Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA - Short's Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured into a snifter, no visible bottling date, but there is a code on the bottom that I am unable to discern. My buddy just brought this back from MI, so I am assuming, one way or the other, that it's relatively fresh. Pours a really bright and hazy creamsicle orange with an equally bright white head. Head disappears pretty quickly, to almost nothing on the surface, but the lacing on the glass is decent, lots of little bubbles and interesting looking webbing.
Smells almost tart, with loads of malt and citrus up front, almost too much malt for my liking, but still good. It's super effing hoppy, for sure. I get a bit of sweetness as it warms up a bit. There's also some natural grassy/wheat aromas that become noticeable after a few minutes of warming up.
Taste is similar, very hoppy, very crisp, tart even, with malt dominating. Pine plays a small role, but overall I get a really hoppy pulpy malt/citrus flavor. I also get similar natural flavors of grass and wheat as well here. It's good, for sure.
Feels very crisp, but resinous as well. It's sharp and carbonated, biting and lingering. Basically what the label says: A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth, which is a bit overbearing, yet still enjoyable.
Overall this a very hoppy IPA with a huge malt presence. It's big, but at 6.something percent ABV, I could prob enjoy a few of these, but likely not much else.
03-04-2013 03:43:26 | More by rodlavers
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
Got this from Nickwin who was a very good trader
A: Slightly cloudy and the color of caramel in a twix bar. It had a nice half inch thick head with big bubbles solid lacing.
S: Very nice citrus aroma with a mild amount of sweetness.
T: Very piney tasting. Good sweetness but I was definitely surprised by the amount of pine notes.
M: The pines do do linger quite a bit leaving a bitter feel. It does have some creaminess with a note that is a bit harsh.
D: I could have a few of these for sure but something but something about it makes it not my favorite
10-11-2009 00:45:51 | More by mikey711
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Presentation: From a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks again to Franz4 for coordination of the chain of beer mule-ing that brought this beer to my lips.
A- Pours a hazy, light amber/copper. Pours with ~3 fingers of light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Tons of sticky lacing left behind...
S- A solid grapefruit and pine hop pop. As the head fades and the hop rush fades, a light caramel sweetness comes through.
T- Quite a bit of pine resin and citrus peel hopiness provide a strong bitterness right upfront...a bit of biscuity/caramel malt sweetness sneaks in to help provide some balance.
M- Moderate carbonation and a medium-to-slightly thin feel. Just a touch thinner than I would prefer here.
O- Very good. A pleasing IPA that really comes through with great aroma and a nice flavor.
Future outlook: Not readily available to me, but one that I'd enjoy again were I to come across it.
06-19-2011 02:58:40 | More by DoctorDog
4.48/5 rDev +10.3%
THIS BEER IS HUGE!!! LOVE IT! Tons of Hops, so beware if that’s not your bag. Lots going on with the variety of hops used along with the pine and citrus, so it kicks you in the teeth and makes you think at the same time. Tastes great in the bottle but if you see it on tap jump on it. One great beer.
12-31-2012 01:55:37 | More by stoutman
3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
Thanks to GbVDave for this one. 12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy gold with a ton of carbonation. Three fingers of fluffy white head. Pretty fragrant with citrus from hops and some caramel malt. Piney hops dominate the flavor, almost to the point of tasting a little green. Medium bodied. Drying finish from the hops. I got some yeast in there, so it had some yeasty twang.
02-04-2010 01:42:08 | More by homebrewhawk
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. My aggressive pour yielded a thick, 2 finger, lemony whipped head. The foam had great retention time and left tons of lace behind. The body is a hazy, burnt orange color with golden highlights.
The nose finds lots of hops. Lemon zest, yeasty bread, malts and grapefruit.
The flavor is similar to the nose. Starts out with a malty sweetness but the hops soon take over and crawl under your tongue. The bitter hop bite grows more intense toward the finish.
Medium mouth feel, a little slick and well carbonated.
This is a refreshing, drinkable beer. I would buy this one again.
05-28-2010 13:55:20 | More by mgbickel
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
I found the beer in a small store on a work trip to Empire MI. In true fashion I looked for the most local beer with the best label/name. Off course this was an easy choice, especially given the selection.
The beer pours a golden but mostly amber color, it is transparent and and the head forms immediately. As it dissipate the head clings the edge of the glass and remain.
The aroma is pungent and fresh, earthy and grassy hops fill my nose, at this point I am very happy with my choice.
The taste is very nice, very well rounded, or what I like to consider well rounded for an American IPA. The malts are sweet but not noticeable after the hops come in. The taste is caramel with some biscuit, but the pine and grass hop flavor takes over. The bitterness is prominent which may keep some from drinking another, but not me.
Overall a great beer and my first introduction to Shorts. As I was staying in town for 11 days I will search out more.
