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

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Reviews: 650
Hads: 1,848
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 221
Gots: 284 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of markmiller
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from trade with Eric, thanks!

Medium amber with nice foaming tinged head and a bit of lacing.

Nose is full of big perfume-y hops and some malt. Not really citrus, more flowery to me. With pine and sweetness.

After the first sip, the balance of this beer really shines. The sweetness is there and the raw resinous hop bitterness joins. Finishes dry.

The mouthfeel is average, medium to thin. I would have like a little more chewiness to this, its rather dry and crisp bitter.

I'd like to try this on tap if it's available, but I can't get it around me. Above average IPA, but there are ones I'd choose over this. (but not many)

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

A - Pours a golden-amber color with a fizzy looking 1/4 inch head.
Very lovely lacing.

S - Big hops in the nose, mostly piney with some citrus backing it up. Lemon or orange zest comes to mind.

T - Bitter! This is an IPA that certainly doesn't skimp on the hops. Floral and not very heavy on the citrus. Simply amazing.

M - Very nice dry IPA finish.

O - This beer is unrelenting, and with dominate your palate if you'd just give it the chance.

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

Picked up a sixer of bottles today... Glad this is finally available in a bottle!

A- A clear golden color with about a finger width of white head. Lacing is spider web like.

S- Bursting with hops. Citrus and pineapple like in the nose.

T- A very unbalanced, delicious beer. Very much hop heavy with tones of fruity deliciousness. Citrus fruits, most noticably pineapple and grapefruit. Backend brings a bitter lingering taste in the mouth. Initially I did get a bit of a caramel malt, but it was immediately overpowered by the hops.

M- Light body, very bitter potent aftertaste.

D- Outstandingly drinkable... definitely sessionable. Thank you Short's for beginning to bottle this beauty. It'll become a regular in my rotation.

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Photo of ztaylor1
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very cloudy golden brownish yellow with a tight white head. Very appealing. Has a pineapple/honey look. Slight chunky lacing.

Smell- strong hops with citrus rind(grapefruit dominant, but also some lemon), medium malt character.

Taste- strong hops, with bitter pine stronger than the nose let on. But also an equally powerful malt character. Bitter hops all the way down. Little more like a double.

Mouthfeel- medium body, a little fuller than expected. Light, prickly carbonation

Drinkability- bitter and sweet make it very difficult to put down...

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Photo of Flopjack
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Golden orange in color, about 1 finger white head, and just the slightest bit of haze.

Smell - Juicy tropical fruits, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and roasty undertones from the malts not heavy on alcohol.

Taste - Grapefruit, mango, pineapple at first, moving on to a light roastiness, and there is also an underlying pine flavor that also contributes a nice bitterness from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, refreshing and crisp.

Overall - Great beer to have available all the time. Shorts can certainly do no wrong with this beer.

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Photo of infestaxion
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy gold with about a finger of creamy head that fades into a film on the top with a ring around the edge.

S - Sweet mother of hoppy. A twinge of citrus.

T - Much like the smell. Mostly hops with a bit of citrus. A little grassy. Bitterness throughout that lingers. Just fantastic.

M - Not overly carbonated. Very smooth.

D - Oh yeah. I wish this was more available where I live. This could definitely be an all summer long beer.

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Photo of DrewOSU
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Marthas Vineyard in Grand Rapids, Mi during KBS 09

A: Pours a golden, darkish yellow with ¾ inch white, thick spongy head. Lacing is huge and drapes on the top of the glass on initial pour.

S: Light fruit and floral aroma. Nothing over powering. Fresh, but not overwhelming.

M/T: Very light body, sudsy carbonation, no real bite as it slides down the tongue. Huge bitter blast, followed by some citrus notes, finishing very hoppy. A heavy hop aftertaste, especially for single IPA. This is a little bit of a pallet killer and after the initial shock, it becomes more sessionable.

D: Solid beer, nice quality flavors. Good bitterness that is a little overwhelming at first, but seems to mellow out.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to an imperial pint

A: Poured a 2-finger white head, good lacing throughout and eventually reduced to a 1/4"crown. Orange amber that was slightly hazy.

S: Wonderfully complex floral and spiced hop aroma.

