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

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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 219
Gots: 193 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of WeissbrauMeister
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured about 14 oz. out of my home tap system into a snifter.

A- Poured a dark amber with about a quarter inch of white head.

S- A beautiful aroma of a heavy dosage and wide variety of hops.

T- As expected lots of hops. There is however and slight hint of malt in the background, which, no doubt contributes to the 6.7% ABV.

M- Good carbonation (Set at 5 PSI). I can definitely feel the bitterness on my tongue.

D- I cannot drink too much of this beer consecutively.

Photo of Pellinore1
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kdub87 for sending this bottle.

Pours light orange into a pint glass, with just a touch of haze, and produces two fingers of fluffy white head.

Bright, citrus hops, and just a hint of bread. This smells very nice, clean and direct.

The flavor, like the smell, is all about the hops. This beer opens bitter, has some bitterness in the middle, and finishes the same. Enough malt shines through to assure that it's there, but only just.

Medium bodied with some pleasant carbonation, this is nice on the tongue and quite drinkable.

Photo of ottovon
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: pours out a hazy, straw yellow color with a white head that sits around for a while. there are strings of carbonation running up the glass.

S: smells of citrusy and piney hops. i gets hint of bread and light grain and some fruity esters maybe even some banana.

T: it has a clean hop taste. i get some citrus flavor, and piney hops. it finishes dry and bitter. i get a little soapy flavor (possibly from glass?)

M: it has a nice light mouthfeel.

D: the soapy flavor is throwing this off for me. i am hoping it is just the glass. ill have to retry this.

Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UrbanCaver brought this back for me from MI. Thanks Cam!

A-Pours a hazy, burnt orange color. Looks nice
S-Stong hop smell. More citrus than anything
T-Nice bitter hop flavor. Some citrus hops and slight grapefruit. Hop bitterness really lingers
M- Not balanced at all really. just straight hops.
D-Bitterness remains in your mouth. I love that part of it.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap.

Pours a clear and deep copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale and caramel malts with large amounts of herbal and pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hop presence is slightly more muted. Sticky caramel malt flavors lightened by moderate amounts of pale malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are equal amounts of herbal and pine hops. Midway through the sip the hop influence lightens up a bit and soft citrus flavors make a brief appearance. The citrus hops fade out near the end of the sip, allowing the malt and herbal hops to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this remains a nicely done IPA. The herbal notes were more prevalent in the tap version, perhaps the beer was younger and the freshness made them more pronounced. Either way, a solid beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours murky goldenrod with a finger of white foam that leaves lacy trails. Straight oily orangey sticky hop nose - whoa!
Grain sweetness, a bit of apricot, sponge cake and orange jam for malts, then Seville orange and resin hops bring the pain. Hint of toasty sweetness to finish, then a wave of IBUs like chewed aspirin on the comeback. Medium, chewy, soft.

Malts are complex though not prominent, but the IBUs are there and how. Could it use more hop flavor? Maybe.

A gentle punisher.

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to biglobo8971 for this extra

Pours a tepid, hazed burnt orange with literally no head, retention, or lacing. Odd.

Some starkly pine hops in the nose with bready toasted tones.

A surprising blast of hops up front with an avalanche of pine and citrusy resin. Lighter grapefruit and rind touches are apparent. Very bitter throughout, with a lightly malted backbone. Slight caramel touches with doughy malt. Finishes extremely bitter and long with a light touch of alcohol.

Decent medium body, solid carbonation, very dry and lasting feel on the palate. Drinks decent, although the lingering hop bitterness seems to never end (which can be a positive aspect). This was my first Short's beer and I'm curious to try more.

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

Solid IPA. Pours a clear yellow with a small head. Good lacing.

Nice aroma. Citrusy hops. Strong on the grapefruit.

Good bitter hop flavors. Again, citrus, grapefruit, with a little sweet malt.

Good all around beer for the style. Not too carbonated, and not too harsh on the palate. If you like IPAs, give it a try.

