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

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Ratings: 1,733
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 226
Gots: 223 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 1,733 | Reviews: 643
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: Beautiful golden sunset. Hazy orange-amber that's a thing of real beauty. A good pour yields a fluffy 1.5 finger head with great retention and top notch lacing.

S: (Not too tropical) Juice, though what really shines through here is a piney resin that clings to the nostrils.

T: Christ, it's like sucking on a pine cone. Extremely sappy. I can't think of another IPA quite this sticky. My tounge feels like it's been stabbed by pine needles. As I let it sit and open a bit, there's a mild fruitiness that comes through, and in the end there's a pretty decent layer of malt that tries to hold this unbalanced beer together.

M: Really nice - creamy, rich and dense. Yet it's also easy to get your mouth around and enjoy without fatigue.

O: Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious was a long time want, and I'm glad to have finally ticked it. Having said that, this wasn't a favorite of mine, as there's a real lack of balance in flavor. With a bit more touch, this could be fantastic. As it stands though, I wouldn't go out of my way to grab a pint.

Photo of Corbet
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 hops and the malt are 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 - Decent IPA, but honestly, it doesn't do much for me. Nothing about it screams "this is really good" or "this is really unique".

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured into a white wine glass, pours a hazy dark copper with a white head that lasts a good length. Nice lacing and head but color is a bit to hazy and dark for my liking.

S- great nose! Pine, Citrus, grapefruit, orange, malt, lots of hops yum.

T- resinous, pine, earthy, grapefruit, bitter, and biscuit. not a rolling bitterness though, just kind of appears from nowhere at the end. Start is week middle is weak end is great.

M- medium body, nice carbonation,

O- this beer has a killer nose, one of the best but its color and flavor are a bit off for me, I would enjoy this fresh as opposed to part of their GABF temporary distribution in Denver. Good beer, but not world class by any means.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, hazy golden orange color with a light head that doesn't stick around. Wow, the aroma is awesome. Tons of hops dominate the nose with all the bitter sweetness you can handle and then just a little bit of malts. This brew starts of with some outstanding malt that are a bit sweet then here comes the hops. That bitter sweetness from the nose shows up at the end and finishes into a nice dry bitter end. This is just an over the top brew that was done very well. I've only been able to try a couple of Short's offerings but this seems to be the reoccurring theme. Very good, very enjoyable.

Photo of bwiechmann
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the Telephone Game BIF from abraxel as an extra- much thanks man.

Pours a beautiful orange with a nice head of... wow- the smell hits you before the head even fully forms, I'm gona enjoy this. Copious amounts of lacing make a pretty beer.

Smell is all hops. Sharp and caustic notes of citrus and pine hit you in unrelenting waves. I suppose there's a little bready malt backbone if you look for it.

In regards to taste this brew lulls you into a false sense of security with those bready malts mid-palette. Then, Bam, it mushroom stamps you with hops. Citrusy, piney, resinousy hops come again and again, sticking to the tongue and increasing in intensity with each sip. Wonderful.

Overall, an awesome brew made for the hophead in you. As far as IPAs go, this can stand toe to toe with the best of them. Thanks abraxel for giving me the opportunity to try this and for giving me two so I can get another fix!

Seek this one out- it's worth it.

Photo of Dan3279
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I have to thank my friend Steve for hooking me up with this bottle during his recent brewery visit.

Poured the 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter to find a golden amber body with an inch and a half head. The aroma was dominated by the hops with some nice caramel malt hints. The flavor was good, again dominated by the hops, a good amount of bitterness but not overpowering and leads to a nice almost sweet aftertaste. The mouth feel was good with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall this was one was a little different but still very enjoyable.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fluffy one fingers worth of white head. Nice lacing and good retention. Clear pale golden body.

Smells of carmel and bready malts, earthy, floral hops. Quite nice for an IPA.

Tastes initially sweet and malty, then a transition to floral, grassy and earthy hops. This is fairly complex and pleasant. The lingering hop note is oily coating hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel is medium body with light carbonation, a nice creamy texture with each sip.

Overall this is a very sold IPA, I'm glad a bought a sixer of this to enjoy for the next week. Picked this up while on my beercation this past week, $11.

Photo of andrewjraab
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden Burnt Orange. 3 full fingers of smooth and foamy head. Nice lacing and retention rings as it goes down.

S - - nice fruity grapefruit smell.

T - Hoppy lupa licious! Delicious american IPA. Well done!

M - nice balance - smooth feel as it goes down.

O - I rate this one of my favorite american IPA's in Michigan. It is right up there with the best of them.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange color; light, even haze. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention to a half finger. Decanted lazily. Laced the glass in thin rings top to bottom.

S: Variety of hop aromas; grapefruit, pine, earth and lemon rind. Biscuity and bready malt; more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Hop forward taste consistent with the nose. Resiny but not sticky in the middle. Finish is sharply bitter that evens-out in a delicate balance (not to say its balanced as its still very hop-forward).

M: Medium-to-full body. Moderate carbonation. Lightly resinous and dry.

O: Cornucopia of hop character, but some malt character peeks through.

