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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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BA SCORE
91
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1,453 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 202
Gots: 104 | FT: 5
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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mjvos

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 05:33:57 | More by mjvos
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been grabbing multiple six packs of this on my Michigan vacations for the past 3 years. Can't believe I haven't formally reviewed it until now.

Aroma: Big citrus and piney American hop resins are in charge. Nice caramel and bready malt backbone. All American hops are up front and in charge here. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber colored pour. Sticky white head. Moderate effervescence noted.

Flavor: Pleasant floral hop bitterness up front. Nice piney and resin hop character serves as the base. Bready and caramel malts fade in and out but balance is decidedly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No slipperiness or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: One of my favorite American IPA's. You can have your West coast/East coast debate. The North coast rocks it in this department.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:51:33 | More by mattcrill
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clint1019

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great example of what an IPA should be.

A - Deep Gold in color with a 1 finger bubbly white head on it that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S - The hops are very fragrant in this beer. They range from piney to grassy to grapefruity.

T - The taste is exceptional in this beer. The hops and the malt are very well balanced. It has a slightly sweet toffee-like malty flavor as well as a toasty malt flavor. This is accompanied by a stong hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Wow. What a great beer. Has a whallup of hop flavor and aroma, but it is balance well with the malt. I will definately be buying more of these. Now if only it didn't cost $14 a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 20:19:29 | More by clint1019
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minterro

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Kalamazoo beer exchange. Rating from notes.

A & S: hazy orange colored beer. Small off-white head. A bit of lacing. Strong grapefruit (my work collage says it smells like yellow/white grapefruit vs pink grapefruit), and floral hops scents.

T & M: mid taste is a piney hop explosion, it has a great kick. finish is semi dry and bitter. Not a lot going on as far as I can tell as far as malt profiles go. On the sweet side of the IPA. Not very complex, but its what I look for in IPA’s. Medium to full bodied, with medium carbonation. It has that great combo of smooth but crisp.

O: Overall a damn good beer. No huge problems with this one, and my favorite out of the Short’s beers I’ve tried thus far. To explain more about some of my rating selections, I’m only giving it a 4 for taste because I didn’t think it was well balanced. I look for this kind of beer to drink, however if I were rating without bias I would say that there are a few parts of this beer that don’t make it world class (balance and complexity). So that’s my reasoning behind the 4 instead of something higher.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 03:58:24 | More by minterro
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from jayli, so a big “Thank you” goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out strong burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance but the hops presence clearly dominates. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA worth pounding down for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 03:24:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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prototypic

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huma-Lupa-Licious is an attractive collision of copper and orange. It’s mostly clear, and definitely looks more orange when held to light. A vanilla colored head tops it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention was good. Lacing was quite sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is very good. Hops are certainly noted early. No complaints here. Citric notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango are all present. Toasted and light caramel malts follow. The toasted variety seems a little stronger, but it smells like it definitely has a sweet side. Alcohol is masked well.

The flavor is definitely impressive. The malt base consists of mostly toasted malt. Not my favorite thing, but it works pretty well here. Light caramel malt is also present, adding a bit of a sweet flavor. The hops are nothing short of delicious. Strong grapefruit and orange flavors really drive the flavor. It definitely has a nice bitter bite. The malts work hard to provide some balance, but it still falls on the hop side of the fence. Alcohol is not very noticeable. Finishes citrusy, bitter, and dry.

The body is light-medium and feels very smooth. Carbonation is dialed down extremely well to bolster the feel. This stuff goes down far too smooth and easy. It’s difficult not to chug it. True story. I wouldn’t mind several bottles in a sitting.

Huma-Lupa-Licious is a really nice IPA from Short’s. The flavor is very good and it impresses all-around. I’m not the biggest fan of toasted malts in IPAs, but it works okay here. I believe the hop flavor is strong enough to cover some their flavor. Still a very impressive release. If you’re into big time hop flavor in your IPAs, then Huma-Lupa-Licious is for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:03:07 | More by prototypic
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ehammond1


3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks Kgristoff!

