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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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1,562 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 213
Gots: 143 | 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 tubacharlie
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tubacharlie, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden/orange in color with a small but thick head that retains well. Lot's of cool striped lacing around the glass. Lacing looks like rings on a tree, marking each sip as the beer gets lower in the glass.
Wonderful floral hop aroma that smells like being in a flower garden in spring.
The bottle says it has a complex hop and malt profile, but this beer is all about the hops. Citrus, piney, herbal, floral, this beer has the whole gamut.
Medium bodied and a bit sticky in the mouth.
Anytime I go to take another sip, look down and the glass is empty. Then I think, "crap I got this in a trade and it's gone." Then it's a drinkable beer.

wcudwight, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Spiekerbox
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange-amber, cloudy, with a small off white head that lingers.

S- Citrus-sweet hops, orange and grapefruit notes, maybe a small amount of a floral-pine hop scent hiding in the background.

T- Lots of hops, slightly piney at first but the orange-citrus hops take over for most of the taste. The finish is strong hop bitterness with little other flavor in the aftertaste. Hints of malt throughout the drinking but hops are always the dominate flavor with lots of bitterness for a normal IPA.

M- A little above what I would call medium body, low to moderate carbonation. Creamy feel with a relatively crisp finish.

D- Good sipping IPA. Not quite a session IPA with how intense the hop flavors are but that is how an IPA should be in my mind, if i want to drink good IPAs all night they have to change. Overall a great IPA with a lot of hoppiness but still doesn't challenge into a IIPA or DIPA category.

Spiekerbox, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of klikger
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island IPA tulip - thanks, Donerik!

A - Golden-orange, hardly any head, decent lacing

S - Grapefruit, floral hops, caramel, and oranges

T - Bitter citrus hops (and lots of them) --> oranges and a little malty sweetness --> more grapefruit and pine, with some metallic taste. The finish and aftertaste are very bitter and dry.

M - Low carbonation, medium-bodied

D - The combination of a ton of hops (positive) and the metallic finish and aftertaste (negative) give this good, not great drinkability.

This is a pretty good beer, but it could be great. I like Hangin' Franks substantially more than this due to its lack of metal in the flavor. I adore bitterness, but this particular profile is a little too metallic for me to wholeheartedly love.

klikger, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a one finger head, that is a bright white, and sinks into a small layer. The body is a hazy, golden orange. Lacing is left in a foamy pattern.
S: A hop forward aroma, that has a nice complex aroma of citrus hops. Not too much on the malt side, but the hops make up for it.
T/M: A dry front, that is hoppy and great smooth, silky mouthfeel. The body shows a layered effect of different hops, a bit piny and some herbal notes. The finish has a prolonged effect and does release other hop notes.
D: Great all around flavors, that are key in an IPA. These flavors could make this a sessionable IPA.

GDBEERMAN, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Devin for the opportunity to sample this.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty interesting and intense, showcasing considerable marijuana, skunky aroma, grapefruit frind and wet hay. On the palate, this beer is very dry, with a bitter honey fruit profile. There is very little malt detectable, and frankly this IPA could probably use some. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied, with a long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, with the alcohol pretty much unnoticeable. Still, this beer comes across as a hop bomb with very little else to offer, and ultimately it just wasn't a beer I really loved.

Reminds me very much of the Grant's IPA I had many, many years ago. Interesting to sample, but just not my cup of tea.

John_M, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Lillenk
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is nice. Golden color with a nice white head.

Smell was huge. Lots of hops, lots of citrus.

Taste was great. Tons of hops and citrus that stick with you for a very lingering hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was very big but really nice to drink. One of my favorites in the category.

Lillenk, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice dark golden color that was a little hazy. It had a big frothy white head on it that left a good amout of lacing on the glass. It smells of hops, citrus, and maybe a little bit of orange. The hops hit you right away with this beer. They are nice and strong. There is some maltiness in the middle that cuts some of the hops, but it still leaves a bit of a lingering bitterness on the tongue. The mouthfeel is good, its nice and creamy with good carbonation and a medium body. The drinkability is very good on this beer, I finished my growler with ease. Looking forward to having another growler filled with this hoppy goodness.

JizackFH, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: heavy orange with the addition of golden hues and a dash of burnt yellow bronze color. Bleach white foam is above average, as well as the lacing. Some large sheets of lace exist and are clinging to my glass, loaded and laced

S: soft biscuity malts with an intensely strong citrus edge. Fruity orange notes run amuck with whiffs of pineapple. Some spiciness is hidden at the back of each continued whiff. All in all this possess a mighty hop presence in the nose

T: imagine a car. In the trunk the contents are toasted pale malts, caramel, some nuttiness, and maybe a sugar cookie. The passengers are all hops (oranges, pines, and grapefruits) while the car is fueled by oily alpha sticky goodness. Overall this is a potent hop vehicle. Continually bitter and snappy, a near tongue destroyer. Leave it to Short's to produce something so tasty and raw

M: medium body and ample bubbles proved perfect support for the wonderful palate of flavors. This is quickly turning into one of my all time favorite IPAs

D: simply wonderful

Magpie14, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of weizenbob
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

weizenbob, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of chicano4craft
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nappie for bringing me a sixer of this stuff.