Photo of Verecund
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

September 24, 2011. Bottled August 25, 2011. Thanks to splax23 for this.

Pours an almost-amber with a nice one and a half finger cloudy head.

Very nice nose of grapefruit, light citrus, pine, and some grassy bitterness. Pretty well-rounded; I don't know why, but I didn't expect this to be as aromatic as it was. The bready backbone helps display the hop profile.

A bit of a letdown after the nose: medium grapefruit and citrus bitterness, but the sweet maltiness peeks through more strongly, cutting through the bitterness. I would not have guessed this had 140 IBUs. Tastes "young" for some reason, despite the disappointing display of hops.

Not my favorite hop profile, but one of the better Short's beers I've had, especially the nose right after the pour. I wouldn't seek this out, but it's a decent showing.

Photo of UnionMade
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aside from the finger's worth of foam atop this beer, it looks like a glass full of unfiltered clover honey. Bright orange, glowing with haziness. Great head retention, and lots of lace leaving rings down the glass.
Smells fiercely hoppy. I can smell it from where it's sitting on the patio table in front of me. Sweet malt is there, but the hops dominate with a lemony zest. Fruity and pungent.
The flavor opens rather sweet for a split second, then the hops overtake the palate "like an unstoppable rebel force". Fruity and floral in it's bitterness, lemon and orange peel with a bit of pine. Big bodied and greasy with all the hop oils. The malt keeps the bitterness from getting too out of control with a simple, candied sweetness. Complexity is mostly derived from the hops, the malt seems to be there in an essential, unseen role, like the black-clad ringside cameraman capturing a fight. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste for a long, long time. I tend to like over the top IPAs like this, so I'm sure my six pack will go quickly. This one's a real palate blaster. I imagine it would be hard to taste most other brews after a bottle of this.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe for this one.

A: The beer pours a hazed golden amber color with a finger or so of white head.

S: The hop character is very grassy and herbal, perhaps even slightly vegetal. There is a touch of citrus zest to it and a decent amount of sweet bready malt.

T: Decently bitter with a lot of herbal and piney hop flavors. Somewhat sweet with flavors of toffee and bread. A touch of grassy hop flavor with a lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A little bit too bitter without the hop flavors that I generally like in IPAs.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traveled up to Michigan this past weekend, and I had to grab one of these guys to try it out.

An average pour got me a finger and a half of very dense, sudsy looking head. The body is a translucent amber color with a steady column of bubbles making their way to the top. Nice retention on the head, and a decent bit of lacing too.

Mmmmm, hops. I smell pine, grapefruit and a touch of mango.

Starts off piney then eases a grapefruit flavor in on you. Very nice bitter, it sticks with you. Gets a bit of a wheat bread touch and a hint of orange zest on the back end.

Medium bodied. Slight stickiness, big dry finish. Good bitter stays with you. Carbonation seems light, but this doesn't detract at all.

Great IPA!

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shorts' one time distribution to Denver allowed me to purchase this nice IPA.

Pours a slightly murky gold. White foamy head, dense bubbles. Splotchy lacing, sticky. Looks pretty darn good.

Yups, hop forward in the nose. Citrus, unripe grapefruit, some mango. The faint malt is biscuit with just a hint of something a bit darker...toasted bread. Sharp in the nose up front, hints of sweetness on the end. Hint of floral

The flavor follows the nose. Hops, and many of them. Citrus, some tropical. It's a quick and sharp presence. It's a tad resiny, but finishes rather clean. Some metallic on the end. Biscuit and some caramel linger throughout, but not much.

A really nice beer

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Ashley's--Ann Arbor

A - Pours a light pale with a touch of caramel. Nice fluffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lacing

S - Tons of hops, very earthy and piney. Not a ton of malt present, a bit of grapefruit and zest as well

T - Very, very piney. Tons of resin, grass, and pine needles. A touch of flower hops seems to offset some of the bitterness, but make no mistake, this is a bitter, bitter IPA.

M - Dries the mouth quite a bit. Full bodied taste. Finish is very bitter and mouth watering.

Overall - It was definitely a solid IPA. Not much by way of balance in this one, but a tasty IPA

Photo of thedeezy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet.

The beer that got me into IPA's,

Smell: Pine, grapefruit and good weed. I've never picked up on the latter until recently.

Taste: Hops. The taste really grows on me from the beginning to the end no matter if I drink it out of a bottle or on-tap.

Overall, a fantastic IPA. Medium body but with a huge bite to it. This beer is definitely for the IPA lover.

Photo of tapman
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect cobweb lacing creates rocky mountains of foam over a hazy, bottle conditioned light rust body.

In the nose: fresh crushed mint and raw hops. Lightly sweetened oats and a fresh snapped pine tree branch. A little sweet plum in the back.

Taste: All that from the nose except toast the oatmeal and add a little soapiness.

Light, though not too crisp. A little chew, but not much.

A fantastic beer that I had first on tap at Foran's in Detroit.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.15/5  rDev +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 +3.2%
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 -7.4%
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 -6.6%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 -9.6%
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 +3.2%
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.

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