite well hopped, in fact it is so well hopped that it almost hides the subtle infection that is taking hold. Unfortunately the infection is influencing this beer with cheesy notes and a harshness to the finish. While the hop overload make this still drinkable, the infection in this Shorts beer doesn't work as well as it did in some of the others.
10-15-2010 15:58:05 | More by Gueuzedude
3.1/5 rDev -23.6%
Pours bronze/amber and cloudy. Small white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is minimal.
Smells of hops, slight smell of malt. Piney, not so much citrus, but a typical IPA smell.
Tastes slightly more bitter than most IPA's, but the balace is just about right. Certainly a "hopmonster". Slight taste of malts and sweet citrus flavor, but more bitter than anything. The flavor was bold and complex.
Finishes pretty dry, but it drinks easy.
This is a bitter IPA that is just above average imo.
07-15-2012 23:31:55 | More by HarrySTruman
3.13/5 rDev -22.9%
received this from stickman1220 in a recent trade - thanks Chris!
poured from bottle into Dogfish goblet, no date on the bottle.
Huma poured with a nice, frothy white head which dissipated quickly and left heavy lacing on the glass. The brew was an amber color, and hazy with little opacity. The first thing that stood out about this beer was the smell- very intense smells of piny hops and burnt wood- as far as the hoppy smell it was less floral and more earthy. Also hints of honey come through. The beer's taste smacked of bitter hops with almost no sweetness. The hops dominated the taste so much that it was hard to really get much else from it - they continually lingered through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky and medium in body.
I'm into hoppy beers but this one was like a punch in the face - I didn't get much sweetness from it like some other reviewers did, and I would have liked a little more to balance the uber-bitterness. I can respect it for what it is, but not one I would seek out again.
05-08-2011 00:09:51 | More by shangwang
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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