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