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

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Ratings: 1,790
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 227
Gots: 251 | FT: 10
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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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Ratings: 1,790 | Reviews: 655
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy but light with mostly piny with some earthiness in there as well. Minimal malt or sweetness.

Beer is medium to light in body and very bitter, finishes a little dry. Forward is a little thin but there are some pine notes in the midpalate. Its a decent IPA, very enjoyable.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/29/2014. Pours hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

Pours golden with a white head. The aroma is pretty strong, with a mix of piney and resiny hops. The flavor is more of the same with some earthy flavors mixed in as well. There is a good amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass. Thanks to glazeman for this one.

A: Pours a really nice hazy golden/orange with a one finger head. There is a nice head and thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S: A lot of citrus fruit on the nose here, some grapefruit and orange. Also some pine, but it takes a back seat to the fruit.

T: There is a much greater pine taste than is indicated by the aroma. There is also a hint of sweetness, and some malt and caramel to touch it off on the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied, crisp but also has a creaminess. Definitely full of hops, which dominates this beer. A beer I would drink again.

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to iceicebaby for this one!

"A complex malt and hop them park in your mouth"
I guess I am ready for the ride!

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of off white head (slight orange hued). Decent retention with really nice lace. Color is a bright hazed pumpkin orange. I really like the color. 4.5

Aroma: Wow, the aroma is great. I am liking this a lot more than the west coast IPAs I have had lately. This one is so fruity and has a bouque of floral hops. Mangos and grapefruit dominate the nose. 4.5

Taste: There is a big caramel malt flavor here that I didn't pick up in the nose. The floral hops are well done here, however. Nice fruits in the background to really pull this ipa together. 4

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bitter. The bite isn't too hardcore which is nice. Medium bodied with a fairly good amount of carbonation. I would give this a 4.5, but it leaves a dry, hoppy aftertaste that I am not fond of. 4

Overall, I am really impressed with this beer. It is a great IPA and I wish I had access to this on a regular basis. All the elements of this beer fit so well together. My first Short's beer and I am impressed. 4.5

Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle care of timmi

An IPA named after hops themselves and text appears on the label that reads: "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth." Well, they certainly are setting the stage for big expectations.

Poured into a standard pint glass, it appears a clear orange color with a finger and a half of barely yellowish stained fluffy head. Decent retension and lacing appears all about the glass as the head fades. Aroma is a nice blend of malt sweetness that compliments the hops which are presented smelling floral, citrusy and slightly piney. Flavor of this beer does not disappoint. It has enough bitterness to push the IBU upper limit expected of an IPA but is not all bitterness, lots of flavors shine through from the hops. Medium feel with a moderate touch of carbonation. As it warms, some of the alcohol becomes more pronounced. The finish of this beer is somewhat oily with residual bitterness and malty sweetness left on the tongue.

Very well balanced IPA overall. I don't really have any complaints. There is an ambiguous number code on the bottle which does not inform me how fresh or old this IPA is. Regardless, it was very enjoyable. Nicely done.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a slow gusher, luckily I had about two seconds before it would have foamed up out of the bottle so I was able to get it into my glass. A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off white colored head. The beer is a nice, rich copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of cheesy, dank hops, ample grapefruit, tangelo and a backdrop of herbaceous pine. Some biscuit and caramelized malt notes are noticeable deep in the aroma if you dig for them. There is definitely something slightly off and cheesy (there is a certain mustiness too) about the aroma, though it is not too distracting.

Biting bitter hops are noticeable from the get go and linger on the palate long after each sip. Essential grapefruit zest oils, a touch of lychee and tangelo notes play a secondary role to the bitterness and pine like flavors found in this beer. There is a sort of an over-ripe cheesy quality, or perhaps almost butter like note to this beer that is mostly dominated by the hop character, but still manages to subtly influence the flavor profile, and not in the best way. This has a fizzy carbonic texture to it that is perhaps a touch too much, but this doesn't detract too much. The hop character in the finish is actually fairly harsh; it is almost too green and vegetal, and I am wondering if there is something else influencing this.

This beer is clearly quite well hopped, in fact it is so well hopped that it almost hides the subtle infection that is taking hold. Unfortunately the infection is influencing this beer with cheesy notes and a harshness to the finish. While the hop overload make this still drinkable, the infection in this Shorts beer doesn't work as well as it did in some of the others.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to afdempse for the bottle.

A: pours a slightly murky orange with a two inch very sticky head and nice lacing

S: hops, alcohol (in a single IPA - hmm...) and something strange (soap?) I'm struggling to identify. I keep smelling this brew looking for the citrus and floral aromas one would expect, but I can not detect them.

