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

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPAShort's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA

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Ratings: 1334
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%


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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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 02:07:46 | More by kylehay2004
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, citrus grapefruit like hops. In the taste, pine hop like dryness, and a grapefruity citrus undertone of sweetness. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, pine like hop aftertaste. Nice big hops, somewhat balanced, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 20:32:19 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Aroma is strong, hoppy and woody with a hint of grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thick, fluffy white head that sticks around a bit and leaves some nice lacing. Flavor is hoppy, woody and fairly bitter with an undertone of sour citrus that is more orange than grapefruit. Fizzy, fairly zingy texture leaves a hoppy and tingly finish with just a little bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:08:29 | More by Cyberkedi
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largadeer

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 18:42:33 | More by largadeer
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this Short's Brew!

A - Brilliantly clear golden honey yellow with little carbonation rising up. A tall pour releases a near-three-finger, cream-colored head. Very stable but became lumpy and dropped over time leaving thick gobs of lace in it's wake.

S - Deep earthy and grassy hops abound. Dry wood and grass-clipping leaf-pile with hints of grapefruit and resins. Honey and caramel malts in the background provide a nice malt base for the playground of hops.

T - Huma Lupa has some awesome harmonious balance. It's not a slap in the face with hops but it does bring the heat. Honey and sweet caramel malts give a solid, sweet structure for the hops which are all over the place. Lots of earthy notes of wood and grass-clipping piles with grapefruit citrus hints and resins.

M - The balance gives this beer a sweet but mildly bitter finish with a high dryness and lingering after-taste. Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, it has a smooth, rather soft texture to it.

D - As far as my palate goes, a rather mild IPA because of the balance, but one that's fairly drinkable in larger quantities. I could do a six-pack and enjoy every one. That's interesting too based on my distaste for mulch-like hops in beer. Well blended and brewed. Thankfully not infected! :P

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 23:41:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light brown with a haze similar to "The Liberator" making it have a dirty look. Head is a 1/2 inch and lacing is good and sticky. Smells of bittering hops yet has a nice balance to it. Taste isn't as great as expected but looking at the IBU's I can understand the assault. Mouth feel is medium and it really coats the mouth.

Overall I like my IPA's more balanced and even though this was more drinkable than "The Liberator" it still fell short for me and was palate numbing bitter. Will not get again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 23:05:56 | More by DrDemento456
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Derek really took care of introducing me to Short's regular beers - thanks for another awesome extra!

A: Hazy because I couldn't wait for the sediment to settle out, this one is a gorgeous orange with a two-finger thick dense white head. Great retention, intricate spiderweb-like lacework.

S: Floral and citrus hops dominate the nose, with juicy oranges being predominant. Pretty darned big centennial aroma, I'd be surprised if Two Hearted wasn't the inspiration for this beer

T: Hop bitterness dominates to open things up with plenty of citrus bitterness with a moderate hop flavor to carry things through. Again, there's floral and citrus flavors on the palate. Malt is practically non-existent, this one finishes dry and pretty darned bitter

M: Light in body with soft carbonation, which only amplifies the perceived bitterness. Great finish, a touch too bitter, perhaps?

D: Enjoyable, but the balance between bittering and flavor hops is lacking, and this will keep me from drinking a whole sixer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 03:04:17 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

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

Bottle courtesy of HiAIPA poured into pint glass.

Pours a bright, almost irredescent, completely hazy orange with a fluffy and short-lived white head. It recedes to a ring quickly and leaves only a trace of lacing. The smell has a big resiny hop character but with some nice grapefruit and orange hints as well. The sweet malt base is in there as well but only as a compliment to the big hop aromas. Taste is earthy resin up front and a substantial malt backbone before giving way to a lingering citrus bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky with a bitterness that tickles the tongue throughout. This is another very good brew from the guys at Shorts, a well-balanced yet very hoppy IPA.

Thanks again to Jeff for the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 23:37:21 | More by gford217
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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

The color is a mandarin orange and copper with just a little haze. Nice two finger head that recedes to a nice film of foam and a little lacing stickage to the inside of my glass.

The aroma is a sweet orange peel with maybe a little caramelized brown sugar. This maybe the right mix of biscuity, toasted malts and heavy hops.

The taste starts sweet with toasted, dry biscuits and caramel. The hops bring add some wet grass, orange peel, and maple tree leaves. The finish is bitter and lasts long after you swallow.

The palate is cleansing nd clean with lots of citrus flavors hanging around after each sip. The IPA is well deserved of its acclaim.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 17:48:14 | More by scruffwhor
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer is clearish muddy orange with a very whispy white head that is gone right away. Light lacing.

The aroma is medium displaying some nice balance of sweet grapefruits contracted with some pine hop notes.

