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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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Reviews: 650
Hads: 1,848
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 221
Gots: 284 | FT: 11
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 thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle picked up as a single in Port Huron; no apparent freshness info. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky brownish-amber colour, topped with one finger of soapy white froth that dissipates over the next few minutes. It eventually thins into a lumpy cap and collar, with some loose bands of lacing scattered around the glass. Very enticing aroma - citrusy grapefruit and mandarin orange are quite prominent, in addition to notes of mango and pine sap, underlain with a malty caramel sweetness.

A good, strong IPA. The backbone consists of toasted malts and toffee, providing just enough substance to keep the (far more aggressive) hop bill in check. Lots of pine and grapefruit pith notes comes through, with a candied orange flavour toward the finish, as the citrusy and boozy elements begin to blend. Bitter, resiny aftertaste that lingers. On the more viscous side of medium-bodied, with a somewhat oily, slick mouthfeel in spite of the moderately assertive carbonation. This is a full-flavoured, bitter IPA with a modest alcohol kick, which limits its drinkability.

Final Grade: 4.06, an A-. I enjoyed this bottle of Short's Humalupalicious IPA, certainly enough to consider picking it up again in the future. Working under the assumption that this is a fresh bottle (since it doesn't taste off or otherwise stale), this is an excellent, hoppy strong ale that all hopheads within Short's distribution range should consider well worth a look. Great stuff.

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Photo of richj1970
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft in Detroit airport.

A: Golden honey yellow with two finger white head and average lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of honey.

T: Bitter hops mixed with some citrus and malt sweetness.

M: Medium body leaving some oily hop resin. Crisp dry finish.

O: Very good IPA, very much hop forward. I'm not sure this was the freshest keg, and would like to find a good fresh bottle.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into two snifter glasses. no bottle date. age can significantly affect the ratings on this style.

hazy with good clarity.

darker golden straw.

pine and resin on the tongue late, does not dry out very much.

mango/fruity/pine nose.

not enough significant head for this style.

outstanding taste overall, highly suggested.

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Photo of William_B
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love IPA's and this one is truly among the best I have ever tried. The entire experience consuming this wonderful IPA fulfilled all of my expectations. I'm sorry I have not sampled it before now.
This IPA has a crisp and clean mouth feel enhanced by the flowery notes of the hops. The aromatics from the unique hops used in this IPA satisfy from start to finish as the brew travels across your pallet. Huma-Lupa-Licious hits the IPA sweet spot with a perfect malt canvas to facilitate a wonderful hoppy experience.
This brew is an instant favorite for me to revisit frequently. Also, another Michigan quality brew.

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Photo of MBbeerking14
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huma is from Shorts Brewery in Bellaire.

The best way to describe this beer is... Hops on Hops on Hops! The pour is a cloudy dark gold, and smells strongly of pine needles. Huma is a strong IPA, and deservedly is one of the best IPAs in the State of Michigan. The head lasts for a decent amount of time, and the finish is crisp and sharp. It is extremely bitter, but has a citrusy after taste. Huma Lupa is advertised as having a good balance with the malt, which I did not think at first, but upon second tasting it is a very well balanced IPA.

drinkability: As with most IPAs excluding sessions, I do not think I could drink more than two of these beers without a spinning head and burned out tongue. A great beer, in small quantities.

ABC 7.7%
96 IBU

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Photo of balcomjo7
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huma-Lupa-Licious is an IPA beer. This beer has alot of Hops in it.

7.7 % ABV
Dark golden yellow color
Smell: Fruity with the hops smell to it.
Taste: Hops with fruity taste
It is a smooth IPA beer
Overall a great IPA. If you like hoppy beer, than you will enjoy this beer!

Served on Tap

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Photo of gogreen99
3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A very bitter and hoppy India Pale Ale. Leaves a bit of a hoppy aftertaste which characterizes many IPAs. Golden hazy orangish color when poured with a white head. This beer has a hint of grapefruit which is overpowered by the hops. There is minimal malt presence. Overall, I would highly reccomend this beer by Shorts

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Photo of WillKorn
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably may favorite India pale ale. It is very well balanced with a great hoppy taste that complements many types of dinners. A lot of IPAs taste the same to me, but this one tends to stand out and the creative name probably helps. I tend to prefer this in the summer even over fruiter and lighter beers.

