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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,528 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 213
Gots: 134 | 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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belgaridub

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

poured into tulip glass - light amber with light carbonation coming up through the beer and a very small head that does not stick around at all -- hard pour produced almost no head

aroma comes out quickly - sharp, piney hops - deep, musty, almost cheesy aroma -

taste is dank, piney bitterness - a peppery, intense finish - solid bitterness throughout

medium bodied, low carbonation, intense beer that highlights piney and earthy hop flavors

solid ipa

05-28-2010 01:41:40 | More by belgaridub
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nickadams2

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

A_ Pale golden color with a small sticky bone white head that quickly dissipates leaving a small ring. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Bitter,earthy hops,citrus,pale malt.

T_Bitter hops upfront rounded out by bisquity malt. Nice sharp flavor with hints of citrus and pine.

M_Full bodied feel that sticks to your lips.

D_Very.

05-23-2010 18:49:03 | More by nickadams2
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Espenoza

Brazil

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Got this in a trade.

Very nice Golden orange color with a thin white head.

Fantastic floral hops smell that is balanced well with the caramel hops.

The taste is almost the same as the smell. It really is well balanced IPA. It hides the 6.6% very well.

For an IPA this is quite smooth, not to light.

I would have no problem drinking a couple of these.

05-20-2010 22:22:15 | More by Espenoza
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mdfb79

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice orange amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruits, caramel malts, and bready malts. Very nice balance.

t - Taste is very bitter up front. Tastes of bitter piney and citrus hops, followed by a little bit or caramel malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth.

d - This was a decent IPA. I thought the smell was very nice and balanced with some great hops and malts, but the taste was a little too bitter for me. I thought the bitterness overpowered the taste. Would give it another shot though.

05-14-2010 01:34:09 | More by mdfb79
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wedgie9

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -20%

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours bright orange with a frothy white head. Nice hoppy pine resin aroma with some cereal malt. As the beer warms, some fruiteness becomes apparent. On the front of the palate, the flavor shows off the caramel and cereal malts, but on the middle and back of the palate, this beer belongs to the hops. The hops flavor begins fruity but ends with grapefruit bitterness as expected. The body fairly light with a somewhat thin texture. The carbonation is average, and the finish is super bitter and super long. This is a good IPA, but slightly out of balance.

05-12-2010 05:32:42 | More by wedgie9
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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

12oz bottle thanx to honest dave

A: poured a honey brown into my tulip that had a finger of head with pretty good sticky lacing.

S: it's crazy but I'm getting some candy aromas with a sweet malt notes and hardly any hop presence on the nose.

T: has a good rush of malts and hops with great balance between the both that linger on the palate after a each sip. I also like the clean crisp bitterness and dry finish to this brew.

M: meduim body with a good amout of carbonation to accent the beers flavor.

D: I really enjoyed this beer because it has alot of good Ipa qualities, really does its justice for the style. Hope I can get my hands on some more.

05-11-2010 01:44:20 | More by Gobzilla
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

12 oz bottle.

Pours clear gold with an inch plus of fluffy white that settles to a thick coating of rocky froth. Ringed lacing with torn corners.

Mildly aromatic with traces of pine, grapefruit, and biscuity malt. Hints of tangerine and spruce resin follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Grapefruit pith, pine sap, and citrus oils start the palate. A solid, pressing bitterness steps forward along with a medium malt base and a bark-like earthiness.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, light malt, and bright, earthy grapefruit.

Definately dissapointed by the aromatics, but the palate steps it up nicely. Quaffable enough but lacking by todays high IPA standards.

05-11-2010 00:54:55 | More by brewandbbq
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Off amber appearance, great floral hop and dough feel.

Taste is quite bitter, quite well hopped. Better be after that logo. Good pine and mint feel. Malt stays back, like it should here. Seems much less bitter than 76 ibus once you get halfway through the bottle, not in a bad way. I'd seek this out and buy it again.

05-10-2010 23:27:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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thetomG

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%

The bitterness is strong inn this one...