F: Clove-like hop spiciness with a lot of bittering hop presence. The bitterness lingers throughout the session, no doubt a result of the 76 IBU's. As the session progressed the flavor became caramel sweet and malty.

M: Creamy and crisp with a pleasant almost overwhelming lingering bitterness on the back of the palate. Carbonation is sufficient.

D: For me, this would be a short session beer. The strength and complexity of this beer make it best enjoyed on a limited term basis.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no date information.

A: Nice tight, rocky head that appears to be persistently sticky and present. The beer is an apricot golden orange with slight opalescent chill haze.

S: One of the things I like about HLL is its wonderful aroma. Chlorophyllic greens, geranium, asparagus, a slight cattiness, fresh grass, lemon peel. When fresh, this beer literally smells like a fresh hop flower. Despite the statement, " a hop and malt theme park for your mouth." I discern little in the way of maltiness other than a slight wheat, graham cracker quality. This is a very hop forward style of IPA.

T: Virtually all aroma qualities exist in the flavor profile. A long lingering bitterness persists well after the flavors disappear. I personally find the IBUs up front to be a tad bit too much.

M: Nice medium body that is neither too thick or thin for the style.

D: Great! A fresh and refreshing IPA with great flavor and aromatics.

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Photo of SirRuss
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Biggups to the Rhettroactive for this one!)

A: a sturdy clean white head splays out across the deep amber body. Thick lacing coats the edge of the glass, and the retention is O's firm that the silky smooth surface remains in place for the full experience. Expectations of superb carbonation and luxurious makes follow.

S: great interplay of deep malt and light, fresh hops from the get-go. The former offers up toast biscuity notes alongside thicker bready notes, while the latter provide super herbaceous notes of grass, pine, and layers of citrus to finish. Although the nose is awash with character, it remains modest in it's approach, and lulls you in gently rather than the bellowing commands so frequently found in other examples of this style.

T: Again, excellent collaboration between malt and hops result in a harmonious balancen of an almost Siamese nature. The malts express on the palate much of that which is displayed on the nose. However, the hops impart a waxy bitterness that goes beyond the usual resin resemblance to become akin to that found in green tea or - dare I say it - ear wax. Although this maybe a fetish for some, and despite the hop's commendable citric notes, this is not a flavor profile for my personal taste.

M: The carbonation certainly satisfies expectations set by its appearance: smooth, functional, well-integrated bubbles carry the bulk of this brew with elegant ease. The malts provide a pleasing weightiness to the body, and the relentless head imparts a velvety kiss upon its uptake.

O: I really want to sing this brew's praises - it ticks so many boxes, and yet the fact it falls almost flat on it's face when it comes to the most defining feature of an IPA - the hops - robs me of that opportunity. If only the Short's brewmasters had considered a more nuanced hop profile that didn't remind me of the "I'll eat anything" bets I made with my friends as a 7 year old, I'd be right back out there looking to scoop up every bottle I could find. Of course, if ear wax is your thing, then I say trade whatever you've got (baseball cards and all) to get your sticky little hands on bottle of this stuff.

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Photo of lanamj
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served into a Old Hickory Pint glass

A- It generates a nice foamy head the resides into a light lacing around the edge of the glass. The color is a translucent amber.

S- Due to the fact i have no idea how old this bottle is, it's sweet and malty. A fresh bottle ( if this isn't one ) would smell more crisp. In saying that, I get a lot of sweet malts and bitter hops. Not to much fresh aroma hops.

T- A nice balance unlike the smell. The bitter hops flavor and sweet malt meet perfectly. The acidic flavor of the hop and sweet tone of the malt complement one anther very nicely.

M- Just as an IPA should be. Drinkability is good and carbonation is moderate. It's good.

O- Maybe I had an older bottle but this seemed malty and bitter. I felt that the characteristics of an high quality hops was present but stale.

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

A generous extra from akorsak, thank you Adam-I've been wanting to try this for quite some time.

Pours an orange amber, good clarity-shines golden in the light with only a touch of murkiness. A one finger head recedes over a few minutes into a film. Only spotty lacing. Aroma is citric-big grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines with a touch of sweet caramel malt to carry it along, touches of floral scents and resiny pine. Not quite as big as I was hoping, but top-notch nonetheless.

