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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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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 212
Gots: 130 | FT: 5
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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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Jeebs

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Pours a fairly hazy coppery orange with a 1.5 finger yellowish head. The head dies rather quickly, but what stays leaves nice lacing down entire glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by citrus and piney hops with some malt.

T: Tastes follows the smell with citrus and piney hops with some malty sweetness in the middle. The drink finishes with a nice bitter bite at the end!

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry which makes you beg for more.

D: Very drinkable beer. This beer truly exceeded my expectations; I will have to pick up a few more before I leave MI!

02-03-2010 02:01:28 | More by Jeebs
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Mora2000

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

Pours golden with a white head. The aroma is pretty strong, with a mix of piney and resiny hops. The flavor is more of the same with some earthy flavors mixed in as well. There is a good amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

02-02-2010 19:35:59 | More by Mora2000
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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Carefully poured from a 12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a white head that has left behind solid lacing.

S: Loads of citrus hops mostly grapefruit and orange. Sweet malt becomes stronger as the beer warms. Great strong nose with no

T: Tastes of pine and citrus mingle with a bready, malty sweetness; a familiar taste of yeast is also present. Strong bitter aftertaste.

M: This beer has a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth with a bit of bite from the carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, but the lingering bitterness is almost too much... almost

01-30-2010 07:01:13 | More by spartanfan
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth"

Illuminated tangerine body sits in tulip with a healthy dose of haze. Strong pour results in a strong three finger bone white head. Head slowly winds itself in leaving a plentiful amount of moth eaten lace.

Aroma brings juicy citrus hops and biscuity malt together in a glorious display. Grapefruit heavy hops stand tall with a subtle pine aroma to add to the complexity promised on the label. Malt is shows slight toasted character. Certainly hop forward but carries enough balance to be universally pleasing.

Even slightly less than fresh Huma provides a strong bitter bite. Pithy citric bitterness is accompanied by a sharp piny bite. Malt base lays low and lets the hop profile take center stage. Biscuit flavor is noticed but in a very complementary role. While not the freshest bottle the hops are still holding strong. While certainly still with in the acceptable time frame to enjoy, I enjoy Huma has a decent sized window before substantial drop off occurs.

Medium bodied with medium plus carbonation leaving a slight creaminess to the texture. Finish is just less then dry.

Michigan can add another IPA to its list in which are able to contend with anyone. The Third Coast can certainly compete with anything the West Coast can offer. If I had to choose between local IPA's Huma falls just shy of Two Hearted. Tremendously drinkable, could certainly go back for more. Another excellent beer from Joe & company.

01-20-2010 00:39:00 | More by kzoobrew
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dstc

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a burnt orange color with a huge off-white head. Head falls very slow and stays. Big sticky lace.

Big hop nose backed by a nice malt character. Herbal, slightly flowery and lovely.

Very nice hop taste with a nice sweet malt taste in the background. Ends with a oily, medicinal taste and strong bitterness.

Rather full in mouth and fairly smooth.

Nicely done. Very good IPA.

01-18-2010 14:27:52 | More by dstc
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%

Thanks to afdempse for the bottle.

A: pours a slightly murky orange with a two inch very sticky head and nice lacing

S: hops, alcohol (in a single IPA - hmm...) and something strange (soap?) I'm struggling to identify. I keep smelling this brew looking for the citrus and floral aromas one would expect, but I can not detect them.

T: I'm missing the malt/hop balance here. This beer is confusing my palate, but not due to complexity, which is unfortunately lacking.

M: There's a very slight harsh bitterness with every sip.

D: Bitterness in the aftertaste. This 6.6% ABV feels like more. I'm ready to move on to a different beer.

Notes: It's really hard for me to get past the harsh bitterness, when this is only a single IPA. I know Short's is a great brewery, but this beer just isn't my bag, baby.

01-18-2010 05:14:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Clear coppery orange with a sticky, white cap. Chunky lacing and great head retention. Bright orange and tangerine aroma with a bit of a sharper grapefruit edge. Slightly powdery and piney. Solid hop bitterness turns a bit sharp towards the finish. Lots of pine resin and grapefruit pith. Fruity sweetness and a flash of caramel malts mid-palate provide just enough balance. Lingering bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with slight warmth, a bit dry with moderate carbonation. A great IPA, plenty of punch with lots of flavour.