Photo of jahilgen
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here is another great reason to be in Michigan. This American IPA is one of the best and will challenge anything else I drink. The hops of this ale challenges the palate with strong full flavored herbal and citrus notes and becomes more complex and delicious with each drink. The aroma lingers in the mouth and nose and makes you want to drink more to see how the taste continues to deliver. Before this I believed the west coast was the only place that made exceptional APAs now I'm proud that this is made in my back yard. It will be hard to order anything else. Enjoy.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

part of my many nights of shorts beers thanks to a generous BA.
pours a straw apricot color in my sam adams perfect pint. one finger head doesnt take long to dissipate, and leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass.
smells like some nice sweet grapefruity hops. based on the nose i instantly think sticky resin... i happen to be fond of this aspect, although in this application i wish it was just a little more in my face. still though, very pleasant.
taste and mouthfeel are right up there, the carbonation brings the bittering hops to life to instantly coat my mouth. it is almost brutally bitter, but i still enjoy it. the flavor profile of the hops take a back seat to the bitterness, and because of that, one beer would be enough... drinkability doesnt go much further than one. i do like the lingering bitterness even minutes after taking my last sip. pine, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors just need a little boost forward to make this a really nice brew.

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

Reviewed on 6/29/2010. On tap at Shorts. Pours a clear amber-orange with a white head. Aroma of citrus hops, hop oils, and sweet caramel malt. Flavor of bitter hops, citrus, acetone?, and caramel malt. Again, just decent for me although just a touch better on tap.

Photo of ztaylor1
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very cloudy golden brownish yellow with a tight white head. Very appealing. Has a pineapple/honey look. Slight chunky lacing.

Smell- strong hops with citrus rind(grapefruit dominant, but also some lemon), medium malt character.

Taste- strong hops, with bitter pine stronger than the nose let on. But also an equally powerful malt character. Bitter hops all the way down. Little more like a double.

Mouthfeel- medium body, a little fuller than expected. Light, prickly carbonation

Drinkability- bitter and sweet make it very difficult to put down...

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

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #3.

Blind Beer #8 of 12 thanks to mtunnell.

12 oz bottle poured into my unlabeled tulip.

Beautiful translucent dark golden yellow with a mountain of eggshell frothy head. As it recedes, craters become abundant, though it takes minutes.

The first thing on the nose was pine and lemon. But those aromatics quickly yield to some more subtle lemon notes, and a hint of funk. Part of me wants to say saison, but it's lacking some of the yeast notes I'd expect. There is a tiny bit of spice in there along the lines of coriander or a dash of nutmeg. This doesn't seem added, but rather a yeast byproduct. The nose is making me think some type of IPA, or maybe a belgo-IPA. As it warms, I get a bit more pine, garlic and onion. Definitely some crazy hop action going on here.

Time to dive in...Very little up front. Maybe some light funkiness, but there is virtually no sweetness in this beer. As it lingers on the tongue, i start to pick up a little lemon before swallowing. Then, oh, man, does that bitterness hit! This is in no way a balanced beer! That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the IBUs are way high for this residual sweetness. I have to dive in for more to see if I pick up anything besides bitter...There is definitely some phenolic notes lingering after the finish. I can't stop trying to get it off my tongue. Man this beer is dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharp carbonation hitting the sides of the tongue like it's being squeezed by a vice with spikes. Wow...No oiliness. Just plain dry finish.

Overall, this is a very complex beer. Very clean and somewhat one dimensional. It's not in balance, yet I can't seem to help diving in for more just seconds later. Though my tongue is going to need days to recuperate, it's still strangely drinkable.

I still think this is some sort of big double IPA now, however, there's some sort of twist that I can't figure out. Maybe it's a 100 IBU saison or something. The color is too pale for most IIPAs I've had so I'm at a loss here. I'd still say something along the lines of a devil dancer or the like (but not due to bottle shape). I'm positive i've never had this beer before, though.

Time for the reveal: Short's Huma Lupa Licious!

Sweet! Never thought I'd get to try this bad boy. Tastes super fresh! Thanks, Matt.

