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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
90
outstanding

654 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 654
Hads: 1,890
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 223
Gots: 311 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Reviews: 654 | Hads: 1,890
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been trying a lot of "okay" beers lately, so I'm pulling out the huma in the hopes I'll get something powerful. Plus I want to see how it is compared to the draft I had.

Decent. Still has some strong hop tones, but the subtle hop characteristics seem to have departed us. Seems to lean more towards a one dimensional ride. I mean, in all fairness, the pint I had on-tap was so fresh it had probably been kegged a week or even a few days prior. I mean, how can you beat that.

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Photo of birchstick
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden, clear yellow with a billowing white head that settles down to a nice thin layer that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S - smell is citrusy, fruity, hoppy. Nice.

T - opens up with juicy citrus flavors that move on to a caramel malt back bone. However the malts are pushed aside by a load of more grapefruit and citrus hops that with a little bit of piney bitterness to finish this one off. Very nice, bold IPA.

M - mouthfeel is watery, full, and smooth

D - overall, this is a really nice IPA. Big and bold with lots of citrusy hop flavors with a little bit of a malt bill that's keeps it from being an all out hop bomb. I will have to go pick up a sixer of this before I leave the state.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. Thanks to makdeco for picking this one up for me.

A- Pours a nice hazy orange golden brown with a very thin layer of white bubbly head that quickly recedes to leave almost no head. Slightly below average carbonation.

S- Not as hoppy as some IPAs but still a decent amount. Pleasant tropical fruity aromas of oranges, grapefruit, mangoes, lemons, pine, and some light caramel malts in the background. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Bitter hops, oranges, mangoes, pineapple, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits. Finishes with a lightly bitter, lightly spiced, citrusy juice flavor. Decently well balanced.

M- Nice carbonation, juicy, easy to drink.

O- This beer was a nice IPA that was easy to drink. Had nice mixed tropical fruits in the aroma and taste. I thought there was a tiny bit of a plasticy artificial quality to it, which is why I couldn't rate it higher. It wasn't anything that made the taste that bad. Overall this is my first beer from Short's and I'm impressed. I look forward to drinking this again and trying some of their other beers.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed amber color with a flash head and no lacing.
The nose is intensely floral with smaller amounts of pine and citrus. The flavor is boiled pine resin-centric and much less floral than the nose, although it does contain plenty of musty earth flavor. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, smooth texture... and a very long extended pithy finish. It's a powerful and straightforward boiled hops freight train of alpha acids crashing into my palate. This bittering hop bomb doesn't really even bother trying to balance things out with the malt very well...and for that I score it lower than other similar bitterness level brews that did so with much more balance and intricacy.

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Photo of youngleo
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a nice two fingered head that was offwhite in color. Ale itself was brownish golden in color. Left some nice lacing with every swallow. Had that piney, hoppy, malt smell going on. Tastes of pine, hops, and malt. Had a little bit of bitter aftertaste that was stronger than I liked. Aftertaste hung around for a while. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was right. Overall I thought it was a good brew by Shorts. Id buy again.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple of 6 packs during a quick trip to Michigan. It wasn't quite as good as what I remembered from 3 years ago, but it is a fine beer. It is massively hopped, but it has enough malt to up the alcohol and overall flavor. A long-time favorite beer that didn't disappoint.

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Photo of alexanf
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a mild to dark amber.

S: Hints of citrus, pine, and hops.

T: Bitter start that transitions into a sharp hopped body with hints of grapefruit/citrus zest, and floral/earth.

M: Dry from start to finish.

O: This beer is a Short's top 5. Hop heavy, yet easy to drink. A solid go to beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Beer Baron (Detroit, MI).  2.49. Bottled 5/09/12. Served in a Cigar City snifter. 

Pours clear orange amber with a half finger chalky head. Little lace. 

Smells of grapefruit, pine and biscuity malts. 

Taste mixes bittersweet grapefruit, rind, sweet bread and spice. 

Medium light feel, mild carbonation. Long dry bitter aftertaste. 