Taste is IPA heaven, orange zest, juicy grapefruit, resiny pine, floral, with a touch of peppery spice-quite mild spice. The malt is sweet and present throughout, but the initial bitterness up front carries the flavor throughout and finishes moderately dry. Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Insanely drinkable. Highly recommended.

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

Drank on tap at Rose's, did not see the pour. The head faded to a thin lacy layer of white. Color is a nice light brown, almost clear. The aroma and taste are heavy on floral hops, as one might expect from an IPA, and they are very good hops, not overly bitter. There is enough malt to balance the hops. I have been impressed by other Short's, and this keeps the winning streak going.

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Photo of beals
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

managed to get two bottles, thanks to @craftbeercellar.

A: poured vigorously. 1 finger white head, minimal lacing. organgish/red, much deeper than it looked during the pour.

S: whooooah, hops. smells just like cracking open a foil pack of fresh hops while homebrewing! traces of malt, but that nose of hops runs the show. not a hop bomb, though -- just a really pleasing smell.

T: all hops up front, bitterness and a bite in the middle leaves your taste buds and salivary glands on alert through the finish. mix of hops, definitely American... not quite the usual "C" hops, though. the label claims complex malt, but i just taste the malt as a supporting structure for the hops. good balance for a hoppy IPA.

M: low carbonation, would have expected a tad more. malt gives the right amount of body to make this an IPA, not a hoppy PA.

D: definitely could only handle one of these in a session. palate is left a bit blitzed (not from bitterness, though).

overall: great beer. tastes just like opening that packet of hops on brew day... mmm...

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-copper color. Has a thin, lacy head in brandy snifter. Some retention left in spots on the glass.

Has a hoppy and citrus aroma. Very pleasant and aromatic. Pine is also noticeable.

Huma has a delicious sweet and bitter taste. It has a tasty complexity to it. Huma has a strong hop presence. I taste pineapple, grapefruit,and orange. Black pepper gives it a certain spiciness.

Medium-bodied and decent carbonation. A great IPA that I have known for only a year now. A great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of matt20102
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at refrigerator temperature from a bottle into a goblet glass. The beer poured with a dark golden colour and very little head. The aroma is of cascade hops- distinct but not overpowering. The flavor is primarily of grapefruitty hops but there is a ever present malty flavor. This strong malt would be overpowering in any other brew but it required to match the strong hop flavor- and it does this job well. Unlike many other American IPAs, Short's does a good job here of making one that is actually drinkable. The flavor is not terribly complex (cascade hops and malt) but this is a solid brew with good flavor and mouthfeel. Recommended.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spied a single sixer at the store and pounced! Beautiful orange color with nice head and lacing. Smelled of pine and citrus with a sharp tingle in the nose. Tasted of strong citrus hops with a strong bittering hop in the front and a sweet pine in the back. Mouthfeel was medium and carbonated quite well. Finish was bitter and dry. Drinkability was so good i polished off 5 while my cousin finished off my hopslam and batch 9000! I like Shorts Huma-Lupa-Licious!

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Photo of HarrySTruman
3.09/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze/amber and cloudy. Small white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is minimal.

Smells of hops, slight smell of malt. Piney, not so much citrus, but a typical IPA smell.

Tastes slightly more bitter than most IPA's, but the balace is just about right. Certainly a "hopmonster". Slight taste of malts and sweet citrus flavor, but more bitter than anything. The flavor was bold and complex.

Finishes pretty dry, but it drinks easy.

This is a bitter IPA that is just above average imo.

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Photo of rka758
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass.
~$12/6-pack at Whole Foods in DC
Bottled 5/16/11

A: Pours a deep, almost burnt colored amber. Frothy head which quickly dissipates.
S: Almost like a sweet nectar aroma.
T: I think I may be eating hop cones. This is serious stuff and for a single IPA it's pretty remarkable what they've been able to do with the taste.
M: Thick.
D: I like this. I've heard a lot about this beer and I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to have a few. While it's not my favorite IPA, I think that it is a stand-up beer.

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Photo of jdb288
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade. Amber pour with white head. Aroma is pungent pine, citrus. Taste is nice balance of traditional hop flavors - resin, orange, grapefruit. Malt helps to balance the sweetness. Lingering bitter finish.

