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

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Reviews: 640
Hads: 1,810
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 224
Gots: 257 | 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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Reviews: 640 | Hads: 1,810
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. (829 characters)

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. (826 characters)

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. (384 characters)

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... (1,105 characters)

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. (518 characters)

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. (646 characters)

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! (462 characters)

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. (499 characters)

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. (555 characters)

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. (308 characters)

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! (518 characters)

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. (952 characters)

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. (856 characters)

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! (1,683 characters)

Photo of ironbike1
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved this in a trade as an extra from SHOGOWANDA (forgive me if the name is incorrect)

Yummy!!!

pours a nice burnt orange color with a fluffy white head that fades quickly. Smell is strong of floral hops and bitterness hits the nose hard. The taste is very smooth and bitter at the finish. You get a nice hit of the floral hops mixed in. Mouthfeel is very light and smooth.

Very drinkable and an easy IPA to drink. Well done IPA from a brewery I never knew of. (467 characters)

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. (591 characters)

Photo of GetMeAnIPA
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About 2+ months old from the bottle date, so please take that into consideration.

Pours a nice dense orange with 1 finger of head. A lot of streaming bubbles, and a lot of lacing.

I can smell the hops with only a crack of the cap. Smell is citrus and grassy. Get a dank, grassy, weed like smell.

Taste is very bitter. It get nice citrus hops taste that quickly gives way to bitterness. The bitterness almost takes away from the overall taste because its too lingering.

I was looking for an over the top hoppy beer and this delivered. (541 characters)

Photo of b3barron
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From some notes I quickly jotted down.

Small one-finger head with a little lacing. Very citrusy and floral. The nose is vibrant on this one. Slightly sweet malt and a dry finish with enormous hop flavor. Balance is toward the bitter end for an IPA.

Very good stuff. I hope to be able to purchase this in bottle form soon as it would be a welcome addition to my IPA rotation. (377 characters)

Photo of Brandegee
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Light, clear copper; head settles quickly, some lacing; good retention of a thin layer of head throughout the taste.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit and malt. Strong hop smell on this one.

Taste: Lots of floral and pine flavor up front. BItter citrus, like lemon mixed with bitter orange dominates the wash.

Feel: This is a strong single IPA, and has little bit of a syrupy mouthfeel, but not heavy. Definitely a medium on the body.

Overall: A very assertive IPA that bunches above its weight in hop power. I think it's very good, but rated it just short of outstanding (I should have taken 2 weeks away from IPAs after the Heady Topper). In smaller doses this works well and satisfies, but for more than a pint the bitterness could get in the way (or maybe not…). (813 characters)

Photo of paulieatworld
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up on my last trip to my hometown up north. picked this up from jack's in traverse.

pours a beautiful off amber color. right smack dab between golden and red.

super nice whiff on hops both citrus and piney.

lick smackenly hoppy. a pleasant suprise from a gem of a little brewery. a very well put together ipa which showcases the classic aggressive hop attack of the west coast india pales.

pretty damn close to stone's house ipa. a great achievement from one of the little guys brewing in the great white north. (528 characters)

Photo of belgaridub
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass - light amber with light carbonation coming up through the beer and a very small head that does not stick around at all -- hard pour produced almost no head

aroma comes out quickly - sharp, piney hops - deep, musty, almost cheesy aroma -

taste is dank, piney bitterness - a peppery, intense finish - solid bitterness throughout

medium bodied, low carbonation, intense beer that highlights piney and earthy hop flavors

solid ipa (458 characters)

Photo of bigkingken
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could smell the hops eminating from this guy as soon as I cracked the bottle cap. Beautiful golden pour with a slight bit of haze. Sweet up front with a strong floral scent and flavor that almost immediately gives way to a fairly intense bitterness, which lingers on the palette for a bit before subsiding back to the sweet. Just the right amount of carbonatino, but in the end, the bitterness of the hops is a bit much for my tastes. (436 characters)

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

A: Pours a fairly hazy coppery orange with a 1.5 finger yellowish head. The head dies rather quickly, but what stays leaves nice lacing down entire glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by citrus and piney hops with some malt.

T: Tastes follows the smell with citrus and piney hops with some malty sweetness in the middle. The drink finishes with a nice bitter bite at the end!

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry which makes you beg for more.

D: Very drinkable beer. This beer truly exceeded my expectations; I will have to pick up a few more before I leave MI! (578 characters)

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

Had on-tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI.

Poured an amber/copper color with a little bit of haze. Not much head to speak of, but it was consistent throughout leaving good lacing.

Smells of bitter hops, some citrus notes and pine. A good whiff left a slight burning sensation in the nostrils. This beers is about the hops.

Hop flavors come through as well with a bitter taste showing off the IBUs. Perhaps some of the alcohol is showing on this pour as well. Fairly dry in the mouth as well.

Overall, a very good IPA that focuses on the hop bitterness and does well doing so. (578 characters)

Photo of Ehrnstrom
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: standard IPA appearance. Golden-rod with slight haziness. Moderate head with decent amount of lacing.

Smell: the smell (and taste) of hops absolutely dominate this beer, for better or worse.

Taste: This beer has really been a grower, but anyone who loves IPAs for the bitterness and hops should definitely check this one out. I wouldn't particularly recommend the beer for someone not accustomed to very bitter beers, or strong IPAs.

Mouthfeel: A very drinkable beer. The bitterness lingers for a while, but isn't problematic for anyone used to that feeling. Smooth and freshing, a great summer beer. This is also a great beer to pair with a hearty dinner. (671 characters)

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