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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: 652
Hads: 1,867
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 222
Gots: 294 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 652 | Hads: 1,867
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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Photo of PaulyB83
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 09/10/2014

A- Light orange, slightly hazy, two finger white head.

S- Floral, orange, some grapefruit, light sweetness.

T- Floral, bitter orange peel, some light toasted malt, pine, pretty big bitterness for a single IPA.

M- Medium, typical of the style.

O- This beer really reminds me of a more bitter version of Two Hearted. That's too bad though as I think the balance from Two Hearted is what makes it one of the best single IPAs in the world. Still this one has a great aroma but suffers in drinkability due to the bitterness, but if you know Short's than you know they like a big piney bitter presence in many of their beers, even apart from their IPAs.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass. pours a little cloudy with a small head. The color is very orange. Smell is of citrus with a little bit of toasted malt. Taste is citrus up front, with a light pine touch. The toasted malt takes this one over as I get through the pint. Citrus has hints of lemon, grapefruit and something else I cannot put my finger on. The toasted malt taste is pretty strong after the first half of the glass. Very light and easy to drink with only a little aftertaste of the malt with a light amount of pine that does not last long.. Easier and a little smoother as it warmed in the glass. Decent IPA, I would like to try it on draft to see if more of the citrus flavor comes out in front of the toasted malt.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of MSU_hophead
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a composite rating compiled from the couple times I bothered to take notes for this over the past few years. I would just like to put up here rather then in the notes that the 140 IBU rating in the description is incredibly misleading, this is less hoppy then two hearted or centennial both of which are around 70 IBU. Based on all the (I)IPAs I've had I would put this about 60 if I had to guess.

A - Pours a pleasant golden color with a rather quickly dissipating two finger white head. Surprisingly opaque for the lightness of the color.

S - Not much on the nose at first pass, perhaps a bit of general greenness.

T - The hops are certainly present as should be expected for an IPA with a name like this. There is a bit of malt presence but not a whole lot. The hops have a (not unpleasant) grassy / slightly-piney characteristic with a hint of lemon zest, although, the hops flavor is not quite on the level of Centennial/2H.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit fuller then filtered IPAs given the cloudy nature. Taste was not off at all so I'm just assuming its unfiltered/they bottle condition. Still light enough to be sessionable and it is relatively dry as a lot of IPAs are.

O - Certainly a decent IPA; I think in dryer (IPA wise) parts of the country this could easily beat the local offerings but being from Michigan and having access all of the time to brews like Two Hearted and Centennial makes me a bit pickier then most. I would put this in the high B+ category for Michigan made IPAs along with the likes of Mad Hatter from New Holland. Not bad by any means but the competition is tough in Michigan when it comes to standard IPAs.

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Photo of Brandegee
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Light, clear copper; head settles quickly, some lacing; good retention of a thin layer of head throughout the taste.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit and malt. Strong hop smell on this one.

Taste: Lots of floral and pine flavor up front. BItter citrus, like lemon mixed with bitter orange dominates the wash.

Feel: This is a strong single IPA, and has little bit of a syrupy mouthfeel, but not heavy. Definitely a medium on the body.

Overall: A very assertive IPA that bunches above its weight in hop power. I think it's very good, but rated it just short of outstanding (I should have taken 2 weeks away from IPAs after the Heady Topper). In smaller doses this works well and satisfies, but for more than a pint the bitterness could get in the way (or maybe not…).

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Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$8.99 6-Pack
Short's Brewpub - Bellaire, MI

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth"

Huma Lupa Licious is copper, hazy, and turbid with some tangerine highlights. The head rises easily to a respectable cap that becomes craggy and has a dirty white eggshell sheen. Intricate, scrub-your-glass, chunky lacing gets left behind after each drink. That's purty.

Candied orange and grapefruit peel are the dominant hop characters with orange overtaking. A touch of pine that borders on herbal runs through the middle and random citrus pops up here and there. The hop profile is slightly muddled but mouthwatering none the less all over the top of a dry biscuity base. A touch of toast maybe but biscuit dominates.

