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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding
696 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
696
Ratings:
2,109
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale AleShort's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

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

Added by arizcards on 06-13-2004

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Reviews: 696 | Ratings: 2,109
Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold, with a big fluffy white head. It has an earthy aroma with and equal amount of malt and hops. The taste is just as balanced and quite complex. I've had a lot of IPAs and this one definitely stands out as a little bit different. Super complex, malty with a nice resiny hop bite but one that doesn't overwhelm. I recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of Stevem68
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey colored light Amber. Aroma is resiny hops. Flavor is hoppy but a has a malty backbone. Pretty well balanced and overall this is a very solid beer.

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Photo of Lukass
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A sticky, resinous, palate-wrecker of a beer. Glad I finally got to try this one. Nice balance of malt for the insane IBU. The only thing that was a little odd on his one was the malt. Left a sort of peanut buttery aftertaste - nutty and biscuity. Interesting, intense and earthy IPA. A hop head's dream. Worth seeking out, and I'll be buying a sixer in the near future.

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Photo of Chris585
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden lively carbonation. Nice lacing. Lots of grain notes only faint hops off the nose. Hoppy pine. Prickly almost to a fault. Very home brew quality. Late addition hips are a bit of a nuisance on this beer. The nose is almost off putting. I'll tell you though after it warms s but and the palate is a little wrecked it's not bad. As much malt it's too Grainy on the smell and because of the over bittering hops it's a little hard to drink more than one. I think if they scaled this back and added a little more balance on this it would be better. Not bad

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Photo of cjgator3
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 2/26/2016. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is fantastic, at first whiff I get a lot of the citrusy hops, but I'm also picking up a dose of fresh grainy malt. The taste again is a balance more heavily on the hop side with the hops creating a lingering bitterness on top of a nice malt backbone that is balanced nicely with the hops. Overall, this is a really nice IPA that I enjoyed.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. From a six-pack. First shipment to reach PA from what I am told.

L - hazy golden amber color. Foamy head with some lacing down the glass. Foam gripping the glass when swirled around.

S - spent grain, thick resin hops. Notes of peanut butter from the malt, citrus pine hop character.

T - malt up front, full of hops in the rest of the taste. Thick hop resin taste that coats the tongue.

F - Light in body. Easy to drink, a little boozy but more hop resin.

O - this is almost like it came out of some homebrewer's garage brewery. Shorts just made its way to Pennsylvania to try out distribution and I have been seeing more bars carrying their product. Very good IPA for fans of the style. I love the thick resiny hop character. Must try, Cheers!

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had at slap shotz in Detroit airport.
A: incredible lacing, deep orange gold body color, carbonation, 2 finger foam head
S: citrus fruits and some pine
M: medium body with some sticky resin on tongue
T: citrus, grapefruit rind powerful up front with a slow fade to pine resin but not overpowering.
O: really great solid brew for hop heads, will drink again

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack of bottles. Less than a month old.

Aroma - had a nice blast of citrus and pineapple immediately after pouring. That disappeared quickly and left behind mostly earthy (dirt) hops with mild floral. SO4 is a bit heavy in the aroma, but fine in the flavor.

Taste - grapefruit and green apple initially with an earthy finish. Meh...

Overall - my first Short's beer. Not too impressive for a flagship brew. Not bad. Wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Stanley23
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time tried was not a big fan. But the more I sample I have grown to respect. Very earthy has the citrus and grapefruit but has more to offer. Smooth dry finish. Would recommend

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is earthy, floral, and piney. Taste follows, with some citrus notes in there as well. Pretty malty for an ipa bordering on imperial but still a nice hop bite.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

We recently began getting distro of Short's B.C. beers here in south-central PA & I am pretty excited about it! I have known those guys for years, between BA fests in BOS & my (usually) annual excursion to Madison, WI for the GTMW. I don't care if they are in bottles since I never expected them to come to me!

