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

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Ratings: 1,720
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 224
Gots: 210 | 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:
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 arthurry
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a stein.

A-Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a slice of creamy white head that quickly fades.

S-Melon and sweet caramel, light roast biscuit, faint hops and floral notes.

T-Taste does not follow smell. You are hit with fresh hops followed by citrus zest, biscuit roast and very light caramel sugary sweet. The after taste is all bitter hops so beware to those among us who are not hop heads.

M-Light to medium body with smooth resinous feel and lightly carbonated.

O-Very solid IPA. It stays true to its name and gives you a very hoppy experience without any other overwhelming flavor distracting the palate. I definitely recommend to fans of IPAs.

Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Huma-lupa-licious is one stragely named beer but definately a tasty one nonetheless. This is the third I've had from this sixer and it continues to impress.

It has a hazy copper orange color with creamy white head. It settles slowly to a thin layer leaving perfect lace down the insides of the glass.

Aroma is really fresh and hoppy with great citrus notes. Almost a candied orange peel sort of character to it.

Flavor is nicely done too. Really quite bitter, even for an IPA. It seems to pull at the inside of my mouth, such is the strength of the bitterness. A little bit of biscuit and caramel malts to give it some balance but it's really all about the hops with this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and fully hopped up on the green stuff.

Overall a really nice IPA and one I wouldn't hesitate to buy again if Short's continues to distribute to Colorado. Fingers crossed!

Photo of heebes
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Unreadable bottled on date!
Thanks to thesevenduffs for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange with a good size eggshell foamy head, aggressively into a Duvel tulip. Nice sticky lacing all the way down. Nose was hops from the moment the cap was opened. Tons of bright floral and citrus hops, grapefruit. No hint of maltiness in the auroma - I think I'm gonna enjoy this! Taste is a well rounded IPA that couldve fooled me into believing it was an Imperial! Lots of flavours as hinted from the nose: bitter hops tasting of citrus and pine and well rounded malt in the background. Not a long lasting bitterness in the finish, quite short. Good full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, excellent drinkability. A favourite style of mine, this beer from Shorts hit all the right notes. Great looking bottle and cap. Wonderful introduction to the brewery.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 3/14/11

Appearance: A great, foamy head to start that fades to remarkably sticky lacing - a burnt orange/amber pumpkin-like color - seems dark for an IPA, but I like it

Smell: Explosively hoppy, mostly reminds me of fresh grapefruit, some pine resin, too - some biscuity malts, but they are overpowered

Taste: According to my notes, "mad bitter" - one of the most straight-up bitter beers I've ever had (it's in the league of Blind Pig IPA) - lots of resin, citrus, and grapefruit - hops lack any tropical attributes, just super bitter - there are some caramel and biscuit-like malts in here, but they are too weak to handle the hops; actually a bit too unbalanced

Mouthfeel: Stupidly sticky, medium body

Overall: Very tasty, an all-around good IPA

Despite the fact that I think this could use a slightly higher malt bill, I really enjoyed it. Not particularly complex, but definitely tasty.

Photo of beerpirates
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottel poured into my tulip glass

raw honey-like orange and golden copper coloured body with a dense light tan head and a nice set of bubbles rising from the bottom - very good looking IPA!

Aroma of very strong, cascade and grapefruity hops, very nice - and a huge dose of pineapple, some yeast and a good set of malt - very nice again. Medium-bodied; Sharp biting hoppiness up front with a good piney and grapefruit taste, coupled with a good malt backbone, a nice apricot and pineapple sweetness and a nice balanced, yet obviously hoppy/ bitter finish. Aftertaste shows a lot of dryness from the hops, some sweetness and a good balance with a minor hint of alcohol. Overall, a very nice balanced IPA with plenty of hops, a complex flavour and a very nice amount of sweetness up front!
This is à very good IPA !

Photo of bigkingken
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could smell the hops eminating from this guy as soon as I cracked the bottle cap. Beautiful golden pour with a slight bit of haze. Sweet up front with a strong floral scent and flavor that almost immediately gives way to a fairly intense bitterness, which lingers on the palette for a bit before subsiding back to the sweet. Just the right amount of carbonatino, but in the end, the bitterness of the hops is a bit much for my tastes.

Photo of Mikexw
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nugganooch
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mid for the killer box and my first Short's brew - Cheers Allen!

Notes from 09/14/11
12ozer to my pint glass

A: H-L-L pours a lighter pale caramel color with some decent clarity. A great big cake of meringue head about 3-4 fingers deep formed and hung for days just clumping to my glass. Looks awesome!

S: Smells of just straight fresh hops. The danks. Spikes of grapefruit and lemon peel. Some sweet malts and slight fruity esters.