Above average but nothing stands out.

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Photo of HarrySTruman
3.09/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze/amber and cloudy. Small white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is minimal.

Smells of hops, slight smell of malt. Piney, not so much citrus, but a typical IPA smell.

Tastes slightly more bitter than most IPA's, but the balace is just about right. Certainly a "hopmonster". Slight taste of malts and sweet citrus flavor, but more bitter than anything. The flavor was bold and complex.

Finishes pretty dry, but it drinks easy.

This is a bitter IPA that is just above average imo.

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Photo of srv33
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour, little foam, decent lacing. Smells just like hopslam, what I would expect from a hop heavy beer like this. Taste was in a way similar to hopslam, though less balanced, though more bitter despite feeling as if it wasn't anymore hop heavy. Bitter aftertaste. Enjoyable though, as it is $5 cheaper than hopslam in my area. Don't have too much more to say about this beer other than its a solid, yet bitter, hop monster of a beer.

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Photo of fvernon
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bottle-conditioned version from the brewery courtesy of camil1mj & tjohn2401... thanks guys!

chilled quickly out of the box and poured into a pint glass. pours a cloudy marigold with a little head that sticks around for a while. it almost looks like a wheat beer, but the aroma is all ipa - sweet floral hops with a bit of muted pine and a surprising wallop of wheat-y malt. the flavor is heavy on the malts - it's thick and sweet on the front end, with the bitterness of the hops coming in at the end. this is a surprising ipa in the same way that i'm surprised by gumballhead (or as the other side of a similar coin). it's an ipa that is thick and wheat-y with a good backbone of hops. confusing, but it works.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a clear medium amber tone while yielding a finger, finger and a half of foamy off-white head. decent retention and lacing all over the place. pretty much nails what my expectations are for the appearance of an IPA. fairly aromatic nose offers citric hops in abundance. secondary notes of pine and some florally characters with the hint of a sweet, malty backbone present in the background.

taste delivers on the nose, maybe even exceeds it. the citrus headlines the show with the pine and floral hoppiness and some biscuit-y malt rounding out the supporting cast. fairly bitter. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i'm digging this IPA a lot. very tasty. while i wouldn't necessarily throw it in with the best of the best, i could see it earning a spot in my regular rotation... if only short's distributed to the boston area.

(originally reviewed: 02-01-2012)

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No enjoy by date on the bottle.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to a quarter-finger head that was light tan and disapated pretty quickly. The brew is a light copper clolor with an orange hue.

S: The aroma is very strong and robust. It consists of a strong pine with some citrus and a bit of malt sweetness.

T: It has a very robust and focused earthy hops bitterness. The malt does not come through very much, but there is just enough of it there to knock off the sharp edge of the bitterness. It is not very complex - just simple, straight forward, no nonsense bitterness.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with a clean finish.

0: An outstanding IPA. It has a great hops bitterness focus and does not try to balance with malt. The malts only job is to take off the really sharp edge of the bitterness. The alcohol is also very well hidden. (So be carefull.) A true all hops biterness, all the way though IPA. A hop heads' delight.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Minimal head, about 1/4 finger. Maybe slightly off-white in the yellow. Body is a great slightly cloudy, perfectly balanced wheat colored.

S - Smells like a good IPA. Nothing crazy, but solid. Hops, grapefruit, and orange. Smooth and simple.

T - Again, nothing crazy but good. Hops are moderately harsh and then some orange rind and slight sourness.

M - Decent carbonation and body. Slightly drying.

O - Simple and good. Could see drinking a lot of this on a regular basis if it was cheap and available.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 6/13/12

Many thanks to beesy for sharing this and several beers he acquired from Michigan.

This is a cloudy beer, which casts a deep appearance through the golden orange colored beer. An aggressive pour resulted in but a finger's worth of foam. Patchy, soapy retention and lace.

Ripe notes of lemon and orange peel take hold of the aroma, backed by piney hops and oily notions. A faint herbal presence seems a bit at odds with the lemon. Tangerine juiciness as the beer opens up. Clean cracker and a hint of sugar cookie make up the malt side of things.

