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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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1,668 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,668
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 218
Gots: 174 | FT: 6
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:
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

(Beer added by: arizcards on 06-13-2004)
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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light orange body, transparent, small off white head, good retention.

S - Piney and citrusy hops. Some fruity notes in the back.

T - Fairly bitter up front, good grapefruit hop character. Dry. A very good tasting IPA.

M - A bit dry, perhaps a touch thin, but not a bad body.

O (D) - The only thing that is really interesting is the taste, which is good, because thats the point. Good tasting IPA, but nothing special, really.

Photo of Floydster
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with mikesgroove, thank you for the opportunity Mike, split this and the pale with my dad tonight, both were poured into pint glasses

A-Golden orange color that was vibrant, 3/4 inch soapy white head, decent retention, lacing all the way through
S-Pine and floral hops, also some citrus too, mild caramel grapefruit, lemon, orange, and medicinal aromas
T-Bitter hops at first that are mostly pine, a smidge of caramel in the middle but still some dryness, more bitterness in the finish with a slightly lemony feel that is more along the lines of grapefruit, dryness continues through the aftertaste, never sweetens though, warms up nicely and hops remain in charge, like the bitterness in this beer
M-Dry, bitter, and slightly citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied for an IPA with moderate carbonation, taste lasts a good amount of time
D-Could drink a few bottles of this, a little over six percent and cannot taste a thing of alcohol, light and refreshing, not overly dry while preventing the malt from being sweet or overly chewy

Honestly one of the better Short's beers I have had and certainly the least hyped out of the ones I have tasted, rivals a lot of my favorite IPAs here on the west coast in ways, would like to drink again, recommended

Photo of koopa
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in an in person trade with iceicebaby at the Bullfrog Brewery Frambozen release party this past Friday. Thank you very much for being an awesome trader!

Appearance: hazy sunrise orange burst body with a 1 finger white crown. Not much retention but some swirls of lacing.

Smell: Loads of bitter floral hops along with some citrus hops but they smell more like mango to me than grapefruit or orange.

Taste: Lots of bitter hops, a touch of tropical fruit, and a tiny dash of sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a bit chewy. Acceptable level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad but it would have got higher marks if the hops weren't so bitter. Don't get me wrong, bitterness is something I LOVE but it does take away from the "drinkability" factor.

UPDATE: I found that like most IPA's, the flavor profile of this brew shifts considerably as it ages. As expected, the hop bitterness recedes and the sweet malt heightens.

Photo of jeremy13586
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy copper color. Off-white fluffy head that a nice film of bubbles sitting on top of the beer once it disappeared. Left some sticky lacing on the glass.

Resiny smell of piney and earthy hops. Light malt aroma with a hint of lemongrass. Nothing incredibly complex in the nose, but very appealing.

Some sweet bready malts, but they're almost completely masked by the hops. Bitter citrus with pine and, well, more bitterness. The bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth.

Pretty creamy with a nice sharp finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Nice bitter IPA. Could use a tiny bit more malt to help back up the large amount of hops. Either way, a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of Beric
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 18 July 2013; no bottled on/best by date

Appearance: A hazy copper color with a one finger white head that dissipates to nothing but a white ring around the edges. Lacing where the tulip is thin, but the head seems to collapse as the glass opens up. Like the bottle art- simple yet tasteful.

Smell: Floral hops, some pine in there as well. Not getting much in terms of malt, save some sweetness. Smells wonderfully clean, and the hops don't blow you out of the water before you even take a sip, suggesting some sort of balance.

Taste: Sweet, caramel malts masterfully compliment the hops in this one. I was blown away by the malt sweetness on this one when I first sipped it. The front of your mouth is flooded with this maltiness and then the hops kick in as you start to swallow, really asserting themselves on the back of the tongue and bitterness dominates. The malt notes come out a bit more as the carbonation begins to dissipate. This beer finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel: The initial maltiness makes this beer almost feel chewy at first, but not in the same way as a hefeweizen or stout or other "thick" beers. I like the carbonation on this one- it really helps drive home the blast of hops and intense bitterness.

Overall: This is a fantastic IPA. If you like hop bitterness, this is your IPA. The bittering hops, however, compliment the aroma and flavor hops to create a multi-dimensional, hopped up experience. It really is a "hop and malt theme park in your mouth" as the bottom of the bottle-art says. Would highly recommend.

Photo of Tucquan
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-04-05 in Warsaw, IN

A - Moderately hazy golden-orange with a 1.5-finger offwhite head and good lacing.

S - Crushed hop buds, floral, orange, light malt.

T - Hop forward orange zest bitterness, which mellows momentarily for some orange flesh, lightly roasted grain, pine and a smidgen of caramel before the bitterness comes roaring back; refusing to let go as the sugars and other flavors dry away. A hop bomb for sure.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Very prickly, resinous.