The flavor is more substantial than the aroma. Biscuity malt lies down a base for a big, bitter, citrus and pine hoppiness. The grapefruit and orange, bitter in this case as opposed to sweet in the nose, run from beginning to end with some herbals and pine sneaking in for show. There's actually a large malt presence, although pale, but the bitterness is so large that it obliterates the malt.

Again, big hop bitterness. My lips are halfway numb. The body is moderate and has a nice silky feel with mellow carbonation that's not noticeable pushing the beer along. The bitterness continues to grow.

This beer came to the Chicago market for a couple months back in the day and I bought it constantly. This is the first time I've had one in a year or two and it's as good as I remember. Bold flavor and bitterness but still manages to walk the line of drinkability.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden yellow that pours a thin head. Slight orange hues.

Smells of grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest.

Oh my hops! Definite grapefruit and orange zest, wonderfully hoppy.

Mouthfeel is hop bitterness with slight citrus and it is wonderful.

Overall one of my favorite IPAs

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

LOOK: Pours a light copper color with a white soapy froth that retains very well. Good clarity and impressive lacing on the pint glass.
SMELL: Grapefruit is heavy on the nose. A hint of biscuit and herb and floral. Mainly grapefruit. Toasted malt.
TASTE: Earthy and piney upfront with a rooty hop profile. Lemon zest and herb dial in strongly. Green tea and citrus. Pale malt backing.
FEEL: Medium bodied feel, high carbonation, with a dry grapefruit bite.
OVERALL: A delicious IPA with big grapefruit notes. Solid brew all in all.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I’ve had this on-tap, from a bottle, and now (this review) direct from the source, via growler.

This pours with a warming amber-caramel glow.

I get a combination of citrus and orange peel in the aroma. It has a forward bitterness which lasts and finishes dry, with flavors of orange peel and an intense citrus character dominating.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - Pours a glowing orange color with a 2 finger head that holds its ground and provides exceptional lacing.

S - Earthy grass, spicy grapefruit, dank herbal notes, sharp and peppery. Small hints of malt aroma.

T - Follows the nose with with juicy citrus, dank herbal, and sticky green hops. The hops are spicy and green showcasing solid bitterness. Light caramel malt shows up but the hops punish with a dry grassy bitterness. Finishes herbal and dry.

M - Medium carbonation and body, crisp and sharp feel, very dry finish.

The first beer from Short's and I have to say well done. This is a no holds bar full flavored IPA with copious amounts of bitterness. A dry crisp inish closes out very nice. Glad I got a chance to try this.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Cheers to Spartan13 for this excellent extra!

A: Pours a hazy copper color. A semi-vigorous pour yields an initial finger-and-a-half of bone-white, frothy head, which subsides fairly quickly to a stubborn sudsy collar. Spotty but strongly retentive lacing. Light amounts of visible carbonation.

S: ...not what I was expecting at first, to be honest. The initial nose is quite malty--bready sweetness, caramel, even a touch of honey. This malty character is quickly eclipsed, however, by the expected wave of citric hop assault: bitter orange, grapefruit, and POWERFUL pine. Spicy hop flavors rear their head as well. Some sweeter notes display themselves alongside the bitter citrus and spice, but they are very subdued.

T: Powerfully hoppy. As many others have noted, bitter piney hops are the star, with lighter notes of grapefruit and lemon accompanying the piney hop assault. The middle of the mouthful offers the slightest touch of bready malt for balance before the finish brings the pine center-stage again. The piney bitterness lingers long after the beer itself is gone.

M: Medium-bodied, oily and resinous. A pleasant level of carbonation prevents this beer from becoming tongue-coatingly slick.