From the bottle: "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth"[.]"; "Handmade by people who care. (tm)"

This is my sixth bottle of theirs and I am really enjoying Pop!ping the caps! I have a local artist who makes all sorts of things out of spent caps & so I am putting the Short's caps aside especially for a clear resin coaster. In the interim, I employed a heavy-handed pour, creating three fingers of dense, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with great retention. I watched in awe as it slid downwards, leaving heavy, sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), which led to a visit from the Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all vying for a taste. Nose was deeply citrusy with loads of grapefruit notes, making my mouth water & reminding me that I am a self-described/avowed hophead. The monkey on my back does not screech & howl like he used to, but he is still there, giving me the occasional jones, like right now! Mouthfeel was medium. The theme park is now open! Malt?!? Yeah, if you say so! Man, this was like a hot shot of hops, mainlined & presented for my drinking pleasure! It is said that the critical mistake that many lapsed junkies make is returning to the same dosage at which they left off, usually leading to a fatal O.D. Not me, man! This perked me right up in ways that morning coffee can only dream. It was definitely hoppy with a grapefruit-citrus bitterness and a whole-flower freshness that is unbeatable! I listened as a server told a customer that she is not into this beer for all of the reasons that I just outlined. I simply smiled a sweet smile & promptly ordered one for myself. I have to say, between this one & Soft Parade, these were the causes of my excitement! The others are gravy on the biscuits, but those two drive the train. Finish was dry, bitter, flowery and everything that I want in an AIPA. Q: At what point WRT ABV does it become a DIPA? Curiosity is all.

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Photo of thebeers
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Opened about two weeks after bottling. Mildly hazy orange color with a few fingers of airy off-white head. Surprisingly faint aroma, sweet, with a definite nuttiness to it, and just a hint of honey, pine and orange. The nuttiness continues to the flavor, with a little butter along with it, followed by a very bitter aftertaste. Slightly creamy and fairly heavy bodied for the style. I like malty IPAs, and had high hopes for this one, but that whole butter-nut thing isn't doing it for me at all.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.66/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Golden yellow with 2 fingers of loose white head. Light haze with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit, pine, candied orange, dank, damp, and earthy.

Taste
Grapefruit zest and dried pine needle. Light candy sugar and honey backbone. Earthy florals and onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, bitter, and dry as a bone.

Overall
Very traditional grapefruit and pine. Bitter and dry.

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Photo of dd43
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Egg shell white head, laces well, beer is fairly hazy in the glass and tangerine orange in color. Very attractive.

Unsure of the age of this bottle but hop aromas are quite assertive. Some citrus aromas cling to my nose, grapefruit and orange among them. More interestingly, there's a pretty substantial sweet malt aroma. Anyone that has smelled wort will know what I'm talking about. Not surprised to see the IBU number for this beer at a ridiculous 140, given the robust malt base used here. Malts have a toffee note as well, more pronounced than just about any other regular IPA I can think of. It kind of smells like an imperial, to be honest.

Flavor is not necessarily sweet but there are residual sugars here that are juxtaposed by the big citrusy hop bite. Some pine in those hops as well, which makes this easier to drink than it would be otherwise. Finishes pretty dry, thankfully the sweet ripe fruit aroma and malty front end don't have the sticky sweet finish that double IPAs can often have, this is a sub-8% beer after all.

Very tasty, recommended for IPA fans that want a more substantial than is typical IPA but don't want the ABV overload of a double. Would love to try a double from Shorts Brewing to see what they do with that.

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Photo of runondirt
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

140 IBU advertized. i believe it, this one is not for the faint of heart, though more drinkable than other IBU landmines out there, like Resin, IMVHO. the malts do balance this one out. nice floral nose too.

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Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly less than a finger's worth of crisp off white colored head... Decent retention that once receded leaves a full veil of lacing on moderate collar... A light to moderate bite of slightly sluggish carbonation... The color teeters between pale amber and butterscotch... A lit bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A pleasant array of hops greets the nose... Earthy... Dank... Slightly fruity... A sweet malt base that mixes caramel and toffee lie a bit beneath the surface... Simple, straight forward and very effective...

T - A nice mix of the aforementioned hops and malt compliment each other very nicely at the start... That is followed by an intensely bitter floral hop finish that lingers and lingers and lingers... Perhaps even some subtle minty notes on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Light to medium carbonation... Starts lush and slightly chewy... The finish is dry...