Golden and orange color with a moderately sized near white head. Consistent lacing down the glass.

Well balanced IPA aroma--some toasted malt and citrus (grapefruit) and pine hops. Strong, though balanced.

Similar flavor to the aroma, but just a tad too malty for my personal preference, though at the end of the day, this is a plenty tasty and well balanced IPA. Some mild grapefruit, some bitterness, and caramel and toasted round out this brew.

Medium bodied, perhaps just a touch too thick for my personal liking.

A well balanced IPA. I'm glad I got to try this one! Thanks so much!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:59:59 | More by ehammond1
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qua17

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a cloudy copper with an inch of head that dissipates quickly. Ambit of lacing on the top. Nice.

Smell: Hops and grapefruit are present on the nose.

Taste: if it were sweeter and had a higher ABV you think you were drinking an imperial IPA. Lots of west coast hops that last long past the swallow. Decent mouthfeel. This went down well with a couple of brauts.

Overall: i would have rated it higher if I liked hops more.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:33:26 | More by qua17
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - I don't know if I can contain a whole theme park in my mouth... thanks to Roke87 for the cross-continent trade.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden orange colour, with one beefy finger of creamy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a decent forest profile of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitterly fragrant citrus and pine hops, and dry, dusty, cracker grain. The taste is bitter pine and citrus rind hops, and musty, crackery malt. Only a slight warming is perceptible, given the ABV. The carbonation is moderate, and sprightly, the body light, and surprisingly quite smooth. It finishes fairly clean, the bitter citrus/grass hops muscling out the weaker grain representation.

A good, hoppy IPA, with what I'm beginning to see as a Midwest hop profile trend (at least to samples shipped way out West) - less grapefruit, more grassy, herbal, but bitter all the same. Enjoyable, and very drinkable, obfuscated alcohol aside.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 23:23:03 | More by biboergosum
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden amber pour, nice fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Super citrus hop aroma. I've had a couple of these at varying ages, and even several months old it's still super bold. The pine starts to show up once the beer has begun to warm.

T: Starts off citrus and quickly fades to a very very bitter pine aftertaste. Very little indication as to the malt other than just plain sweetness that tries (unsuccessfully) to balance this one out. Unbalanced but good for the hop lover.

M: Medium with decent carbonation. Bitterness mentioned above is almost stinging. Quite drying.

O: Overall a super hoppy IPA. Hard to believe this is just a regular IPA - I guess it's pretty borderline. Pretty unbalanced but if that is your kind of thing then you will love this. It's sorta like a light Ruination.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 02:03:23 | More by Dope
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VPSax

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice American IPA. Would be outstanding if the finish was not so dry. Pours a nice amber color, and provides a nice bitterness that you look for in an IPA. Worth checking out for sure...another great Michigan microbrew that can hang with the offerings from Bells and Founders.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:40:08 | More by VPSax
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aasher

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My aunt and uncle from Midland, Michigan know I like Shorts so they always have some waiting for me whenever we meet up for family events. My dad recently saw my uncle and brought back a mixed six pack. No way, it was quite the surprise! This beer pours a nice honey gold in color with nice clarity and a two finger soapy white head. The aromas are of fresh and crisp citrusy, fruity, and piney hops with a mild sweet caramel malt backbone. It's somewhat floral. The flavors presented consist of crisp, piney, citrusy, and dry hops with a honey like sweetness. It's a nice mix but it's giving me some pretty hardcore cotton mouth and drying out my palate. Overall this is a fine beer but with the heat, I could've used something that made my mouth water, not dried out my palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 04:41:23 | More by aasher
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rchristensen

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours a hazy, orange-amber with a 2 inch off white head that slowly fades leaving a nice lace.

S- Aromas of bitter citrus and pine are prominent. There is a very slight hint of malt but the hops take center stage.

T- A citrussy (grapefruit?) start followed by a very pronounced bitterness. I detect a slight bready flavor but it is overshadowed by the bitterness that commands me to keep sipping.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- A very solid IPA. I wish this was distributed in Mass. so I can consume on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 00:04:34 | More by rchristensen
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drizzam

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy orange body contains some black particulate floating about. A generous two finger off white head tops the body. This head is about as ice as they get with dimples and a generous veil of lacing down the inside of my glass. Looks dandy.

