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

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Ratings: 1,716
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 225
Gots: 208 | FT: 6
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: arizcards on 06-13-2004

Named after the hop flower Humulus Lupulus, this India Pale Ale style beer has enormous amounts of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. With a very complex malt bill, flavors seem to meld with the hops to balance this ale and provide a ridiculous urge to sample more.
140 IBU
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Photo of Nugganooch
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mid for the killer box and my first Short's brew - Cheers Allen!

Notes from 09/14/11
12ozer to my pint glass

A: H-L-L pours a lighter pale caramel color with some decent clarity. A great big cake of meringue head about 3-4 fingers deep formed and hung for days just clumping to my glass. Looks awesome!

S: Smells of just straight fresh hops. The danks. Spikes of grapefruit and lemon peel. Some sweet malts and slight fruity esters.

T: Uber-hoppy. Resinous. Leafy grass and citrus with zings of lemon-lime to the palate. Really lingers across the tongue. A caramel cracker malt backing. Slight sticky sweetness. A hop theme park in yo mouth!

M: Super light and creamy texture with a resinous mouthcoat. Mod carbonation. Puckering dry finish.

D: This brew is chalked full o'hops. Intense bitterness that really stings at the palate and lingers on the tongue. Lighter body and creamy texture. Big hops = Big fan.

Would def get again. Tasty stuff for those in search of the Lupulins.

Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, deep golden orange under an inch of off-white head. Lovely pungent aroma of strong American hops. Rich, sweet malts try and fail to balance the hops. Really nicely done.

Big hop flavor fights off the malts long enough to scar the tongue; the hops are forward and strong but not overwhelming. Then , the sweeter elements of the malts tease the palate. Finishes long and slow.

Mouthfeel is medium rich but short of big and buttery; nicely present without being aggressive. Well balanced. Michigan has many good brewers working throughout the state. A trip from brewery to brewery would make a nice future trip.

Photo of schwaeh
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An extra from shaggy9356.

A: Pours a light golden color with a foamy white head. Very hazy looking. Decent carbonation.

S: Initially I get a lot of juicy citrus, namely grapefruit. Seems to have a decent stab at balance with some sweet malts in there. This smells hella bitter.

T: Grapefruit is the predominant flavor for sure. This seems like it starts with a good amount of bready malt and almost a rye flavor to it before the raw grapefruit bitterness takes hold. Its almost like there is no bitterness and it takes time to build and linger before you just get hit with the resinous aftertaste. The rye flavor spices things up nicely. Not sweet like the smell.

M: Medium body, highly carbonated. This resinous bitterness lingers for a while, a good while. This knocks it down a bit, I can deal with aftertaste but it has to stop sometime.

O: I like my IPAs to have a little more orangey-citrus balance and some other stuff going on but this was still a solid brew. This drinks really nice until the aftertaste sets in. My favorite Short's beer to date, probably because its not based on a meal.

Photo of oline73
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample class.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a mild off white head and a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Some sweet bready malt along with hops that are quite herbal.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Bready malt backbone is balanced with herbal hop bitterness. Not a very bitter IPA, the finish is somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This has a very different hop profile from most of the IPAs that I have had. It was a pleasant beer and I would have it again.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow/orange color w a nice two finger head. Good carbonation and lacing on this beer. Nose is that of malt, hops, grapefruit and maybe a little orange. Taste is good- almost really good. Very bitter, and continues to shred your taste buds the more it warms up. Very good example of the style. Feel is medium bodied, and definitely has a bite to it. Overall, this is definitely one to pick up if you can find it- I enjoyed it.

Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Grapefruit and some mango, some pine harshness.

L: Hazy burnt orange, off-white head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Grapefruit bitterness with some clean maltiness. A semi-harsh grassiness present. Medium high citrus bitterness with a strong hoppy resin finish. Some pine needles persists throughout.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

A very strong, hoppy IPA. Enamel melting, super bitter, but still quite good. A man's man IPA. Enjoyed it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 2 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Nice foamy rings of lace mark the drink down. Smell is of solid biscuit-like malt, pineapple and its juice, and citrus zest hops. Taste is of citrus zest hops up front with a nice malt flavor on the finish. There are also some tropical fruit flavors that show up in the taste. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. A decent level of carbonation but the beer seems a bit flat to me. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a slightly subdued smell that is actually very hop forward on the palate.