01-16-2010 02:51:35 | More by DrJay
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JsRoss

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

A - Has a dark hazy-golden tone, nice thick foam at the top (golden-ish)

S - Citrus, Spice, and Extremely Hoppy

T - Very complex with a strong Hops taste

M - Little carbonation

D - Very good IPA, Can barely finish a 6 pack but still a great beer.

01-09-2010 01:32:31 | More by JsRoss
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dudecandle

New York

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%

12 oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Not sure if there's anything to criticize about the looks. Hazy golden-orange body with a huge off-white, creamy, sticky head, good lacing and great cap.

S: Highly complex. Orange peel and nuts, spices, light yeast, and butter right up front. Chocolate malts are also present. Amazingly rounded.

T: Peppery and citrusy, with some good floral hops coming through along with some earthy tones. Sweet chocolate is great as well.

M: Wonderfully creamy, lightly carbonated.

D: This is a perfect IPA. These are hops done right without using too many and getting into imperial territory. It's not the hoppiest, but is rather quite balanced. If may have to go to Michigan just to have some more.

01-08-2010 08:12:17 | More by dudecandle
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Had this one on tap before and was excited to see that Shorts has started distributing to SE Michigan.

Clear copper beer with a two finger white head on top and just a touch of lacing.

Nose is big and delicious. Really well balanced - big caramel and dirty citrus hops all over the place. Nice smell, if not the biggest ever.

Flavor is likewise, but with huge hops all over the place. Hops are floral and drying. Malt is there but quite mild. This is a well hopped brew. Citrus and a touch of apricot. Really nice flavor.

Good body with nice busy carbonation.

A really nice, tasty IPA. A hop bomb, especially compared to most Midwest versions.

12-30-2009 21:49:36 | More by soupyman10
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A 1/4 inch almost white head forms and leaves a very nice lacing. It pours a nice clear amber color with no sediment and carbonation is visible.

The aroma is very good and is almost all hops with a nice mixture of pine and citrus. This is a somewhat earthy component.

The taste is quite bitter, as to be expected. There are the usual hoppy suspects of pine and grapefruit/citrus. There are some nice earthy notes that balance the flavor and a malty sweetness comes through as you drink the beer.

The mouthfeel is as noted above bitter which lingers at the end. The carbonation is appropriate and balances the hops making it fairly crisp and smooth.

Overall, this is a quite good beer. As the expected tastes and smells are there and represented well. The taste can be a bit overwhelming after a while, which is its biggest hindrance.

12-27-2009 19:27:11 | More by SykDoc
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

On-tap at Gallagher's in Kalamazoo and split a pitcher with a friend. This is a good, dry and bitter IPA. Sure, it's less drinkable and approaches the low-end of DIPAs, but damn it's tasty. It's a rich, not overly-fruity grapefruit with bitter orange zest and underlying floral, herbal and earthy notes - delicious. I hope I can eventually find this beer outside of Michigan.

12-26-2009 17:24:40 | More by tempest
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BehindtheFinBrew

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle to an imperial pint

A: Poured a 2-finger white head, good lacing throughout and eventually reduced to a 1/4"crown. Orange amber that was slightly hazy.

S: Wonderfully complex floral and spiced hop aroma.

F: Clove-like hop spiciness with a lot of bittering hop presence. The bitterness lingers throughout the session, no doubt a result of the 76 IBU's. As the session progressed the flavor became caramel sweet and malty.

M: Creamy and crisp with a pleasant almost overwhelming lingering bitterness on the back of the palate. Carbonation is sufficient.

D: For me, this would be a short session beer. The strength and complexity of this beer make it best enjoyed on a limited term basis.

12-20-2009 14:53:50 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
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kegger22

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Huma Lupa is an amber color with a moderate white head that dissipates to a collar. The aroma is grapefruit citrus. The taste is like licking the grapefruit skin, very bitter. If there is malt in there, I can't find it. The feel is medium bodied with sufficient carbonation. drinkability is good.

I'm fine with the bitterness, it's good, but there are a lot of better beers. And, to be honest, I like my beer a little more balanced (i.e. sweeter).