S - A nice citrus hop aroma permeates my nasal membranes. There is also a bit of bready malt mixing in with those hops to add some complexity to the nose.

T & M - The nose did not betray the tongue. A heavy hop presence is balanced with some bready malt. The hops are both citric and piney in character. Medium bodied...the hops continue to come through beginning, middle and end. Certainly 140 IBU's of hop bitterness being represented here.

D - This is a dandy IPA...I'm really glad my friends hooked me up with this one! If you like hop bombs, this one will be right up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 03:46:04 | More by drizzam
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BellsFan

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this might be better than Two Hearted, and. coming from someone with the username BellsFan THAT'S A BIG DEAL.
A: looks like an IPA aught to. Sserved without much head but presented with a deep amber color.
S: more than good hop aroma!
T: tastes like I'm drinking hops
M: actually it's thinner than expected for 140 IBUs and it's well balanced with just enough malt but not too much for an IPA
O: I ordered another; enough said

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 23:54:19 | More by BellsFan
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, courtesy of an in-person trade at DLD (Thanks!), into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Bright, slightly hazy pale orange body with a finger of dense off-white head. Great retention and lacing. Nice-looking IPA.

S: Hugely piney, sprucy hop nose. Slight caramel sweetness alongside the profoundly bitter, resinous hop attack. Quite nice, and rather distinctive. I like it.

T: Pine, pine, and more pine. Some floral and grapefruit pith flavors also show up, as well as a touch of sticky malt, but pine never really relents. Gigantically bitter finish - a bit harsh, but enjoyable nevertheless.

M: Slick medium body, fairly light (but creamy) carbonation.

O: Solid IPA. I tend to prefer the fruitier, citrusier side of things, but it's fun to have one's taste buds blasted with pine now and then. Well done, Shorts.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 15:29:01 | More by woosterbill
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iadler

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of my roommate who picked me up a bottle at the brewery. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange with a two inch head that slowly dissipates into a thin white cap that sticks around. Leaves a great amount of thin spotty lacing.

S- Big bold juicy citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and orange zest as well as pine and floral notes. There is a bit of biscuit malt in the background.

T- Citrus notes including grapefruit and orange zest as well as pine, pineapple, and biscuit malt. Resiny hops coat the tongue.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Somewhat sticky and has a dry finish.

O- Heard good things about this brew and it lived up to my expectations. It's pretty hop forward with the malt being fairly subtle, but is still quite drinkable and a very tasty IPA. If this was available in Chicago, I could see myself picking this up quite frequently.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 03:45:44 | More by iadler
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.39/12 oz. bottle from Plum Market in Ann Arbor, MI

A: deep amber color, thin head
S: good balance between malt and hops, not OTT with hops
T: nice balance of hops and malt, I was concerned with the ultra high IBUs but the malt is perfect for this
M: malty up front with hop twang in back
O: good beer without being OTT with hops

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 22:07:57 | More by wisrarebeer
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 3/14/11

Appearance: A great, foamy head to start that fades to remarkably sticky lacing - a burnt orange/amber pumpkin-like color - seems dark for an IPA, but I like it

Smell: Explosively hoppy, mostly reminds me of fresh grapefruit, some pine resin, too - some biscuity malts, but they are overpowered

Taste: According to my notes, "mad bitter" - one of the most straight-up bitter beers I've ever had (it's in the league of Blind Pig IPA) - lots of resin, citrus, and grapefruit - hops lack any tropical attributes, just super bitter - there are some caramel and biscuit-like malts in here, but they are too weak to handle the hops; actually a bit too unbalanced

Mouthfeel: Stupidly sticky, medium body

Overall: Very tasty, an all-around good IPA

Despite the fact that I think this could use a slightly higher malt bill, I really enjoyed it. Not particularly complex, but definitely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 17:59:57 | More by angrybabboon
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of rayl101. Thanks Kevin!!). Pours cloudy yellow-orange color with off-white, fluffy head. Aroma has resin, mango, orange and a bit of dankness. Taste is semi-sweet with a bitter, almost minty/herbal end. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish, but balanced by the malts. Pretty good, but I would have liked this a tad sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 04:18:34 | More by trappistlover
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: From a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks again to Franz4 for coordination of the chain of beer mule-ing that brought this beer to my lips.

