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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,558 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,558
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 211
Gots: 142 | FT: 5
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:
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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub then again at Ashley's in Anne Arbour.Was good at both places, but superior grapefruit flavours at the brewpub. Cloudy grapefruit with a white head. Good hoppy aroma, very good bitterness. Served cold. Lots of lace. Creamy mouthfeel but still bitterness in the mouth.Good representation of style, and still unique.

Sammy, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 2 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Nice foamy rings of lace mark the drink down. Smell is of solid biscuit-like malt, pineapple and its juice, and citrus zest hops. Taste is of citrus zest hops up front with a nice malt flavor on the finish. There are also some tropical fruit flavors that show up in the taste. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. A decent level of carbonation but the beer seems a bit flat to me. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a slightly subdued smell that is actually very hop forward on the palate.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

djrn2, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately-hazy copper color with an off white head and some good lacing. The nose brings through some really nice pine and citrus hops. The taste isn't quite as powerful, as a bit of malt comes through, replacing some of the hop flavor and bitterness that I would have expected. Pretty tame. The feel is nice and this drinks quite well.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

zestar, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

nmann08, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Pours a murky toffee color with plenty of yeast in suspension; the tightly packed head retains well and leaves quite a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Luscious grapefruit aroma but there is also a bit of biscuity malt

Taste: After the biscuity malt lays down the underpinnings, the grapefruit and pine take over and just build through mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors continue their ascendence but I still taste some of the sweet biscuity malt underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine IPA, but I would have expected no less from Shorts

Thanks, Tyson, for the opportunity

brentk56, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Bright harvest orange with golden honey colored highlights. The three finger crown easily qualifies as eye candy. The craggy upper surface looks like a moonscape and the foam is as sticky as all get out, which is proven by a glass that is beautifully blasted with lace.

As expected (given the color), lightly toasted malts take some of the citrus zesty edge off the American hops. White grapefruit and orange are most prominent. We aren't talking the olfactory overload that is uber-fresh Bell's Two Hearted, but the aroma is mighty pleasing if you like da hops.

Via the website, Short's told me to expect 'enormous amounts' of hops that hit 'like a punch in the face'. While that isn't quite what I'm getting, Huma-Lupa-Licious is a highly hopped IPA that can compete with all but the very best. Then again, I have no idea how old this bottle is. I'm pretty sure it's pretty fresh.

There isn't as much toasted breadiness and nuttiness as feared. Probably a single-digit percentage of Munich, no more. Hop flavor and bitterness is becoming cumulative as the ounces fly by, which is always nice. Yes sir, this little beauty will give most hopheads that alpha acid smack and tickle that they crave.

In addition to white grapefruit pith and peel, resinous pine is present as well. The final pour murks up the liquid something serious. It also adds even more flavor and bitterness. Looks like the taste score deserves a bump after all. Never fear, the drinkability score was there already.

There's no letdown when it comes to the body/mouthfeel. It's at least medium for the style and is expertly bubbled. It's getting so that I can almost predict this score by the sound of the pour.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA grew on me from first gulp to last. This is definitely a fresh bottle and is a hoptasty treat of the highest order. It's also the second best American IPA brewed in the state of Michigan. Care to guess which is the best? The brewers have every right to be proud of this one.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Selling the beer with high praise, the brewery makes some big statements on their label. The focus on the hop flower yields the gripping citrusy bitterness of the cone with supple support.

Medium to dark gold in color, the beer boasts a mild hoppy haze and a frothy white head of great staying power and broken rings of lace as the beer fades. It's a fine looking IPA that doesn't steer from the visual path very much.

The forefront of hops is evident in the nose. Grapefruit, oranges, and fresh-cut grass allow for an citrus and herbal display that seduces the olfactory senses with sharpness and mouth whetting effect. A brief search for malts yeilds a light scent of baking bread and mild caramel.

The one-sided balance that the nose promises is met with taste. Hop flavor starts juicy and citrusy as the supple sweetness of malt gives the fruit flavors a plumper and juicier impression of taste. As the beer traverses over the middle palate, the sharpness of citrus grows, the malt sweetness recedes further, and the grassy herbal notes rise. A malty-dry finish of muddled grasses, pine resin, and citrus pith spearhead the throat-gripping bitterness that the label suggested.

Medium in body at first, the carbonation and crusty malt lift and the dryness of hops, alcohol, and malt memory deliver a quick and fleeting finish except for a lingering citrus bitterness that crispens heading into the next taste.

If I were a craft beer enthusiast of ten years ago, this would have likely been the showpiece for hopcentric beers, similar to Goose Island's IPA and Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin'. But in today's combative IPA world, this one may get lost in the shuffle.

BEERchitect, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

A fantastic IPA and truly yet another winner from Shorts. This bottle was consumed on the afternoon of 05/09/2009 and poured into a pint glass.

The rich velvet like amber pour was a touch cloud and capped by a wonderful light light of white that reached a height of around of two inches before dropping down with copious amounts of side glass lacing. Rich and biting citrus hops across the nose, bitter with a sweet orange peel like zest to it. Super smooth flavor here with a nice medium bodied feel and more then ample carbonation. The biting hop note mellowed mid palate as some nice balancing came into play with light buttery like malts and a light hint of grain before a smackdown of hops came across my tongue and shattered all hop of anything but a luscious and dry finish.