O - Quite enjoyable. Reminded me a bit of a Fat Head's Head Hunter although this is not as dank by any means. A nice surprise while travelling in the midwest. Will have this again.

Photo of mick303
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a mildly hazy orange amber gold, with a creamy white head, and really pleasant lacing and film. 4

S – a lively floral character out of the glass, with lavender, citrusy lemon and orange. Some bready malt background, some subtle spice, and a rich oily hop character. Comes through with a bit of herbalness, all about the hops. 4

T – a bracing hop character. Dry herbs, olive oil, pungent lemon citrus, and a big hit of resiny pine as well as tobacco. Not much fruity about this initially, but some melon and grapefruit emerge, to start a big kick of strong resiny hops, with bready malt to balance it out nicely to the long full finish with a spicy hop kick. Strong citrus but enough of a firm body to provide an amply counterpoint. Highly flavourful for sure but also tons of complexity. 4

M – an initial strong effervescence, then a slick hoppy oiliness takes over and coats the palate. A big slick dry finish which leaves a coating resinous pininess and hop character. Drinkable and a big oily hoppy character that lingers on nicely. Refreshing and the components are put together quite nicely. 4.25

This is a wild in-your-face IPA. Tons of hop character emerging in all forms, and it’s a bit of a hop-bomb initially, but has enough carbonation and malt body to work really well together, letting it warm up a bit is a huge reward as it becomes much more complex and rich. Worth trying for sure, this is a really solid IPA with resiny pine and complex intricacies everywhere. 4.25

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap.

Pours a clear and deep copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale and caramel malts with large amounts of herbal and pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hop presence is slightly more muted. Sticky caramel malt flavors lightened by moderate amounts of pale malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are equal amounts of herbal and pine hops. Midway through the sip the hop influence lightens up a bit and soft citrus flavors make a brief appearance. The citrus hops fade out near the end of the sip, allowing the malt and herbal hops to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this remains a nicely done IPA. The herbal notes were more prevalent in the tap version, perhaps the beer was younger and the freshness made them more pronounced. Either way, a solid beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of Brodie_Lewis
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden red with a little fizzy white head. This is one of the most beautiful poured ipas. Its very cloudy.

Smell - it has a very DIPA smell. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. Pineapples and mangos hops included

Taste - it follows the nose. Man I would swear this was a DIPA. Strong citrus and the hops oh man so crisp, It leaves the mouth dry but begging for more. Nothing wrong here.

Mouthfeel - beautiful! !

Overall - it looked amazing and tasted amazing what else could you want.

Photo of ovaltine
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear gold color iwth minimal bleached white head that fades to a thin edge layer quickly as the beer sits. Aroma is floral hops and a bit of citrus mixed together. Hints of grainy malt can be found but make no mistake this is a hop dominated nose.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly sticky texture and mild gentle carbonation. Flavor is briefly caramel and grain but rolls to a sticky resiny hop bite with grapefruit and pine sap dominating. A strong hop bit finishes bitter and crisp. No hints of any booze on this beer, definitely a hop lovers brew.

Photo of robwestcott
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the bottle a murky honey gold to a sun king shaped pint with a super foamy, short lasting white head with nice lace after each sip.

aroma of floral hops and sweet honey, a bit of citrus in the wayback.

subtle hops forward, followed immediately with sweet malty honey. really nice balance on this one. very refreshing.

light bodied, medium carbonation, bitter but not in your face.

drinkable - yep, very.

overall - near my favorite IPA - this one is up there.

Photo of nlmartin
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a pint glass well chilled and allowed to hit a nice drinking temp.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a very pleasing clear honey coppery coloration. The head is white and resolves to a ring of foam. Spiderwebbing of lace mark the beers rapid passage from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is hop infused. Grapefruit and grapefruit zest, nice pine aromas combine well with the grapefruit. A bit of mango, pineapple and tobacco whaft about. Very nicely done.

Taste: The hop flavors are pretty bold for an APA. Pine resin dominates my palate nice combination of citrus flavors. Long lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel The body of the beer is light and refreshing. The hops are a bit oily but add to the beers mouthfeel and overall experience.

Overall: This is a very pleasing and satisfying APA. The hops and the oily sensation to the hops make this beer feel just like a DIPA. This is very well executed and what I have come to expect from Shorts.

Photo of DrewOSU
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Marthas Vineyard in Grand Rapids, Mi during KBS 09

A: Pours a golden, darkish yellow with ¾ inch white, thick spongy head. Lacing is huge and drapes on the top of the glass on initial pour.

S: Light fruit and floral aroma. Nothing over powering. Fresh, but not overwhelming.

M/T: Very light body, sudsy carbonation, no real bite as it slides down the tongue. Huge bitter blast, followed by some citrus notes, finishing very hoppy. A heavy hop aftertaste, especially for single IPA. This is a little bit of a pallet killer and after the initial shock, it becomes more sessionable.

