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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
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1,558 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,558
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 212
Gots: 142 | 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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Photo of ferrari29
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

ferrari29, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of burnheartsMKE
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.

burnheartsMKE, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Franz4
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.

Franz4, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Brez07
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

Brez07, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich IPA, long and with a complex bitter hop profile.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle . Dark green and blue label with an illustration of hops under brighter green typography. It has a semi-legible bottling date (051611?). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber pour with a fair 1" frothy head, good retention, good surface memory, and some lacing.

S - Soft and fresh hoppy nose, citric, caramel malt sweetness.

T - Rich IPA range, rather fresh, with an initial bitterness over a bready and malty caramel base. The bitterness turns assertive as it lingers in the palate and unfolds rich notes of hops, resin, light grapefruit, grassy and resinous again as it closes the flavor.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky with a nice closing bite.

O - Nice and long IPA, at first it seems a touch shy, then the bitterness emerges, and interestingly does not stop there providing a rich hoppy range over the assertiveness.

Notes: Nice surprise and glad to have tried a few fresh bottles of this one as a result of Savor. Pity that it likely won't make it again around here, but this is another fine thing to keep in mind should any regional travel to Michigan take place.

Daniellobo, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Fairly recent pick up as well.

Appearance out of the bottle on the pour is really odd, it almost looks gray! However after a simple white foamy small one finger head is made, the body color reveals what I can only describe is a cloudy rust. Looks a little lifeless, but I'll give it points for a unique color. Minimal lacing also.

Muted light airy and somewhat sweet hop on the nose, with sugary citrus.

A very tolerable and balanced mix of strong pine hop and bread baked dry finish. Slightly wet mouthfeel, but super easy drinking for this style. Feels almost a little borderline herbal tea English style IPA with some black oolong character in the palate also.

Overall it's a very balanced style but lacks punch and power that I sometimes like to have. The nose seems also a little muted and isn't very distinct. I do give it good points for easy drinkability, but I am not so sure on my desire to want to have it again. It is though a very easy drinking IPA.

smakawhat, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear gold color iwth minimal bleached white head that fades to a thin edge layer quickly as the beer sits. Aroma is floral hops and a bit of citrus mixed together. Hints of grainy malt can be found but make no mistake this is a hop dominated nose.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly sticky texture and mild gentle carbonation. Flavor is briefly caramel and grain but rolls to a sticky resiny hop bite with grapefruit and pine sap dominating. A strong hop bit finishes bitter and crisp. No hints of any booze on this beer, definitely a hop lovers brew.

sulldaddy, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is EXTREMELY hoppy and piney! I love the nose on this beer. A bit of citrus lemon and caramel malt as well. Taste is packed with tons of hops as well. A bit of burnt toast flavor with nice malt balancing well with piney and citrus hop flavors. Finishes with bittering hops. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice bite at the end. Drinkability is high. I'm not positive, but this may be my first beer from Short's I've ever had. Thanks to my buddy Phil for bringin this one back from his trip to Michigan. Overall, this is an awesome IPA that I would purchase regularly if it were available here.

DovaliHops, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of rka758
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass.
~$12/6-pack at Whole Foods in DC
Bottled 5/16/11

A: Pours a deep, almost burnt colored amber. Frothy head which quickly dissipates.
S: Almost like a sweet nectar aroma.
T: I think I may be eating hop cones. This is serious stuff and for a single IPA it's pretty remarkable what they've been able to do with the taste.
M: Thick.
D: I like this. I've heard a lot about this beer and I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to have a few. While it's not my favorite IPA, I think that it is a stand-up beer.

rka758, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of GoldenChild
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a glass. $10.19 in Gaylord MI, Bottled on date 03/10/11 So its a couple of months old.

A- Nice. Golden color with a nice white fluffy head that almost overflowed the glass, but didnt end up leaving even after the last swallow was gone.

S- Huge. Lots of hops, lots of citrus.

T- Tons of hops citrus and pine that stick with you for a very lingering hoppy bitter finish.

M- Very big but really nice to drink. One of my favorites in the category.

O- This is a super beer i remember the first time that i ever drank it around 3 years ago it took me about 2 weeks to finish the 6 pack. Now i could drink all of them in one night.

GoldenChild, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was really excited to try this beer as I always am with Shorts. Or as I like to call them, the brewery that makes some really weird-ass-hit-or-miss-push-the-envelope brews.

This one was a total miss for me. Seriously, nothing redeeming in it at all. I'm hoping I just got an old bottle because reading the recent reviews, this isn't the same shit I'm drinking. Even the PB&J which was extremely tart and sour, I could find some good qualities in it.