T: I'm missing the malt/hop balance here. This beer is confusing my palate, but not due to complexity, which is unfortunately lacking.

M: There's a very slight harsh bitterness with every sip.

D: Bitterness in the aftertaste. This 6.6% ABV feels like more. I'm ready to move on to a different beer.

Notes: It's really hard for me to get past the harsh bitterness, when this is only a single IPA. I know Short's is a great brewery, but this beer just isn't my bag, baby.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Charliedvrs for the bottle.

A bright orange color glows from the glass with some tan shades and a hint of tinted bronze. A whisp of firm white stuff stays on top at an inch with retention and stick, a good looker.

Smell is hop ridden and west Coast in nature, ah hell, this smells like a westy with all that tropic fruit. Alot of grapefruit, mango, with a sheet of biscuit malt under that. It smells like an IPA yo!

Yup, this one delivers with the lupa. Hop pellets in my mouth, Some C-Hop variety, probably some Chinook. Grapefruit, mango, some pineapple light, no earth, no mild hops, this is a westy, LOL. Tastes great.

Feel is a nice amount of stepped on medium with ample carb, the bitter linger sticks around but does not scorch the palate. I could and would drink a sixer of this. I may trade for more when I know this is uber fresh, a winner.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, purchased at Spirit Haus in Amherst Ma. No freshness dating to be found.

Pours clear medium golden. moderate of white head, stays well, respectable fine strands of lace.

Citric hop nose, grapefruit and resiny goodness.

Full hop crunch in effect here. Grapefruit, piney resins and bitter fruity goodness. From Michigan, but tastes like its straight out of San Diego. More then worthy and quite enjoyable AIPA.

Photo of yourefragile
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from Hawks10, poured into a Monica while grilling, pretty excited for this.

Appearance is perfect as far as I'm concerned with a bright, rich clear copper body that has a massive creamy off white head that is supported by a constant stream of bubbles and never fades to less than a finger thick. Also leaves behind thick sheets of lacing. Aroma reeks of fresh hops, very earthy and citrus rind with strong caramel malt and grain notes as well. Flavor is very similar, with both over the top and bitter hops and an equally potent sweet and earthy malt backbone. Body is medium thick with soft, active carbonation. The beer is very bitter throughout, including the finish but the strong malt body provides nice balance producing a very drinkable, aggressively hopped IPA. I rarely get too excited about IPAs but this one is a standout for my tastes.

Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass. It poured amber in color with a bubbly and frothy head filling the top inch of the glass. It left some very nice lacing on my glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a zesty, citrusy hoppiness to it along with some sweeter malty notes as well. It's actually fairly light on aroma compared to how bold the taste is. It doesn't really give off much of the bitter grapefruit that is all throughout the taste.

The taste has a pretty bold resiny pine, and orange or grapefruit rind like bitterness to it. Some herbal, slightly earthy hop qualities coming through as well. The malt tries to show through as well and lends some bready and caramel notes to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, the flavors were bold but also pretty good. It really had a big grapefruit bitterness to it, definitely bigger then most IPA's and even a lot of DIPA's. Pretty good hop forward beer, especially if you enjoy a lot of bitterness to IPA's.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shorts' one time distribution to Denver allowed me to purchase this nice IPA.

Pours a slightly murky gold. White foamy head, dense bubbles. Splotchy lacing, sticky. Looks pretty darn good.

Yups, hop forward in the nose. Citrus, unripe grapefruit, some mango. The faint malt is biscuit with just a hint of something a bit darker...toasted bread. Sharp in the nose up front, hints of sweetness on the end. Hint of floral

The flavor follows the nose. Hops, and many of them. Citrus, some tropical. It's a quick and sharp presence. It's a tad resiny, but finishes rather clean. Some metallic on the end. Biscuit and some caramel linger throughout, but not much.

A really nice beer

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Gallagher's in Kalamazoo and split a pitcher with a friend. This is a good, dry and bitter IPA. Sure, it's less drinkable and approaches the low-end of DIPAs, but damn it's tasty. It's a rich, not overly-fruity grapefruit with bitter orange zest and underlying floral, herbal and earthy notes - delicious. I hope I can eventually find this beer outside of Michigan.

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Fairly recent pick up as well.

Appearance out of the bottle on the pour is really odd, it almost looks gray! However after a simple white foamy small one finger head is made, the body color reveals what I can only describe is a cloudy rust. Looks a little lifeless, but I'll give it points for a unique color. Minimal lacing also.

Muted light airy and somewhat sweet hop on the nose, with sugary citrus.