08-19-2011 11:19:43 | More by bishopdc0
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Great IPA here--pours a very pretty spun copper color with thick white head that laces nicely. Smell is largely citrus hops, but also some pine notes and caramel malt sneaks in there too. Taste has a strong kick of hop bitterness, with some big pine notes. Floral and citrus notes play a bit of a supporting role to the hop bill here. Nice pale and caramel malt too, though this one is definitely a hop monster when fresh. MF is medium bodied, dry on the finish, and a nice amount of carbonation keeps things moving. An easy drinking IPA, I might lump it in a group with Two-Hearted. Glad to try it!
04-30-2010 14:40:17 | More by LordAdmNelson
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks to Scoot1969 for the bottle!
Poured into a Russian River tulip. Just over a finger of creamy white head. Slightly hazy, light, burnt-orange body. Leaves some nice lacing. Looks like a solid IPA.
Hoppy, resiny and piny with a bit of citrus in the aroma. Tangerine malt and a hint of grapefruit.
Pine-laden hops and light citrus on the tongue. Some sweet, resiny malts in the background. Good hop bitterness throughout. Well balanced between bitterness and maltiness upfront, but then finishes with a nice wave of hops.
Mouthfeel is essentially spot on for an IPA. Sticky, somewhat resiny, hop juice with a good serving of bitterness. ABV is unnoticeable. This is fairly crushable in terms of drinkability.
Overall, this is a really solid single IPA. Short's has a done a great job of packing a lot of flavor into this beer, and on top of that, it's highly drinkable. For a regular IPA I would definitely recommend this.
04-28-2011 01:51:50 | More by sisuspeed
4.53/5 rDev +11.6%
Shorts Huma Lupa Licious IPA
on tap at the Holiday Inn in Alpina, MI
Appearance: amber-brown, medium head, and good lacing.
Smell: pinecone sweet hops and malty goodness.
Taste: lots of yummy hops and bitter grapefruit with a malty touch at the end.
Mouthfeel: medium and bitter.
This is a good IPA. Loads of good fairly malty flavor. It is a must try for IPA fans.
06-05-2012 05:17:19 | More by megahurts4
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
12oz bottle served in a pint glass.
thanks to abanton for the opportunity.
pours a clear medium amber tone while yielding a finger, finger and a half of foamy off-white head. decent retention and lacing all over the place. pretty much nails what my expectations are for the appearance of an IPA.
fairly aromatic nose offers citric hops in abundance. secondary notes of pine and some florally characters with the hint of a sweet, malty backbone present in the background.
taste delivers on the nose, maybe even exceeds it. the citrus headlines the show with the pine and floral hoppiness and some biscuit-y malt rounding out the supporting case. fairly bitter. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.
overall, i'm digging this IPA a lot. very tasty. while i wouldn't necessarily put it up with the best of the best, i could see it earning a spot in my regular rotation... if only short's distributed to the boston area.
02-01-2012 05:40:08 | More by perrymarcus
4.55/5 rDev +12.1%
A - slightly hazy (from bottle conditioning) copper color with a nice head and good retention, nice lacing as it drains
S - strong American hop aroma characterized by citrus and pine like scents, malt is noticed; yeast fruitiness blends well with hop aromas
T - rich malt and hop flavor profile from start to finish; moderately strong hop finish balances out the caramel flavors in the malt; yeast fruitiness present, but subdued compared to the hops and malt
M - medium to full body, moderate-to-high carbonation
D - This is quite an outstanding American IPA. It delivers all the great factors of the style in the right proportions that hit the spot - very enjoyable and highly drinkable.
06-07-2010 22:59:23 | More by scoobybrew
4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
Big, Big thanks to Mike for sending this Short's beauty over to me. Split into two small snifters between jac5084 and I.
A: Pours a hazy, glowing orange with a small head. The small yielding head may have been due to my prudent pour. Nice orange, copper color though without too sticky of a head.
S: Unimaginably good. Tons of citrus blasting hops right in your face. Mostly citrus, though a touch of grass and pine creep in to let you see their presence. Nice mango, pineapple and orange coupled with a touch of caramel sweetness.
T: Wow, top 5 IPAs hands down. Tons of mango, pineapple and apricot with a touch of residual sweetness. Not overly bitter, but on the finish some pine and grass comes in to balance the sweet fruit flavors. The caramel sweetness on the finish is just right to balance out the hoppy bitterness throughout the beer.
M/D: Spot on. Nice, moderately low carbonation for a creamy feel. Not too sticky, but you can feel this enveloping your tastebuds the whole way.
Thanks again Mike, this was a great beer!
06-19-2009 12:24:00 | More by treyrab
3.98/5 rDev -2%
12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a one finger head, that is a bright white, and sinks into a small layer. The body is a hazy, golden orange. Lacing is left in a foamy pattern.
S: A hop forward aroma, that has a nice complex aroma of citrus hops. Not too much on the malt side, but the hops make up for it.
T/M: A dry front, that is hoppy and great smooth, silky mouthfeel. The body shows a layered effect of different hops, a bit piny and some herbal notes. The finish has a prolonged effect and does release other hop notes.
D: Great all around flavors, that are key in an IPA. These flavors could make this a sessionable IPA.
11-09-2010 01:45:22 | More by GDBEERMAN
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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