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

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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 218
Gots: 177 | FT: 6
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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 ksimons
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-a deep golden with a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-Hops dominate the smell with pine, citrus, and grapefruit. A malt breadiness is well hidden behind the hops, but does sneak through

T-HUGE amount of hops, the bitterness seems to be masking any other taste. A light malt biscuit like taste comes out, but for the most part it is all bitter hops.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, very dry, bitter finish that lingers

Too bitter for me, the bitterness hides any other flavor which takes away the drinkability in my mind.

Photo of chugalug06
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Great puffy foamy head. Murkey orange. Nice little lacing remains.

S - Very malty with lemon and ginger scents... Not your typical IPA. Very light aroma.

T - Very unique IPA flavor profile... Very wet and sweet at the front and extremely bitter and dry at the end...

M - Very foamy and light bodied. Perfect carbonation! Carbonation is well done for an IPA.

D - Difficult. Not the most flavorful and smooth, but very unique. Different taste for an IPA, yet still enjoyable! Much different on-tap then bottled. Recommended forsure.

Photo of weatherdog
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass

It pours clear copper color. A fluffy eggshell white head is very long lasting and intricate lacing across the glass.

Aroma is a balance of slightly toffee malt and orange hoppiness. The hoppiness is pretty juicy and bright as well. Finish is slightly sweet.

The balance of the beer is tilted more towards the hops than in the aroma. Nice fairly bright orange with a long lasting resiny bitterness. The bitterness is kind of harsh though and unpleasant. I much prefer a smoother beer.

The bitterness effects the mouthfeel a great deal but besides that the carbonation is just fine.

Overall it's just a decent American IPA offering, nothing special and it's fairly forgettable.

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

On tap at Grand Trunk in Detroit.
Appearance - Amber coloured with creamy, long-lasting head.
Aroma - Predominantly hoppy. Aromas are grapefruit and pine, some sweet malt in the back.
Flavour is primarily bitter; grapefruit with malt always in the background, but present. Finish is very bitter and hoppy, with a lingering, almost raw, hops flavour.

Photo of EricCioe
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very hazy orange with a frothy white two finger head that has decent retention and leaving light lace. On the nose there is a huge dose of pine resin after a swirl that really comes out after some agitation. Perhaps the most resinous IPA I've yet had, with the usual citric suspects hanging deeper in the mix. In the mouth the resin and orange ride atop a dry biscuit malt, with the pine flavor being absolutely gigantic, almost too big, but not quite. Later on in a long finish the orange burns through the resin a bit and leaves a nice combination of the two to linger on for a while. I like this beer a good deal, as the nose is pretty unreal and the flavor is just this side of too much.

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

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.
Bottled on date is very difficult to read and appears to be 1-10-11, so approximately 3 months old.

A - Poured a medium orange colour - very cloudy - almost opaque, with one finger of bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Sweet toffee/caramel malts and some pine and citrus hops provide for a well balanced nose. Some bitterness is apparent but not overly abundant. Not an overly robust nose but very pleasant and very well balanced.

T - A good sharp bitterness up front with some pine and floral notes coming through from the hops. The hops seems to provide more bitterness than flavour but the flavour contribution from the hops is still evident. Some sweet caramel comes through from the malts to provide some balance and the bitterness returns in the finish and lingers slightly. The apparent balance from the nose is not as evident in the palate as the bitterness dominates this one.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

O - A very good IPA but seemed to be missing something to put it over the top. Would love to try this fresh and on tap.

Photo of augustgarage
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ShogoKawada for spreading the Short's! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A tangerine to gold gradient fills the glass - hazy but rather pale at the same time, suggesting a glimmer of coral in the color as well. A thin ivory slick forms a web across the surface, and is ringed by a weak but lasting collar. Nice sandy lacing leaves a fine pattern behind.

Muted hops in the nose - resinous yet subdued, acidic yet flat.

Dry herbal palate entry, moderately bitter, growing more earthen in nature into the finish. Faint cracker, grass, and burnt sugar notes round out the profile. Delicate malt notes. Well crafted, but not especially flavorful.

Nicely attenuated, moderately carbonated, crisp, and refreshing.

Hops can suggest so many other flavors, yet this beer brings to mind nothing in particular. Meh.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to kzoobrew for this 12oz bottle. Into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Cloudy copper in color with a trace of a sand colored head that started at about 1/4 of an inch and has receded down to almost nothing. Decent lacing. Decent looking beer.