One of the better Shorts offerings in my opinion. I look forward to this one every year.

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

Reviewed from notes of 4/2/11

I received this special bottle from my friend Kaman in a 6 pack grab.

A = Amber brown. Similiar to a nut brown ale in appearance. Semi cloudy body. 2 finger froth, thick lacing, moderate carbonation.

S = Hops hops hops! Grass, clover and honey.

T = Super hops! Note of pine nut and grass. Really nice!

M = Malty on the front end, nice bitter hop finish. Fresh.

O = This was a great surprise. :) Really well crafted with this special hop blend. This is sure to please any IPA-o-file!

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Photo of gigaknight
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A bright copper body with licks of green at the edges bubbles energetically under a solid finger of clean white head. Good lacing and reasonable head retention stick around the rims of the glass.

S- Lots of herbal hop flower up front with some mild citric sweetness and a bit of earthiness followed by light alcoholic tones.

T- Soft citric sweetness greets the palate and segues into a refreshingly sharp bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit or lemon rind. Bold and just barely saccharinr, a strong and earthy bitterness hangs on the tongue for quite some time, a welcome quality from such a hop bomb.

M- Just enough carbonation to carry the flavors and support the lengthy aftertaste, and even a bit of good chewiness. Right on for the style.

O- A very full-flavored and full-bodied IPA from a brewery I had previously only associated with dessert beers. Definitely recommended for hop heads who don't like their IPAs strong and not too sweet.

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Photo of Hanby
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Huma pours an amber color with two fingers of white head. Keeps light retention.

Smell: The strong hop content brings a citrus smell, with grapefruit perhaps standing out. There’s also a light floral and earthy presence there.

Taste: The taste brings a full, big hop presence. The hops really stand out. Grapefruit, maybe some raisin, and a lot of soapy, crisp bitterness are the key notes here. There’s a good balance of light caramel malts in the background, but the crisp, fresh, bitter, and clean hops are what really stand out. And boy, do they ever.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is relatively high, but not too much so. The beer has a full, but not thick, feel.

Overall: This was an excellent, even top-notch, example of an American IPA. One of the best I’ve had, in fact. For the hop fan, this is gonna be a great choice anytime.

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Photo of Jnashed
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle (bought in MI over Thanksgiving). ). Unable to find bottle date

A: golden, orange cloudy brew. Light head with fair lacing

S: pine and some citrus. Light mango

M: nice lingering malt. Really nice

T: hop forward of course but less than I remember my guess is it's past it's prime a little. Solid fruit flavor though.

Overall well liked solid IPA if not outstanding. When in Michigan it's worth finding and easily found in most markets and brew stores. This sample was a little past prime as I rambler bolder hops when I first had a fresh one so Id better finish what I have left.

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Photo of Gigantis
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really like Shorts usually. This one, however, was not for me.

I had this at a new bar in Grand Rapids. The name was striking, so I ordered it. It came in a pint glass and was darker than I expected in an IPA. Dark, dark orange with an off-white head on it. Said head hung around awhile and left good, web-like traces of itself around the top of the glass. The scent was very fruity and piney. A little heavy on the grapefruit, which ended up being fairly good preparation for how this beer tastes.

At first sip, it tastes kind of how it smells: sour, pine and a bit oily - which isn't a bad thing. As soon as it has been in your mouth for half a second though, it turns into a bitter hop bomb. It is sort of akin to having some fresh cut grass in your mouth. There is a woody malt quality to it as it goes down but you have to be looking for it to see through the haze of bitterness accosting your palate.

I use the word accost but it is a mixed bag because I sometimes like a really hoppy IPA that just storms my mouth and takes no prisoners. In the case of Huma though, I feel like the bitterness has an unpleasant quality and really overstays its welcome. To me, it makes the beer taste too thick and makes me want another, less bitter IPA. On account, I would not have more than one of these. I don't find this beer unenjoyable and will definitely have it again sometime but I didn't like it as much as I wanted to and would never drink more than one. Although I should add that this takes your mouth hostage for a good fifteen minutes or more after the beer itself is long gone so you might have to drink nothing but HumaLupa.

If that was the plan, then bravo, Shorts!

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