A very tolerable and balanced mix of strong pine hop and bread baked dry finish. Slightly wet mouthfeel, but super easy drinking for this style. Feels almost a little borderline herbal tea English style IPA with some black oolong character in the palate also.

Overall it's a very balanced style but lacks punch and power that I sometimes like to have. The nose seems also a little muted and isn't very distinct. I do give it good points for easy drinkability, but I am not so sure on my desire to want to have it again. It is though a very easy drinking IPA.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by gford217 at the Brick Store Pub. Thanks Grant! Pours golden with a short head but nice lacing. Smells a good bit on the lighter side, but with a nice whiff of pine when you do capture the aroma. Nice blast of pine in the taste followed by a light malt sweetness. Not very integrated, but balanced, and the pine is clean and pure. Long bitterness in the mouth on top of the medium body makes this quite tasty, but I wouldn't call it sessionable. Very nice, glad I got to try it.

Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a hazy dark golden amber/orange color with burnt orange hues and a thin foamy white head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Citrusy floral hop aroma with hints of earthy pine needle, tropical frut, orange peel and caramel malt. Hits of pineapple and grapefruit counter the earthy hop notes and the malt presence is faint.

Full bodied for the style with a more prominent malt backbone than expected, balancig out the bitterness frm the hops. Dry earhy pine bitterness up front is countered by a sweet citrus presence with hints of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and lemon. The malt is a bit more prominent than I prefer but t doesn't take away from the hop character too much. Slightly creamy and very quaffable with a dry finish.

Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazed light orange with a small white head that fades into a mild cap. Small scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of pine like hops, vanilla, citrus, and minerals.
Taste is of the aromas with some herbal flavors.
Mouthfeel is bitter, herbal, and sticky.

Photo of PEIhop
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful golden honey brown. It is extremely clear with a nice fluffy head that disappears quickly.

S - Pine, Grapefruit, with ample hop aroma.

T - Upfront palate busting bitterness. The finish is quite nice and lingers with pine and grapefruit notes.

M - Medium-bodied and refreshing

D - A very balanced IPA. The bitterness is not so astringent that the malt character is completely indistinguishable. The balance is the beer's undeniable lasting impression.

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

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a glowing orange body with a slight hazy to it. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a thick creamy beige head that last for most of the beer.

S- This beer has a fresh pungent hop pellet aroma with a slight fishy quality to the huge punch of hops. There are some nice pineapple weed aromas that finish the sniff.

T- The big pungent green hops masks a slightly sweet pale malt flavor that pops through as the beer warms. The finish is a big green pungent bitterness that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish that enhances the already big hop bitterness.

D- This is a nice big IPA. Not a lot of depth just big and pungent. It did have a nice freshness to it.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Devin for the opportunity to sample this.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty interesting and intense, showcasing considerable marijuana, skunky aroma, grapefruit frind and wet hay. On the palate, this beer is very dry, with a bitter honey fruit profile. There is very little malt detectable, and frankly this IPA could probably use some. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied, with a long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, with the alcohol pretty much unnoticeable. Still, this beer comes across as a hop bomb with very little else to offer, and ultimately it just wasn't a beer I really loved.

Reminds me very much of the Grant's IPA I had many, many years ago. Interesting to sample, but just not my cup of tea.

Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewpub in mid-July.

A: The IPA is an amber color, a few shades of orange away from being the bottle it was served from. The ale is fairly clear with a sturdy orange glow. Half a finger of head is precariously lacing around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is a hefty dose of hops, pine and citrusy in a resiny masterpiece. Citrus peel and a dash of pepper round out a beautiful nose.

T: Ahh, peppery hops. This one is not lacking in that department. The pine and orange peel are abundant, heavy-handed and domineering throughout. At least until the caramel malt rears it head. The breadiness is a great pairing with the hops, able to withstand the sheer brute force. The hops really stand out though, coating with a resinous finish.

M: The ale is dominated by spicy hops, of both citrus and pine origin. If you aren't into hops, move along, there's nothing to see here.

D: I am so glad that I picked up a six pack (to go with a growler...). The hoppiness, especially when fresh, is a great draw.

Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

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

Received in trade from jbck109 thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep golden/copper color with a finely bubbled white head that dissipates quickly to only a ring around the top of the glass. Smells like hops, yeah really. Grapefruit and sour orange are prevalent in the aroma backed up by fleeting hints of biscuit and caramel. Taste is resinous, citrus, with some biscuit malt found deep underneath. Every sip I take adds to the resinous and citrus onslaught besieging my palette. Resinous mouthfeel, medium to full body, light level of carbonation. This is definitely a beer to help get your hop fix on. I enjoyed this although at times I did feel it bracingly bitter.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,790 ratings.