Photo of DannyDan
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden amber with a white head that has very good lacing and retention. The smell is very strong in hops, mainly pine and citrus. The taste starts out with citrus (grapefruit and some orange) followed by some floral hops, a hint of sweet malts and finishes off with pine. The aftertaste has a strong pine taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and clings to the lips and tongue and leaves a semi-dry feeling making you want more to drink. Overall, this is an excellent IPA that hop lovers will love and one that I highly recommend.

Photo of blackcompg
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on my last trip to Southwestern MI, by the recommendation of kzoobrew, what a great recommendation, here's my last one... :(

Appearance - (This IPA has some sediment in the bottom of the bottle, I incorporated this into the beer before pouring) Poured a quick finger of off-white head. Color is a very opaque amber apricot color, much like a hefeweizen.

Smell - Mmmm! Grapefruit, sweet pineapple, with some pine and breadcrust in the background. Smells fantastic.

Taste - Whoa! Starts out barely sweet, like under-ripe pineapple, then yellow grapefruit juice coats the tongue, this quickly becomes grapefruit rind that turns into a strong pine and dried grapefruit peel - HOPBOOM! The dried pine is very long in the finish and stays strong until the next sip - you will sip again quick just to quell the onslaught of bitter piney hops that have taken over your tongue! IBU's are a tongue-bending 140 according to their website, I fear there may be even more ;)

Mouthfeel - Begins very smooth and creamy, pretty good carb, then dries noticeably in the finish, begging for the next sip. Good overall.

Overall - If you like your hops long and strong, your gonna Love this beer! I absolutely do :) While I prefer more sweetness, this is still an excellent and a powerful IPA - everything will taste sweet after this. How many beers have you had rated at 140 IBU's? Try this if you can ;)

Photo of Ehrnstrom
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: standard IPA appearance. Golden-rod with slight haziness. Moderate head with decent amount of lacing.

Smell: the smell (and taste) of hops absolutely dominate this beer, for better or worse.

Taste: This beer has really been a grower, but anyone who loves IPAs for the bitterness and hops should definitely check this one out. I wouldn't particularly recommend the beer for someone not accustomed to very bitter beers, or strong IPAs.

Mouthfeel: A very drinkable beer. The bitterness lingers for a while, but isn't problematic for anyone used to that feeling. Smooth and freshing, a great summer beer. This is also a great beer to pair with a hearty dinner.

Photo of lnashsig
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the chance to taste this one. My first offering from Shorts. Poured from bottle into my brooklyn snifter. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color. decent head, some lacing on the glass. Smell- applejuice? bread, some citrus notes. Taste- first is a citrus blast, next next is a caramel sweet notes from the malt, then at the end a total blast of hops bitterness! wow! this one really hits you hard at the end- there are a ton of hops in here at 140 IBUs! I didn't see that coming, I didn't get much on the nose. This is really a celebration of citrus hops- so nice, light, tropical, airy, but BITTER! I'm really pretty impressed by this- maybe the hoppiest regular IPA I have ever had.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found the beer in a small store on a work trip to Empire MI. In true fashion I looked for the most local beer with the best label/name. Off course this was an easy choice, especially given the selection.

The beer pours a golden but mostly amber color, it is transparent and and the head forms immediately. As it dissipate the head clings the edge of the glass and remain.

The aroma is pungent and fresh, earthy and grassy hops fill my nose, at this point I am very happy with my choice.

The taste is very nice, very well rounded, or what I like to consider well rounded for an American IPA. The malts are sweet but not noticeable after the hops come in. The taste is caramel with some biscuit, but the pine and grass hop flavor takes over. The bitterness is prominent which may keep some from drinking another, but not me.

Overall a great beer and my first introduction to Shorts. As I was staying in town for 11 days I will search out more.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into DuPont pint. No dating...

A- Hazy but bright golden orange color. An inch head stays around forever. When poured out, tiny bubbles danced in the glass making this look creamy.

