Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA - Short's Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
part of my many nights of shorts beers thanks to a generous BA.
pours a straw apricot color in my sam adams perfect pint. one finger head doesnt take long to dissipate, and leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass.
smells like some nice sweet grapefruity hops. based on the nose i instantly think sticky resin... i happen to be fond of this aspect, although in this application i wish it was just a little more in my face. still though, very pleasant.
taste and mouthfeel are right up there, the carbonation brings the bittering hops to life to instantly coat my mouth. it is almost brutally bitter, but i still enjoy it. the flavor profile of the hops take a back seat to the bitterness, and because of that, one beer would be enough... drinkability doesnt go much further than one. i do like the lingering bitterness even minutes after taking my last sip. pine, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors just need a little boost forward to make this a really nice brew.
12-29-2010 23:32:30 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. A small trace of head rises to the top and dissipates in little time. Color is a cloudy bronze, not unlike apple cider.
The scent is reminiscent of citrus fruits, oranges and grapefruits to be exact. There is definitely a good hop presence in the aroma but it takes a back seat to the sweet smelling citrus.
There are a few flavors released in varying degrees at different times, all of them bitter. I expect an IPA to punch me in the face with hops and Huma Lupa Licious doesn't disappoint on that front. However, I prefer that a brew has some balance in the flavor, and this is where Huma Lupa feels like a one trick pony. The flavor hits slow at first with a malty feel but no real malt flavor to speak of. A grapefruit bite comes on slowly and reaches a minor apex only to be totally overwhelmed by hops, hops, HOPS! Yes, I'm drinking what appears to be crushed rose petals in liquid form. It finishes bitter, with notes of grapefruit peel and clings for dear life to the back of my throat. I feel like I just bit into a grapefruit, peel and all. It has hops in spades, but that seems to be where it stops. More of a malty balance would be desired.
Despite the taste, this feels awesome in my mouth. It's thick and smooth and malty with just a touch of carbonation to provide some effervescence and enhancing the bite of the bitter flavors. It's hands-down the best feeling IPA I've had in my mouth.
The drinkability of Huma Lupa Licious has its pros and cons. A plus is that the 6.6% abv is virtually undetectable amidst the rich hoppy flavor and smooth mouthfeel. A big con is that these are just too bitter to want to drink one after another. It would be more appropriate to drink one of these to add an exclamation point to the end of a session. You'd really have to appreciate hops to session this on its own.
10-29-2010 22:46:09 | More by weizenbob
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Picked this one up at Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA.
This one seemed like it was pretty fresh. It poured an unfiltered light orange/amber color.
lacing in carbonation, and a fresh smell of hops.
Lots of flavor in this one, so much going on. I got the taste of this grainy, almost dry taste, and then a sappy, grassy taste as well in the back end.
Overall a solid beer from Shorts, it makes me want to try other Shorts beers.
03-04-2013 22:31:15 | More by davewlfpckfan29
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
Not as much head as expected for a draft, but it could be the bartender's technique. What head is there quickly migrates to the edge, leaving a fine mist of bubbles on the surface. An orange-amber color, the brew has just a slight bit of haze -- enough to indicate its unfiltered manufacture.
Fresh hops defines the aroma. Unmistakable if you've ever stuck your nose in a bag of hop flowers.
The are followed up in the flavor. Fruity and feisty, like when you get a little squirt of grapefruit juice in your eye when peeling the skin off a grapefruit just picked from the grove. A real hop head's delight, the malts are hard to discern, but I'm sure they are in there somewhere beneath the overwhelming blast of bitterness from the hops. Subtle complexity from the grain bill adds an undercurrent of cereal flavors to provide some balance, and the draft carbonation smoothes things out a bit.
This beer would go well with a green olive and anchovy pizza, but would overpower foods with less pronounced flavors. Great for an IBU comparison tasting though.
11-16-2010 04:40:34 | More by tubacharlie
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
Served chilled in a Duvel tulip
A- pours a clear light orange with minimal head, lots of carbonation
S - lots of sweet citrus hops along with an undertone of chocolate that follows, confusing the heck out of me
T - loads of bitter hops initially, more bitter than the nose would suggest. Instead of chocolate, I get a nice malty backbone
M - fairly thin, good amount of carbonation, little alcohol to speak of
O - very good initial offering from Shorts for me. Would definitely have this one again
09-02-2012 03:25:37 | More by ncketchum
2.75/5 rDev -32.3%
A: pours out a hazy, straw yellow color with a white head that sits around for a while. there are strings of carbonation running up the glass.
S: smells of citrusy and piney hops. i gets hint of bread and light grain and some fruity esters maybe even some banana.
T: it has a clean hop taste. i get some citrus flavor, and piney hops. it finishes dry and bitter. i get a little soapy flavor (possibly from glass?)
M: it has a nice light mouthfeel.
D: the soapy flavor is throwing this off for me. i am hoping it is just the glass. ill have to retry this.
01-22-2011 02:58:37 | More by ottovon
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Appearance: Small beige head on a beautiful hazy amber - orangey pour. No lacing, retention or apparent effervescence.
Smell: Medium high in intensity. Notes of lupulin dust, tangerine, fresh hop character at the front. Pineapple and other exotic notes on the back.
Taste: Medium high in intensity. At the front there's a yeast bitey, dried leaves like character. Back notes include ethanol followed by orange / tangerine play.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium low carbonation. Medium high bitterness. Long lasting astringent taste. ABV comes through a lot in the palate.
Overall: Decent complexity, questionable balance. Aroma is a stand out in this piece, but everything else is decent at worst. It's not one of the more sessionable IPA's I've had - mainly because of the aggressive bitterness on the tame body - but ironically feels very fresh to the palate.
07-23-2013 15:14:32 | More by endovelico
3.38/5 rDev -16.7%
September 24, 2011. Bottled August 25, 2011. Thanks to splax23 for this.
Pours an almost-amber with a nice one and a half finger cloudy head.
Very nice nose of grapefruit, light citrus, pine, and some grassy bitterness. Pretty well-rounded; I don't know why, but I didn't expect this to be as aromatic as it was. The bready backbone helps display the hop profile.
A bit of a letdown after the nose: medium grapefruit and citrus bitterness, but the sweet maltiness peeks through more strongly, cutting through the bitterness. I would not have guessed this had 140 IBUs. Tastes "young" for some reason, despite the disappointing display of hops.
Not my favorite hop profile, but one of the better Short's beers I've had, especially the nose right after the pour. I wouldn't seek this out, but it's a decent showing.
09-26-2011 02:00:51 | More by Verecund
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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