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

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Ratings: 1,689
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 219
Gots: 194 | FT: 6
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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 SiepJones
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light copper color. I wanted to say it was golden but it just wasn't that light. Fluffy head with good lacing on the sides. Aromas of fruity citrus with some pine and grass waft from my glass. Lemon flavors with an earthy finish. Slick body with slight carbonation and a dry earthy finish. This is a good IPA that is try to form as far as style goes. I could certainly drink a few of these.

Photo of barleyPops
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Woodchopper. pours a cloudy orange/amber with a lasting frothy white head. aroma is a nice mix of pine and grapefruit. flavor is pleasantly bitter with loads of pine, orange and grapefruit zest and an interesting sweet caramel backbone. medium to full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. this is damn tasty! I need to find more.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, served on draft at HopCat in GR, MI.

Pours bronze/orange in color with good thick, rocky head. Smell is very hoppy but smells a little more like a West Coast IPA with a bit of a caramel malt backbone. Taste good and hoppy as expected with a bit of a citrus twist to it. Leaves a bitter, but pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel was great. Very smooth and unexpectedly light. Overall a good beer, recommended to me by the owner of HopCat and he knows his beer!

Photo of crc1935
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmore for a sixer of this brew (and plenty of others!!!)

Nice looking nearly opaque IPA. Bronze colored and slightly milky. Head is almost white and has wonderful retentin and leaves a thin sticky lace everywhere.

This is a damn fine smelling IPA. Citrusy hops first and foremost with piney aspects slicing through. Sweet peach and tangerine, with a hint of pineapple, newly mown grass with a caramel malty hint evening things out.

And it carries over to the mouth. Not the best IPA but one of the most solid drinkable I've had in a long long time. Mouth and nose are closely related. A great bittering hop on the finish leaves you puckering for another sip. Hop flavors are full ambitious and ready to be taken. Drinkability is high for this IPA as it is nearly perfectly balanced between malt and hop. Another one waiter?

Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow/orange color w a nice two finger head. Good carbonation and lacing on this beer. Nose is that of malt, hops, grapefruit and maybe a little orange. Taste is good- almost really good. Very bitter, and continues to shred your taste buds the more it warms up. Very good example of the style. Feel is medium bodied, and definitely has a bite to it. Overall, this is definitely one to pick up if you can find it- I enjoyed it.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Charliedvrs for the bottle.

A bright orange color glows from the glass with some tan shades and a hint of tinted bronze. A whisp of firm white stuff stays on top at an inch with retention and stick, a good looker.

Smell is hop ridden and west Coast in nature, ah hell, this smells like a westy with all that tropic fruit. Alot of grapefruit, mango, with a sheet of biscuit malt under that. It smells like an IPA yo!

Yup, this one delivers with the lupa. Hop pellets in my mouth, Some C-Hop variety, probably some Chinook. Grapefruit, mango, some pineapple light, no earth, no mild hops, this is a westy, LOL. Tastes great.

Feel is a nice amount of stepped on medium with ample carb, the bitter linger sticks around but does not scorch the palate. I could and would drink a sixer of this. I may trade for more when I know this is uber fresh, a winner.

Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyson for sending this my way. Excited for my first taste of a brewery that I've heard plenty about but had yet to sample.

Enough chatter. Huma is IPA colored, plus a bit of cloud, without the floaties, just a bit more solid in its coloring. Nose is lovely sweet, which I like, but...the hops are definitely down the ladder.

So I like my IPAs bitter & Rottweiler, & this one doesn't quite fit the bill. The 'balance' that some are so fond of is here, but instead of being cloying & annoying as is so often the case, this one's very well done. The malts are sweet, but ever so slightly subservient enough, to complement the hop chomp rather than subvert it to the dark side.

Love the bitterness in the mouth, ain't that the way an IPA is supposed to be? Especially the finish. It's crisp & Sahara dry. I rec'd a few of these from Tyson & I could see downing a couple in an evening until my mouth goes numb enough to see the dentist without further ado.

Excellent beer. Unique enough that I'd be happy to find it in my glass any day of the week.

