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

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

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1,670 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 218
Gots: 176 | FT: 6
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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Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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 dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of PEIhop
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received in my most recent trade with Kbeals... Kevin is out of control... I think he might be in cahootz with a FedEx lady... I don't know... but the box was amazing.

Only wanted a beer or two tonight.. but I figure I better have a third while finishing boxing up some brews .... this is poured into my Delirium goblet.

Rocky 1" white head.. dies back atop a slightly hazed lite amber brew....

Citrus rind .. lite caramel malts.. some nice biscuit maltiness.. a bit of diacetyl..

Flavor has more diacetyl than I was hoping for... a bit buttery... big bitterness at the front with some mild maltiness throughout.. tons of citrus hops really scream American .. some floral hops shine too .. nice body and carbonation..

The buttery aspect is too pronounced in my palate... I've been told that I have a pretty low tolerance.. but I am getting it a bit heavy.

Kevin is an Uber Trader!! Thanks homeboy.... the love will never be lost.

3.5/3.5/3.5/4/4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Viggo
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids.

Pours a lightly hazed copper golden orange, very nice, thick off white head forms, drops a nice ring around the glass, some real solid lace, very sticky, great retention. Smell is awesome, whole range of hop aromas, pine, floral, some grapefruit, after initial blast theres a very malty middle, caramel and biscuit, then sharp orange peel citrus acidity, very intense, beautiful stuff. Taste is similar, tons of resinous pine and grapefruit hop oils, really coating, nice malty backbone, biscuit and caramel, thick maltiness, more pine and grapefruit, floral, orange peel, very solid bitterness but perfectly balanced, insane good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, insanely smooth and drinkable. Perfectly balanced IPA, just great stuff.

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and citrus (grapefruit). Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a dryness and the bitterness level is rather high. Tastes of strong floral hops, pale hops, yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, a good appearance and aroma, but the dryness hurts the feel a little.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: Beautiful golden sunset. Hazy orange-amber that's a thing of real beauty. A good pour yields a fluffy 1.5 finger head with great retention and top notch lacing.

S: (Not too tropical) Juice, though what really shines through here is a piney resin that clings to the nostrils.

T: Christ, it's like sucking on a pine cone. Extremely sappy. I can't think of another IPA quite this sticky. My tounge feels like it's been stabbed by pine needles. As I let it sit and open a bit, there's a mild fruitiness that comes through, and in the end there's a pretty decent layer of malt that tries to hold this unbalanced beer together.

M: Really nice - creamy, rich and dense. Yet it's also easy to get your mouth around and enjoy without fatigue.

O: Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious was a long time want, and I'm glad to have finally ticked it. Having said that, this wasn't a favorite of mine, as there's a real lack of balance in flavor. With a bit more touch, this could be fantastic. As it stands though, I wouldn't go out of my way to grab a pint.

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery orange with a sticky, white cap. Chunky lacing and great head retention. Bright orange and tangerine aroma with a bit of a sharper grapefruit edge. Slightly powdery and piney. Solid hop bitterness turns a bit sharp towards the finish. Lots of pine resin and grapefruit pith. Fruity sweetness and a flash of caramel malts mid-palate provide just enough balance. Lingering bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with slight warmth, a bit dry with moderate carbonation. A great IPA, plenty of punch with lots of flavour.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Off amber appearance, great floral hop and dough feel.

Taste is quite bitter, quite well hopped. Better be after that logo. Good pine and mint feel. Malt stays back, like it should here. Seems much less bitter than 76 ibus once you get halfway through the bottle, not in a bad way. I'd seek this out and buy it again.

Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Deep golden colour; off-white head, little retention, hints of lace.

S: Grapefruit citrus with a little dark toffee.

T: Grapefruit juice, very light malt (bready). Alcohol is well-hidden by the hop flavour. Nice, but not a lot of depth/flavour. I think it could use some more bitterness.

M: Light to moderate carbonation. Very well attenuated, body is on the light side of moderate.

D: Quite quaffable! Alcohol could be trouble.

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Bottle opened on 6.13.14

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.
Bottled on date is very difficult to read and appears to be 1-10-11, so approximately 3 months old.

A - Poured a medium orange colour - very cloudy - almost opaque, with one finger of bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Sweet toffee/caramel malts and some pine and citrus hops provide for a well balanced nose. Some bitterness is apparent but not overly abundant. Not an overly robust nose but very pleasant and very well balanced.

T - A good sharp bitterness up front with some pine and floral notes coming through from the hops. The hops seems to provide more bitterness than flavour but the flavour contribution from the hops is still evident. Some sweet caramel comes through from the malts to provide some balance and the bitterness returns in the finish and lingers slightly. The apparent balance from the nose is not as evident in the palate as the bitterness dominates this one.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

O - A very good IPA but seemed to be missing something to put it over the top. Would love to try this fresh and on tap.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap.

Pours a clear and deep copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale and caramel malts with large amounts of herbal and pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hop presence is slightly more muted. Sticky caramel malt flavors lightened by moderate amounts of pale malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are equal amounts of herbal and pine hops. Midway through the sip the hop influence lightens up a bit and soft citrus flavors make a brief appearance. The citrus hops fade out near the end of the sip, allowing the malt and herbal hops to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this remains a nicely done IPA. The herbal notes were more prevalent in the tap version, perhaps the beer was younger and the freshness made them more pronounced. Either way, a solid beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, hops,

taste: citrus, hops, dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice IPA from the guys that make other strange brews.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of dirtylou
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped 2 sixers last weekend in ann arbor.

love short's brew from my very limited exposure...enjoyed having this one on tap a few times over the weekend

appearance: poured into my tyranena pint, bright copper-amber body, a nice beige bubbly lace

smell: very nice aroma and very hoppy - fresh clean citrus, bright pine, touches of honey

taste: a very good IPA - would be a regular in my fridge if i could just get my hands on it. very sharp citrus hop stinger, pungent and very distinct grapefruit, bitter orange peel, sappy pine. This is a very high-end IPA from Short's

mouthfeel: a tongue twister, highly bitter

drinkability: nice - but your tongue is wrecked

Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to biglobo8971 for this extra

Pours a tepid, hazed burnt orange with literally no head, retention, or lacing. Odd.

Some starkly pine hops in the nose with bready toasted tones.

A surprising blast of hops up front with an avalanche of pine and citrusy resin. Lighter grapefruit and rind touches are apparent. Very bitter throughout, with a lightly malted backbone. Slight caramel touches with doughy malt. Finishes extremely bitter and long with a light touch of alcohol.

Decent medium body, solid carbonation, very dry and lasting feel on the palate. Drinks decent, although the lingering hop bitterness seems to never end (which can be a positive aspect). This was my first Short's beer and I'm curious to try more.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.