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

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Ratings: 1,791
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 226
Gots: 252 | FT: 10
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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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Ratings: 1,791 | Reviews: 656
Photo of Beerdanza
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for this bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with thick frothy off-white head into a shaker pint glass. Nice retention and some decent lacing cling. Smells of citrus, pine, caramel, and biscuit, definitely an IPA. Tastes of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, and pine up front, like someone shoved a whole slew of citrus fruit salad into your mouth all at once. What follows is some caramel sweetness and biscuit notes for balance before some earthy tones and a very bitter grassy finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Crisp and citrusy, fairly balanced but the grassy finish seems to linger a little too much for me. A great IPA nevertheless, definitely a hop lover's dream.

Photo of BostonHops
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a clear medium amber tone while yielding a finger, finger and a half of foamy off-white head. decent retention and lacing all over the place. pretty much nails what my expectations are for the appearance of an IPA. fairly aromatic nose offers citric hops in abundance. secondary notes of pine and some florally characters with the hint of a sweet, malty backbone present in the background.

taste delivers on the nose, maybe even exceeds it. the citrus headlines the show with the pine and floral hoppiness and some biscuit-y malt rounding out the supporting cast. fairly bitter. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i'm digging this IPA a lot. very tasty. while i wouldn't necessarily throw it in with the best of the best, i could see it earning a spot in my regular rotation... if only short's distributed to the boston area.

(originally reviewed: 02-01-2012)

Photo of UnionMade
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aside from the finger's worth of foam atop this beer, it looks like a glass full of unfiltered clover honey. Bright orange, glowing with haziness. Great head retention, and lots of lace leaving rings down the glass.
Smells fiercely hoppy. I can smell it from where it's sitting on the patio table in front of me. Sweet malt is there, but the hops dominate with a lemony zest. Fruity and pungent.
The flavor opens rather sweet for a split second, then the hops overtake the palate "like an unstoppable rebel force". Fruity and floral in it's bitterness, lemon and orange peel with a bit of pine. Big bodied and greasy with all the hop oils. The malt keeps the bitterness from getting too out of control with a simple, candied sweetness. Complexity is mostly derived from the hops, the malt seems to be there in an essential, unseen role, like the black-clad ringside cameraman capturing a fight. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste for a long, long time. I tend to like over the top IPAs like this, so I'm sure my six pack will go quickly. This one's a real palate blaster. I imagine it would be hard to taste most other brews after a bottle of this.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.
thanks to abanton for the opportunity.

pours a clear medium amber tone while yielding a finger, finger and a half of foamy off-white head. decent retention and lacing all over the place. pretty much nails what my expectations are for the appearance of an IPA.

fairly aromatic nose offers citric hops in abundance. secondary notes of pine and some florally characters with the hint of a sweet, malty backbone present in the background.

taste delivers on the nose, maybe even exceeds it. the citrus headlines the show with the pine and floral hoppiness and some biscuit-y malt rounding out the supporting case. fairly bitter. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i'm digging this IPA a lot. very tasty. while i wouldn't necessarily put it up with the best of the best, i could see it earning a spot in my regular rotation... if only short's distributed to the boston area.

Photo of rudylaw
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to eyebrews for lugging a case of this nectar down to DLD! Jack, you are the salt of the earth!

Pours a hazy copper with a thick, white head. It leaves a fair amount of stickiness as you continue to enjoy this delicious IPA. Smell is filled with different kinds of hops:, floral, citrus, pine -- and there is some malt present -- a nice biscuity malt.

A lot of citrus as you work your way through this. It is a touch bitter on the outset, but it balances out as you do. I get hints of caramel here to... just so much at work.

This is easily one of my favorite IPAs. It's so fresh, which no doubt helps its cause, but I'm sold.

Photo of sweett3k
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yes MICHIGAN does kick arse on all brews that are hoppy. Short's brew is another awesome beer from Michigan where the best beers are brewed in the WORLD. This IPA is awesome not as good as Hopslam but pretty close. Taste like if I was licking the floors of heaven. One of the best IPAs I have tasted. Delicious!