12-15-2009 06:15:02 | More by kegger22
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Served on draught at Old Chicago in Okemos, MI

Amber in color, perhaps leaning toward orange; head was about 2 fingers or so but dissipated relatively quickly to a thin layer of bubbles and eventually to a ring. Left pretty good lacing most the way down the glass.

Mmmm.... HOPS! Hops are obviously first and foremost on the nose. Unlike some IPAs, this actually has a little complexity in that there is some citrus and grapefruit, some grassy notes, and some eathiness in there as well. Nice.

The first pull floods the mouth with bittering hoppiness, and then the beer sort of finds a bit of balance (almost) as it rolls around the tongue. There is clearly a pretty strong malty backbone here but there is such an assortment of hop flavors going on that you almost have to look for it. The weight in the mouth is quite good and matches well with the moderate carbonation. At the swallow, the first part of the finish is the mellow hop bitterness but it fades to more a dry bitter linger.

Overall, a very good IPA! Gotta love the name and gotta love the brew. If you are into hops, you will dig this brew.

12-13-2009 20:19:28 | More by SIRIUS2
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1%

A big thanks to kzoobrew for this great extra.

Appearance - Pours a amber color with just a hint of red. There is about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - A very pleasant grapefruit aroma at first which slowly fades to piney hops and floral. It finishes up with just a hint of caramel/malt sweetness.

Taste - A somewhat bitter grapefruit taste up front which is followed by a wave of floral/hoppy profile which eventually recedes into what almost tastes like bitter, roasted malt - I'm not picking up much of a "sweet" malt backbone here (which is not a bad thing). As such, the beer finishes a bit bitter. However, this drink is growing on me. It's been a while since I've had a massively hopped, more-so one sided beer and this one is doing the trick.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with lots of pleasant carbonation that prickles the tongue. Finishes quite dry.

Drinkability - Very much so. I am trying to take my time with this as I study because I know as soon as I begin to quaff this down, the quality of my studying will soon become a diminishing return. Taken as a whole, this is a great beer that gives you a kick in the pants when you are in the mood for a great, tasty, hoppy beer.

12-06-2009 00:32:00 | More by SpdKilz
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

Bottle says "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" I guess they mean the Cedar Point of American IPA's!
Poured into glass with a nice white head with an amber orange color. Sweet smell of the malt more pronounced than expected followed by a citrus hop smell. Starts off malty sweet followed by grapefruit type bitterness in the back end. Not sure what the IBU's are on this one but it is quite bitter! Great mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Tasty but not sure if this is as good as I expected and wanted it to be.

12-05-2009 18:59:49 | More by kbutler1
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

Appears a hazed light orange with a small white head that fades into a mild cap. Small scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of pine like hops, vanilla, citrus, and minerals.
Taste is of the aromas with some herbal flavors.
Mouthfeel is bitter, herbal, and sticky.

12-04-2009 02:08:05 | More by weeare138
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

A-pours two fingers of thick white head that lingers for a decent amount of time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass, the color is of a slightly redish copper color with a faint haze

S-pretty big hop nose of grapefruit, a little bit of citrus and floral aromas as well.

T-it starts out with a light taste of grapefruit and citrus and is immediately followed with a huge bitter hop taste with some pine in there as well

M-pretty smooth and medium bodied beer that is a little slick on the back of the throat and almost no carbonation

D-it has a big hop taste, which is awesome; but the big time bitterness towards the back make this something I wouldn't want to drink too many in a row

12-03-2009 00:35:31 | More by cpetrone84
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beatingwings

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Looks golden and cloudy. Looks good to me, but I've never been that attracted to clarity.

Wonderful aroma, best part of the beer. Smells of sweet grapefruit and tangerine, and is overall quite perfumy and sweet smelling. A little bit of hop herbalness too. Definitely smells of fresh hops.

Tastes like a medley of citrus fruits intimated at by the smell, with a peach/mango undercurrent. Piney when I burp. There is a noticeable amount of general malt sweetness, but the hops are dominant leading to a bitter a dry finish.

Feels good in the mouth. Feels fairly light, but not thin.

I feel like if I had access to this beer, I could easily put down a few in a session. It has the right body, bitterness, and flavor to make it highly drinkable. Overall very impressive IPA. Thanks nickwin.

