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

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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 218
Gots: 177 | FT: 6
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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 chaz410
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from a good friend who went through Michigan.
The smell of this beer needs to be marketed as a cologne. It is amazing! This beer's bouquet is equal to that of notable IIPA's. It hints of pineapple, a little grapefruit, and a good amount of citrus that resembles tangerine. There's also a little pine in the nose.
Taste is smooth and full of malty crystal and two row along with a little caramel malt with soem subtle hop flavors. There's a gradual build of big piney hop bitterness at the swallow.
Very smooth moutfeel for an under 7 percent beer.
Love this beer!

Photo of decadance
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 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 EtOHMD
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle from a mixed Michigan six pack. I am not a huge fan of IPAs but I like this one. Clear golden orange color with thick white foamy head with tons of lacing. Very inviting appearance. Smell is of intense hops and pine. Taste is similar but also with a bit of citrus. Hops are strong up front but mellows out on the second half pleasantly. Alcohol is well hidden -- was surprised to see it's 7%. Could have a couple.

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

Served on-tap at the Old Chicago in Okemos, MI.

A huge 25 oz. mug of this bad boy. A lovely orange with white sudsy head that left webby lace.

Smelled strongly of citrusy hops as well as some pine. Let me know I was in for a strongly hoppy treat.

Taste: Strongly hoppy with sweet honey malts, pineapple hops, and citrus. Ended bitter and resiny. Yum. Reminded me of Majaraha. A wee bit on the bitter side for me, but hoppy and delicious.

MF and D) Sharp carbonation, tingly, medium body. Delicious and easy to drink. I actually guessed the alcohol was higher than it is, at 7-8%, but that was based on how I was feeling, not the presence of alcohol in the taste or feel.

A good MI IPA. I'll get it again.

Photo of oregonskibum
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a slightly cloudy orange. Pours with a 3/4 inch white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a faint film on top of the beer and some splotchy lacing.

S: Lots of hoppy flavors, citrus, a little pine, some tropical notes. But mainly citrus - orange. A little sweetness.

T: Hops carry thru into the taste, although bringing with it a large amount of bitterness. Some biscuity, almost cracker like malts mid-taste. But the bitterness comes charging back in the finish, to the point of being a detractor.

M: Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. A little dry and the bitterness leaves a chewy feeling.

D: This is a solid IPA, but needs some fine-tuning. Malts don't seem to quite balance out the hops and the hop aromas don't carry enough to the finish. Not sure on age. Imagine this is better on tap. An enjoyable beer that was just a touch bitter to give it high marks overall.

Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an English dimpled "pot" pint glass
Deep burnt orange in color with a nice fluffy head of foam
Aroma-Fresh citrussy hops
Taste-Big hits of Sweet malt, fresh hops, and orange -rind bitterness.Nicely balanced honey sweetness with fresh hop lingering bitterness
Overall, another tasty, snappy North Coast IPA.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 coldmeat23
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees, then fridged for approx 20 minutes before opening

This pours up a very mild amber color. Almost two-fingers of creamy, dense, off-white colored foam sits on top. The retention is very good and the lacing is thick and sticky.

Very hoppy nose, which is expected. Lots of citrus and tropical notes. Pineapple, mango, peaches, oranges, lemons and more. A good touch of pine oil and needles. Slight floral presence. Some light hints of malty sweetness are trying to peak through.

Follows the nose, almost perfectly. Displays a good, strong, presence of bitterness, though not in a biting sort of way. A nice balance is attempted, but the hop bitterness is too much for the malts to handle.

Full-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Very nice.

It's good, but it will be awhile until I want another one. Leaves more for someone else, I guess.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes on 5/27/10.

A: Poured into a snifter, Huma has a lovely golden-amber hue. There is no head after a medium pour, which is weird, because I have had this many times before and I recall a usually buoyant and healthy froth on top of the beer. I won't mark it down for that, based on previous experience. Lacing is present, but not very sticky.

S: This is exactly what I would hope for from an American IPA. Big pine, floral, and citrus hops leap into my nose, supported by a strong pale/amber malt presence.