Photo of BBP
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- translucent burnt orange, almost a bit brown. Decent head with fair carbonation.

S- Grapefruit, pine, and hops stand out and are quite potent. Slight malt, but definitive hop aromas.

T- Hops barrage your tongue upon first contact. Leaves a great bitter aftertaste. The malt is very underpowered, but plays enough of a part to keep it from going over the edge. Leaves a ton of bitterness for an IPA, and it probably has enough hoppiness of a DIPA. I'm finding it more addictive each time I have it. Many to most other IPA's fall in the shadow of this one in regards to hops.

M- Slightly thinner than average and a bit too much carbonation.Leaves a slightly dry and sticky finish.

D- Easy to down, and a prime example of a hoppy IPA if there ever was one. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste which I quite enjoy, but was a little overwhelming the first time I tried it. I never go to Michigan for beer without picking this up. On top of all the hoppiness, it's fairly economic as well. 11-12$ for a 6pk.

Photo of coriswrasse
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into two snifter glasses. no bottle date. age can significantly affect the ratings on this style.

hazy with good clarity.

darker golden straw.

pine and resin on the tongue late, does not dry out very much.

mango/fruity/pine nose.

not enough significant head for this style.

outstanding taste overall, highly suggested.

Photo of gunnerman
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved on a recent trade from rhoadsrage. Pours a crimson amber with a foamy fluffy head that leaves nice thick lace on the glass. Smell has a candy like hop quality to it. I can detect citrus in the nose but also pear like quality. Taste is a hopcoaster with big upfront pine taste and sweet nectar on the sides of your toungue, overall hop finish towards the end. This one fine crafted IPA hoppy and to the point.

Photo of TasteTester
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler on my first visit to HopCat in GR. Worth the trip and the purchase. This is a great example of why I love IPAs.

A-Golden amber/copper color, fairly transparent. Heavy head on a hard pour in to a mug fit for a bomber. Lacing from top to bottom.

S-Very citrusy and floral. Combo of hops and alcohol stings the nostrils slightly. Well balanced.

T-Again, very well balanced. The bitterness of the hops does not overpower the full flavor of this beer. The citrus cools the palette nicely.

M-Sticky and good. Flavor sticks to all areas of the tongue and mouth, leaving a nice reminder of the beer.

D-Being an IPA lover, I would drink this all day, and yesterday I did. I only wish I had another growler to put back.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours an orange/amber color with a creamy off-white head that rose a full two fingers. Good retention and loads of lacing. This is a pretty beer.

White grapefruit and oranges up front with some toasted malt peeking through. Maybe a little more than I like, which detracts from the citrus goodness. Some notes of pine resin/oil round out the nose.

Pithy grapefruit and oranges burst onto the palate. The toasted malt lays much lower on the palate than in the nose, allowing the resinous, oily pine and citrus flavors to stand tall. There is an uppercut of bitterness that builds with each sip.

Medium body with perfect carbonation. Chewy, thick and oily all the while finding a way to be smooth and creamy. The build up of bitterness coats and really sticks to the gums.

I had somewhat high expectations for this beer and it did not disappoint. Quickly becoming one of my favorites in the style. This is on my short list to answer of the age old question: "If you could only have one IPA for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

Photo of decadance
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange-red hue with about an inch of head which laces nicely.

S - Lotsa hops. but hints of grapefruit and other assorted citrus

T - This beer is about the bitter. It is assertive to say the least. it however, remains balance with some lighter citrus in the front and back ends.

M - Ends dry, but has the right about of carbonation.

D - I had two, wanted more. It is tasty, and balanced well with the spicy tuna I had.

