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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: 646
Hads: 1,821
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 224
Gots: 273 | FT: 10
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: 646 | Hads: 1,821
Photo of Holland
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a half finger head. Large bubbles become a fine lacing later on.

S: huge floral, citrus, pine, and bitter smell. Some sweet maltiness ensues.

T: the instant it hits my tongue I get malt, then it goes directly to bitterness, then citrus and pine, and finally it leaves a thin pale malt aftertaste with a hint of sweetness. Nope, it's not done. The bitterness and hops hang forever. Really lasting flavors.

M: initially carbonated, then smooths a bit with time in the mouth. Finishes crisp, but coats the tongue for a lasting tasteful finish.

O: excellent IPA. I'm an IPA person from Michigan, and I can't believe I never tried this before this year. Good thing I picked it up at Meijer's. (732 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to jbck109 for sending me this.

A: Pours a dark amber with about a finger width of oily tan head that quickly faded into a bubbly film and collar that left steaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells awesome! Huge notes of exotic fruits including mango, papaya and pineapple. Hints of juicy lemon and cantaloupe as well.
T: Follows the nose with the addition of some hints of caramel and toasted malt. Finish has an almost bubblegum-tangerine sweetness to it, kind of like Starbursts candy or sherbet. Aftertaste is citusy and bitter.
M: Very creamy carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Bitterness is ample but clean and pleasant.
D: Very good IPA. Super fruity and very bitter with a delicious aroma. One of the best I've had in a while. I would definitely seek this out if it were available locally. (868 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored with a slight haze. One finger of head forms that settles to a thin cap. Large amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is a combination of caramel malt and citrus pith. Almost has a caramelized sugar base for the citrus hops to play off of. To me not the greatest combination but it does identify what you are going to taste.

The malt does not play a huge part in the flavor, just an underlying sweetness. Massive amounts of citrus pith and a little pine from the hops. Bitter without being palate destroying. Lingering citrus aftertaste.

Good base of a body. Enjoyable carbonation with a soft texture.

Cannot go wrong with fresh Huma-Lupa. The best of the Short's bottled beers. (703 characters)

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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger+ of off white head. Amber/Orange color with a slight haze and a touch of visible carbonation.  A decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is a nice mix of fresh pine, fairly perfume like with a sense of toasted malt just below the assertive hop aroma.

Frankly a bit shocked this is only 7% abv. Drinks bigger and you can sense the alcohol. Resin/piney hop flavors dominate with an assertive bitterness to finish. The malt backbone makes its presence known but plays only a supporting role. The bitter aftertaste is quite aggresive.

A touch sticky, hangs in your mouth and a resin or oil like coating on your tongue.

Decent. The sense of the raised abv is a bit too much for my liking. (692 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for this one. Shared with my wife last Friday night with our supper, assorted cheeses, fruits, spreads and smoked bison.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 02-18-10.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden body with a generous 2-3 finger egg white head that recedes to a thin ring.

Smell: Hops, very resiny with lots of malt, melon and a bit of bitterness.

Taste: Very malt as to be expected but still a good dose of fruit and some hops. A bit on the dry side.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation and a lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: Fairly decent IPA with some good taste.

Overall: Would have loved to try it fresh but it still has a healthy amount of flavor. A worthy IPA. (701 characters)

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

This was one of my favorites back in Michigan, but recently tried a bottle again and was left much less impressed. Not sure if it was an old bottle or what. Pours a copper color with big fluffy white head. Aroma is a nearly pure pine and malt extract aroma, with some caramel mixed in. Flavor follows with a huge bitter up from (140 IBU after all), but fades into a malty sweetness on the way down that almost reminds me of malt extract (most recent bottle--not what I remember from before). Medium high carbonation with big slick resinous mouthfeel. One of my previous favorites, I'm now mixed on this and need to try it again. The rating is currently an average of these two experiences. (689 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for sending this want my way.

A: Pours lighter than I thought it would. A nice darker shade of yellow / lighter shade of orange. The head was nice and tall and a nice vibrant white color. Okay retention with lots of leggy lace all the way down the glass.

S: Release the hops! Pop the cap on this one and pure hop juice rushes from the bottle. Very grassy herbal hops mostly but there is a touch of citrus juice as well.

T: Taste is very floral with very strong fresh cut grass notes. Bitter grapefruit rind and some sweet caramel malt. The malt attempts to provide balance in this one, but it really has no chance against these hops. It really is a hop theme park in your mouth.

M: Actually drinks sort of light, zippy carbonation, with a real clinging bitterness.

D: Crazy good. It drinks fairly light, and the taste makes you take gulp after gulp. One I could drink six of no problem. One of the better beers I have had in awhile.