T: Uber-hoppy. Resinous. Leafy grass and citrus with zings of lemon-lime to the palate. Really lingers across the tongue. A caramel cracker malt backing. Slight sticky sweetness. A hop theme park in yo mouth!

M: Super light and creamy texture with a resinous mouthcoat. Mod carbonation. Puckering dry finish.

D: This brew is chalked full o'hops. Intense bitterness that really stings at the palate and lingers on the tongue. Lighter body and creamy texture. Big hops = Big fan.

Would def get again. Tasty stuff for those in search of the Lupulins.

Photo of JayQue
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good IPA!!! Thanks to TMoney2591 for putting this one in a trade. Pours a light copper color with a good size white head. THe large head fades fast but the covering on the top of the glass remains throughout. Good sheets of lacing as well.

Piney hops are prominent in the nose. Good aroma. Taste is very good. Piney and citrus hops up front. Some moderating caramel malt in the middle and a hops bite at the end. Very good!!!!

Mouthfeel is a hair thin but crisp with just the right hops bitterness.

This is an impressive IPA.

Photo of kagent777
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Another6Pack for hooking me up with this one! 12 oz bottle with something printed on the label that I can't make out, might be a freshness date. Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange golden with a nice rocky white head that did not settle quickly. Leaves nice looking lacing.

Smell: Dank pine and citrus (grapefruit) that mask a toasted malt profile.

Taste: Wow that is a bitter IPA. The hops take front and center here. I actually would like a little more maltiness to back this one up. The pine/grassy hops totally are out of balance. If you were to balance this one out, it would be like any other beer, and balance is not what they were going for here. So I cannot fault the brewers at all.

Mouthfeel: A silky mouthfeel with carbonation on the higher side. The flavor coats the mouth thoroughly.

Drinkability: This is one I would like to have again, but I could only have one in a session because of the intense bitterness.

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of lamarr04
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear appealing amber orange with one inch white head

S: predominantly citrus hop aroma, some spicy notes as well. can smell gentle carmely sweetness from the malt

T: bitterness attacks the pallet, faint malty sweetness and some spicyness towards the back of the tongue

M: light to medium body with firm carbonation, lingering mouthfeel

D: Nice carbonation and lighter body combined with pleasant taste make this a fairly drinkable brew

Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to TurdFurgison

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of oily piny hops, grass, caramel, grapefruit, and a bit of spiciness. Very good with a nice hop forward character.

Taste of grapefruit and piny hops start with a bit of caramel. A solid session IPA, balanced with a nice hop flavor, but quite enough to satisfy the hop head in me.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with good carbonation, just a bit too heavy on the tongue though.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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 DuffDadddy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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 BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been on my 'wants' list forever...seriously. Luckily heliosphann was able to hook me up, thanks man!

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. There is an area for freshness dating, but nothing is marked.

Pours a beautiful hazy orange hue with a frothy two finger off-white colored head. Excellent lacing with this, thick webbing grips the sides of the glass throughout. Smell is dripping with sweet floral hops, pine, and citrus. Underneath all the deliciousness is a touch of caramel malt and some dirty earth. Taste begins with bitter grapefruit and sticky spruce. Midway a good dose of bready malts and stinging orange zest. Aftertaste has more sticky, gooey hops with a solid bitter-dry backbone. Medium bodied with a syrupy feel and steady carbonation. One of the better IPA's I've had as of late, glad I have more :) Thanks again Scott!

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of spartanfan
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured from a 12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a white head that has left behind solid lacing.

S: Loads of citrus hops mostly grapefruit and orange. Sweet malt becomes stronger as the beer warms. Great strong nose with no

T: Tastes of pine and citrus mingle with a bready, malty sweetness; a familiar taste of yeast is also present. Strong bitter aftertaste.

M: This beer has a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth with a bit of bite from the carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, but the lingering bitterness is almost too much... almost

Photo of Flopjack
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Golden orange in color, about 1 finger white head, and just the slightest bit of haze.

Smell - Juicy tropical fruits, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and roasty undertones from the malts not heavy on alcohol.

Taste - Grapefruit, mango, pineapple at first, moving on to a light roastiness, and there is also an underlying pine flavor that also contributes a nice bitterness from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, refreshing and crisp.

Overall - Great beer to have available all the time. Shorts can certainly do no wrong with this beer.

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopasaursRex08
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DrewOSU
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Givemebeer
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy Orangeish with a nice head and lacing

S: extreme! Citrus floral and grassy smell

T: a complete hop bomb. Taste is dominate by a taste of weed. Mixed with grapefruit pine grass and the slightest caramel malt backbone.

M: full bodied and chewy

O: I usually like more balanced beers... But this was a unique hop bomb and I enjoyed it.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,720 ratings.