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

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Reviews: 640
Hads: 1,812
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 224
Gots: 259 | 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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Photo of decadance
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of BellsFan
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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 (431 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of nawicks
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (218 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (973 characters)

Photo of madeofsteel
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of jhoban19
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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! (1,446 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of betsona
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of KELPAK
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of CoolJosh
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously traded from Mikesgroove and generously shared by my good friend treyrab.

Poured in to a snifter. This beer pours a radiant hazy golden orange with pink tones in the center. It looks very nice despite the lack of head (I blame the glassware more then I blame the brewery).

The smell is magnificent, it's like sticking your nose into a fruit basket. Tons of tropical fruit including but not limited to Mango, peach, orange, ripe banana, and lemongrass. There is also a floral component that really complements the other scents well.

The taste is sublime, and matches the smell scent-for-taste. Great caramel backing adds a near perfect balance. The carbonation is perfect for the style, as it adds a sharp feel that I find refreshing and desirable in an IPA.

Great beer, really thankful to those mentioned above that were generous to share and I will be seeking out more of this in the near future. (915 characters)

Photo of getgetgettleman
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes of 4/2/11

I received this special bottle from my friend Kaman in a 6 pack grab.

A = Amber brown. Similiar to a nut brown ale in appearance. Semi cloudy body. 2 finger froth, thick lacing, moderate carbonation.

S = Hops hops hops! Grass, clover and honey.

T = Super hops! Note of pine nut and grass. Really nice!

M = Malty on the front end, nice bitter hop finish. Fresh.

O = This was a great surprise. :) Really well crafted with this special hop blend. This is sure to please any IPA-o-file! (518 characters)

Photo of
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Grand Trunk in Detroit.
Appearance - Amber coloured with creamy, long-lasting head.
Aroma - Predominantly hoppy. Aromas are grapefruit and pine, some sweet malt in the back.
Flavour is primarily bitter; grapefruit with malt always in the background, but present. Finish is very bitter and hoppy, with a lingering, almost raw, hops flavour. (351 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Relatively clear gold with some copper leanings. Head is rocky and bright-white and dwindles to a sticky lacing in short order.

Smell: Tons of hops. I'm getting a bunch of orange rind mixed with some pineapple and pine. It hits every range I thought hops could hit without being too crazy. A touch of malt sweetness lingers in the back, but the nose is dominated by the hops.

Taste: Similar to the nose. Lots of citrus hits the tongue and quickly gives way to a lingering pine flavor. The thing I thought of as pineapple on the nose is long gone. Some sweetness from the malts drops some caramel notes, perhaps something biscuity as well, and quickly departs.

Mouthfeel: A little heavier than I was expecting. It almost drinks DIPA heavy, but lacks the overtly syrupy quality. Carbonation is on the low side and it finishes a little dry.

Drinkability: I could probably drink a few of these before my tastebuds begged me to switch it up. Goes down easy due to low carbonation.

Overall: I'm lucky to have found a 12-pack of this while it was in MA for EBF weekend. It's an amazing take on the American IPA and brings the midwest brewers in to serious IPA contention. This might be one of the better IPA's I've had in recent history. (1,248 characters)

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears veiled gold with some wisps of suspended particulates (probably yeast) floating a couple of inches below the surface. A vigorous pour gets you two fingers of luxurious, slightly rocky head that sticks around for a long time, generating some attractive latticework for the rest of glass.

Smells yummy: A whiff of sharp pine with some lemon and peach present but in more of a west coast proportion.

Tastes as it smells: definitely more of a west-coast experience. This one is pine forward with just enough lemon zest and grapefruit to keep things from being too out of balance. Some malt sweetness comes in at the end to compete with -- and eventually lose to -- the intense bitter end that seems to continue unabated until your next sip compounds the issue. This would stand up to many a DIPA and, in the IPA sphere, comfortably fits into the "ringer" category next to Furious and Torpedo. Those looking for a hop fiesta will be most pleased. (951 characters)

Photo of richkrull
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from SuperNova777 for winning a beer poker league tourney. Thanks buddy!