Photo of minterro
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Kalamazoo beer exchange. Rating from notes.

A & S: hazy orange colored beer. Small off-white head. A bit of lacing. Strong grapefruit (my work collage says it smells like yellow/white grapefruit vs pink grapefruit), and floral hops scents.

T & M: mid taste is a piney hop explosion, it has a great kick. finish is semi dry and bitter. Not a lot going on as far as I can tell as far as malt profiles go. On the sweet side of the IPA. Not very complex, but its what I look for in IPA’s. Medium to full bodied, with medium carbonation. It has that great combo of smooth but crisp.

O: Overall a damn good beer. No huge problems with this one, and my favorite out of the Short’s beers I’ve tried thus far. To explain more about some of my rating selections, I’m only giving it a 4 for taste because I didn’t think it was well balanced. I look for this kind of beer to drink, however if I were rating without bias I would say that there are a few parts of this beer that don’t make it world class (balance and complexity). So that’s my reasoning behind the 4 instead of something higher.

Photo of albern
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you live outside the Great Lakes area, this beer may be a bit difficult to find. The brewer's website shows a map where the beer is distributed, and it is a fairly local beer. It helps to have friends who bring you beer samples of the local craft beers. The beer pours a slighly hazy orange amber color from a thick, slightly syrupy pour. There is a slight foamy white head, that doesn't retain long after, and a touch of lacing. The nose on the beer is the high point. This beer has a very enticing aroma. The estery hop oils really pop through, there are orange bursts from the hops, some nice florals, in the pine and grapefruit families, with some biscuity malts coming through underneath.

This IPA is a fine beer, but it lacks some of the estery and oily hop character present in the aroma. The hop is quite drying, very leafy and grainy, more bitter than bittering, and the nice florals just don't come through as one would have hoped. It is a good IPA, and there is a nice acerbic and biting grapefruit like mouth puckering tartness. The balance is a bit off, and the biscuity malts that should underlay this IPA are a touch thin. The 7% ABV is well hidden, with no residual throaty burn, nor an oily mouthfeel. This is a refreshing IPA, not perfect, a touch imbalanced, with I am sure a very substantial IBU rating. Worth getting that friend in the Great Lakes area to bring you a sample. L'Chaim.

Photo of DragonzBreath
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA...
WOW another great IPA..bam to the mouth with flavor..
Grapefruit/Malt/Pine/did i say GRAPEFRUIT..
Fizzy, sharp, smart with a nice swallow and no linger of hops..
YUM and FUN!
I was the only one at a super bowl party that liked it...IPS Haterz!
Abv 6.9

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Old Chicago in Okemos, MI

Amber in color, perhaps leaning toward orange; head was about 2 fingers or so but dissipated relatively quickly to a thin layer of bubbles and eventually to a ring. Left pretty good lacing most the way down the glass.

Mmmm.... HOPS! Hops are obviously first and foremost on the nose. Unlike some IPAs, this actually has a little complexity in that there is some citrus and grapefruit, some grassy notes, and some eathiness in there as well. Nice.

The first pull floods the mouth with bittering hoppiness, and then the beer sort of finds a bit of balance (almost) as it rolls around the tongue. There is clearly a pretty strong malty backbone here but there is such an assortment of hop flavors going on that you almost have to look for it. The weight in the mouth is quite good and matches well with the moderate carbonation. At the swallow, the first part of the finish is the mellow hop bitterness but it fades to more a dry bitter linger.

Overall, a very good IPA! Gotta love the name and gotta love the brew. If you are into hops, you will dig this brew.

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

Pours golden with a white head. The aroma is pretty strong, with a mix of piney and resiny hops. The flavor is more of the same with some earthy flavors mixed in as well. There is a good amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's in MA! Short's in MA!

A golden honey color poured into a pint glass - this beer has a nice lumpy head that sticks around for a bit (and to the glass).

Big aroma, I could smell this before I...intentionally smelled it. Reminded me of NN. Big fruity hops and pine. A sip unleashes crisp and bitter aggressive hops with very little obvious malt but somehow it's there to tame the front of the sip. Dry resiny earth/pine finish. Perhaps I'll have another taste.

