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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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1,672 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 218
Gots: 176 | 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:
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 sendsilk
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of zrab11
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of betsona
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of gmfessen
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of korguy123
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
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!

Photo of boralyl
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of dfillius
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Roke87
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle on May 8th, 2011 into tulip plastic glass.

Appearance: 4
Clear golden amber body with 1 inch white head that fades quickly into thin covering. Has good lacing.

Smell: 3.5
Notes of toffee malt and spicy, pine resin. Nice aroma, but not overly distinct.

Taste: 4
Main piney, resin flavors of hops predominate with good bitterness. Hint of marijuana stickiness to it, in a good way. Good presence of bready, toffee malt that becomes more notable as the beer warms. Overall, a well balance beer, but very

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Slightly thinner mouthfeel, with mild astringency from hops. A pleasant mild creaminess too.

Overall: 4
A solid IPA with a strong piney hop presences that is quite enjoyable. However, despite being an above average offering, it’s probably not something I’d really go out of my way to seek again. Still, worth trying if you can. Recommend if fresh.

Photo of shangwang
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

received this from stickman1220 in a recent trade - thanks Chris!

poured from bottle into Dogfish goblet, no date on the bottle.

Huma poured with a nice, frothy white head which dissipated quickly and left heavy lacing on the glass. The brew was an amber color, and hazy with little opacity. The first thing that stood out about this beer was the smell- very intense smells of piny hops and burnt wood- as far as the hoppy smell it was less floral and more earthy. Also hints of honey come through. The beer's taste smacked of bitter hops with almost no sweetness. The hops dominated the taste so much that it was hard to really get much else from it - they continually lingered through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky and medium in body.

I'm into hoppy beers but this one was like a punch in the face - I didn't get much sweetness from it like some other reviewers did, and I would have liked a little more to balance the uber-bitterness. I can respect it for what it is, but not one I would seek out again.

Photo of robwestcott
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the bottle a murky honey gold to a sun king shaped pint with a super foamy, short lasting white head with nice lace after each sip.

aroma of floral hops and sweet honey, a bit of citrus in the wayback.

subtle hops forward, followed immediately with sweet malty honey. really nice balance on this one. very refreshing.

light bodied, medium carbonation, bitter but not in your face.

drinkable - yep, very.

overall - near my favorite IPA - this one is up there.

Photo of getgetgettleman
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes of 4/2/11

I received this special bottle from my friend Kaman in a 6 pack grab.

A = Amber brown. Similiar to a nut brown ale in appearance. Semi cloudy body. 2 finger froth, thick lacing, moderate carbonation.

S = Hops hops hops! Grass, clover and honey.

T = Super hops! Note of pine nut and grass. Really nice!

M = Malty on the front end, nice bitter hop finish. Fresh.

O = This was a great surprise. :) Really well crafted with this special hop blend. This is sure to please any IPA-o-file!

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light orange body, transparent, small off white head, good retention.

S - Piney and citrusy hops. Some fruity notes in the back.

T - Fairly bitter up front, good grapefruit hop character. Dry. A very good tasting IPA.

M - A bit dry, perhaps a touch thin, but not a bad body.

O (D) - The only thing that is really interesting is the taste, which is good, because thats the point. Good tasting IPA, but nothing special, really.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scoot1969 for the bottle!

Poured into a Russian River tulip. Just over a finger of creamy white head. Slightly hazy, light, burnt-orange body. Leaves some nice lacing. Looks like a solid IPA.

Hoppy, resiny and piny with a bit of citrus in the aroma. Tangerine malt and a hint of grapefruit.

Pine-laden hops and light citrus on the tongue. Some sweet, resiny malts in the background. Good hop bitterness throughout. Well balanced between bitterness and maltiness upfront, but then finishes with a nice wave of hops.

Mouthfeel is essentially spot on for an IPA. Sticky, somewhat resiny, hop juice with a good serving of bitterness. ABV is unnoticeable. This is fairly crushable in terms of drinkability.

Overall, this is a really solid single IPA. Short's has a done a great job of packing a lot of flavor into this beer, and on top of that, it's highly drinkable. For a regular IPA I would definitely recommend this.

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

Poured into a Russian River glass, revealing two fingers of buttercreamy head over a hazy dark amber body. Awesome lacing. Smells soft, sweet and a little fruity with fresh peach, jasmine and other light floral hoppy notes. Very enticing smells.

Tastes nice and bitter up front with a lingering nutty maltiness which accompanies the nutty hop aftertaste. Some mealy flavors at the end, nice citrus rind freshness at the beginning (though this bottle isn't perfectly fresh) and lots of both though not tongue-assaulting. Mouthfeel is a little dry and slightly creamy with a tongue-tickling carbonation. Medium-bodied. Decently drinkable, the flavors aren't perfectly integrated but they are delicious as they come.

Overall a very decent AIPA rendition. I would like to try it fresh and on tap.

Photo of BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to michiganbrewer for coming through with this beer on a trade!

Hazy, medium orange color fills the cup. A two finger head perched atop the beverage but receded down thin. Retention is there and some lacing sticks behind. The nose showcases hops coming through in a big way - tobacco, earthy, and floral. Toasted malts lie in wait, springing up now and again to remind you this isn't all about hops. More malty sweetness presents itself as the beer warms. First sips yield a strong earthy/herbally hop presence and the tobacco from the nose seems to have won the flavor battle on the palette. For the most part, the malt is clean but a wonderbread-like toastiness isn't afraid to stand up. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" says the bottle. I'm not sure I agree with the "complex...in your mouth". Hops seem overly focused on a tobacco/earthy character but I'd expect more variety. That said, it has a lasting bitterness which is at the right level for the style. Appearance could be improved, too.

Photo of richkrull
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from SuperNova777 for winning a beer poker league tourney. Thanks buddy!

Pours a Dark golden copper color with quite a bit of off-white head and really good lacing.

Aroma is full of hops. Smells great!

Taste is very hoppy as well. But it does have some good malt flavor in the middle as well.

Light to medium mouthfeel that goes down smooth and easy.

Overall a very good tasting beer. I definitely enjOyed it and will be trying again when I get a chance.

Photo of steve8robin
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a recent BIF. Heard good things about this one. 12oz bottle...

A: A nice medium golden with a small 1/4 inch white head that fades slowly to a bubble lace on the brew. Good.

S: A nice bitter clean hop upfront with some nice sugary malts quickly followed and some floral scents on the backend. Good.

T: A very well balanced IPA! A nice clean bitter hop ramps up quickly a blends with mild hints of grain. Some nice grapefruit hints in the middle and orange peel on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A nice bitter / clean finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a good IPA. Not the best in its class, but good. Definitely try once if you like IPA's.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,672 ratings.