Short's has been hit or miss for me. They are always pushing the envelope which I love. This beer is a hit no doubt. Not just a hit, but a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth kind of hit.

This is goood! (1,184 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no created on date punched.

Looks bottle-conditioned from the yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Pours an almost clear orange bronze with golden edges. Small, gauzy, lacy, off-white head. Very hoppy nose with appetizing doses of pineapple, resin, fresh pine sap, and citrus. Candied fruits and sweet malts chime in for some aromatic balance.

Taste follows the nose, with very fresh hop flavor right off the bat. Numbing herbal bitterness with equal parts pine sap and pineapple. Sugary cookie and fruit malt makes a brief appearance before the hop bitterness cranks it up into the finish. Some aspirin and raw hop bitterness show up in the end. Dry, lip-smacking finish. My tongue is comfortably numb. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel down the hatch. Nicely carbonated. If you like raw, dry-hop intensity, this is the beer for you! (853 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/29/2010. On tap at Shorts. Pours a clear amber-orange with a white head. Aroma of citrus hops, hop oils, and sweet caramel malt. Flavor of bitter hops, citrus, acetone?, and caramel malt. Again, just decent for me although just a touch better on tap. (264 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a 5 ounce sample mug

A- Pour a very hazy golden color with 1 finger of head and descent lacing.

S- Grapefruit and pine stick out first with a little bit of maltyness in the background.

T- Tastes pretty damn bitter, with grapefruit and pine leading the way, after taste is just straight bitter, i would call this a hop bomb.

M- Just the way and IPA should be, very true to the style.

D- Because of how bitter this beer is the drink-ability is very low, i could only have one of these before i am over with the bitterness, ruins your palate for anything u drink after it.

Overall this is not a bad ipa, it was just way too bitter for me, its seems that if the flavors arent blended together the best and the bitterness just takes over the whole beer. Don't think i would every buy this again but there's plenty other shorts brews i will be getting instead. (870 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden, clear yellow with a billowing white head that settles down to a nice thin layer that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S - smell is citrusy, fruity, hoppy. Nice.

T - opens up with juicy citrus flavors that move on to a caramel malt back bone. However the malts are pushed aside by a load of more grapefruit and citrus hops that with a little bit of piney bitterness to finish this one off. Very nice, bold IPA.

M - mouthfeel is watery, full, and smooth

D - overall, this is a really nice IPA. Big and bold with lots of citrusy hop flavors with a little bit of a malt bill that's keeps it from being an all out hop bomb. I will have to go pick up a sixer of this before I leave the state. (715 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huma-Lupa-Licious is an attractive collision of copper and orange. It’s mostly clear, and definitely looks more orange when held to light. A vanilla colored head tops it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention was good. Lacing was quite sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is very good. Hops are certainly noted early. No complaints here. Citric notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango are all present. Toasted and light caramel malts follow. The toasted variety seems a little stronger, but it smells like it definitely has a sweet side. Alcohol is masked well.

The flavor is definitely impressive. The malt base consists of mostly toasted malt. Not my favorite thing, but it works pretty well here. Light caramel malt is also present, adding a bit of a sweet flavor. The hops are nothing short of delicious. Strong grapefruit and orange flavors really drive the flavor. It definitely has a nice bitter bite. The malts work hard to provide some balance, but it still falls on the hop side of the fence. Alcohol is not very noticeable. Finishes citrusy, bitter, and dry.

The body is light-medium and feels very smooth. Carbonation is dialed down extremely well to bolster the feel. This stuff goes down far too smooth and easy. It’s difficult not to chug it. True story. I wouldn’t mind several bottles in a sitting.

Huma-Lupa-Licious is a really nice IPA from Short’s. The flavor is very good and it impresses all-around. I’m not the biggest fan of toasted malts in IPAs, but it works okay here. I believe the hop flavor is strong enough to cover some their flavor. Still a very impressive release. If you’re into big time hop flavor in your IPAs, then Huma-Lupa-Licious is for you. (1,720 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich IPA, long and with a complex bitter hop profile.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle . Dark green and blue label with an illustration of hops under brighter green typography. It has a semi-legible bottling date (051611?). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber pour with a fair 1" frothy head, good retention, good surface memory, and some lacing.

S - Soft and fresh hoppy nose, citric, caramel malt sweetness.

T - Rich IPA range, rather fresh, with an initial bitterness over a bready and malty caramel base. The bitterness turns assertive as it lingers in the palate and unfolds rich notes of hops, resin, light grapefruit, grassy and resinous again as it closes the flavor.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky with a nice closing bite.