Photo of BellsFan
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this might be better than Two Hearted, and. coming from someone with the username BellsFan THAT'S A BIG DEAL.
A: looks like an IPA aught to. Sserved without much head but presented with a deep amber color.
S: more than good hop aroma!
T: tastes like I'm drinking hops
M: actually it's thinner than expected for 140 IBUs and it's well balanced with just enough malt but not too much for an IPA
O: I ordered another; enough said

Photo of Roman5150
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle into pint glass

appearance: cloudy darker orange, 1 finger white head

smell: intense hops, very earthy weedy smell, highly floral

taste: very bitter, one of the more bitter beer i've ever had. It's a long lasting bitterness, very hoppy and earthiness to it, citrus and grapefruit come through in the end, any malt is easily masked by the bitterness. Lots of floral notes, tastes like a hint of honey is lost somewhere in there as well. If you love bitter high IBU beers like I do, you will love this. Alcohol not noticeable.

mouthfeel: pretty high carbonation, slightly thin feel

overall: A very bitter hop bomb, this offering from Short's packs a punch. To compare it to a more popular beer, it's more bitter than a Ruination, but with less pronounced citrus/grapefruit flavors. A great hoppy beer, one of the most bitter i've ever had, will buy again. Whatever you drink after this, you will not taste.

Photo of nawicks
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deliciously crisp IPA that offers a lot of floral citrus notes. It's quite bitter and perhaps a little less malty than some of the sweeter IPA's. This really allows the different flavors of the hops to shine through.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Hazy brownish-orange color. One finger of fronty off-white head with average retention and plenty of lacing.

5.0 S: Lots of hoppy goodness going on here. Candied oranges, regular oranges, mandarin oranges, tons of oranges! Also minor grapefruit, pine, and pineapple. Malts are slightly bready, but remains in the background. Awesome nose with this one.

4.5 T: Medium, but aggressive, level of bitterness. The taste is almost the inverse of the nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit, while orange hangs out in the background. Malts are again in the background, but slightly more pronounced than in the nose. Bready and doughy, but not off-putting like in some IPAs. Touch of chewy yeastiness as well.

4.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is okay, but might be slightly too aggressive. Could also be a bit creamier, but good enough overall.

4.0 D: Tasty beer here. Great taste, awesome nose, and a good enough mouthfeel. Would buy this if Short's ever decided to distribute here.

Photo of jampics2
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Tiffany's in K-Zoo when I took a road trip up to Michigan. Poured into my snifter with some vigor, and a surprising amount of yeast almost slipped past into the globe - not on my watch!

Looks GREAT! Bright orange with a white head that leaves a ton of lace. This is a perfect looking IPA!!

Smell is nice, some caramel and light toffee supports a ton of floral and piney hops. TONS of citrus, mainly grapefruit and orange.

Taste is wonderful - a great malt base that has just enough biscuity presence, then some kick-ass hops. Piney, earthy, citrus. Sweet start and bitter finish. Touch of lingering bitterness but pretty darn smooth.

Mouthfeel is great, I would love a touch less malt heaviness, but it's damn close to perfection.

Drinkable as all get-out. I LOVE this beer and I'm happy to be rating a Shorts beer highly after a few encounters with the infected batches from late last year. I think this is a great beer - wonderful work guys!

Photo of madeofsteel
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden-amber color with a fizzy looking 1/4 inch head.
Very lovely lacing.

S - Big hops in the nose, mostly piney with some citrus backing it up. Lemon or orange zest comes to mind.

T - Bitter! This is an IPA that certainly doesn't skimp on the hops. Floral and not very heavy on the citrus. Simply amazing.

M - Very nice dry IPA finish.

O - This beer is unrelenting, and with dominate your palate if you'd just give it the chance.

Photo of jhoban19
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, enjoyed with a bowl of home-made mac & cheese (sharp cheddar and gruyere).

A: wonderfully bright copper color, just over a finger of head (more due to a less than proper pour on my part). head didn't last terribly long, minor lace present throughout the entire pint.