Such a super drinkable and wonderful IPA. Classic in the west coast style this was a drinker all the way. I would dine on this one daily and above all, a fantastic beer.

mikesgroove, May 10, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Texasfan549, Aug 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kjkinsey, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

Thanks to Thorpe for this one.

A: The beer pours a hazed golden amber color with a finger or so of white head.

S: The hop character is very grassy and herbal, perhaps even slightly vegetal. There is a touch of citrus zest to it and a decent amount of sweet bready malt.

T: Decently bitter with a lot of herbal and piney hop flavors. Somewhat sweet with flavors of toffee and bread. A touch of grassy hop flavor with a lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A little bit too bitter without the hop flavors that I generally like in IPAs.

womencantsail, Sep 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

Clear amber orange with a pure white firm and thick head.

Nose is perfumed pineapple with a floral character and a light lemon maple character.

Mouthfeel is rich and with a creamy character but nice feeling and hop heavy bitter in the balance. (Which I view as a positive characteristic).

Flavors are big bold assertive bitter pine with some underlying hints of cooked honey and green herbs and spices.

Finish is all bitter pine and pine resin. A luscious feeling and tasting beer with lots of nice character.

GRG1313, Mar 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a golden with orange hues body which is slightly hazy. Excellent tropical fruit, grapefruit and candied pear citrus aroma. Hoppy flavors follow with more candied fruit with mild tart and citrus bitterness up front with fairly strong pine resin bitter finish. Malts are relatively bland and are mostly in the background. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not bad. The flavors are a bit disorganized in this one which disrupts its complexity.

kylehay2004, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jaydoc, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Knapp85, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Cap label says July 3rd. Glowing orange, high clarity. Nice crown of thin, intricate lacing. About a finger of foam that maintains at least an unbroken skim on the surface.

Resiny, touch of alcohol, fruity citrus in the nose, orange if I had to pinpoint it. First whiff was pretty dank, but it seems to have mellowed in the last 5 minutes.

Big caramel malt flavor with candy orange slices, and bitter grapefruit pith in the aftertaste. More malt forward, but still a balanced IPA with the citrus I crave. Medium bodied, even feel that serves as a vehicle to showcase the hops and underlying lmalt flavors. Could have a couple in a sitting, but not a heavy session beer. Thanks to Jimmy Two Hands for this one.

emerge077, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Got a couple of these from Tyson. Thanks.

Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale pours forth from the bottle with power and might, clear as the golden stream of Lapland, with a billowing head that reaches the monolithic peaks of Mt. Zeus.

The aroma is pretty good. West Coast style, very floral with a bit of tangerine and grapefruit. Subtle fruity sweetness and a hint of fresh herbs. Nice.

The taste spreads across my palate like a 4d6 area effect fireball, slaying taste buds as quickly as a level 9 wizard against a pack of giant rats. Palate evisceration is aided by an eternal parching dryness, as long and wide as the Desert of Desolation, and an herbal hop attack as powerful as an enraged Barbarian with an enchanted two-handed great axe. A pale whisper of citrus floods my mind with memories of days spent campaigning on the enchanted tropical realms of the Lendore Islands in the Solnor Ocean, feasting nightly on the sweet nectarful Lendorian fruit under the shimmering cerulean moonlight.

Solid mouthfeel. Crisp light body, bit of sweetness initially but ends dry and bitter. Would drink again.

largadeer, Feb 24, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

12oz bottle - I don't know if I can contain a whole theme park in my mouth... thanks to Roke87 for the cross-continent trade.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden orange colour, with one beefy finger of creamy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a decent forest profile of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitterly fragrant citrus and pine hops, and dry, dusty, cracker grain. The taste is bitter pine and citrus rind hops, and musty, crackery malt. Only a slight warming is perceptible, given the ABV. The carbonation is moderate, and sprightly, the body light, and surprisingly quite smooth. It finishes fairly clean, the bitter citrus/grass hops muscling out the weaker grain representation.

A good, hoppy IPA, with what I'm beginning to see as a Midwest hop profile trend (at least to samples shipped way out West) - less grapefruit, more grassy, herbal, but bitter all the same. Enjoyable, and very drinkable, obfuscated alcohol aside.

biboergosum, Jul 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Acquired via trade from jayli, so a big “Thank you” goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out strong burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance but the hops presence clearly dominates. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA worth pounding down for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -1.5%

I've been trying a lot of "okay" beers lately, so I'm pulling out the huma in the hopes I'll get something powerful. Plus I want to see how it is compared to the draft I had.

Decent. Still has some strong hop tones, but the subtle hop characteristics seem to have departed us. Seems to lean more towards a one dimensional ride. I mean, in all fairness, the pint I had on-tap was so fresh it had probably been kegged a week or even a few days prior. I mean, how can you beat that.

RblWthACoz, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

WVbeergeek, Oct 22, 2013
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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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