Time really makes quite a difference in an IPA to me. It can take a great beer and just add syrupy fecal notes to it. Hopefully I'll get another *fresh* bottle of this and re-review from that.

sendsilk, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolute dream for any hop lover. Although perhaps "over the top" for some, I think it's my favourite beer, ever!

Clear amber with decent carbonation and head, but limited lacing. Beautiful hops and tropical fruits in the aroma, followed by a multi-faceted flavour that covers the full spectrum from the sweetness of caramelized malts and pineapple / mango to the lingering bitterness of a brilliantly hopped finish.

I've enjoyed this beer in several different towns and pubs, from both taps & bottles. The quality has been consistent and the beer wonderful. I am now enjoying one of the last bottles I brought back from Michigan - much older than it should be - and am absolutely stunned that it's as good as I remember...

A pilgrimage to "the upper peninsula" is in order!

hopsolutely, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: grapefruit and pine hops

Taste: a small bready caramel start followed by a big dose of piney and citrus hops with caramel towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium body,sweet start with a big bitter body and bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall: This is the best mid-west ipa that I have had in a while. I like the mix of hops. Due to the dryness two is my max, but I would pick more up if it were more readily available around here.

tigg924, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber color with 2 finger white head

S- I get hints of maybe alittle grapefruit and def. some pineapple. The smell of hops is their with also some carmel notes

T- Big citrus flavor up front followed by some carmel sweetness and finishes with alittle hops

M-Medium Body with nice carbonation

D-OVerall i enjoyed this ipa. Had some grapefruit flavor in it which i usally don't like but the grapefruit was subtle. liked the amount of hop taste and would def. get this again.

zrab11, May 27, 2011
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany in color, great off white head that keeps shape for awhile, and killer lacing. Impressive.

S: Not too overwhelming in any way or form, earthy hops in the front followed by a nice hit of sweet malt in the back.

T: Good hit of hops off the bat, then a subtle flow of mellow sweetness coming from the malt characteristics to round things off.

M: Creamy, with some stickiness on the intake. ABV blended well, good to whale down or taken gently.

O: An overall good two-way IPA that can please both sides. Definitely worth a shot if given the opportunity.

BuffaloTapHugger, May 25, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, purchased at Spirit Haus in Amherst Ma. No freshness dating to be found.

Pours clear medium golden. moderate of white head, stays well, respectable fine strands of lace.

Citric hop nose, grapefruit and resiny goodness.

Full hop crunch in effect here. Grapefruit, piney resins and bitter fruity goodness. From Michigan, but tastes like its straight out of San Diego. More then worthy and quite enjoyable AIPA.

Billolick, May 25, 2011
Photo of betsona
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- Deep amber with a half finger of thick white head. Head retains in a thin covering with little circles of thicker head. Copious amounts of lacing on the glass.

S- I imagine that this is what death by grapefruit would smell like. Not just the meat of the grapefruit but the rind adding to the nose. There is a pineapple note that is trying to make a guest appearance along with some caramel, but they lost out in cast billing.

T- The nose is carried over into the taste. Bombarded by bitterness of grapefruit but mellowed out by slight pineapple and caramel sweetness. It isn't completely balanced, though it is pretty close considering how bitter it is.

M- Medium body. Sort of body that is great for two or three bottles but starts to weigh on the stomach. Nice long lasting bitterness.

O- One of my favorites. The bitterness was too much for me the first time I had this one; it took a while for it to grow on me. The abv is hidden well and makes it an easy drinker.

betsona, May 23, 2011
Photo of gmfessen
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a peachy golden yellow color with an off-white, soapy head. The nose is definitely hoppy yet has a strong malty biscuit presence also. The flavor is similar with the hops being quite bitter and the malt coming out more like victory malt (not a fan). Decent flavor but lingering bitterness that doesn't help the beer. Mouthfeel is a light medium body with minimal carbonation. Overall a decent beer but probably wouldn't go for it again due to the undesirable taste; there are much better AIPAs out there.

It is worth noting that this bottle was not fresh, the hop presence may have faded some but the bitterness had not. I also recall it being astringent when first starting the six pack.

gmfessen, May 23, 2011
Photo of korguy123
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to TheSevenduffs for saving me one. After smelling this I think he must have some strong will power to not drink it himself.

A- Dark peach pour, two finger soapy white head. Lacing is great.

S- Bright juicy grapefruit, mandarin and orange peel. Slight pine presence. Carmel in the background with a little candied sugar.

T- Carmel up front, sweet but not over powering. Mandarin oranges and grapefruit mingle together with bready sweet notes. Bitter finish that starts juicy and ends dry

M- medium bodied, perfect carbonation. Just feels perfect.

O- Smells amazing, tastes fantastic, perfectly balanced. Just an overall super beer. Super happy I got to enjoy this!

korguy123, May 19, 2011
Photo of boralyl
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mater for supplying this as an extra.