S: hops, hops and more hops- and that's how I like 'em! the hops really smack you in the face with a good amount of pine and citrus. about half way through I swear a caught a hint of bread dough, but just a subtle one.

T: as much hops in the taste as in the aroma. get that smooth hop taste for about a second or two and a malty delight kicks in, followed by a bitterness at the back of the tongue that lingers long after you've set the glass down and continues to tingle until the next sip.

M: smooth and satisfying. well carbonated, but not overly so. as mentioned above, a pleasant tingle on the back of the tongue lingers until the next sip.

D: incredibly drinkable if you like 'em hoppy. definitely a favorite of mine. goes down easy, but not really a session beer. the hops really take control of the palate so any more than a couple will be a waste- save the next one for another time when you have a fresh slate and can really enjoy it.

edit: poured a second one immediately following the beer reviewed above- gave it a proper pour and got a full 2 finger head. still doesn't last terribly long but the lacing is stronger. same hoppy goodness though!

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"With the power of ale he knew he could not fail."
- Alestorm, The Huntmaster

Clear pumpkin color with a dainty white head. Thin skim retention emanating from a swarthy collar. Grandma's dollie retention.

Sniffing this beer is a highly pleasurable sensation. Mango and softy pine citrus and ruby red grapefruit roll over a fresh baked biscuit malt profile.

Big earthy tobacco and grapefruit bitter. Grapefruit up the wazoo. Little bit of acidic pineapple and fuzzy peach in there too. The bottle claims "the hearty malt bill melds with the hops to create a perfect balance." This ain't balance, this is malticide.

Rivals Smuttynose Finest Kind for most grapefruity IPA I've had.

Photo of betsona
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- Deep amber with a half finger of thick white head. Head retains in a thin covering with little circles of thicker head. Copious amounts of lacing on the glass.

S- I imagine that this is what death by grapefruit would smell like. Not just the meat of the grapefruit but the rind adding to the nose. There is a pineapple note that is trying to make a guest appearance along with some caramel, but they lost out in cast billing.

T- The nose is carried over into the taste. Bombarded by bitterness of grapefruit but mellowed out by slight pineapple and caramel sweetness. It isn't completely balanced, though it is pretty close considering how bitter it is.

M- Medium body. Sort of body that is great for two or three bottles but starts to weigh on the stomach. Nice long lasting bitterness.

O- One of my favorites. The bitterness was too much for me the first time I had this one; it took a while for it to grow on me. The abv is hidden well and makes it an easy drinker.

Photo of KELPAK
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a great IPA. It just became available for our establishment to carry and the response has been exceptional.

Has a nice dry hop to it which is what i've come to look for in an IPA for my personal taste, truely is one of the better IPA's on the market available in a six pack.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hop-Cat from my recent trip to Grand Rapids from notes.

A - pours a hazy orange with a small tight white head with great lacing and retention
S- Lovely hop presence with citrus and grassy undertones and the pale sweet malt coming through nicely
T - light, crisp, hoppy and floral with the malt rounding everything out nicely. Lots of caramel and citrus on the palate.
M - smooth going down with medium carbonation
D - Fantastic drinkability and I want to get some more here in Indiana. Please some to Indiana Shorts when you are up and bottling.

This is one of the best IPA's I've had. All around just a great beer.

Photo of scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to jbck109 for sending me this.

A: Pours a dark amber with about a finger width of oily tan head that quickly faded into a bubbly film and collar that left steaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells awesome! Huge notes of exotic fruits including mango, papaya and pineapple. Hints of juicy lemon and cantaloupe as well.
T: Follows the nose with the addition of some hints of caramel and toasted malt. Finish has an almost bubblegum-tangerine sweetness to it, kind of like Starbursts candy or sherbet. Aftertaste is citusy and bitter.
M: Very creamy carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Bitterness is ample but clean and pleasant.
D: Very good IPA. Super fruity and very bitter with a delicious aroma. One of the best I've had in a while. I would definitely seek this out if it were available locally.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,791 ratings.