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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: 652
Hads: 1,864
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 221
Gots: 293 | FT: 12
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: 652 | Hads: 1,864
Photo of alcstradamus
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light amber color with about of finger of head that settles to a light layer on top of the beer. Smell is big citrus and floral hops, a strong caramel malt backbone, and I'm even picking up some sort of sweet chocolate-like sweetness that I can't pinpoint. The taste is bitter up front with an awesome pineapple hop profile and a little bit of honey sweetness. Now THIS is how I like my IPA's! A bit too bitter for a 5 though. Mouthfeel is normal for the style and drinkability is high due to the great hop profile, and only slowed down by the high bitterness.

Awesome beer from Short's, one of the better IPA's I've had for sure!

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Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another AlleyKatKing acquisition. Reviewed from notes.

Since I included the delicious-ness that had settled on the bottom of the bottle, it has a nice wispy translucence to the golden orange body. Produced a healthy head and fine lacing. Tons of citrus rind aroma, with grapefruit, lemon, and some honey sweetness. Delicious hop combination, some 3C's and plenty of malt to back it up, nice and earthy. Some lingering hop presence, not too bitter just right. Fairly clean finish for a IPA this hoppy. Good drinkability, kind of creamy, it goes down smooth. Those Michiganers sure know how to make good beer.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft @ Brew HaHa. A hazy copper/orange with a medium sudsy white head.Big grapefruit,orange zest aroma,some pine and floral notes too.Flavor is very fresh and crisp,bitter up front with a rye/pale sort of malt in the middle and bitter at the end,peppery,orangy. Nice lacing left down the glass.Very good all around,very flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of jrhottle
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I need to review these whilst drinking them so I can remember all the details....

I definitely loved the bitterness-to-citrus ratio. Meaning hoppy and bitter, and spot on as an American IPA. it is very "Michigan" - maybe from the hint of pine that comes through.... made me feel nostalgic drinking it locally though. Slightly hazy in color, and a hint of sweetness in the malt with a medium head coming from the bottle, thicker head from the tap.

Taking some of this back to Ohio for my brother-in-law. He told me to get it when the lady and I were in Michigan, and boy was I glad!

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Photo of claytong
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - straw orange with minor head for an ipa. good retention however.

smell - citrus hops, and some hops with citrus. pretty simple but nice, light and easy with some bitterness coming to the nose.

taste - comparable to the greats of the style and dipa. big hops here. citrus, pale malts, and it seems like you can taste the cleanness of the water.

mouthfeel - pretty light bodied, medium carbonation and very drinkable with minor puckering. a bit of sweetness with a bit of hops goes a long way in my books

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Photo of nukem5
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange color which is inviting to the eye, and a good tan head. Slight lacing down glass.

S: Aromas of citrus and floral burst to the nose.

T: Bitter and inviting floral hops with slightly citrus background.

M: Great medium body, nice carbonation level.

D: Very smooth and drinkable, great with some aged sharp cheddar and wheat crackers.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is full of citrus hop with a touch of pine and a nice backbone of sweet caramel malts.

T - The flavor kicks off with big kick of citrus hop with pineapple and grapefruit hops with some good bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle some light pine hop and lots more bitterness comes through. The caramel malt is still in the background, but the hops are front and center here. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel hops with lots of citrus hops and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with nice dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big hop profile with some nice bitterness from start to end. Not quite balanced, but the big bold hop is really nice.

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Photo of Keyportnick
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a very nice straw/golden color. Has a very light haze to it. Nice one finger head that dissipates quickly after the first few sips. Nice thin lacing head continues throughout.

Smell- strong notes of pine from the hops with a strong backbone of light Carmel malts.

Taste- light pine leading into big hops and biscuit, finishes with a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel- strong carbonation with a medium heavy body

Overall- with the amount of hops and malt in this beer I would blindly think it would be a double/imperial. I thought it was a great well done beer and def deserves a try. It's something I could go back to

- After 2 years of drinking craft beer regularly this is finally my first review! Cheers.

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Photo of drxandy
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap 7/18 @ old chicago in okemos
served in 16oz mug, deep orangeish opaque amber, white head fades to good lacing, looks deep

smells of a great combination of hops, bitter and sweet

tastes of an astringent bitter hop combo, yum! sweet malts, i'd love to go into more detail but i was enjoying it too much at the time to take more notes :D
a very nice ipa!

mouthfeel is of a good weight, deliciously bitter, very drinkable - one of my favorite ipa's for sure, can't wait for wider distribution.

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Photo of paulieatworld
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up on my last trip to my hometown up north. picked this up from jack's in traverse.

pours a beautiful off amber color. right smack dab between golden and red.

super nice whiff on hops both citrus and piney.

lick smackenly hoppy. a pleasant suprise from a gem of a little brewery. a very well put together ipa which showcases the classic aggressive hop attack of the west coast india pales.

pretty damn close to stone's house ipa. a great achievement from one of the little guys brewing in the great white north.

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Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this gem of a hopster in a recent trade with d0b, thanks Dave! From the 12oz. brown long-neck pours a beautiful amber-gold, slightly hazy ale with a 1/2" of white, creamy foam. Nice soft carbonation with decent head retention.