Poured into tulip. A really clear copper with a consistent white, soapy head.

Nose has a big hop presence. Really citrusy with strong grapefruit. Malt smells slightly sweet.

Hops win out in the balance department. Nice citrus with a strong bitter finish. Malt backbone does enough to keep the hops from straying to far. I like when the hops are dominant so I find this to be quite drinkable. Good carbonation. Glad I was able to try this hop bomb. I've got to make it out to Michigan on the next beertrip.

chicano4craft, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of cetherid
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip

A.

pours a nice dark golden color. a little hazy. A thick frothy offwhite head as well.

S.

huge hop smell. I'm getting a huge whiff of citrus fruits with a little pine in there. A great smelling beer.

T.

A lot of bitterness. You get the bitterness from the hops straight up..the piny hops more so than the citrusy hops. Then some of the maltiness in there that cuts a little bit of that bitterness. IMO, this beer is very similar to Alpha King but more bitter.

M.

medium bodied. a good amount of carbonation. The bitterness can linger about bit and leave a little dry taste in the mouth.

D.

decent, but hard to find in Indiana. I picked this up in Grand Rapids. I would definitely try again, but I'd rather get some Alpha King as it's not as bitter, easier to find and one of my go to session beers.

cetherid, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately-hazy copper color with an off white head and some good lacing. The nose brings through some really nice pine and citrus hops. The taste isn't quite as powerful, as a bit of malt comes through, replacing some of the hop flavor and bitterness that I would have expected. Pretty tame. The feel is nice and this drinks quite well.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Humu-Lupa-Licious has a golden colored body and about one finger of white head. Despite being a little short, the head starts to stick to the glass almost immediately after pouring, and retention and lacing are both pretty good.

The aroma is packed with hops. First a resiny, pine aroma that mixes with bitterness is all I notice, but that is followed by a powerful grapefruit odor. Underneath both waves of hop aroma is a malt base.

The flavors come to my palate in the reverse order that the aromas came to my nose; malt followed by hops. Up front there is a light malt presence that is sweet with a touch of caramel. The malt is quickly replaced by a lot of bitter hops, once again featuring pine and grapefruit. The grapefruit is strongest in the finish, and the flavor of citrus and the bitterness stay on the tongue as an after taste for quite a while.

The mouthfeel is well-done on this beer; it fairly light bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation, and the hops provide an oily feel that is followed by a tongue-attacking bitter feel.

I like Humu-Lupa-Licious. The beginning of each gulop makes you think that it is a very balanced IPA, but the hops come through in a huge way in the end to remind you that this IPA is all about the hops.

Hojaminbag, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to enelson for including this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured hazy yellow-orange with a massive four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers worth very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle bitter hop, and grapefruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and grapefruit. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nicely balanced and tasty IPA. Had a very nice flavor and aroma to it. This one went down quite easily with my dinner. This one is totally worth seeking out and trying. Nice job Short's!

thagr81us, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was hazy and the color was yellow/butterscotch. The head was modest despite a vigorous pour. Creamy yellowish/tan that settles to a fine film.

The smell was sweet citrus and gritty organic leafiness. Pungent earthiness. Yummy.

The taste was slightly sweet and citrusy up front but finished with a nice biting bitterness. Green and drying. I have wanted to try this for a while and it does live up to the hype. Very well made and very drinkable. Classic AIPA.

The mouthfeel was medium to light in body. On the light side in the carbonation department.

Cresant, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of king75
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber with an inch of rocky foamy head looks awesome.

S- Can smell hops, pine and citrus

T- Definitely more citrus than hops coming through. A light bit of pine in the taste, but very a lot of citrus with faded hops.

M-Smooth at the front bitter at the end

D- Could drink several of these without complaint.

Notes: Not the most impressive IPA I have ever tasted. However, I have a feeling that this one may have been old although it is impossible to tell with no freshness date.

king75, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a slow gusher, luckily I had about two seconds before it would have foamed up out of the bottle so I was able to get it into my glass. A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off white colored head. The beer is a nice, rich copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of cheesy, dank hops, ample grapefruit, tangelo and a backdrop of herbaceous pine. Some biscuit and caramelized malt notes are noticeable deep in the aroma if you dig for them. There is definitely something slightly off and cheesy (there is a certain mustiness too) about the aroma, though it is not too distracting.

Biting bitter hops are noticeable from the get go and linger on the palate long after each sip. Essential grapefruit zest oils, a touch of lychee and tangelo notes play a secondary role to the bitterness and pine like flavors found in this beer. There is a sort of an over-ripe cheesy quality, or perhaps almost butter like note to this beer that is mostly dominated by the hop character, but still manages to subtly influence the flavor profile, and not in the best way. This has a fizzy carbonic texture to it that is perhaps a touch too much, but this doesn't detract too much. The hop character in the finish is actually fairly harsh; it is almost too green and vegetal, and I am wondering if there is something else influencing this.