Anyway, time for the rating (as a single IPA!): 5.0/4.0/3.5/3.5/4.0

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours an orange/amber color with a creamy off-white head that rose a full two fingers. Good retention and loads of lacing. This is a pretty beer.

White grapefruit and oranges up front with some toasted malt peeking through. Maybe a little more than I like, which detracts from the citrus goodness. Some notes of pine resin/oil round out the nose.

Pithy grapefruit and oranges burst onto the palate. The toasted malt lays much lower on the palate than in the nose, allowing the resinous, oily pine and citrus flavors to stand tall. There is an uppercut of bitterness that builds with each sip.

Medium body with perfect carbonation. Chewy, thick and oily all the while finding a way to be smooth and creamy. The build up of bitterness coats and really sticks to the gums.

I had somewhat high expectations for this beer and it did not disappoint. Quickly becoming one of my favorites in the style. This is on my short list to answer of the age old question: "If you could only have one IPA for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

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

330ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a dark orange colour with a slight haze... White head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thick layer... lots of sticky clingy lacing...

Aroma - Tart fruits to the fore (lemons, limes, grapefruits, sour apples) followed by piney hops, light honey sweetness, nice toastiness, grassy notes, earthy, light biscuit malts, some traces of basil and light coriander, the faintest hint of Belgian yeastiness, some floral traces...

Taste - Strong grapefruit and pine hop bitterness, lots of citrus notes, hint of orange and some apricot, quite grassy, faint sugary sweetness, peppery, quite herbal and earthy, fairly floral, alcohol just coming through at the end..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body. Very refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An excellent American DIPA !! Highly recommended !!

Photo of SuperNova777
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 11/15/10

A:Pours a nice looking orange color with a fluffy white head that falls fairly quickly,
excellent lacing is left down the glass

S:Very juicy citrus hops come thru up front along with slight tropical hint as well, along with that a nice malt backbone in there as well

T:Up front you get a small taste of the hops that lead in the malt backbone of the brew
in the middle, the backend is well the hops really start to takeover with a citrus and
tropical flavor that lingers around long after the sip is gone.

M:Body is where you would want it to be, not to thin but not to heavy. Palate is left
sticky from the hops and a little dry as well just enough that you want to take another sip.

D:With so many great breweries in Michigan its hard not find some great brews but
I'm go ahead and say that Shorts IPA is one of my favorite ones in the state. Easy
drinkability, super great taste, and all around enjoyable. Shorts is doing it, score some if
ya can.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

This beer pours a very clear (a bit of sediment in bottom of bottle that was not poured into glass) amber/orange with a nice rocky white head. The smell is bitter, piney and resiny. The taste is almost all piney hops with some nice citrus (grapefruit, orange, tangerine) coming through. The malt is trying to make an effort but isn't succeeding that well, but isn't a big deal. Is this a single hop beer? Tastes like it, and it's delicious. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but good. Nice beer and love the hops!

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass. It poured amber in color with a bubbly and frothy head filling the top inch of the glass. It left some very nice lacing on my glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a zesty, citrusy hoppiness to it along with some sweeter malty notes as well. It's actually fairly light on aroma compared to how bold the taste is. It doesn't really give off much of the bitter grapefruit that is all throughout the taste.

The taste has a pretty bold resiny pine, and orange or grapefruit rind like bitterness to it. Some herbal, slightly earthy hop qualities coming through as well. The malt tries to show through as well and lends some bready and caramel notes to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, the flavors were bold but also pretty good. It really had a big grapefruit bitterness to it, definitely bigger then most IPA's and even a lot of DIPA's. Pretty good hop forward beer, especially if you enjoy a lot of bitterness to IPA's.

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

Finally get to try this brew thanks to Jim! This has been on my wants list for awhile. Live review-

A- Body is a crystal clear, completely transparent, beautiful, rich amber hue. Pours with a beautiful 1-2 finger creamy white head.

S- Nose is very good and rich. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, and rich caramel malt backbone. Pretty classic IPA-with an emphasis on the caramel malt in the backbone.

