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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

1,558 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,558
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 212
Gots: 142 | FT: 5
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 Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, hazy copper in color with a pleasant 1/2" of foamy off-white head Decent retention and lacing.
Aroma is full of bright citrus and lemon hops with lesser notes of pine and a floral sweetness.
Flavor is also "hop-centric" with just enough of a mildly sweet malt backbone to keep this one in balance (well, balanced for my tastes). Bright citrus hops. Bitter grapefruit finish. Medium in body with appropriate carbonation levels. A bit astringent on the tongue.
Overall, a good drinking, lively, hop centered IPA. So far, this is the best beer I have had from Short's.

Florida9, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this from GBVDave and gratefulbeer head, so a big THANK YOU to both of them as I have two to enjoy this evening!
Poured in to my Portsmouth pint glass...

A: This beer pours a hazy honey color with a 1/2 inch of khaki color head. Head recedes quickly leaving wispy, spider web lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of big, fresh, earthy and piney hops , minor hints of floral hops. Hops, hops, and hops in the nose.

T: Taste is is of big, fresh, piney and earthy hops up in the forefront of this beer. WOW. Middle has just a mild malt presence to it. Nice floral hops balances out the finish on this beer.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light oily texture on this beer.

D: Goes down extremely easily, nicely balanced, mild but nice kick. This is a fantastic IPA that focuses on the the piney hops. If this brewery distributed out this way, this would be my every day IPA.

Jayli, May 31, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from Hawks10, poured into a Monica while grilling, pretty excited for this.

Appearance is perfect as far as I'm concerned with a bright, rich clear copper body that has a massive creamy off white head that is supported by a constant stream of bubbles and never fades to less than a finger thick. Also leaves behind thick sheets of lacing. Aroma reeks of fresh hops, very earthy and citrus rind with strong caramel malt and grain notes as well. Flavor is very similar, with both over the top and bitter hops and an equally potent sweet and earthy malt backbone. Body is medium thick with soft, active carbonation. The beer is very bitter throughout, including the finish but the strong malt body provides nice balance producing a very drinkable, aggressively hopped IPA. I rarely get too excited about IPAs but this one is a standout for my tastes.

yourefragile, May 30, 2010
Photo of ribby
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at Rose's, did not see the pour. The head faded to a thin lacy layer of white. Color is a nice light brown, almost clear. The aroma and taste are heavy on floral hops, as one might expect from an IPA, and they are very good hops, not overly bitter. There is enough malt to balance the hops. I have been impressed by other Short's, and this keeps the winning streak going.

ribby, May 28, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. My aggressive pour yielded a thick, 2 finger, lemony whipped head. The foam had great retention time and left tons of lace behind. The body is a hazy, burnt orange color with golden highlights.

The nose finds lots of hops. Lemon zest, yeasty bread, malts and grapefruit.

The flavor is similar to the nose. Starts out with a malty sweetness but the hops soon take over and crawl under your tongue. The bitter hop bite grows more intense toward the finish.

Medium mouth feel, a little slick and well carbonated.

This is a refreshing, drinkable beer. I would buy this one again.

mgbickel, May 28, 2010
Photo of belgaridub
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

belgaridub, May 28, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

nickadams2, May 23, 2010
Photo of Espenoza
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Espenoza, May 20, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

mdfb79, May 14, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

wedgie9, May 12, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gobzilla, May 11, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

brewandbbq, May 11, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 10, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

thetomG, May 10, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

scruffwhor, May 08, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gyle41386, May 08, 2010
Photo of samie85
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

samie85, May 07, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

beerwolf77, May 06, 2010
Photo of livewire78
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

livewire78, May 05, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

stakem, May 05, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Kegatron, May 04, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

LordAdmNelson, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

brownbeer, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of dougofthefuture
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

dougofthefuture, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Vonerichs, Apr 24, 2010
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,558 ratings.