This beer is clearly quite well hopped, in fact it is so well hopped that it almost hides the subtle infection that is taking hold. Unfortunately the infection is influencing this beer with cheesy notes and a harshness to the finish. While the hop overload make this still drinkable, the infection in this Shorts beer doesn't work as well as it did in some of the others.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of wingman14
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orangish copper with a nice off white head that fades after a few sips. The smell is very powerful, the hop aroma is ridiculous, really potent and fresh. Their are some sweet smells, citrus and pine, a great aroma. This one has big flavor, the hops and sweetness hit up front, with a nice complex finish, and a bitter aftertaste. This one has a medium mouthfeel, like you are chewing on some hops. The beer is packed with flavor, fresh hop flavor, with a hard malt backbone. This one is a great beer for hop lovers, a beer I will revisit again and again.

As a side note, I bought this in bottles to take home, and the on tap beer out ranked the bottles by far.

wingman14, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of injuredreserve
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Nice cloudy copper colored brew, with a puffy, that disipates quickly.

Bold citrus and pine hop aroma. A bit of caramel malt.

Malt flavor, followed by citrusy and piney flavors. Solid amount of bitterness. Finishes with malt and bread linger.

Good body.

injuredreserve, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange appearance with a creamy white head, settles to a film that covers the surface nicely. Very hazy, looks like it'll have promising hops.

S - Excellent, you are hit with a lot of hops the second you pop off the cap. That's really the main thing that you smell. They are very crisp and pronounced, definitely a grapefruit aroma.

T - Just the way I like it. The hops are predominant and last throughout the entire time and lingers nicely after the fact. The taste is slightly fruity but is still dominated by hop bitterness. The hops give this beer a rather dry aftertaste. Malt is virtually undetectable.

M - I like it. It goes in smooth but pretty light/medium feeling. The entire time that it's in your mouth you can feel the hops and it's a good feeling.

D - Some people may disagree and find this to have too bitter of an aftertaste. Personally, I can't think of a greater taste to perpetuate then the hops that Huma Lupa Licious leaves behind. I just want more!

As the people who rated this beer lower showed, it's not a beer for someone who is looking for an even beer that balances between hops and malts or offers extremely complex flavours. I personally find that to go even more in favour with this beer, the hop flavours are fantastic.

StarshipPoopers, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of BBP
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- translucent burnt orange, almost a bit brown. Decent head with fair carbonation.

S- Grapefruit, pine, and hops stand out and are quite potent. Slight malt, but definitive hop aromas.

T- Hops barrage your tongue upon first contact. Leaves a great bitter aftertaste. The malt is very underpowered, but plays enough of a part to keep it from going over the edge. Leaves a ton of bitterness for an IPA, and it probably has enough hoppiness of a DIPA. I'm finding it more addictive each time I have it. Many to most other IPA's fall in the shadow of this one in regards to hops.

M- Slightly thinner than average and a bit too much carbonation.Leaves a slightly dry and sticky finish.

D- Easy to down, and a prime example of a hoppy IPA if there ever was one. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste which I quite enjoy, but was a little overwhelming the first time I tried it. I never go to Michigan for beer without picking this up. On top of all the hoppiness, it's fairly economic as well. 11-12$ for a 6pk.

BBP, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into pint.

A- Nice amber beer base with a snowy ivory head. Not much to it but some pretty fantastic lacing.

S- A nice mix, some piny, some floral, and a lot of citrus notes. Very aromatic.

T- Bitter earthy hops and a pretty good malt base make for good partners here. The fruity hops come through in the finish. Still, there's no getting past the bitterness. A very tasty IPA

M- Good carbonation. Hops are very powerful and linger longer.

D- Fairly high. If I had access to it I'd be buying it for sure. A very tasty no-coast IPA. Check it out.

ShogoKawada, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to jbck109 for sending me this.

A: Pours a dark amber with about a finger width of oily tan head that quickly faded into a bubbly film and collar that left steaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells awesome! Huge notes of exotic fruits including mango, papaya and pineapple. Hints of juicy lemon and cantaloupe as well.
T: Follows the nose with the addition of some hints of caramel and toasted malt. Finish has an almost bubblegum-tangerine sweetness to it, kind of like Starbursts candy or sherbet. Aftertaste is citusy and bitter.
M: Very creamy carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Bitterness is ample but clean and pleasant.
D: Very good IPA. Super fruity and very bitter with a delicious aroma. One of the best I've had in a while. I would definitely seek this out if it were available locally.

scottfrie, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with excellent head formation and retention.

S: The aroma is of clean, crisp hops.

T: Hops, hops, hops. Not grapefruit, more like bitter pine.

M: Very smooth. Great carbonation.

D: Two was it. Those 65+ IBUs started to stack up on me.

Spica66, Sep 05, 2010
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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