Mildly sweet caramel malt with a healthy dose of earthy, herbal, citric and a bit piney hop overtones. Lightly floral yet pungently hoppy aroma profile...reeks of IPA.

Mild mannered malty intro that almost instantly gets blasted with a hop invasion. At first it's grapefruit and citrus, then turns sharply earth laden and spruce like pine resinous bite. A long lingering bitterness that fades to a herbal and grassy brisk finish. Lots of bitter bite with this one, but in a good way that begs for more. The alcohol is very well masked all the way around, the carbonation complements the medium-plus body in a smooth fullness. A hyper thirst quenching brew that will rival any IPA thrown at it...super drinkable and very hophead friendly. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Foran's in Detroit.

A - A golden ale with a huge, creamy head and lots of lacing.

S - Lots of floral hops.

T - Fruity and floral hops with loads of flavor and a nice citrusy bitterness. The hops certainly dominate this one.

M - A good consistency with a low carbonation that lets the hop flavors run wild.

D - I got this on a recommendation by the bartender and I loved it. It's just my kind of beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to heliosphan for sending me a couple of these. Pours the way an IPA should, Color is a bright murky orange, with about a finger of white heading. Big whiff of metallic and citrus juice from the hops. I get oranges, grapefruit, lemon and tea. Wow, when I taste this beer the only thing that comes to my mind is the color green. The hops are very bitter, and really rush in in a resiny, oily way. Specific tastes I am picking up are mint leaves, pine, grapfruit, earthy tones. Medium body on this one, and as far as drinkability is concerned, be warned. The amount of hops in this takes it damn close to being a palate destroyer. Still, I could go through a six pack of this easily, and I am sure any hop love would say the same thing. Hopefully this is one of the offerings available at the Road House towards the end of this month. Cheers

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/gold with white head.

The smell is pineapple and fresh cut grass.

The taste is a brief amount of flavor on the front consisting of an earthy citrus followed by a mouth puckering bitterness.

A nice creamy mouthfeel to top it all off.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright harvest orange with golden honey colored highlights. The three finger crown easily qualifies as eye candy. The craggy upper surface looks like a moonscape and the foam is as sticky as all get out, which is proven by a glass that is beautifully blasted with lace.

As expected (given the color), lightly toasted malts take some of the citrus zesty edge off the American hops. White grapefruit and orange are most prominent. We aren't talking the olfactory overload that is uber-fresh Bell's Two Hearted, but the aroma is mighty pleasing if you like da hops.

Via the website, Short's told me to expect 'enormous amounts' of hops that hit 'like a punch in the face'. While that isn't quite what I'm getting, Huma-Lupa-Licious is a highly hopped IPA that can compete with all but the very best. Then again, I have no idea how old this bottle is. I'm pretty sure it's pretty fresh.

There isn't as much toasted breadiness and nuttiness as feared. Probably a single-digit percentage of Munich, no more. Hop flavor and bitterness is becoming cumulative as the ounces fly by, which is always nice. Yes sir, this little beauty will give most hopheads that alpha acid smack and tickle that they crave.

In addition to white grapefruit pith and peel, resinous pine is present as well. The final pour murks up the liquid something serious. It also adds even more flavor and bitterness. Looks like the taste score deserves a bump after all. Never fear, the drinkability score was there already.

There's no letdown when it comes to the body/mouthfeel. It's at least medium for the style and is expertly bubbled. It's getting so that I can almost predict this score by the sound of the pour.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA grew on me from first gulp to last. This is definitely a fresh bottle and is a hoptasty treat of the highest order. It's also the second best American IPA brewed in the state of Michigan. Care to guess which is the best? The brewers have every right to be proud of this one.

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Photo of drizzam
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy orange body contains some black particulate floating about. A generous two finger off white head tops the body. This head is about as ice as they get with dimples and a generous veil of lacing down the inside of my glass. Looks dandy.

S - A nice citrus hop aroma permeates my nasal membranes. There is also a bit of bready malt mixing in with those hops to add some complexity to the nose.

T & M - The nose did not betray the tongue. A heavy hop presence is balanced with some bready malt. The hops are both citric and piney in character. Medium bodied...the hops continue to come through beginning, middle and end. Certainly 140 IBU's of hop bitterness being represented here.

D - This is a dandy IPA...I'm really glad my friends hooked me up with this one! If you like hop bombs, this one will be right up your alley.

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Photo of rchristensen
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours a hazy, orange-amber with a 2 inch off white head that slowly fades leaving a nice lace.

S- Aromas of bitter citrus and pine are prominent. There is a very slight hint of malt but the hops take center stage.

T- A citrussy (grapefruit?) start followed by a very pronounced bitterness. I detect a slight bready flavor but it is overshadowed by the bitterness that commands me to keep sipping.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- A very solid IPA. I wish this was distributed in Mass. so I can consume on a regular basis.