D - I'm a self proclaimed hop head like most here, but this proves to be bit too intense for my liking to the point it comes slightly off putting... While it grew on me a bit over the session, overall this one is a bit less than the sum of its parts...

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Photo of AirBob
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - About 1 finger of dense white head. Retention is so so - dissipates rather quickly to a collar with a thin foamy cap. Retention is excellent. Hazy, translucent golden-orange body.

S - Bready malt. Orange flesh and grapefruit. Underlying floral notes. Maybe a touch of pineapple.

T - Follows the nose. Very well balances. Sweet orange and grapefruit flesh, followed by a touch of bitter pine. A little more citrus and floral notes. A touch of pineapple. Solid, bready malt base throughout. Also, picking up on some mint and plenty of resin in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Lingering, bitter finish.

O - EBF drop in MA. Happend to pick up a sixer with a Nov. 2015 date and was pretty pissed. To my surprise, this held up incredibly well. Would love to try this fresh.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange, lots of bubbles and a two-finger head even with a slow pour
S: Fairly light with generic IPA hop/malt notes
T: Dry, dried malts, earth/green forward hops
M: Medium-bodied, dry
O: Not your typical citrus/pine IPA, more earthy & dry malts but still well-made & enjoyable

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange-gold coloring with a clingy, filmy, white head. Nose of orange and grapefruit, with a big follow of resinous, dank, cannibus, with highlights of pine and pepper. Flavors are resinous and citrus forward, heavy on orange and weed, with more grapefruit and melon notes developing. The body is smooth and dry, with a vinous and resinous lingering aftertaste. Dry, smooth finish. Good beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a line after 1 minute and 10 seconds. Honey orange in color. There is a mix of medium, small, and very small rising bubbles. All are high in quantity (leaves me wondering why the head isn't bigger. Lacing is thick, but moderate.
SMELL: Strong sweet bready malt aromas entangle with subtle piney and floral hop aromas. This smells nothing like an American IPA, but remains a great smell, none the less.
TASTE: Tastes nothing like the smell. Strong piney hop flavors enter initially and are immidieately followed by mild sweet bready malts. Mild floral hop flavors continue this flavor symphony along with a subtle hop bitterness as previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and full-bodied. Subtly carbonated and goes down smooth. Has a moderately dry finish.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Detroit airport.

Pours bright and hazy with a nice retentive head. Smells balanced, lightly malt forward with some piney hop nodes. Nice, balanced old school ipa aroma. Tastes like it smells: basic, balanced, and nicely brewed. Grainy start, pine and grapefruit hop middle, medium bitter finish of barley and hops.

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Photo of smbslt
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - golden with a creamy, meringue-like head. Enough lacing and carbonation to last the full pint.
S - bubble gum sweetness
T - Malty sweetness present but not overly complex. Juicy hops from front to back. Palate wrecking bitter finish is prolonged.
F - Medium body, works well with the taste
O - Very solid IPA with some interesting components.

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Photo of SFC21
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color. First whiff lets you know you are in for a hop bomb with big notes of pine sap and grapefruit. Super bitter flavor, with a lot more of the resins pine and grapefruit pith. Super dry finish with bitterness tht lingers forever. Well made beer but not for the faint of heart if you don't love bitter IPAs

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle tulip. color is golden orange, with an aggressive pour yielding three fingers of fluffy head. Nice retention and lacing. Aroma is floral and tropical hoppy goodness. Taste is floral and tropical, sweet malt, and a bitter pine finish. The hops are crazy in this one, but the malt backbone is strong enough to carry them. The bitter bite one the end though, was a bit more than I could handle when I first tried Huma years ago. Now it's right up my alley.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My boss was nice enough to grab a couple bottles for me while in MI.
A - Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head.
S - Very strong, hoppy aroma.
T - The flavor is grassy and floral and somewhat bitter throughout.
M - A little sticky, medium mouth feel.
O - I'm liking it. A different IPA without any hint of citrus. A very good beer.

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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