11-23-2009 06:37:37 | More by beatingwings
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eljefe21

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Orange-copper center that yellows on the edges. Fluffy two-finger head of off white foam that settles, but lasts. Liquid-y, foamy lacing.

S: Citrusy, grapefruit hops smell. Smells sticky and delicious. Some piney hints. Smell is definitely present, but not quite as full as it could be.

T: Sharp bitter center hits the tongue like a good IPA should. Taste isn't balanced much by malts, but that's not bad in my book. A bit of pine in the finish.

M: Sharp carbonation hits the front and sides of the tongue. The carbonation blast is followed by an exquisitely dry finish.

D: A delicious IPA worthy of trying out. Glad I'm up in Michigan from time to time so I can pick this up. Enough heft and body that it would be great any time of the year.

Served: in a faceted mug.

Review from notes taken on: 11/3/09.

11-08-2009 14:42:48 | More by eljefe21
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

Somewhat darker side of a pale orange. Low carbonation though some decent lacing going on. Ok aroma-some sweet malt and a trace of hops. I would expect more but thats ok. Sweet malt against a decent backround of hop bitterness. Bitterness almost becomes astringent but the heavy malt keeps it in line. Mild toffee/toasted flavors. Good solid body. Very drinkable-comes off as a much bigger beer. Quite enjoyable.

11-06-2009 00:31:55 | More by lackenhauser
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +14%

On the label: "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth." And elsewhere: "Handmade by people who care." Big thanks to GbVDave for hooking me up with my first brew from Short's.

Pours a hazy saffron color with a thinnish head which lessens to a skim within about a minute. Tiny lace dots stick to the glass.

Aroma is wonderful--elements of citrus rind, pineapple, pine, orange zest and caramel mingle together nicely. Not a brutal nosehair-ripper, but clearly hop-centric.

Flavor is gigantically hopped, although not brash. Pine needle, astringent green grass (not that I've ever chomped on my lawn), and grapefruit rind are front and center, with only a smidgen of malt backup for balance. Possibly the hugest hop flavor I've tasted in a beer without it being a tongue-destroyer (ie. this ain't Hopsickle). Bitter, indeed, but a very, very good bitter, in that it's balanced. Hops are cranked right to the point of hophead nirvana, but never pushed over the edge into novelty territory.

Mouthfeel is hefty, although not thick enough or weighty enough to be called heavy-bodied. Has a buoyant quality that makes it go down easily, and a little too quickly. There is some good stickiness to this that keeps the rind-like, almost resiny flavor going and going and going...

A hophead's dream, similar to Bell's Hopslam in flavor...which makes me wonder why this isn't considered a Double IPA? But who cares, that's splitting hairs. This is simply divine, no matter how you categorize it.

11-01-2009 19:29:08 | More by Metalmonk
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Got this brew as an extra from heliosphann. Thanks a ton Scott!

Pours a hazy orange amber into a Darkness tulip. Nice tan head with decent retention, with a creamy consistency. Leaves a little lacing here and there.

The nose is surprisingly malty. There is a nice piney bitterness going on, but the malt backbone sticks out.

The taste department is much more bitter than the nose leads on. Piney and resiny hops dominate and the bitterness takes over, almost completely covering up the malt backbone. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice bitter bite. Appropriate carbonation level. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is good.

A great introductory brew to Shorts. I'm impressed. It's not the best IPA in the world, but it's definitely a tasty and easy drinking one. Maybe not the IPA for someone who is just starting out with craft beer, but if your a hop head you'll like this one.

10-21-2009 04:15:26 | More by Mistofminn
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adamette

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Bartender mentioned that this is the HopCat Owner's favorite beer. I had heard of it before and it was a good thing to see that it was on tap at HopCat for my visit there two days ago. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Light brown yellow body with creamy head. 4.0

S Hops, sweet malt to the nose. Hops are not overwhelming in an unbalanced way. 4.0

T Hops predominate but there is a nice, sweet malt to balance them out. Hops taste lingered like you think that it might well into the aftertaste. Nicely made beer. I can see why someone who has tasted many great beers might find that this is one of their favorites. 4.5

M Full with malt, bitter hops. 4.0

D Good. I finished the pint without any problem. 4.0

Notes: a treat to find at HopCat, a world class Beer Advocate place.

10-21-2009 03:33:45 | More by adamette
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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