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Photo of sonnens4
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: somewhat hazy/cloudy, dark golden-light brownish color

Smell: fruity, citrusy, pineapple, mango, orange

Taste: strong hop presence, but undertone hints of citrusy and fruity flavors (mainly mango/pineapple)

Mouthfeel: well balanced, smooth, medium body and slightly carbonated feeling

Overall: very good! a great all around IPA with great flavors, and a decent body but not overwhelming

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of Michael-McManaman
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very cloudy appearance with a dark-gold color. The pour makes a white 1 finger head. A very citrusy and a strong hop scent that resembles pine. Very bitter and sticks with you, defiantly an evening brew. The strong flavor and carbonation go hand in hand. Overall a great beer, and very well made. Unfortunly very similar to their "chatterbox" but I really enjoyed it!

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Photo of Jennz906
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy, golden brown or a dirty orange/gold.
S- citrusy and maybe a slight caramel
T- Completely follows the aroma, has a bittersweet taste kinda fruity and a very strong aftertaste. Quite Lingering
M- Crisp, medium carbonation, easy downfall with strong after feel.
*My overall is defiantly a thumbs up! well suited for different occasion (for the people who enjoy higher IBU) -very good IPA.
overall a good beer, I definitely enjoyed it!

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Photo of Jnashed
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle (bought in MI over Thanksgiving). ). Unable to find bottle date

A: golden, orange cloudy brew. Light head with fair lacing

S: pine and some citrus. Light mango

M: nice lingering malt. Really nice

T: hop forward of course but less than I remember my guess is it's past it's prime a little. Solid fruit flavor though.

Overall well liked solid IPA if not outstanding. When in Michigan it's worth finding and easily found in most markets and brew stores. This sample was a little past prime as I rambler bolder hops when I first had a fresh one so Id better finish what I have left.

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Photo of EricTKole
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having had this many a times I am very familiar with Short's year round IPA offering. Well suited for many occasions it poured rather uneventfully with not much of a head to speak of and or what it had vanished quickly. The nose on this one tonight had almost next to nothing but having had this plenty of times in the past I've come to expect and receive a very pleasant welcoming from it with plenty of citrus. On the tongue the first thing that hits you is the bitterness, if you prefer a smoother IPA than this will not be one for you. It is fairly well balanced with plenty of sweet and good body to offset the amount of bitterness that rides along for the entire journey. Color is golden brown and tends to stay hazy throughout.

Overall it's a very good IPA and stands up to any year round beer of the same style. It has been and will remain one of my go to beers that's perfect for almost any adventure I may find myself on.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice looking light copper color, though from the bottle I poured there wasn’t much of a head. The aroma is hops and the flavor is a ridiculous amount of hops. Finish is dry and there’s also some hints of floral sweetness. Has medium carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. Quite good.

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Photo of Flopjack
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Jernami75
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer! Although I am sometimes turned off by heavily-hopped beers that don't have a good malt sweetness to balance the bitter, I am totally intrigued by the Huma. The exploding pine, citrus, grapefruit is so intense, and the bittering hops linger very pleasantly. Cheers to Short's, but please start distributing your goodness outside of Michigan.

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Photo of lochef81
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is all about the bitter! If you like you ipas balanced or even malty at all...This is not your ale. I have trouble with many of Short ' s offerings but this is one that I greatly enjoy. The ale pours an orange golden color with a light white head that gives way to a nice lacing. The nose on this one is all hops; citrusy, piney, and bitter. The taste completely follows that aroma. Bitter from start to finish. At the same time it is light on the mouth and very fresh and refreshing. A great hop forward ipa. Would love to see what Short ' s could make of this as a double/imperial.

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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jacoby's in Detroit.

Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA has a super-duper classic look: toasty golden brown complexion, a thin and natural haziness, a trim head. Everything is far from shipshape, however; its foam splashes all over the glass and leaves drapes of lacing worthy of being hung in my living room.

Some varieties of hops impart such convincing and colourful fruit flavours that you'd swear you were drinking fruit juice; with this beer, however, it feels more like you're sucking on the bitter skin of the fruit (as oppose to chowing down on the sweet flesh). There's a lot of dry orange and grapefruit pith and the acidity of lemons. Plenty of tree resins too.