Reviewing as I sip - pours a beautiful dark & hazy golden color with a small amount of head that dissipates quickly leaving some nice white lacing around the glass.

The aroma is somewhat mild but has some elements of pine & citrus. The flavor is a bitter hop bomb that explodes in your mouth instantly and really dominates the flavor palette. At first it kind of turned me off, but with each sip I'm enjoying it more and more. If your a lover of super bitter hoppy beers this one is for you.

Not my ideal IPA, but I would definitely drink it again.

05-10-2010 22:34:04 | More by thetomG
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

The color is a mandarin orange and copper with just a little haze. Nice two finger head that recedes to a nice film of foam and a little lacing stickage to the inside of my glass.

The aroma is a sweet orange peel with maybe a little caramelized brown sugar. This maybe the right mix of biscuity, toasted malts and heavy hops.

The taste starts sweet with toasted, dry biscuits and caramel. The hops bring add some wet grass, orange peel, and maple tree leaves. The finish is bitter and lasts long after you swallow.

The palate is cleansing nd clean with lots of citrus flavors hanging around after each sip. The IPA is well deserved of its acclaim.

05-08-2010 17:48:14 | More by scruffwhor
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Bright orange pour. Smallish white head fades fairly quickly. Decent stickage.

Nice grapefruit/orange peel hoppy nose overpower the biscuity malt. Very pithy. I can tell this one's going to be pretty damn bitter. Bring it on.

Well, the malt character was faint in the nose, but it's essentially non-existent in the flavor. This bad boy is all hops, all the time. So, aside from the pith/peel from the grapefruit/orange, we've also got a big resinous finish. I'm no expert, but I have a hard time believing this is only 76 IBU. Regardless, it's good stuff. I'm not huge on overly bitter beers that lack flavor, but Huma-Lupa-Licious has plenty of tasty hop flavor to go along with the bracing bitterness.

Good bit of heft to the body. We're talking at least medium here, and I like that in my IPA's. The carbonation appears to be perfect. Hard to believe such a bitter beer could be so drinkable.

05-08-2010 02:21:29 | More by Gyle41386
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samie85

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

A-Medium amber color with a two finger white head.

S-Sweet tropical fruits - pineapple, and mango with spicy pine, grapefruit, and some caramel malt.

T-Sweet grapefruit and pineapple, caramel malt, and finishes with a dry, bitter pine note.

M-Really smooth; medium bodied and very low carbonation.

D-This is a pretty solid beer that goes down easy. The mouthfeel really contributes to how easy drinking this one is.

05-07-2010 01:37:03 | More by samie85
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%

Thanks goes to Randalld for this beer. Poured into my pint glass the beer is rather clear orange amber. About two fingers of off white head recede to leave a thick lace ring around the glass.

The aroma is super juicy grapefruit, oranges and lemons. Light pine but mostly citrus. Maybe just a hint of malt. This nose is all hops all the time. Not hot or sharp at all though.

The flavor is much more pine and grass than the nose. Sharp piney hops and fresh cut grass. Dry and bitter. Quite unbalanced for an AIPA.

Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall the nose was very pleasing yet the flavor was out of whack. The drinkability suffered on this one.

05-06-2010 23:18:44 | More by beerwolf77
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livewire78

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a golden amber orange color. Brownish orange creamy head.

Smells like a pretty hop forward beer. Lots of citrus up front and maybe some pine in the rear. Smells pretty good but it doesn't burn up the nostrils like some IPA's.

Tastes OK. Citrusy grapefruit and some orangepeel in the forefront. I pick up a tiny and I mean tiny amount of cat pee. Maybe its just me. Not a bad taste by any means.

Feels pretty good. No alcohol burn in the end and it goes down with a nice abrupt finish.

This beer at least for me is NOT as good as the sum of its parts. It seems that every aspect is well crafted and well balanced. But all the parts don't mesh into a great beer. I'm not saying its bad at all but I won't seek it out ever again. Just a "meh" beer IMO.