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Photo of boomer31
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 8-22. Taken from notes

A - Gold with a sticky white head

S - The first thing my wife said was 'it smells like grapefruit' and I wouldn't agree more. I got some mango hops too...all fruity hops here

T - Dry, grassy and piney. Where did the fruits go? Hey whatever, the taste is bitter and chewy. What a great IPA

M - Dry and medium carbonation. The hops really keep your tongue begging for water or more or this beer.

D - I really like this beer. Not over the top high in ABV but very hoppy. Two of my favorite IPAs are Masala Mama and Furious and this one is right up there.

Well done Shorts. I think this was at it's peak of freshness because the hops really smack you in the face. I got a chance to try some new beers that I can't get here in MN and am very pleased with this offering.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look of this beer is a bright dark gold color and it has a nice big white head. Leaves great lacing. Smell is a dank hop bomb; floral, pine, earthy, and grapefruit. Taste is the same with the pine and floral tastes being the most dominant, but with a decent malt backing that holds up pretty well against the instense bitterness. Feel is medium and very resinous with good carbonation. Overall this beer is fantastic and I wish it was available in my area.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the chance to taste this one. My first offering from Shorts. Poured from bottle into my brooklyn snifter. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color. decent head, some lacing on the glass. Smell- applejuice? bread, some citrus notes. Taste- first is a citrus blast, next next is a caramel sweet notes from the malt, then at the end a total blast of hops bitterness! wow! this one really hits you hard at the end- there are a ton of hops in here at 140 IBUs! I didn't see that coming, I didn't get much on the nose. This is really a celebration of citrus hops- so nice, light, tropical, airy, but BITTER! I'm really pretty impressed by this- maybe the hoppiest regular IPA I have ever had.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture a slightly paler "Two-Hearted with some more brown in and you have Huma-Lupa-Licious. ( The comparisons to Two-hearted will continue because any IPA made in MI has that as its comparator.) Huge head on the pour from the growler and the slightly off-white head leaves sheets and ring of lace on the pint.
Aroma was citrus, pine trees, some hay, very pale malt.
Flavor was slight pale malt followed by some light toffee and a citrus and resiny finish.
Mouthfeel was modestly smooth and malty for a split second and the barrage and complex and strong, but not overpowering hop profiles take over. First wave of bittering seems more light and perfumy but this is followed quickly by a 2nd salvo of teeth-hurting, taste bud grinding, resin and gritty bitterness takes over. Really builds a crescendo of layered bitterness. More complex as I work through the growler. Very nice beer.
Drinkability is very high. Stands up strong to Two-Hearted. Different yet alike in some ways this beer is a classic. Definitely have to get back to Bellaire sometime soon.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange appearance with a creamy white head, settles to a film that covers the surface nicely. Very hazy, looks like it'll have promising hops.

S - Excellent, you are hit with a lot of hops the second you pop off the cap. That's really the main thing that you smell. They are very crisp and pronounced, definitely a grapefruit aroma.

T - Just the way I like it. The hops are predominant and last throughout the entire time and lingers nicely after the fact. The taste is slightly fruity but is still dominated by hop bitterness. The hops give this beer a rather dry aftertaste. Malt is virtually undetectable.

M - I like it. It goes in smooth but pretty light/medium feeling. The entire time that it's in your mouth you can feel the hops and it's a good feeling.

D - Some people may disagree and find this to have too bitter of an aftertaste. Personally, I can't think of a greater taste to perpetuate then the hops that Huma Lupa Licious leaves behind. I just want more!

As the people who rated this beer lower showed, it's not a beer for someone who is looking for an even beer that balances between hops and malts or offers extremely complex flavours. I personally find that to go even more in favour with this beer, the hop flavours are fantastic.

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Photo of natemort13
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a slightly hazy light burnt orange with a white head that has decent retention some puddling.

Aroma is biting piney hops with an underlying bready maltness. I also get some vegetal hops. Also some faint pineapple. Spicy hops. Guess it is complex.

Right off the bat more piney bitter bitter hops that fade into slight lemon zest. Big bready malt backing it up. Very peppery hops. Almost feels like I'm drinking pine sap. Verges on being to bitter but doesn't cross the line.

Mouthfeel is tingly from the hop bitterness and good carbonation. Medium bodied. huge bitter finish

Overall a very unique ipa. The hop character seems more suited for a dipa. Just a huge beer disguised as a plain old ipa. india pine ale. Great contrast to the typical citrus imperials/doubles

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-copper color. Has a thin, lacy head in brandy snifter. Some retention left in spots on the glass.

Has a hoppy and citrus aroma. Very pleasant and aromatic. Pine is also noticeable.

Huma has a delicious sweet and bitter taste. It has a tasty complexity to it. Huma has a strong hop presence. I taste pineapple, grapefruit,and orange. Black pepper gives it a certain spiciness.

Medium-bodied and decent carbonation. A great IPA that I have known for only a year now. A great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of Beerdanza
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

This is a beer for people who love the bitter bite of hops. There's a bit of malt and sweetness down low, but it can't compete with the bitterness.

If you like the hops to dominate your beer experience, and you're an IPA fan, I recommend this. It's one of my favorite beers for summer. It's on my exceptional beer list.

I'd go again.

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.