O: The hoppiest and bitterest beer I've had to date, for sure. A bit one-dimensional on the surface, perhaps, but notes other than the initial pine pungency ARE there, and they greatly enhance the character of this beer when they can be found beneath the assault of bitter pine. As noted, the nose is also fairly unique among IPAs that I've consumed. A very solid beer, and definitely a must-try for hardcore hopheads.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: A golden copper color and a touch hazy. Pours to 1-2 fingers of thick head settling to a frothy collar and leaving behind a good amount of lacing.

S: First notes are of sweet malt (the nose has a big malt character); next are those wonderful American bittering hops (spicy and floral) with a bit of fruit in the background but not much.

T: Again, the initial flavor is dominated by malt, sweet and caramel, followed closely by a big punch of spicy and floral bitter hops with a bit of pine. The finish is very long and very, very dry. For my taste, there was too much emphasis on the hop profile and as one nears the end of the beer, my palate is feeling beat-up from hops.

M: Medium body and carbonation; full, creamy, round.

O: Nice malt character in the nose and taste but the finish is overly bitter, to the point of biting and ultimately pulls the beer out of balance. Some see this as a positive and to you hop-heads I say, this Huma’s for you!!

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Photo of Ri0
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A - Hazy light copper orange with a 1.5 finger white head. Minimal retention and a few spots of lacing.

S - Bitter pine hops with floral and earthy hops. Hints of citrus can be found, but they take a back seat to the pine. I get some light bready malt.

T - Starts off with a punch of oily, piney, bitter hops. Buried under all those hops are notes of citrus, earthy, and light bready malts. Finish is, surprise, bitter.

M - Slick and oily with a medium body. Carbonation is light. Bitter lingers for some time on teh palate.

O - A bitter, piney, hopped up IPA. Good, but not unique.

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Photo of mick303
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of brewskis
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange color with almost no head. Leaves a thin ring of lacing with moderate carbonation. Smells of citrus fruits like grapefruit and tangerine, some dankness to it, some pine, an herbal spiciness, light carmel and bread. Taste starts with lots of grapefruit, little tangerine, some pine, and grass. The middle bring a tiny amount of malt characteristics to somewhat balance it. Light carmel and some grain. Then it finishes very resinous with notes of pine, grapefruit rind, maybe blood orange, light carmel. Pretty spicy finish actually with a lingering bitterness. High medium body with a very oily and creamy texture. I’m a hophead, so I’m really glad I got to try this. It was not as fresh as I would like, but it is still a really solid ipa. If I lived in Michigan, I would definitely have this more often.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass
it is golden color and had a nice 1/2 inch head
smell is typical hops but has an amazing citrus ipa type of smell to it
nice mix of bittering hops
is easily drinkable the bitter hops overpower it
would definitely get again but would not put up as a top level but is still nice to drink

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Photo of jrenihan
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is orange golden in colour with a very small white head that fades quickly.

Nose contains tropical and citrus fruits- tangerine and orange. A bit of bready malt. Some pine. Nice scent.

Taste is quite bitter, with some tangerine and orange flavours. A good amount of pine. Actually has a bit of a spicy flavour to it. Some caramel. Finish in particular is very bitter.

Medium bodied, moderate to highly carbonated. Oily.

Overall, quite good.

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Photo of endovelico
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small beige head on a beautiful hazy amber - orangey pour. No lacing, retention or apparent effervescence.

Smell: Medium high in intensity. Notes of lupulin dust, tangerine, fresh hop character at the front. Pineapple and other exotic notes on the back.

Taste: Medium high in intensity. At the front there's a yeast bitey, dried leaves like character. Back notes include ethanol followed by orange / tangerine play.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium low carbonation. Medium high bitterness. Long lasting astringent taste. ABV comes through a lot in the palate.

Overall: Decent complexity, questionable balance. Aroma is a stand out in this piece, but everything else is decent at worst. It's not one of the more sessionable IPA's I've had - mainly because of the aggressive bitterness on the tame body - but ironically feels very fresh to the palate.