D: Solid beer, nice quality flavors. Good bitterness that is a little overwhelming at first, but seems to mellow out.

Photo of shivtim
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This copper/cloudy/hazy brew sits lightly in a pint glass, with a big whiteish head that fades. Nose is beautiful citrusy hops, cascade, grapefruit notes. Taste is a bit more one-noted, but solid west coast hop taste, little alcohol. Slight floral hints. Mouthfeel is good; it feels like an IPA. Drinkability is quite high for an IPA, as this isn't a hop bomb, and it's also not boring. Nice balance.

Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UrbanCaver brought this back for me from MI. Thanks Cam!

A-Pours a hazy, burnt orange color. Looks nice
S-Stong hop smell. More citrus than anything
T-Nice bitter hop flavor. Some citrus hops and slight grapefruit. Hop bitterness really lingers
M- Not balanced at all really. just straight hops.
D-Bitterness remains in your mouth. I love that part of it.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap during the short's throwdown at the roadhouse, in brookline, ma, on april 24, 2009, the week of the craft brewers conference.

pale amber, almost clear with very faint haze. thin foamy head fades to wispy layer and ring. very good lacing.

aroma: piney and citrusy hop, but biscuity malt shows up right away, albeit in the back. fresh hops have fruity tones, as yest esters peek through as well.

taste: malty sweet caramel base, but the showcase is the hops; freshly citrusy and piney. boldly bitter but balanced with the malt. faint apple esters peek in. resinous finish.

medium body. otherwise moderate carbonation seems to give quite a prickly tingle upfront, almost too fizzy, but calms down after. resinous finish in the feel as well.

Photo of jtslankard
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of beatingwings
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks golden and cloudy. Looks good to me, but I've never been that attracted to clarity.

Wonderful aroma, best part of the beer. Smells of sweet grapefruit and tangerine, and is overall quite perfumy and sweet smelling. A little bit of hop herbalness too. Definitely smells of fresh hops.

Tastes like a medley of citrus fruits intimated at by the smell, with a peach/mango undercurrent. Piney when I burp. There is a noticeable amount of general malt sweetness, but the hops are dominant leading to a bitter a dry finish.

Feels good in the mouth. Feels fairly light, but not thin.

I feel like if I had access to this beer, I could easily put down a few in a session. It has the right body, bitterness, and flavor to make it highly drinkable. Overall very impressive IPA. Thanks nickwin.

Photo of ncketchum
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A- pours a clear light orange with minimal head, lots of carbonation

S - lots of sweet citrus hops along with an undertone of chocolate that follows, confusing the heck out of me

T - loads of bitter hops initially, more bitter than the nose would suggest. Instead of chocolate, I get a nice malty backbone

M - fairly thin, good amount of carbonation, little alcohol to speak of

O - very good initial offering from Shorts for me. Would definitely have this one again

Photo of mhelfers
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle says 01/09/13. It pours amber with a little orange glow and a little lacy white head. There is balance in the aroma between sweet malt, caramel and biscut, and soft pine, a little earthiness, and rich grapefruit hops. The balance is excellent between the the rich malt and the acidic hops. A big burst of bitterness rounded out by a fairly tick mouthfeel and a lingering taste of grapefruit and almost copper bitterness. This is really one of the nicest bitternesses I've had on an IPA in a while! I quite like this one for the balance of the malts, the bitterness, and the acidity. It's not going to knock you out with aroma hops like some IPAs might, but there is something nice to be said about a rich bitterness and a great malt character.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" is printed on the label, so we come at this beer guessing that we are in store for a flavorful beer. The 76 IBUs can tell part of that story.

Fast foaming action with three fingers of rocky head, no problem with retention either as the carbonation is a bit lively and keeps the lace sticking after each sip. Slight haze on this orangey amber-colored brew, but a bit of haze is to be expected. Big pungent hop aroma of citric rind (which leans towards grapefruit), pine and evergreen and tobacco. All the way in the back is a layer of maltiness in the nose. Upfront crispness takes control of the palate as the onslaught of hoppiness begins. Bitterness is up there, no fooling around with those 76 IBUs. Sharpness to start then more of pungent citric rind and then herbal. Maltiness never really punches through hard but there are layers within that bring forth a toasted biscuit flavor. A tad dry with a long hop finish, perhaps a bit salty.

Hop damn it! This is a no holds barred American IPA. Without a doubt we did get our fix of hops. Forget the East Coast / West Coast hop battles, you better recognize the hoppiness in the Great Lakes region.

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: grapefruit and pine hops

Taste: a small bready caramel start followed by a big dose of piney and citrus hops with caramel towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium body,sweet start with a big bitter body and bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall: This is the best mid-west ipa that I have had in a while. I like the mix of hops. Due to the dryness two is my max, but I would pick more up if it were more readily available around here.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,668 ratings.