O - Nice and long IPA, at first it seems a touch shy, then the bitterness emerges, and interestingly does not stop there providing a rich hoppy range over the assertiveness.

Notes: Nice surprise and glad to have tried a few fresh bottles of this one as a result of Savor. Pity that it likely won't make it again around here, but this is another fine thing to keep in mind should any regional travel to Michigan take place. (1,213 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with tapoutjoe, Thanks Joe!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Hazed yellow-orange color with a thick white head that left globs of sticky lace.
Citrus and floral/earthy aroma.
The taste has a good balance of hops and malts upfront but finishes with a tongue biting bitterness.
Medium bodied, smooth & creamy.
Goes down easy but it is quite bitter. (387 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden amber pour, nice fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Super citrus hop aroma. I've had a couple of these at varying ages, and even several months old it's still super bold. The pine starts to show up once the beer has begun to warm.

T: Starts off citrus and quickly fades to a very very bitter pine aftertaste. Very little indication as to the malt other than just plain sweetness that tries (unsuccessfully) to balance this one out. Unbalanced but good for the hop lover.

M: Medium with decent carbonation. Bitterness mentioned above is almost stinging. Quite drying.

O: Overall a super hoppy IPA. Hard to believe this is just a regular IPA - I guess it's pretty borderline. Pretty unbalanced but if that is your kind of thing then you will love this. It's sorta like a light Ruination. (818 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into half pint, courtesy of dashirey.

A - Poured a clear golden/amber body with a tinge of haze, medium carbonation and a thin white head that receded to a patchy film and yielded minimal lacing.

S - Really fresh, hoppy nose with a dominant citrus character reeking of grapefruit. Malt definitely takes a back seat, but provides a light, sweet caramely aspect to the aroma.

T - Prevalent grapefruit presence with hints of pine and resin. Hops are balanced by sweet caramel malts. A slight burnt grainy malt character appears in the finish, providing an almost toasted aspect.

M - Medium body with an oily texture and pretty dry, aggressive hop finish.

D - It was nice to try something genuinely hoppy from Short's after the onslaught of stouts during our trip to the brewery last November. I found this to be quite hoppy for a straight-up IPA... so no complaints there! (892 characters)

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. (452 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brew pub.

A-Slightly hazed, brilliant golden copper with a thick off-white head that reduced to a thin cap that never went away and left copious lace.

S-A big fat smack of orange/nectarine citrus and pineapple. Nice combination of citrus, tropical fruits and some spiciness. Supporting, mildly sweet caramel malts offer just enough support.

T-KA-BOOM! Big time hop flavours going on! Citrus, tropical fruits, pine and an underlying spiciness. This one is all about the hops but has just enough sweet biscuit malt backing.

M-Medium-light body, sharp and crisp with long lasting hop bitterness.

D-This one is about as good as a well crafted hop bomb can be. I had been anxiously waiting to have this one fresh on tap--in NO WAY did it disappoint! I could drink this one ALL day. Well done Joe and the crew at Short's! (834 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a brilliant gold/tangerine brew. A conservative cap, just a layer really, of pale tan foam. Some shiny swaths of lace on the glass.

Aroma - spicy aroma with pine dominating. Juicy citrus adds to the mix after a few minutes.

Taste - biscuity grains at the base. A full measure of citrusy, piny hops add florals and plenty of bitterness to the equation. The swallow dries quickly and grows nearly medicinal but not quite. A shade of late citrus but stays mostly bitter.

Mouthfeel - solid feeling, and with good crispness. A smooth IPA.

Drinkability - another fine brew, courtesy of crazynelson at DLD09. Short's don't make no bad beer...thanks Nelson! (666 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks Kgristoff!

Golden and orange color with a moderately sized near white head. Consistent lacing down the glass.

Well balanced IPA aroma--some toasted malt and citrus (grapefruit) and pine hops. Strong, though balanced.

Similar flavor to the aroma, but just a tad too malty for my personal preference, though at the end of the day, this is a plenty tasty and well balanced IPA. Some mild grapefruit, some bitterness, and caramel and toasted round out this brew.

Medium bodied, perhaps just a touch too thick for my personal liking.

A well balanced IPA. I'm glad I got to try this one! Thanks so much! (636 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dbc5 for sending me this one.

A: pours a slightly hazy gold, bright white dense head, some lacing

S: nose starts with big time pine/resinous character, loads of bittering hops followed by grapefruit and mango, a little bit of orange on the finish

T: the taste starts of with a touch of caramel malt and is followed by in your face bitterness, the bitterness is strong and last through the finish, finish is a bit dry

MF: high carbonation, smooth body

O: my last few experiences with Short's have been a little rocky, but this one is quite nice. Huge assertive hop profile. (587 characters)

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