S- Earthy, grassy, and caramel. Very distinct caramel covered grass clippings, but the caramel is NOT overly sweet and detracting from the hops in this IPA.

T/M- Nice bitterness. Starts very floral and grassy but ends leaving the tongue with a touch of grapefruit. Well rounded hop presence. Bitterness is astringent to some degree, just a bit of lingering harshness. Not many malt flavors to help balance the hops. Definitely one of the more one sided IPAs I have had. Carbonation is moderately high and prickly.

O- Wow, 140 IBU? Thats gotta be theoretical; but damn, this is still one hoppy bastard! Just slightly too one sided without any malt to support the hops that it comes off fairly invasive. This is definitely a solid IPA- I think some biscuit or other malt flavors would make this an easy A/A+ in my book!

Photo of mjvos
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI.

Poured an amber/copper color with a little bit of haze. Not much head to speak of, but it was consistent throughout leaving good lacing.

Smells of bitter hops, some citrus notes and pine. A good whiff left a slight burning sensation in the nostrils. This beers is about the hops.

Hop flavors come through as well with a bitter taste showing off the IBUs. Perhaps some of the alcohol is showing on this pour as well. Fairly dry in the mouth as well.

Overall, a very good IPA that focuses on the hop bitterness and does well doing so.

Photo of mattcrill
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been grabbing multiple six packs of this on my Michigan vacations for the past 3 years. Can't believe I haven't formally reviewed it until now.

Aroma: Big citrus and piney American hop resins are in charge. Nice caramel and bready malt backbone. All American hops are up front and in charge here. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber colored pour. Sticky white head. Moderate effervescence noted.

Flavor: Pleasant floral hop bitterness up front. Nice piney and resin hop character serves as the base. Bready and caramel malts fade in and out but balance is decidedly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No slipperiness or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: One of my favorite American IPA's. You can have your West coast/East coast debate. The North coast rocks it in this department.

Photo of clint1019
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great example of what an IPA should be.

A - Deep Gold in color with a 1 finger bubbly white head on it that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S - The hops are very fragrant in this beer. They range from piney to grassy to grapefruity.

T - The taste is exceptional in this beer. The hops and the malt are very well balanced. It has a slightly sweet toffee-like malty flavor as well as a toasty malt flavor. This is accompanied by a stong hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Wow. What a great beer. Has a whallup of hop flavor and aroma, but it is balance well with the malt. I will definately be buying more of these. Now if only it didn't cost $14 a six pack.

Photo of minterro
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Kalamazoo beer exchange. Rating from notes.

A & S: hazy orange colored beer. Small off-white head. A bit of lacing. Strong grapefruit (my work collage says it smells like yellow/white grapefruit vs pink grapefruit), and floral hops scents.

T & M: mid taste is a piney hop explosion, it has a great kick. finish is semi dry and bitter. Not a lot going on as far as I can tell as far as malt profiles go. On the sweet side of the IPA. Not very complex, but its what I look for in IPA’s. Medium to full bodied, with medium carbonation. It has that great combo of smooth but crisp.

O: Overall a damn good beer. No huge problems with this one, and my favorite out of the Short’s beers I’ve tried thus far. To explain more about some of my rating selections, I’m only giving it a 4 for taste because I didn’t think it was well balanced. I look for this kind of beer to drink, however if I were rating without bias I would say that there are a few parts of this beer that don’t make it world class (balance and complexity). So that’s my reasoning behind the 4 instead of something higher.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from jayli, so a big “Thank you” goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out strong burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance but the hops presence clearly dominates. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA worth pounding down for a long time.

Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huma-Lupa-Licious is an attractive collision of copper and orange. It’s mostly clear, and definitely looks more orange when held to light. A vanilla colored head tops it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention was good. Lacing was quite sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is very good. Hops are certainly noted early. No complaints here. Citric notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango are all present. Toasted and light caramel malts follow. The toasted variety seems a little stronger, but it smells like it definitely has a sweet side. Alcohol is masked well.

The flavor is definitely impressive. The malt base consists of mostly toasted malt. Not my favorite thing, but it works pretty well here. Light caramel malt is also present, adding a bit of a sweet flavor. The hops are nothing short of delicious. Strong grapefruit and orange flavors really drive the flavor. It definitely has a nice bitter bite. The malts work hard to provide some balance, but it still falls on the hop side of the fence. Alcohol is not very noticeable. Finishes citrusy, bitter, and dry.

