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

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1,688 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 219
Gots: 192 | 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:
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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Photo of jeonseh
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle that I picked up while in Michigan for KBS day. Poured into my GI tulip

A - Light amber with hints of gold. The beer is clean looking and you can actually see your hand on the other side of the glass. An aggressive pour led to a big, pillowing, two finger head that quickly disappeared into a small amount of foam that sat on top of the beer. The body appears to be a bit thin.

S - Barely smell anything on this one. What I do smell smells like grapefruit and piney hops. However, really barely any nose at all here.

T - Well, this has much more flavor that you could tell from the nose. When you first take a sip, you get grapefruit. In the middle of the beer is where the more bitter, piney hops come in. There is a slight malt sweetness that helps counterbalance the hops and prevents it from being overly bitter. The finish initially is slightly sweet and crisp before piney, bitter resin flavors come in and linger on in the finish.

MF - Light body overall but has just enough carbonation to make this crisp and refreshing. The lighter body actually goes well with the flavors and makes this one that you could drink over and over again.

O - A solid offering from Short's that I could imagine ending up in my normal IPA rotation if I could find it easily. This could easily become one of those beers that you have around the house and drink at BBQ's or on a hot summer day. The main area that is lacking is the nose as to be frank there wasn't one.

Photo of JimmyP
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not as hoppy as the great american ipas are nowadays. pours a copper wheat color with an average whitish head. smells like stale bread, malty but not fresh. some nondiscript hops in there as well, but a weird balance. flavor is way too malty for an ipa in my opinion, completely drowning out any interesting hop flavors that might be present, instead just some bitterness at the end. i would feel better about calling this one an esb than an ipa, but thats just me. alcohol isnt readily tastable, but it feels stronger than it should. plenty of carbonation but just sort of awkward in the mouth and belly. i didnt care for this one and will not buy it again. im surprised this is reviewed so favorably on BA... its just so average and unbalanced

Photo of rinhaak
2/5  rDev -50.9%

Photo of jeremy13586
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy copper color. Off-white fluffy head that a nice film of bubbles sitting on top of the beer once it disappeared. Left some sticky lacing on the glass.

Resiny smell of piney and earthy hops. Light malt aroma with a hint of lemongrass. Nothing incredibly complex in the nose, but very appealing.

Some sweet bready malts, but they're almost completely masked by the hops. Bitter citrus with pine and, well, more bitterness. The bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth.

Pretty creamy with a nice sharp finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Nice bitter IPA. Could use a tiny bit more malt to help back up the large amount of hops. Either way, a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jrhottle
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I need to review these whilst drinking them so I can remember all the details....

I definitely loved the bitterness-to-citrus ratio. Meaning hoppy and bitter, and spot on as an American IPA. it is very "Michigan" - maybe from the hint of pine that comes through.... made me feel nostalgic drinking it locally though. Slightly hazy in color, and a hint of sweetness in the malt with a medium head coming from the bottle, thicker head from the tap.

Taking some of this back to Ohio for my brother-in-law. He told me to get it when the lady and I were in Michigan, and boy was I glad!

Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of TimP2115
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

Serving type: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance : golden color brew with a two finger head that has nice retention. Pleasant lacing clings to my glass.

Smell : lots of wonderful pine resin and evergreen aroms abound on the nose. Very inviting aroms.

Taste : Big flavors here and lots of hop bitterness that lingers aroud on my tongue for a long time. The malts take a back seat to the hops in this brew.

Mouthfeel : A medium bodied brew with medium carbonation

Overall : I very much enjoyed this brew. Definitely does the style justice. Worth seeking out

Photo of gigaknight
3.88/5  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.

Photo of SpartanHistory2013
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of bill_rue
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of msh4k3
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of CPditka
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mgroothuis
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of FishPondManager
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GoldenChild for this. Poured into a tulip

A - pours a cloudy gold/amber with ample head. Two finger head fades to a nice frothy layer. Great lacing.

S - Citrus, grapefruit. A bit musty with a bitter note. Pretty standard for the style

T - Starts citrusy and bitter. A bit of sweetness is quickly dashed by some pine, biscuit, and earthiness. The bitter hops linger long after the taste.

M - Very nice. Coats the mouth with a creamy feel. Carbonation is a little higher than average and accentuates the earthy tones.

O - A good representation. A bit bitter on the balance, but very good. Hope to try again.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Stephen. Thanks for the opportunity!

Into a tulip pours a cloudy yellowy with orange highlights when backlit. Retention is minimal leaving a razor thin collar.

Caramel, ginger, and lemon rind on the nose. This smells like liquified Indian food. While I happen to love indian food, the ginger and spices on the nose are slightly odd here.

Malts, bitter lemon rind and cilantro? Ginger rides hard here as well. Certainly an odd beer that conjures up vivid memories up Indian buffets gone-by.

For years my sister and wife have partaken in all the bounty and goodness that the Indian buffet has to offer. This beer is the odd incantation of these tastes and memories. Ill just drink it and ponder.

Photo of RonnieRotten
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of awdturboiv
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ryantho00
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, wow, wow. What an unbelievable beer! This maybe my favorite IPA ever! This is simply great, especially as its not an imperial/double IPA. It has a deeper golden shade with some red and orange tones. Slightly hazy appearance, but pretty clean and crisp. I got a 2 finger that settled to a nice lace that stayed throughout the drink. Aromas of citrus, pineapple and grapefruit mostly, but I detect some blood orange and mango to. Holy hops! I get that fresh piney and deeper grass and herb overtones that give way to subtle breads malts in the background. The first sip gives way to a sharp explosion of hops and citrus, bitterness, pine, more hops, a more refined 'aged' hop flavor (maybe just the blend of hops they use created this taste for me), a subtle bitter sweetness balanced with the hops and citrus. I get some sweet maltiness of light toasted malts near the end, but a nice aftertaste of hops comes back to end the drink. Very very nice in my humble opinion. Hop-forward, similar to some of the Stone brews, very unique though, stands by itself as one of the best IPA's on the market. Definatly one of short's best brews. An absolute legend!

Cheers!!!!

Photo of Mark4prez20
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to michibrew for this beer. 12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Bottle dated 1/18/12.

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale copper with a bright white head that dies quickly. Leaves a leopard lacing on the glass.

S - Smells strongly of citrus and cornbread. The hops are mostly floral and slightly spicy.

T - Lemon zest and citrus hops balanced with a nice sweet finish. Not as bitter as I expected from the description. I have a hard time believing 140 IBU with the balance and clean finish on this beer. Aftertaste is a combination of hops, grass, and sweet malt.

M - Good carbonation and slightly chewy feel. Very smooth with a finish moister than the norm for a very hoppy IPA.

O - A good IPA from Short's Brew. This fits into the category that I call "pale IPA" (pardon the redundancy). I appreciate their ability to make a very clean, drinkable IPA that doesn't shy away from the hops. It is nearly balanced, favoring the hops slightly. If I had access to this beer regularly I would probably drink it on the reg.

Photo of mtrog313
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dmorley21
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.