Pours a Dark golden copper color with quite a bit of off-white head and really good lacing.

Aroma is full of hops. Smells great!

Taste is very hoppy as well. But it does have some good malt flavor in the middle as well.

Light to medium mouthfeel that goes down smooth and easy.

Overall a very good tasting beer. I definitely enjOyed it and will be trying again when I get a chance. (471 characters)

Photo of carolynschaf
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional IPA with strong pine, citrus, and light spice hop aroma and taste. Generous bittering hop additions and a medium body balance very well, if you can take the up-front hop blast. (188 characters)

Photo of infestaxion
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy gold with about a finger of creamy head that fades into a film on the top with a ring around the edge.

S - Sweet mother of hoppy. A twinge of citrus.

T - Much like the smell. Mostly hops with a bit of citrus. A little grassy. Bitterness throughout that lingers. Just fantastic.

M - Not overly carbonated. Very smooth.

D - Oh yeah. I wish this was more available where I live. This could definitely be an all summer long beer. (438 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 2-finger white frothy head. Really nice retention and good lacing. Clear with a good amount of carbonation.

S – This is a hop bomb for sure. A strong hop presence with grapefruit, orange, and mango aromas. There’s maybe a little bit of bready, caramel malt, but this belongs to the hops.

T – Starts off sweet with bready malt and citrus flavors and then almost instantaneously morphs into a bitter monster with a blast of grapefruit, orange, mango, and a little bit of pine hops. This is an intensely bitter IPA.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a very bitter and dry finish. Bitter grapefruit lingers for a great amount of time.

O – This is a deliciously bitter IPA. Short’s doesn’t lie when they say this has 140 IBU. This really tastes like a DIPA. I’m impressed that they packed so much bitterness into a single IPA. Due to the intensely bitter flavor that seems to build forever, the drinkability suffers a little, but this beer is so enjoyable that it’s probably better to sip on it anyway. Great beer from Short’s. I’ll be looking for more from them in the future. (1,231 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery orange with a sticky, white cap. Chunky lacing and great head retention. Bright orange and tangerine aroma with a bit of a sharper grapefruit edge. Slightly powdery and piney. Solid hop bitterness turns a bit sharp towards the finish. Lots of pine resin and grapefruit pith. Fruity sweetness and a flash of caramel malts mid-palate provide just enough balance. Lingering bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with slight warmth, a bit dry with moderate carbonation. A great IPA, plenty of punch with lots of flavour. (541 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from Hawks10, poured into a Monica while grilling, pretty excited for this.

Appearance is perfect as far as I'm concerned with a bright, rich clear copper body that has a massive creamy off white head that is supported by a constant stream of bubbles and never fades to less than a finger thick. Also leaves behind thick sheets of lacing. Aroma reeks of fresh hops, very earthy and citrus rind with strong caramel malt and grain notes as well. Flavor is very similar, with both over the top and bitter hops and an equally potent sweet and earthy malt backbone. Body is medium thick with soft, active carbonation. The beer is very bitter throughout, including the finish but the strong malt body provides nice balance producing a very drinkable, aggressively hopped IPA. I rarely get too excited about IPAs but this one is a standout for my tastes. (861 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- It poure a quite hazy orange-brown color with a 1 finger off-white head that became a solid lace leaving nice sticky rings down the glass.

S- There were definitley sweeter malt tones evident, but the grassy hops took center stage on this beer.

T- Much like the aroma, the hops were much stronger than the malt characteristics. The major flavor was grapefruit.

M- Very smooth feel. Light carbonation and a full body almost made me think of a cask style offering.

D- It's an easy drinker. I had two large drafts with dinner and thought I could have another. While the flavor tends more toward the hops, it's not a hop bomb that's going to kill the tastebuds. (703 characters)

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