This is a lot of hops. I'm not sure I was ready for it. But after a few sips I can say it was a great brew and would compliment a meal extraordinarily.

Photo of SickGnar
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangey, dark robust golden (just barely verging toward warm & bright copper) with a faint haze. Smallish bone white head settles to a skim that stays and leaves decent lacing. Wonderful ballet of fine bubble with each tile of the glass.

S: Citrusy and fairly heavy on grapefruit rind. Some sugary pale malt with a light caramel hint cuts through the hop smack just a bit. Grapefruit sugar cookie! Nice! Only possible flaw is just a slight ghostly hint of diacetyl.

T: Now that is dank. It is not quite palate crushing, but moving in that direction. Resin, pine, and grapefruit rind - lots of grapefruit. Some brief fruitier & juicer citrus come through at points but quickly fall under the resin and rind steamroller that keeps going in a long lingering finish. The nose is reasonably balances, but the palate is firmly not. Doughy sugar cookie pale malts with minimal caramel notes play a supporting role only. Forcefully bitter start to finish with robustly characterful American hops really grab you and hang on, and on, and on.

M: Just a bit over medium body with CO2 perfectly matched. Some dextrins and some oily slickness (probably hop oils given the hefty aroma), but ultimately drying with some faint alcohol warmth. Starts to get a bit of a rough edge if it warms (could be from the hop palate beating).

D: Not much finesse or refinement here. Maybe a little bit in the nose, but you stop noticing that once you take a taste. But then I imagine that finesse was not what they were going for. Wonderful, almost brutal showcase of American hops. Danky resin and rind! Subtlety be damned! It is what it is and it is in your face.

Photo of bwiechmann
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the Telephone Game BIF from abraxel as an extra- much thanks man.

Pours a beautiful orange with a nice head of... wow- the smell hits you before the head even fully forms, I'm gona enjoy this. Copious amounts of lacing make a pretty beer.

Smell is all hops. Sharp and caustic notes of citrus and pine hit you in unrelenting waves. I suppose there's a little bready malt backbone if you look for it.

In regards to taste this brew lulls you into a false sense of security with those bready malts mid-palette. Then, Bam, it mushroom stamps you with hops. Citrusy, piney, resinousy hops come again and again, sticking to the tongue and increasing in intensity with each sip. Wonderful.

Overall, an awesome brew made for the hophead in you. As far as IPAs go, this can stand toe to toe with the best of them. Thanks abraxel for giving me the opportunity to try this and for giving me two so I can get another fix!

Seek this one out- it's worth it.

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from mjd83goblue. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" beige head above the clear amber brew. Head falls slowly, with sticking lace. Aroma is juicy citrus hops. Taste is sweet for a peek, and then the juicy fruit takes over, and carries on towards the close, with bitterness coming to the party near the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. Happy to have enjoyed me some Shorts...

Photo of qua17
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a cloudy copper with an inch of head that dissipates quickly. Ambit of lacing on the top. Nice.

Smell: Hops and grapefruit are present on the nose.

Taste: if it were sweeter and had a higher ABV you think you were drinking an imperial IPA. Lots of west coast hops that last long past the swallow. Decent mouthfeel. This went down well with a couple of brauts.

Overall: i would have rated it higher if I liked hops more.

Photo of zrab11
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber color with 2 finger white head

S- I get hints of maybe alittle grapefruit and def. some pineapple. The smell of hops is their with also some carmel notes

T- Big citrus flavor up front followed by some carmel sweetness and finishes with alittle hops

M-Medium Body with nice carbonation

D-OVerall i enjoyed this ipa. Had some grapefruit flavor in it which i usally don't like but the grapefruit was subtle. liked the amount of hop taste and would def. get this again.