A- Pours a hazy, light amber/copper. Pours with ~3 fingers of light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Tons of sticky lacing left behind...

S- A solid grapefruit and pine hop pop. As the head fades and the hop rush fades, a light caramel sweetness comes through.

T- Quite a bit of pine resin and citrus peel hopiness provide a strong bitterness right upfront...a bit of biscuity/caramel malt sweetness sneaks in to help provide some balance.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium-to-slightly thin feel. Just a touch thinner than I would prefer here.

O- Very good. A pleasing IPA that really comes through with great aroma and a nice flavor.

Future outlook: Not readily available to me, but one that I'd enjoy again were I to come across it.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 02:58:40 | More by DoctorDog
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Body of the beer is a nice dark golden color; translucent; very, very active with bubbles; fantastic thick and solid white two finger rocky colored head formed; dissipated evenly and slowly and left behind a nice layer of sticky lacing on the glass

S - Nice citrus and pine hop blast to the nose; leaves a little bit of malt in the back of the smell, but my nose is still trying to get over the hop notes that hit it; some roasted and chocolaty malt scents; great scents

T - Wow! Hop bitterness all-around; I didn't even put the beer down and my mouth is screaming for something sweet; some nut - hazelnut is mixed in there; I also can't help but notice a slight taste of roasted malt or chocolate on the tongue and sides of the mouth

M - Retro-olfaction radiates bitter aftertaste and bitter mucus; frothy but very solid and well-built; nut flavors are also in the aftertaste

D - I really, really liked this beer; if you're a fan of IPA's, there is no reason why this isn't in your collection; great scents and a smooth, but harsh, hop flavor; packed with citrus pine notes that make your mouth crave for more hop flavored beer

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 04:23:06 | More by ferrari29
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ll just say right off the bat that this IPA is right up my alley.

It’s got a beautiful golden color and a fluffy head which laces-up quite nicely.

It smells floral & inviting, but never overpowering.

The taste is a well-balnced malt backbone with a gentle (but not shy) hop profile. It’s lingering bitterness cuts a light sweetness. It’s drinkable as HELL! I could easily finish off three without feeling like I got knocked-upside-the-head then gagged-on by a hop vine. It’s refreshing and always puts a smile on my face.

In addition, I think Shorts packaging is simple, honest and one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 03:55:26 | More by burnheartsMKE
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Franz4

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- a light copper with a 2 finger head that settles to a finger leaving lacing as it settles. Looks very nice.

S- strong hop citrus, pineapple, and a touch of pine very appealing, I can't wait to taste this.

T- heavy on the citrus flavor up front with the pine coming through in the back. Very nice, actually quite refreshing.

M- carbonation is moderate, aftertaste lingers for a bit, not a strong point of this beer. It's not bad in this area, just not memorable.

O- My first Short's brew, and a very nice one at that. A nice example of an IPA that's also very approachable, hoppy, but not extremely bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 23:51:55 | More by Franz4
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Brez07

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes a few months old. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Slightly cloudy pour. Rusty orange color. Leaves a 1 finger white head. The glass is covered with nice lined lacing throughout

S: Most hops in the nose. Citrus, including pineapple and orange. Not intense by any means, but a good aroma. There is a bit of pine mixed in. No trace of malt

T: Definitely a lot of pine bitterness. The fruit is not as prevalent in flavor, but does come out a little bit. Malt is present here, with a good balancing profile of sweet bread

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation for the style. Lingering bitterness that I believe would be too much after more than a few of these

D: Decent hoppy IPA. Big bitterness with a complimentary citrus sweetness. Would like to see it a little more balanced. Would revisit in the future

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:32:44 | More by Brez07
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.