The body is light-medium and feels very smooth. Carbonation is dialed down extremely well to bolster the feel. This stuff goes down far too smooth and easy. It’s difficult not to chug it. True story. I wouldn’t mind several bottles in a sitting.

Huma-Lupa-Licious is a really nice IPA from Short’s. The flavor is very good and it impresses all-around. I’m not the biggest fan of toasted malts in IPAs, but it works okay here. I believe the hop flavor is strong enough to cover some their flavor. Still a very impressive release. If you’re into big time hop flavor in your IPAs, then Huma-Lupa-Licious is for you.

Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks Kgristoff!

Golden and orange color with a moderately sized near white head. Consistent lacing down the glass.

Well balanced IPA aroma--some toasted malt and citrus (grapefruit) and pine hops. Strong, though balanced.

Similar flavor to the aroma, but just a tad too malty for my personal preference, though at the end of the day, this is a plenty tasty and well balanced IPA. Some mild grapefruit, some bitterness, and caramel and toasted round out this brew.

Medium bodied, perhaps just a touch too thick for my personal liking.

A well balanced IPA. I'm glad I got to try this one! Thanks so much!

Photo of qua17
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a cloudy copper with an inch of head that dissipates quickly. Ambit of lacing on the top. Nice.

Smell: Hops and grapefruit are present on the nose.

Taste: if it were sweeter and had a higher ABV you think you were drinking an imperial IPA. Lots of west coast hops that last long past the swallow. Decent mouthfeel. This went down well with a couple of brauts.

Overall: i would have rated it higher if I liked hops more.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - I don't know if I can contain a whole theme park in my mouth... thanks to Roke87 for the cross-continent trade.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden orange colour, with one beefy finger of creamy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a decent forest profile of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitterly fragrant citrus and pine hops, and dry, dusty, cracker grain. The taste is bitter pine and citrus rind hops, and musty, crackery malt. Only a slight warming is perceptible, given the ABV. The carbonation is moderate, and sprightly, the body light, and surprisingly quite smooth. It finishes fairly clean, the bitter citrus/grass hops muscling out the weaker grain representation.

A good, hoppy IPA, with what I'm beginning to see as a Midwest hop profile trend (at least to samples shipped way out West) - less grapefruit, more grassy, herbal, but bitter all the same. Enjoyable, and very drinkable, obfuscated alcohol aside.

Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden amber pour, nice fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Super citrus hop aroma. I've had a couple of these at varying ages, and even several months old it's still super bold. The pine starts to show up once the beer has begun to warm.

T: Starts off citrus and quickly fades to a very very bitter pine aftertaste. Very little indication as to the malt other than just plain sweetness that tries (unsuccessfully) to balance this one out. Unbalanced but good for the hop lover.

M: Medium with decent carbonation. Bitterness mentioned above is almost stinging. Quite drying.

O: Overall a super hoppy IPA. Hard to believe this is just a regular IPA - I guess it's pretty borderline. Pretty unbalanced but if that is your kind of thing then you will love this. It's sorta like a light Ruination.

Photo of VPSax
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice American IPA. Would be outstanding if the finish was not so dry. Pours a nice amber color, and provides a nice bitterness that you look for in an IPA. Worth checking out for sure...another great Michigan microbrew that can hang with the offerings from Bells and Founders.

Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My aunt and uncle from Midland, Michigan know I like Shorts so they always have some waiting for me whenever we meet up for family events. My dad recently saw my uncle and brought back a mixed six pack. No way, it was quite the surprise! This beer pours a nice honey gold in color with nice clarity and a two finger soapy white head. The aromas are of fresh and crisp citrusy, fruity, and piney hops with a mild sweet caramel malt backbone. It's somewhat floral. The flavors presented consist of crisp, piney, citrusy, and dry hops with a honey like sweetness. It's a nice mix but it's giving me some pretty hardcore cotton mouth and drying out my palate. Overall this is a fine beer but with the heat, I could've used something that made my mouth water, not dried out my palate.

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