05-05-2010 14:58:25 | More by livewire78
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1%

12oz bottle care of timmi

An IPA named after hops themselves and text appears on the label that reads: "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth." Well, they certainly are setting the stage for big expectations.

Poured into a standard pint glass, it appears a clear orange color with a finger and a half of barely yellowish stained fluffy head. Decent retension and lacing appears all about the glass as the head fades. Aroma is a nice blend of malt sweetness that compliments the hops which are presented smelling floral, citrusy and slightly piney. Flavor of this beer does not disappoint. It has enough bitterness to push the IBU upper limit expected of an IPA but is not all bitterness, lots of flavors shine through from the hops. Medium feel with a moderate touch of carbonation. As it warms, some of the alcohol becomes more pronounced. The finish of this beer is somewhat oily with residual bitterness and malty sweetness left on the tongue.

Very well balanced IPA overall. I don't really have any complaints. There is an ambiguous number code on the bottle which does not inform me how fresh or old this IPA is. Regardless, it was very enjoyable. Nicely done.

05-05-2010 01:59:35 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

On tap @ The HopCat (Grand Rapids, MI) on 4/22/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper, with 1/2 finger of bright-white frothy head. Really nice retention on this, which leaves back a good bit of sticky swathes of lacing. Hops blow up in the nose, with fresh floral character, spice, earth, and herbs, while a thick, sticky, and tangy backing of tropical fruits, caramel, and toast, are VERY prominent. Mmmm, just so robust here in the nose. Good stuff!

The taste has a resinous and spicy pop to it, with some underlying earthy grit and LOTS of bitter grapefruit and citrus rind adding an extra layer of bitterness to this. Sweet malty notes of bread and caramel just balance this enough out in the back but the hops mostly dominate here with spice and resins lingering deeply into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy carbonation and oily slickness to it that keeps it very easy and smooth in the mouth despite some warmth and those aggressive hops that are present.

Well this certainly packed the hops in and was quite tasty overall but something was just to be lacking here for me, especially when compared to this in the bottle (which suprisingly does happen from time to time with some IPAs). Not sure if it was a lack of pop to the taste or maybe not as balanced as I remembered. Well anyway, this is still a winner of an American IPA any way you cut it and is still most definitley recommended.

05-04-2010 16:42:04 | More by Kegatron
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Great IPA here--pours a very pretty spun copper color with thick white head that laces nicely. Smell is largely citrus hops, but also some pine notes and caramel malt sneaks in there too. Taste has a strong kick of hop bitterness, with some big pine notes. Floral and citrus notes play a bit of a supporting role to the hop bill here. Nice pale and caramel malt too, though this one is definitely a hop monster when fresh. MF is medium bodied, dry on the finish, and a nice amount of carbonation keeps things moving. An easy drinking IPA, I might lump it in a group with Two-Hearted. Glad to try it!

04-30-2010 14:40:17 | More by LordAdmNelson
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Glows with various amber hues and a lacey white head.

Rich malt-hop dichotomy in the nose. Juicy fruits, minty pine, caramel, spicy flowers.

Impeccably balanced taste that instantly beckons for another drink. Chewy cheescake-like malts, florals mixed with stone fruits. The finish is gently bitter with spice. Enjoyable and delicious. Recommended fo sho.

04-30-2010 03:36:39 | More by brownbeer
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

One of four 12 oz Short's bottles I found in Chicago recently while in town. I was very lucky.

A - Pours a cloudy, glow-in-the-dark orange with a one finger head.

S - Bright, fresh, piney hops - very little malt presence.

T&M - This is the most impressive of the Short's lineup that I've had so far. Very nice blast of fresh, dry hop flavor on top of a light body. Carbonation fits well, and there is a lot more taste than I would expect from a normal IPA. Borders on unbalanced, but a hop-lover will enjoy the showcase.

D - Often as intensity of flavor increases, drinkability suffers. Not the case here. I am enjoying this one and wishing I had another.