The taste is little sweet on the front but dead then brings lots of flavor on the back with piney hops. This is a really nice smooth hop that makes it easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 00:06:32 | More by jrallen34
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blackie

Virginia

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

picked up a six at WFM P Street NW, DC

a: served in a piraat chalice, the beer is a medium orange-amber in color, sporting a thin layer of carbonation and light ring

s: the nose melds big citrus and pine pulp hops, heavy grapefruit, lightly toasted biscuity malt, and a pleasant caramel malt aroma that provides a light-moderate sweet note, slight esters and just a touch of alcohol

m: carbonation light to moderate, smooth, body on the lower end of medium

t: a base of biscuity pale malts and a grainy caramel sweetness - not too much though, and balanced as the style goes, big citrus pith and pine hop flavors and a huge resinous bitterness that powers through the finish, rustic and a little unrefined, but in an intriguing way

o: a very aromatic and flavorful ipa that doesn't betray just how hugely hopped it is until that monster bitterness hits in the finish, dig the grainy character as well, plenty of malt to even things out, like

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 03:10:01 | More by blackie
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front (North Detroit area) last week. This was my first Short's beer. This had a nice hops presence in the aroma, but enough malt balance to keep it interesting. Actually similar to DFH 90 minute, I was happy with the depth of flavor, and the light body made it easy to pound. Recommended if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2008 10:55:49 | More by TurdFurgison
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, courtesy of an in-person trade at DLD (Thanks!), into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Bright, slightly hazy pale orange body with a finger of dense off-white head. Great retention and lacing. Nice-looking IPA.

S: Hugely piney, sprucy hop nose. Slight caramel sweetness alongside the profoundly bitter, resinous hop attack. Quite nice, and rather distinctive. I like it.

T: Pine, pine, and more pine. Some floral and grapefruit pith flavors also show up, as well as a touch of sticky malt, but pine never really relents. Gigantically bitter finish - a bit harsh, but enjoyable nevertheless.

M: Slick medium body, fairly light (but creamy) carbonation.

O: Solid IPA. I tend to prefer the fruitier, citrusier side of things, but it's fun to have one's taste buds blasted with pine now and then. Well done, Shorts.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 15:29:01 | More by woosterbill
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 05:09:47 | More by johnnnniee
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

891st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

12 oz.

Couldnt find bottle date

Thanks to Spdyfire83 for this.

App- A good hazy orange with some soft yellow floating downwards. On a 1/2 in head that was off white was there with only a small amount of cling.

Smell- Fairly balanced amount of malt and citrus. A little bitter on the nose with with some dampness behind it.

Taste- Wow. This is a small bottle but has some huge flavors with it. A lot of bitter behind this one and a bit dry on the flavor. Only a fraction of the citrus from the nose comes on the profile.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation that is a bit dry with a nice big bitter flavor.

Drink- This is not as bitter as some of the other American IPA's but still has a strong presence behind it. A nice beer but this profile is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:38:08 | More by FosterJM
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tpd975

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 15:59:57 | More by tpd975
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz bottle received in trade with leafsj - thanks buddy!

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, pine

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with caramel. There is also quite a bit of bitter resiny pine and grapefruit peel and pith. It ends with a bitter hoppy malty aftertaste.

Overall - A good dose of bitter hops but lacking in the fruity juiciness department. Still a great beer that I would drink again. Reminded me a bit of a Finest Kind IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 00:57:15 | More by spinrsx
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 19:54:28 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 23:11:16 | More by alexgash
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 07:09:43 | More by Mebuzzard
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Thanks to Tyson for sending this my way. Excited for my first taste of a brewery that I've heard plenty about but had yet to sample.

Enough chatter. Huma is IPA colored, plus a bit of cloud, without the floaties, just a bit more solid in its coloring. Nose is lovely sweet, which I like, but...the hops are definitely down the ladder.

So I like my IPAs bitter & Rottweiler, & this one doesn't quite fit the bill. The 'balance' that some are so fond of is here, but instead of being cloying & annoying as is so often the case, this one's very well done. The malts are sweet, but ever so slightly subservient enough, to complement the hop chomp rather than subvert it to the dark side.

Love the bitterness in the mouth, ain't that the way an IPA is supposed to be? Especially the finish. It's crisp & Sahara dry. I rec'd a few of these from Tyson & I could see downing a couple in an evening until my mouth goes numb enough to see the dentist without further ado.

Excellent beer. Unique enough that I'd be happy to find it in my glass any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 03:19:28 | More by maximum12
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the recent shipment that hit Colorado. Dark orange, hazy, lots of lace and a short but thick foamy head. Smells like bitter hops and orange rinds. Taste is super bitter, palate ruining bitterness with hints of malt and citrus but mostly just fucking bitter. Not bad but I'd never reach for a second one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:38:15 | More by ArrogantB
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 00:56:26 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's a few weeks back and finally cracked into it. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A very nice crystal clear amber colour with a nice almost dense one finger head that very, very slowly faded leaving a nice white blanket and good side lacing.

S - Nice IPA aromas here. Some light malts but mostly nice bitter pine hops. Some light grapefruit notes but mostly the assertive pine.

T - Much like the nose this starts with a little sweet malts but ends with nice bitter pine resin.

M - Very nice mouthfeel here. Medium carbonation keeps this nice and crisp with a dry, bitter finish.

O - Solid IPA here. I think the ABV is a little too present with this though in the taste and mouthfeel. Other than that I really dig this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 04:15:42 | More by rudzud
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 16:27:31 | More by ffejherb
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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