The flavor is titled toward piney hop crackle, at least up front. Some zesty citric tidings are in there, too. The middle finds modest sweet biscuit and a hint of dusty yeast way in the back. The finish turns very dry and bitter; it's like grapefruit bitterness, without grapefruit flavor.

The feel is in medium territory with ample, pointed carbonation that accents the snappiness of the hops. There is a resinous feel, too. Lingering residuals are fairly brief.

Overall impression: Aside from whatever that herbal twinge is, I rather like this one. I picked up a six pack several years ago, but I don't remember much about it. I'm happy to have a chance to give it a proper shake.

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Photo of markmiller
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from trade with Eric, thanks!

Medium amber with nice foaming tinged head and a bit of lacing.

Nose is full of big perfume-y hops and some malt. Not really citrus, more flowery to me. With pine and sweetness.

After the first sip, the balance of this beer really shines. The sweetness is there and the raw resinous hop bitterness joins. Finishes dry.

The mouthfeel is average, medium to thin. I would have like a little more chewiness to this, its rather dry and crisp bitter.

I'd like to try this on tap if it's available, but I can't get it around me. Above average IPA, but there are ones I'd choose over this. (but not many)

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Photo of megahurts4
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shorts Huma Lupa Licious IPA
on tap at the Holiday Inn in Alpina, MI

Appearance: amber-brown, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: pinecone sweet hops and malty goodness.

Taste: lots of yummy hops and bitter grapefruit with a malty touch at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium and bitter.

Overall:
This is a good IPA. Loads of good fairly malty flavor. It is a must try for IPA fans.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Eric for the hookup

Pours a dark amber with a quarter inch of a loose white head. There is almost no lacing, haze, or sediment. The nose is slightly hoppy with a lot of malty sweetness. The hops aren't particularly citrusy, more resiny and earthy. The beer drinks with major sweetness upfront followed by a dry residual bitterness. I like the sweetness, but they could have done a lot more with their hops. Once the beer warms the sweetness becomes more pronounced & helps to balance out the beer's intense bitterness.
I would probably pass on trying this beer in the future.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Tony412

A- Pours a nice, murky golden yellow into my DFH glass. A one finger bright white head that fades rather quickly and leaves a decent amount of lacing dripping down the glass.

S- Pineapple, sweet caramel malts, orange zest and honey are the first things I pick up. Some zesty notes of pine and sweet candied lemon peel come in after, along with some subtle notes of fermenting compost from the yeast.

T- Bitter orange zest, pineapple, pine sap, some sweet malts creep in along with some candied lemon and hints of yellow grapefruit. The yeast shines thru just enough.

M- A decent blend of bitter and sweet. The hoppy/piney bitterness hangs on and dominates though. The sweetness of the malt fades at first but comes back on the finish. Not as carbonated as some IPA's.

O- A really nice IPA! Very well balanced between citrus/pine/sugar and yeast. I wish I could get this near me in NY. Probably the best brew I've had from Short's so far. Easy to drink on a warm east coast spring day. Thank you Tony!

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Photo of n2185
3.09/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a slightly hazy honey color with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: loads of pineapple on the nose with notes of caramel malt, grapefruit, and orange. Nice.

T: unfortunately the flavor does not match the aroma. Bitter grapefruit rind and pine dominate with a dry finish that is overly bitter.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer could use a bit more carbonation.

O: unfortunately this beer does not taste as good as it smells. Still, it's an alright IPA.

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Photo of bigkingken
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could smell the hops eminating from this guy as soon as I cracked the bottle cap. Beautiful golden pour with a slight bit of haze. Sweet up front with a strong floral scent and flavor that almost immediately gives way to a fairly intense bitterness, which lingers on the palette for a bit before subsiding back to the sweet. Just the right amount of carbonatino, but in the end, the bitterness of the hops is a bit much for my tastes.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
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

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of jrhottle
4.32/5  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!

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.