S: Decently hoppy up front, with some definite pine notes, a bit of a resinous hop oil scent and a bready, almost cake batter like malt profile. Seems a bit muted.

T: Really bitter, impressively bitter for being in the 70 or so IBU range. Decent resinous hop profile, but there isn't a lot of hop flavor, pine pitch is starting to come to mind with a bit of citrus rind faintly in the back. Again a cake batter like malt profile to try and sweeten things out a touch against the massive hops.

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, and insanely dry. Nice here.

O: Maybe its just me today, but this is borderline too bitter for me. Tons of strong hop flavors and a decent malt bill work fairly well together. Finish is definitely on the bitter side. Not sure how many of these I would drink, definitely worth checking out if you're into hops.

Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's a few weeks back and finally cracked into it. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A very nice crystal clear amber colour with a nice almost dense one finger head that very, very slowly faded leaving a nice white blanket and good side lacing.

S - Nice IPA aromas here. Some light malts but mostly nice bitter pine hops. Some light grapefruit notes but mostly the assertive pine.

T - Much like the nose this starts with a little sweet malts but ends with nice bitter pine resin.

M - Very nice mouthfeel here. Medium carbonation keeps this nice and crisp with a dry, bitter finish.

O - Solid IPA here. I think the ABV is a little too present with this though in the taste and mouthfeel. Other than that I really dig this beer.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown amber with a huge head and nice retention in my duvel tulip. Notes of raw tobacco, some pine and roasted malts. Taste is a complete tongue stripping onslaught of hops. For "only" 76ibus one of the most perceivably bitter brews i have had. Hard to get by all the bitterness but i can taste some roasted grain, wet forest, citrus pith and bitter coffee. Easy enough to drink at the abv but really couldnt do more than two if i wqnted to be able to taste again during the day.

Photo of lurpy1
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the Pizza House in East. Reviewing from memory - I had it a week ago, which qualifies as ancient history for me. I'm a bit of a hop-weeny, but found this to be a terrific IPA which had plenty of bite, but not an aftertaste that follows you around. Very good beer, I'll have it again.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger+ of off white head. Amber/Orange color with a slight haze and a touch of visible carbonation.  A decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is a nice mix of fresh pine, fairly perfume like with a sense of toasted malt just below the assertive hop aroma.

Frankly a bit shocked this is only 7% abv. Drinks bigger and you can sense the alcohol. Resin/piney hop flavors dominate with an assertive bitterness to finish. The malt backbone makes its presence known but plays only a supporting role. The bitter aftertaste is quite aggresive.

A touch sticky, hangs in your mouth and a resin or oil like coating on your tongue.

Decent. The sense of the raised abv is a bit too much for my liking.

Photo of Chaney
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW ON 12/11/11.

Bottle sent to me by jshonert.

Wow, it was great to get to re-visit this one, because this time around, I got a much different experience! This one wasn't nearly as sugary or syrupy on the nose or taste as the last one I tried. This is actually very aggressively hopped, with some nice peppery, bitter notes on the finish. Shorts can be very inconsistent with their bottled offerings and this one is no exception. The beer I just drank was fantastic!

Sent to me by lewis1rg in an awesome Shorts/Kuhnhenn monster box. Thanks Ryan!

A: Poured a mildly hazy golding color, with a solid 1/2 finger or so head which probably would have been even more if I had poured it harder. This was a good bit of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S: Tons of pine notes and candy sugar. Orange, grapefruit, and other assorted fruits were also present on the nose.

T: Bitter as hell, and with a citrus character that didn't really taste that fresh. This was definitely not a balanced mutha and I would best describe this as a "pine bomb." Very bitter drying finish.

M: The carbonation level was good, but not enough to cut through the soapy bitter elements. I actually wish this were a bit less bitter and more fruity.

O: After hearing lots of great press on this one, I felt majorly let down. When I'm back in Michigan, I'll make sure I seek this one out at one of the more prestigious craft beer drinking establishments. I'm sure this one will be there and I've got a hunch that, when extremely fresh, this one would be killer on tap.

Photo of mjn5036
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" - Label
12oz bottle is poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. The beer pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow with an orange hue. A large head erupts after the initial pour and without much haste dissipates. After the head retracts, a moderate amount of lacing is left in its wake which dries and stays on the glass for the duration of my beers existence.

The nose is quite pleasant, consisting of an array of hop varietals. Piney, bitter notes blend with tropical fruits, citrus and musty earthy notes.