T: Yummy. An appropriate amount of hop bitterness endures throughout each sip and into the aftertaste, while a lovely grapefruit flavor is the dominant flavor. Some pine and resin taste is also present.

M: Medium bodied for an IPA with a coating quality in the beginning and middle of each sip, which is snatched away from the palate by the drying hop quality at the end.

D: I have always found this to be an immensely drinkable IPA. The balance between sweetness from the malt and citrus flavor and the bitter, acidic bite from the hops make me want to enjoy this beer time and time again. Salud, Short's!

Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color, minimal white lacing but with a thick, billowing, white rocky head when first poured.

S - Flowery, pine, mild citrus and mint boquet. Has a little bit of a lemon soapiness in the aroma.

T - Has a massive amount of hop profile for a single IPA. Finishes with a massive amount of grapefruit bitterness with small floral flavoring that's every hop heads envy. Up front there's a pineapple bittersweetness present until halfway through where mild amounts of hop bittering take over. The caramel malt backbone is consistent throughout. After the swallow is where some brutally bittering grapefruit really takes over. The very bitter finish lies low until your tongue is ambushed withe bitterness!

It's an IPA worth checking out (if you can find it).

Drinkability and Mouthfeel are both very good. Sorry to be so vague in this category.

Photo of airohead2001
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one for a long time. Courtesy of glazeman.

A - Great looking IPA. Light burnt orange with a one finger head with little retention. Good lacing, particularly for a single IPA.

S - Citrus hops - oranges, lemon, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Pretty average tasting beer in my opinion. Oranges and apricots up front with a slight malt backbone. The malts are a little bit sugary, almost medicinal. Finishes quite bitter followed by a hint of nuttiness. The nutty finish became a bit more pronounced as the beer warmed. Letting this one warm up a bit is a good idea.

M - Decent mouthfeel - typical for an IPA. Good carbonation. Pretty thin, not too sticky.

D - Very drinkable beer. Not a whole lot of complexity going on with the smell or the taste. All in all, this is your typical IPA. But that being said, a typical IPA is better than what most people have in their mugs, so this is a beer I would try again if it's available. However, I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to seek it out.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass. Thanks to glazeman for this one.

A: Pours a really nice hazy golden/orange with a one finger head. There is a nice head and thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S: A lot of citrus fruit on the nose here, some grapefruit and orange. Also some pine, but it takes a back seat to the fruit.

T: There is a much greater pine taste than is indicated by the aroma. There is also a hint of sweetness, and some malt and caramel to touch it off on the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied, crisp but also has a creaminess. Definitely full of hops, which dominates this beer. A beer I would drink again.

Photo of glazeman
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Pours a hazy golden, straw color with a one finger white head. Only moderate head retention with a nice crown and good lacing though.

S: Pretty dominate hop smell with the citrus notes being the strongest. Some floral notes as well.

T: A lot of bitterness with out much malt balance in my opinion. Flavor consists of lots of pine, a little grapefruit, and quite a bitter finish and aftertaste. A little bit more sweetness starts to come through as this warms. I actually felt that this beer got better as it got close to room temperature.

M: Kind of a sticky feel, could use slightly more carbonation.

D: Not my favorite IPA, but not bad either, especially if very hoppy beers are your thing.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - slightly hazy (from bottle conditioning) copper color with a nice head and good retention, nice lacing as it drains

S - strong American hop aroma characterized by citrus and pine like scents, malt is noticed; yeast fruitiness blends well with hop aromas

T - rich malt and hop flavor profile from start to finish; moderately strong hop finish balances out the caramel flavors in the malt; yeast fruitiness present, but subdued compared to the hops and malt

M - medium to full body, moderate-to-high carbonation

D - This is quite an outstanding American IPA. It delivers all the great factors of the style in the right proportions that hit the spot - very enjoyable and highly drinkable.

Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, hazy copper in color with a pleasant 1/2" of foamy off-white head Decent retention and lacing.
Aroma is full of bright citrus and lemon hops with lesser notes of pine and a floral sweetness.
Flavor is also "hop-centric" with just enough of a mildly sweet malt backbone to keep this one in balance (well, balanced for my tastes). Bright citrus hops. Bitter grapefruit finish. Medium in body with appropriate carbonation levels. A bit astringent on the tongue.
Overall, a good drinking, lively, hop centered IPA. So far, this is the best beer I have had from Short's.

Photo of Jayli
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this from GBVDave and gratefulbeer head, so a big THANK YOU to both of them as I have two to enjoy this evening!
Poured in to my Portsmouth pint glass...

A: This beer pours a hazy honey color with a 1/2 inch of khaki color head. Head recedes quickly leaving wispy, spider web lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of big, fresh, earthy and piney hops , minor hints of floral hops. Hops, hops, and hops in the nose.

T: Taste is is of big, fresh, piney and earthy hops up in the forefront of this beer. WOW. Middle has just a mild malt presence to it. Nice floral hops balances out the finish on this beer.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light oily texture on this beer.

D: Goes down extremely easily, nicely balanced, mild but nice kick. This is a fantastic IPA that focuses on the the piney hops. If this brewery distributed out this way, this would be my every day IPA.

Photo of yourefragile
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of ribby
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at Rose's, did not see the pour. The head faded to a thin lacy layer of white. Color is a nice light brown, almost clear. The aroma and taste are heavy on floral hops, as one might expect from an IPA, and they are very good hops, not overly bitter. There is enough malt to balance the hops. I have been impressed by other Short's, and this keeps the winning streak going.

Photo of mgbickel
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. My aggressive pour yielded a thick, 2 finger, lemony whipped head. The foam had great retention time and left tons of lace behind. The body is a hazy, burnt orange color with golden highlights.

The nose finds lots of hops. Lemon zest, yeasty bread, malts and grapefruit.

The flavor is similar to the nose. Starts out with a malty sweetness but the hops soon take over and crawl under your tongue. The bitter hop bite grows more intense toward the finish.

Medium mouth feel, a little slick and well carbonated.

This is a refreshing, drinkable beer. I would buy this one again.

Photo of belgaridub
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass - light amber with light carbonation coming up through the beer and a very small head that does not stick around at all -- hard pour produced almost no head

aroma comes out quickly - sharp, piney hops - deep, musty, almost cheesy aroma -

taste is dank, piney bitterness - a peppery, intense finish - solid bitterness throughout

medium bodied, low carbonation, intense beer that highlights piney and earthy hop flavors

solid ipa

Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_ Pale golden color with a small sticky bone white head that quickly dissipates leaving a small ring. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Bitter,earthy hops,citrus,pale malt.

T_Bitter hops upfront rounded out by bisquity malt. Nice sharp flavor with hints of citrus and pine.

M_Full bodied feel that sticks to your lips.

D_Very.

Photo of Espenoza
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade.

Very nice Golden orange color with a thin white head.

Fantastic floral hops smell that is balanced well with the caramel hops.

The taste is almost the same as the smell. It really is well balanced IPA. It hides the 6.6% very well.

For an IPA this is quite smooth, not to light.

I would have no problem drinking a couple of these.

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice orange amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruits, caramel malts, and bready malts. Very nice balance.

t - Taste is very bitter up front. Tastes of bitter piney and citrus hops, followed by a little bit or caramel malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth.

d - This was a decent IPA. I thought the smell was very nice and balanced with some great hops and malts, but the taste was a little too bitter for me. I thought the bitterness overpowered the taste. Would give it another shot though.

Photo of wedgie9
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours bright orange with a frothy white head. Nice hoppy pine resin aroma with some cereal malt. As the beer warms, some fruiteness becomes apparent. On the front of the palate, the flavor shows off the caramel and cereal malts, but on the middle and back of the palate, this beer belongs to the hops. The hops flavor begins fruity but ends with grapefruit bitterness as expected. The body fairly light with a somewhat thin texture. The carbonation is average, and the finish is super bitter and super long. This is a good IPA, but slightly out of balance.

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