There is also - as the aroma made plainly apparent - a lot of caramelly malt to help counter those flavours. It completely relaxes the beer's ramped-up alpha-acids. The tastes of tree sap have a similar effect: their gooey, serum-y texture and pine-like notes combine with the lemony citrus oils to become a little bit 'soapy' but also a lot more agreeable.

The brewery must have figured out how to balance bitter and sweet right down to the hundredth decimal place; practitioners of piphilology may have found a new challenge. While caramel malt cruises through the aftertaste, flashbacks of hoppy resins are constant and vivid.

Huma-Lupa-Licious is a pretty fan-frickin-tastic IPA. Devout hopheads might consider it a little mellow while those still apprenticing in the alpha-acid arts are likely to find it a wee menacing, but there's more than enough resiny bitterness to please the former and just enough sweet maltiness to relieve the latter. An IPA suitable for everyone!

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Photo of jdb288
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade. Amber pour with white head. Aroma is pungent pine, citrus. Taste is nice balance of traditional hop flavors - resin, orange, grapefruit. Malt helps to balance the sweetness. Lingering bitter finish.

One of the better Shorts offerings in my opinion. I look forward to this one every year.

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Photo of OPokhna
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the first time me drinking the Huma Lupa Licious. I picked a bottle up at Sicilianos in Grand Rapids, Michigan while making my own 6-pack. I have always preferred an IPA over about just anything. Although this is not on my best IPA list of 10, it is in the vicinity of about the 15th one.

A - A solid golden-orange color that has a quick dissipating head
S - A light citrus smell
T - A light taste of malt and a very strong hop presence is felt right away. Not enough to overwhelm but enough to know that there, the bitterness is very noticeable. This beer has double of some of my favorite IPA's
M - My tongue starts to tingle at first and then the taste of citrus comes in. A strong aftertaste of grapefruit remains in my mouth.
O - A very good IPA that holds its own to people who prefer the higher IBU rating. Not in the near future but I do see myself getting more of this beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted 13 November 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium pale orange. Hazy. One finger of off-white head, good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is packed with citrus and piney hops. It's got potent malt support, a fair amount of sweetness, and a touch of sweet orange that feels like it's coming from the malts; more like an orange muffin, topped with sugar, than the super citrusy acidic version.

Taste is medium-high bitterness, moderately chalky. A bit of the citrus comes through, especially about half-way through. Mostly it's a bitter blast.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, really lasting. Dang, that bitterness just lingers on the edges of the tongue.

This is a big, hefty DIPA. I like it. It's not on the level of the best. But it's really quite good.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured this beer it has a orange hue body with just a little head. The aroma is of bitter hops and citrus aroma. The taste has a bitter hop upfront followed by a nice malt taste. I i also get some citrus notes also. The mouthfeel is nice, leaves a bitter after taste. Overall a good ipa.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber hued with fantastic clarity. I get just a slight bit of head that covers most of the top of this beer. Intense tropical to citrus hop aroma. Perhaps a touch of orange soda in the nose?! That is an odd but hop forward flavor. I get the citrus hop bitterness with a strong light malt backbone,but the flavors seem to clash somehow. Texture is moderately carbonated and the bitterness pricks your tongue.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well alright...Raul is diggin' this one quite well. Beginning thoughts are that it's gorgeous; like, it has the "pregnant glow" of a Victorias's Secret Angel. With that, are tropical layers of aroma and taste like Mozart on a Tahitian cruise, and it is balanced nice and well like Verde plucking malts in Malta. It isn't the most complex, and the main man would like a lil more bite at the end - we kind of have a two year old teething here - but Raul is into it well enough.

Hello, Michigan, welcome to the party.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - NIce golden amber color with a thick white head on top of it that leaves awesome lacing (there's some hops in this mo). The bottle is cool as f*** too.
S - 4.5 - Awesome orange juice lice smell to it. Pine, grapefruit, bitter hops.
T - 4.5 - Very bitter, grapefruit and pine taste. Orange zest. Some bready malts in the background. Solid Michigan IPA, better than Two Hearted, more like the west coast IPAs (Ruination, Hop Stoopid).
M - 4.5 - Light-medium, alc covered, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit.
O - 4.5 - This is a very bitter beer, and very good. Grapefruit and pine are the main flavors. Less sweet than other IPAs, more bitter.

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.