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Photo of Benish
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. Very minimal head presented and the beer had a orangish hay color. Aroma gave off a slightly floral and earthy scent. Not a whole lot going on with aroma.

Tasted insanely bitter! Did not know the IBU's over 100 until after I drank this but it makes sense! Its like drinking a bitter orange peel. There's also some notes of grass. The moment you drink it, the beer immediately starts out bitter and it finishes bitter. There was not much malt presence, just straight up bitterness from the hops. Without the malt presence, it seemed something was almost missing. But I was quickly over it considering the large flavor from the hops.

Overall this is a great beer. Not too complex but still a fantastic beer to drink if you appreciate the intense bitterness that some IPA's provide. There were no notes of sweetness in this beer yet it still was delicious.

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Photo of Beric
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter today, 7/12/2013. Thanks to Benish.

Aroma: Very piney, citrusy notes. Perhaps orange. Has a nice, seemingly sticky caramel sweetness that hangs in the nose. Very strong and pleasing nose.

Colour: Pours a hazy dark copper body with a 1cm white head that leaves a sticky lacing as the beer disappears down my gullet. Retention is solid, nothing special.

Flavour: Hoppy as hell. Very bitter pine complemented by a little bit of orange, nectarine flavour supplemented with a strong bit of caramel sweetness. It's a bit of a one-dimensional beer but this is what the name of the beer advertises.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, resinous and almost sticky. Aftertaste is a stinging piney bitterness that lingers quite a while and gets spread all over as I move my tongue around my mouth. Carbonation is good. Drinkable, slight hint of heat.

Overall: A very bitter piney IPA. Not the best IPA, but it is a very good one that is sure to satisfy any hophead's lupulin cravings. Very bitter and piney if that's up your alley.

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Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Updated 8/23/13

Another in the series of reviews of Michigan beers obtained on my recent visit to the state in June. I bought two bottles of this one and saved the second bottle for later in the summer.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle. Second one was into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a: Yummy translucent light amber. Finger wide head melted to an even surface foam and clingy ring.

s: Immediately on pouring, orange/tangerine notes even without sniffing close. Wow. The best-smelling IPA I've had yet. Second one was not nearly as strong, perhaps because the hops had been muted by eight weeks of aging.

t: Strong citrus hop bitterness quickly asserted itself and dominated. Powerful but too citrusy-bitter for my taste. Left a long lingering bitter aftertaste similar to and perhaps even stronger than unsweetened grapefruit juice. Second one was only moderate strength and the citrus was not nearly as evident.

m: Mouth-puckering bitterness overshadowed everything on the first occasion. Two months later, it was much easier drinking. Not what was intended perhaps, but definitely a better experience. OTOH I have had lots of different IPAs since my first Huma, and have gotten far more used to and even enamored of hop bombs than I was in June.

o: The second go-round was a much better experience than the first, a medium strength and more balanced bitterness which went well with my grilled burger and potato salad.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ROBSTARR for sending this one. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Nice gold, nearly completely clear. One finger's worth of white head that fades to foam fairly quickly, and a good bit of small bubble visible carbonation.

S: Resin, citrus, pine and some tropical fruit hops on top of a sweet bready malt presence. Not a huge nose, but nice.

T: Resinous pine, grapefruit peel and grassy hops. There is a fairly significant malt backbone here for an IPA as well and, while it adds some sweetness to the flavors without adding much caramelization, it completely folds to the significant hop bitterness in overall impression. The hop bitterness lingers for a few beats after the swallow but is gone fairly quickly.

M: Average body for an IPA with good carbonation. Alcohol presence moderate for ABV.

O: A solid IPA with not a lot to complain about. The hop profile isn't my personal preference, which prevents me from ranking this among the upper echelon of IPAs around...the bitterness is pretty high while the hop flavors are between muddled to absent. But for a bitter-bomb of an IPA it's actually quite enjoyable. If this were available around here it would be in regular rotation in the fridge, but not a staple. Glad I got to try it.

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.