Photo of rleandrew
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of EricCioe
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very hazy orange with a frothy white two finger head that has decent retention and leaving light lace. On the nose there is a huge dose of pine resin after a swirl that really comes out after some agitation. Perhaps the most resinous IPA I've yet had, with the usual citric suspects hanging deeper in the mix. In the mouth the resin and orange ride atop a dry biscuit malt, with the pine flavor being absolutely gigantic, almost too big, but not quite. Later on in a long finish the orange burns through the resin a bit and leaves a nice combination of the two to linger on for a while. I like this beer a good deal, as the nose is pretty unreal and the flavor is just this side of too much.

Photo of bamadog
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in a trade, and have to say that this really made me a believer in Short's beers! The Pandemonium Pale Ale was solid, but this was simply a great and straight forward bitter and citric IPA. I could drink this one all summer. Review is from notes taken on 3/6/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard orange/coppery color and starts with a nice one finger off-white head with good retention that slowly fades to a thin and full skim; body is fairly cloudy and shows moderate carbonation where you can see into it; a nice web of lacing is left behind.

Smell: Makes my mouth water! Wonderful citric and juicy hop smells (orange and a little bit of a grapefruit note in there as well) and there is a super-solid malty and sweet scent; overall, it's a pretty straightforward smelling beverage and I feel like I already know what it's going to taste like.

Taste: Pretty close in my taste assumption based upon the nose, but the massive hop presence is more rind-like and bitter as opposed to juicy like I thought it might be; the bitterness is pretty dominant, and the malty sweetness acts as a minimal counterbalance; slight presence of alcohol in the back.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and chewy body for an IPA; a pretty thick and dry coating is left all over the mouth; a nice drying effect is felt throughout the drink; carbonation is soft and smooth and allows the syrupy nature of the body to shine through.

Drinkability: A great IPA to be sure -- all the elements are great and true to the style; I could drink this all day as the bitterness is quite refreshing, but it does sit a tad heavy, so I may limit it to 2-3 in any given night, and that's provided that I actually had that kind of access to it (sadly, I don't).

Photo of SykDoc
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A 1/4 inch almost white head forms and leaves a very nice lacing. It pours a nice clear amber color with no sediment and carbonation is visible.

The aroma is very good and is almost all hops with a nice mixture of pine and citrus. This is a somewhat earthy component.

The taste is quite bitter, as to be expected. There are the usual hoppy suspects of pine and grapefruit/citrus. There are some nice earthy notes that balance the flavor and a malty sweetness comes through as you drink the beer.

The mouthfeel is as noted above bitter which lingers at the end. The carbonation is appropriate and balances the hops making it fairly crisp and smooth.

Overall, this is a quite good beer. As the expected tastes and smells are there and represented well. The taste can be a bit overwhelming after a while, which is its biggest hindrance.

Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle care of timmi

An IPA named after hops themselves and text appears on the label that reads: "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth." Well, they certainly are setting the stage for big expectations.

Poured into a standard pint glass, it appears a clear orange color with a finger and a half of barely yellowish stained fluffy head. Decent retension and lacing appears all about the glass as the head fades. Aroma is a nice blend of malt sweetness that compliments the hops which are presented smelling floral, citrusy and slightly piney. Flavor of this beer does not disappoint. It has enough bitterness to push the IBU upper limit expected of an IPA but is not all bitterness, lots of flavors shine through from the hops. Medium feel with a moderate touch of carbonation. As it warms, some of the alcohol becomes more pronounced. The finish of this beer is somewhat oily with residual bitterness and malty sweetness left on the tongue.

Very well balanced IPA overall. I don't really have any complaints. There is an ambiguous number code on the bottle which does not inform me how fresh or old this IPA is. Regardless, it was very enjoyable. Nicely done.

Photo of timmy2b
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass. pours a little cloudy with a small head. The color is very orange. Smell is of citrus with a little bit of toasted malt. Taste is citrus up front, with a light pine touch. The toasted malt takes this one over as I get through the pint. Citrus has hints of lemon, grapefruit and something else I cannot put my finger on. The toasted malt taste is pretty strong after the first half of the glass. Very light and easy to drink with only a little aftertaste of the malt with a light amount of pine that does not last long.. Easier and a little smoother as it warmed in the glass. Decent IPA, I would like to try it on draft to see if more of the citrus flavor comes out in front of the toasted malt.

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