04-27-2010 02:16:04 | More by dougofthefuture
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Transparent copper color with a dense but short lived head. However, the residual ring around the edge left a ton of sticky lacing throughout most of the glass.

Undoubtedly hop forward scent of pine and earthy hops. I don't pick up much malts at all, which is what I like.

This is a very good IPA that has a "green" hop profile of pine, earth, and finishes with grass. Toffee malt contributes to the taste, but doesn't hold the hops back. It has an extremely long and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is fresh and creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Mouth puckering.

I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this IPA. Everything about it seems fresh and well crafted. The array of hops plays well with one another. Unfortunately Shorts doesn't make it to Chicago, but if it did this is one that I'd certainly have again.

04-24-2010 03:29:55 | More by Vonerichs
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Tone

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and citrus (grapefruit). Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a dryness and the bitterness level is rather high. Tastes of strong floral hops, pale hops, yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, a good appearance and aroma, but the dryness hurts the feel a little.

04-19-2010 00:04:45 | More by Tone
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jmich24

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Two finger head. Cloudy dark orange. Outstanding lacing.
S: Holy Hops! Very Strong smell of Grapefruit and Pine. Faint sweetness.
T: Starts sweet with grapefruit coming on strong. Finishes dry with a very long lingering bitterness (hoppy resin).
M: Smooth and Creamy. Overwhelming bitterness on the back of the tongue (in a good way).
D: Great the lingering bitterness makes you keep going in for another drink. Solid IPA.

Most definatly in my Top Five IPA's. Will be in my IPA purchase rotation for the future. Amazing when fresh.

04-18-2010 03:16:31 | More by jmich24
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jampics2

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz bottle purchased at Tiffany's in K-Zoo when I took a road trip up to Michigan. Poured into my snifter with some vigor, and a surprising amount of yeast almost slipped past into the globe - not on my watch!

Looks GREAT! Bright orange with a white head that leaves a ton of lace. This is a perfect looking IPA!!

Smell is nice, some caramel and light toffee supports a ton of floral and piney hops. TONS of citrus, mainly grapefruit and orange.

Taste is wonderful - a great malt base that has just enough biscuity presence, then some kick-ass hops. Piney, earthy, citrus. Sweet start and bitter finish. Touch of lingering bitterness but pretty darn smooth.

Mouthfeel is great, I would love a touch less malt heaviness, but it's damn close to perfection.

Drinkable as all get-out. I LOVE this beer and I'm happy to be rating a Shorts beer highly after a few encounters with the infected batches from late last year. I think this is a great beer - wonderful work guys!

04-17-2010 23:46:39 | More by jampics2
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a lovely, slightly orange amber with a densely packed white head that sticks around forever and leaves super sticky lacing. The aroma is all I could ask for in an IPA. Citrus grapefruit punch with caramel malt sweetness holding it up. My parents brought this to me from Michigan and it must be a pretty fresh bottle, because the smell filled the room when I popped the cap. The flavor differs slightly from the aroma in that I pick up a lot more pine than in the nose. Don't get me wrong, it is still a grapefruit party in my mouth, but pine is busting a move on my tongue as well. It definitely has a very complex hop flavor and I am also picking up some herbal notes as well as orange and lemon. Bitterness is pretty strong, but I still find that the malt balances it quite well. The malt is very nice with some toffee notes that do not overpower the pale malt base. Yum. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice dry finish and carbonation that is right on the money. This is a very drinkable IPA, and I am looking forward to my next trip to MI so I can have it on tap again. It is quite depressing that Short's came onto the scene about the time I moved away from Northwest Michigan. I highly recommend this beer.

04-14-2010 22:00:38 | More by zoso1967
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sidetracked

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a somewhat cloudy gold-amber with an off-white head.

Smells of bitter grapefruit citrus hops.

Taste follows the smell with a big blast of bitter grapefruit citrus hops. Nice toffee malt backbone. Finish is bitter with grapefruit, lemon, and earthy hop flavors.

Moderate body and slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is good--really solid IPA.

04-14-2010 02:10:11 | More by sidetracked
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.