The taste seems a bit more one sided as far as the hops are concerned. The bitterness seems to override any fruit or citrus notes. The saving grace of this beer is the well rounded malt bill that helps keep the hops balanced. The hops seems to be a little muted in the taste leading me to think this isn't as fresh as I would like it to be.

It is well carbonated and medium bodied. The finish is quite bitter and very dry and leaves me wanting more which I suppose is a good thing. The freshness thing does urk me. I really wish breweries would date, at the very least, their IPA's...

Photo of HopNuggets
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into Spigeleu glass.

A - Poured a hazy sunrise orange with a solid 2 finger snow white head that leaves a lacing down that glass that you could tie like a pair of shoelaces.

S - A nice balance of malt and hops that dance in your nose. Grapefruit forward with caramel and orange to follow with some toffee at the end. There's a bit of earthyness in the mix there as well.

T - This is one nice IPA. Tart grapefruit with sweet toffee malts balancing it out and a bitter punch in the end.

M - Bitter, dry IPA that leaves you wanting another sip. Medium carbonation that tickles your tongue, or that may be the bitterness but it's there well after the sip is downed.

O - Very nice dry, balanced IPA.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Charliedvrs for the bottle.

A bright orange color glows from the glass with some tan shades and a hint of tinted bronze. A whisp of firm white stuff stays on top at an inch with retention and stick, a good looker.

Smell is hop ridden and west Coast in nature, ah hell, this smells like a westy with all that tropic fruit. Alot of grapefruit, mango, with a sheet of biscuit malt under that. It smells like an IPA yo!

Yup, this one delivers with the lupa. Hop pellets in my mouth, Some C-Hop variety, probably some Chinook. Grapefruit, mango, some pineapple light, no earth, no mild hops, this is a westy, LOL. Tastes great.

Feel is a nice amount of stepped on medium with ample carb, the bitter linger sticks around but does not scorch the palate. I could and would drink a sixer of this. I may trade for more when I know this is uber fresh, a winner.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Keweenaw Co-Op for $10.99/6 pack. Poured from bottle into swifter. Can not read black bottled on date.

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt Orange with copper hues. Pours a lively half finger white head. Prominent sticky lacing ensues.

Smell: Bright floral hop aroma. Initial blast of yeast, providing great body to citrus, pipe smoke, and earthy spruce.

Taste: This beer has some real crunchy feel, finished by sugary tangerine. Strong hop presence. Really fantastic. Enough malt bill to hold up to this hop bomb. It's tasty.

Mouth: Good carbonation lends support for the dryness. Puckering hops in this bottle.

Drink and overall: very drinkable. Great overall beer. Fortunate to have access to this guy. Can stand up to some other great MI IPAs.

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

A bottle split with onix1agr.

A- a good hard pour yields a finger of brilliant bright white head that settles slowly leaving a nice spray of sticky lace the whole way around. Hazy sunset orange with glowing yellow highlights.

S- nice bright hopping with some grapefruit and pineapple and some other tropics. Powdered sugar sweet malts lurking in the back.

T- ruby red grapefruit with a good amount of bitterness to it and some light tropical fruits. Malts taste very fresh and slightly bready with just a touch of caramel. As the brew warm there a nice grassy touch that comes up and really rounds out the flavor profile. Super long bitter hoppy finish.

M- slightly fuller then medium body with a perfect carb for the body. Semi dry finish.

O- this is a nice ipa and one that is probably even better extremely fresh. Ill be sure keep an eye out for more.

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

12 oz bottle.
Unreadable bottled on date!
Thanks to thesevenduffs for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange with a good size eggshell foamy head, aggressively into a Duvel tulip. Nice sticky lacing all the way down. Nose was hops from the moment the cap was opened. Tons of bright floral and citrus hops, grapefruit. No hint of maltiness in the auroma - I think I'm gonna enjoy this! Taste is a well rounded IPA that couldve fooled me into believing it was an Imperial! Lots of flavours as hinted from the nose: bitter hops tasting of citrus and pine and well rounded malt in the background. Not a long lasting bitterness in the finish, quite short. Good full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, excellent drinkability. A favourite style of mine, this beer from Shorts hit all the right notes. Great looking bottle and cap. Wonderful introduction to the brewery.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with true lace rings from an off-white head.

Big pine and toasted malt aromas. Not much else.

Big pine hop flavor, and toasted malt. No caramel, no fruit. This one kinda dries out. Dry dark toast and hops? Lingering hop-bitterness, not just bitter. I like this.

Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated.

An easy drinker. Not super complex, but they go everything right. Nothing but what you want. Great IPA.

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

Thanks to schmittymack for bringing this one over last Saturday night. Poured a nice medium orange color, with a little bit of white foam on top. Aromas of citrus zest, herbal hops and fruity malt. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and crisp, with good citrus/herbal hops and juicy malt.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a light tawny color. This beer is the same color as honey. A fluff-laden head appears from the pour and it slowly recedes. The lacing stripes the glass as the beer is slowly imbibed. The beer is a bit murky with a mellow amount of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S-A healthy amount of citrus (namely grapefruit) hops dominate the scent. The aroma is not the most gripping, but it is quite pleasurable. A light malt background creeps behind the hop smell, and adds some depth to the nose.

T-The taste is superior to the fragrance in my opinion. This beer has a pretty significant kick to it. Genuine hop flavors envelope the palate quickly. The flavor is strong but not intense...But after a entire bottle of this, the bitterness starts to kick your ass. The more I sip from this beer the more I can detect the subtle maltiness. The beer displays some balance, but overall it the hops are stressed (my type of beer).

M-Medium bodied and the carbonation is apparent but not too bold. The mouthfeel has enough body to compliment its great flavor, but its light enough to allow you to have a few bottles of it.

O/D-This beer sneaks up on me. At first I questioned if this one had enough pop to keep me interested. But the more and more I sip from it, the more I like it. After collecting my thoughts, I have realized that I really liked this beer. It is hop foward and flavorful. It displays the hop spectrum well too. Its also deceivingly powerful. This beer tastes like it should be an 8% abv brew. Its a perfect 6-pack beer. You can drink a few of them but they'll scorch your tongue. And you'll enjoy every second of it. Also, I love the beer's label.

Photo of jongullotti
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Shorts for coming to MA for a short time this month.

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass at 55 degrees.

Nice honey color with a good white head. Pretty lacing hangs around the whole time. Each sip leaves a ring on the glass all the way down.

Aromas of citrus and piney hops. Slightly bready smell mixed in but mostly hops here. Nothing overpowering.

Like the aroma, pine and citrus up front, but not too much. As the hops calm a bit a taste of grain arrives. All hops in the finish. Again, nothing overpowering. Good balance.

Medium body with balancing carbonation. Slightly sticky hop resin, which I like. Clean & refreshing.

Overall, I love it. Nice to taste an IPA with everything in balance. IPA aren't always clean and refreshing to me but this one is. I'll buy more before the local temporary supply dries up.

Photo of ms11781
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a small, fluffy off-white head. Head reduces to a foamy off white cap and leaves great lacing on the glass.

Great hop aroma. Floral, citrus and piny hops are all here and are balanced nicely by some caramel malt. There is a lot going on in the nose in regards to hop character yet none stands out head and shoulders above the others. Slight floral aroma hits first and is quickly followed by a great citrus and tropical fruit combination. Pine comes on in the back end and there is a good dose of it too. There is a slight caramel malt that pulls it all together. Something tells me that there must be more than a "slight" amount of malt if it comes through amongst all these hops.

There is definitely a dank and resinous quality in the nose towards the end but it doesn't quite prepare you for the bitterness that is in the taste. Not much of the floral hops that were in the nose but there are some juicy tropical and citrus hops, orange, tangerine and pineapple come to mind. Starts off slightly bitter with some piny hops followed by the does of fruity hops before an enormously bitter, resiny finish. The bitterness sticks to the tongue and stays put while providing an aftertaste of orange rind.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dries out a bit with the lingering bitterness but it still very smooth nonetheless.

Great hop aromas and flavors. Definitely a beer that is light and interesting enough for multiple pints. The bitterness may make some want to move on after one or two but a very enjoyable beer regardless.

Photo of mavbrew
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden honey color with a small white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: The scent is very refreshing, it has some nice citrus notes to it with floral hop undertones.

T: The taste upfront is an explosion of bitters, the hoppy bitters are present throughout and well after. However, the citrus and the malts aren't really present at all. The bitters overpower pretty much all of the flavors that should be present.

M: Light/medium bodied with average carbonation. Very bitter feel throughout, a bit of a resin feel also.

D: I like the hop explosion present in this beer, but to me, the flavor stops there. The scent is so good and I was expecting a lot more out of this, not just major bitters. It's a good beer, but not a must have.

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