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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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Reviews: 648
Hads: 1,843
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 221
Gots: 285 | FT: 11
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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Reviews: 648 | Hads: 1,843
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Acquired via trade
Thanks Kgristoff!

Golden and orange color with a moderately sized near white head. Consistent lacing down the glass.

Well balanced IPA aroma--some toasted malt and citrus (grapefruit) and pine hops. Strong, though balanced.

Similar flavor to the aroma, but just a tad too malty for my personal preference, though at the end of the day, this is a plenty tasty and well balanced IPA. Some mild grapefruit, some bitterness, and caramel and toasted round out this brew.

Medium bodied, perhaps just a touch too thick for my personal liking.

A well balanced IPA. I'm glad I got to try this one! Thanks so much!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe for this one.

A: The beer pours a hazed golden amber color with a finger or so of white head.

S: The hop character is very grassy and herbal, perhaps even slightly vegetal. There is a touch of citrus zest to it and a decent amount of sweet bready malt.

T: Decently bitter with a lot of herbal and piney hop flavors. Somewhat sweet with flavors of toffee and bread. A touch of grassy hop flavor with a lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A little bit too bitter without the hop flavors that I generally like in IPAs.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" I guess they mean the Cedar Point of American IPA's!
Poured into glass with a nice white head with an amber orange color. Sweet smell of the malt more pronounced than expected followed by a citrus hop smell. Starts off malty sweet followed by grapefruit type bitterness in the back end. Not sure what the IBU's are on this one but it is quite bitter! Great mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Tasty but not sure if this is as good as I expected and wanted it to be.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the recent shipment that hit Colorado. Dark orange, hazy, lots of lace and a short but thick foamy head. Smells like bitter hops and orange rinds. Taste is super bitter, palate ruining bitterness with hints of malt and citrus but mostly just fucking bitter. Not bad but I'd never reach for a second one.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to raymo55 for the awesome extra!

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with an inch of cream colored head that has nice retention.

The nose has some bready malts along with a bit of mango and pineapple, followed by some bitter notes.

The taste has a bit more malts involved than expected. There is some lemon and orange zest involved behind the front of sweet, bread-like malts. There is a nice light bitterness incorporated with the fruit rind flavors offered by the hops.

The mouthfeel is crisp and bitter, yet quite refreshing. Light-medium bodied with an amount of carbonation that is just right.

Overall, pretty decent but wish the hops made themselves noticed a bit more.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1+ finger off white head settled to a very thin layer, nice lacing all around, slightly hazy gold with amber hues, impressive 4.5
S – citrus, dry grasses, toasty with a bit of tropical fruit sweetness 3.5
T – Bready with an herbal hop bitterness, grapefruit zest, mild pine, decent malt balance with some caramel character, I’m personally not so fond of the hop profile 3.5
M – Moderate body, slightly sticky, nice smoothing small bubble carbonation 4
O – Hop profile/flavors that I tend to like is lacking but brew still has substantial hop bitterness. Looks and feels good, but I’ll skip buying this one again as the taste is not enough to my liking. 3.5

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Photo of homebrew311
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dbc5 for sending me this one.

A: pours a slightly hazy gold, bright white dense head, some lacing

S: nose starts with big time pine/resinous character, loads of bittering hops followed by grapefruit and mango, a little bit of orange on the finish

T: the taste starts of with a touch of caramel malt and is followed by in your face bitterness, the bitterness is strong and last through the finish, finish is a bit dry

MF: high carbonation, smooth body

O: my last few experiences with Short's have been a little rocky, but this one is quite nice. Huge assertive hop profile.

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Photo of papat444
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for this one. Shared with my wife last Friday night with our supper, assorted cheeses, fruits, spreads and smoked bison.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 02-18-10.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden body with a generous 2-3 finger egg white head that recedes to a thin ring.

Smell: Hops, very resiny with lots of malt, melon and a bit of bitterness.

Taste: Very malt as to be expected but still a good dose of fruit and some hops. A bit on the dry side.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation and a lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: Fairly decent IPA with some good taste.

Overall: Would have loved to try it fresh but it still has a healthy amount of flavor. A worthy IPA.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. A small trace of head rises to the top and dissipates in little time. Color is a cloudy bronze, not unlike apple cider.

The scent is reminiscent of citrus fruits, oranges and grapefruits to be exact. There is definitely a good hop presence in the aroma but it takes a back seat to the sweet smelling citrus.

There are a few flavors released in varying degrees at different times, all of them bitter. I expect an IPA to punch me in the face with hops and Huma Lupa Licious doesn't disappoint on that front. However, I prefer that a brew has some balance in the flavor, and this is where Huma Lupa feels like a one trick pony. The flavor hits slow at first with a malty feel but no real malt flavor to speak of. A grapefruit bite comes on slowly and reaches a minor apex only to be totally overwhelmed by hops, hops, HOPS! Yes, I'm drinking what appears to be crushed rose petals in liquid form. It finishes bitter, with notes of grapefruit peel and clings for dear life to the back of my throat. I feel like I just bit into a grapefruit, peel and all. It has hops in spades, but that seems to be where it stops. More of a malty balance would be desired.

Despite the taste, this feels awesome in my mouth. It's thick and smooth and malty with just a touch of carbonation to provide some effervescence and enhancing the bite of the bitter flavors. It's hands-down the best feeling IPA I've had in my mouth.

The drinkability of Huma Lupa Licious has its pros and cons. A plus is that the 6.6% abv is virtually undetectable amidst the rich hoppy flavor and smooth mouthfeel. A big con is that these are just too bitter to want to drink one after another. It would be more appropriate to drink one of these to add an exclamation point to the end of a session. You'd really have to appreciate hops to session this on its own.

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Photo of Ehrnstrom
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: standard IPA appearance. Golden-rod with slight haziness. Moderate head with decent amount of lacing.

Smell: the smell (and taste) of hops absolutely dominate this beer, for better or worse.

Taste: This beer has really been a grower, but anyone who loves IPAs for the bitterness and hops should definitely check this one out. I wouldn't particularly recommend the beer for someone not accustomed to very bitter beers, or strong IPAs.

Mouthfeel: A very drinkable beer. The bitterness lingers for a while, but isn't problematic for anyone used to that feeling. Smooth and freshing, a great summer beer. This is also a great beer to pair with a hearty dinner.

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.