A - Poured into a pint glass it produces a 1/2 inch of creamy white head. The retention is pretty good and it leaves copious lacing. The beer is a hazy golden-orange with visible carbonation.

S - I got a large amount of grapefruit with citrus and caramel showing up in lesser amounts. It's got the right components for a great aroma, but it's somewhat muted. A little more of the aroma comes out as it warms, but it's not as aromatic as some other IPAs.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. It has a resinous feel, yet still has some creaminess.

T - This beer begins with the malts, showcasing breadiness followed by smooth caramel flavors. The hops quickly jump in first providing light hints of citrus and then a full on grapefruit and pine flavor. It's got a nice medium bitterness in the finish with some alcohol warming effects as it goes down.

One hoppy delicious beer. Despite the aroma not being as potent as I would like, it does a great job in the taste and mouthfeel departments. I'd certainly go for this again if it were available.

boralyl, May 19, 2011
Photo of dfillius
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of off-white head with great retention. Cloudy golden-copper liquid is slightly less than luminous. Good lookin'
S: Bright citrus, tropical fruit: guava, pineapple. Man candy, very nice. Slightly dank, mostly fruity, slight alcohol.
T: Bitter start with some nice caramel malt. Very well done AIPA. Very biter, slight bread.
M: Bitter! Some astringent green banana, some grapefruit peel. Nailed it! Almost a DIPA
D: Very good. I'd love another and I'll make it a regular. Glad it's year round.

dfillius, May 17, 2011
Photo of Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally decided to have this last beer out of the six pack. Only took me a few months do that since Shorts won't be distributing to Mass anytime soon.

Appearance: The beer pours a nice reddish amber color. It poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and has left some lacing near the thin layer of head. Looks like there is a medium amount of carbonation left in the beer.

Smell: The hops produce a citrusypinaeapple, and piney aroma which is followed by slghtly sweet caramel malts. The hop aroma is very overwhelming and not over bearing.

Taste: Citrus and pine followed by slight sweet malts. There is bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer is well hopped and smelled great. Good balance of ingredients, but the hops produce a lingering bitterness that won't go away. Not a bad IPA and would buy a sixer or get it on draft if it were avsilsble in the future.

Flounder57, May 14, 2011
Photo of Roke87
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, slightly chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip.
No bottle dates as is common with Shorts although I was assured it was from a fresh case.

Appearance- Pours a translucent golden amber colour with two fingers of nice fluffy white head that quickly dissipates to an above average ring around the glass leaving lots of sticky lacing throughout the glass till finish.

Smell- I don’t get much other than the pine and floral hop smells right of the bat, and some citrusy aromas thrown in there as well, with a finish of very mild bready malts just for good measure.

Taste- Very similar to the smell, you get a nice punch in the face from an intense hoppy pine flavour, grapefruit citrus taste is definitely present, and although it starts off very bitter from the hops it finishes almost sweet with a nice malty taste on the palate.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied but pretty much right on in terms of what an IPA should be, average carbonation leaves a nice little bubbly top right till the end. A bit bitter at first but does have an interesting sweet and malty finish.

Overall- A very solid offering from Shorts and right up there with some of the best IPA’s that I have tried. Personally I liked it and another one on the list of a hophead’s dreams, although it does definitely have an intense bitterness that not everyone will like or appreciate. I found it was balanced nicely by a bready malt flavour and almost sweet in the finish, while still being a very smooth and crisp IPA, would definitely pick up again.

Roke87, May 14, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a pint glass well chilled and allowed to hit a nice drinking temp.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a very pleasing clear honey coppery coloration. The head is white and resolves to a ring of foam. Spiderwebbing of lace mark the beers rapid passage from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is hop infused. Grapefruit and grapefruit zest, nice pine aromas combine well with the grapefruit. A bit of mango, pineapple and tobacco whaft about. Very nicely done.

Taste: The hop flavors are pretty bold for an APA. Pine resin dominates my palate nice combination of citrus flavors. Long lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel The body of the beer is light and refreshing. The hops are a bit oily but add to the beers mouthfeel and overall experience.

Overall: This is a very pleasing and satisfying APA. The hops and the oily sensation to the hops make this beer feel just like a DIPA. This is very well executed and what I have come to expect from Shorts.

nlmartin, May 13, 2011
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden red with a little fizzy white head. This is one of the most beautiful poured ipas. Its very cloudy.

Smell - it has a very DIPA smell. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. Pineapples and mangos hops included

Taste - it follows the nose. Man I would swear this was a DIPA. Strong citrus and the hops oh man so crisp, It leaves the mouth dry but begging for more. Nothing wrong here.

Mouthfeel - beautiful! !

Overall - it looked amazing and tasted amazing what else could you want.

badboyrsl84, May 10, 2011
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,558 ratings.