T- Initial flavor is mild and offers grapefruit and other tropical fruity flavors with a mild sweet caramel malt backbone. The finish is all hop bitterness-which is moderate to strong and lingers on and on. As you drink more spicy hops become more evident and bitterness decreases.

M-Medium carbonation and light to medium weight body

D- This is a very good, solid IPA overall. Not the brightest, hoppiest, or smoothest of the IPA bunch-but still tasty and satisfying.

Photo of afksports
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm having this courtesy of the Michigan beer box my sister brought back for Thanksgiving. Thanks, Em!

Short's American IPA is a good one. It's murky amber color sits underneath persistent head and lacing. This is probably the headiest IPA I've ever poured. It smells like a standard IPA. Hops, a little roastiness, maybe some citrus tang. Taste is hop forward, like you would expect. Hops finish it too, and the malts try to peek through in the center. It's a well-built beer.

The carbonation keeps it full in the mouth on a medium body, and it's as drinkable as any other solid India Pale Ale. Wish it were my style.

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, Medium amber, with a blush pink glow about it. The head is white, and consists mostly of larger bubbles.

S: Nice American hop aroma. Grass and Pine aroma in there.

T: Grass and pine shine through in the taste. It smacks you with a pine slap right away, followed by a slight caramel sweetness. The finish is pure bitter hops. The bitterness in this just lasts and lasts.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is laking just a bit. There is definitely an oily quality to this that really helps the hops linger on.

D: A good hoppy beer for when you need a bitter kick. Not perfect, but a very hoppy brew to satisfy your hop craving.

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

Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy but light with mostly piny with some earthiness in there as well. Minimal malt or sweetness.

Beer is medium to light in body and very bitter, finishes a little dry. Forward is a little thin but there are some pine notes in the midpalate. Its a decent IPA, very enjoyable.

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

A: Orangey, dark robust golden (just barely verging toward warm & bright copper) with a faint haze. Smallish bone white head settles to a skim that stays and leaves decent lacing. Wonderful ballet of fine bubble with each tile of the glass.

S: Citrusy and fairly heavy on grapefruit rind. Some sugary pale malt with a light caramel hint cuts through the hop smack just a bit. Grapefruit sugar cookie! Nice! Only possible flaw is just a slight ghostly hint of diacetyl.

T: Now that is dank. It is not quite palate crushing, but moving in that direction. Resin, pine, and grapefruit rind - lots of grapefruit. Some brief fruitier & juicer citrus come through at points but quickly fall under the resin and rind steamroller that keeps going in a long lingering finish. The nose is reasonably balances, but the palate is firmly not. Doughy sugar cookie pale malts with minimal caramel notes play a supporting role only. Forcefully bitter start to finish with robustly characterful American hops really grab you and hang on, and on, and on.

M: Just a bit over medium body with CO2 perfectly matched. Some dextrins and some oily slickness (probably hop oils given the hefty aroma), but ultimately drying with some faint alcohol warmth. Starts to get a bit of a rough edge if it warms (could be from the hop palate beating).

D: Not much finesse or refinement here. Maybe a little bit in the nose, but you stop noticing that once you take a taste. But then I imagine that finesse was not what they were going for. Wonderful, almost brutal showcase of American hops. Danky resin and rind! Subtlety be damned! It is what it is and it is in your face.

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into SA glass. 6-pack purchased at "Liquor Resort", beverage store, in Mount Clemens, Michigan.
Pale yellow liquid, thin white head dissipates quickly.
Full throttle of citrus, pine, fruit aromas.
Hops predominate with just a hint of malt.
Full body, alcohol hidden by nice amount of hops.
Overall nice IPA.

Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a very small amount of filmy white foam, some floating shorts mounds of bubbles form a ring around the glass. the beer is mostly clear, dirty gold in color.

S - assertive whiff of biscuity, lightly sweetened malts. peaking in slowly are some citrus and wet grassy hops.

T - hops strike first here, taking an earthy, grass form. bitterness slowly builds up at the back of the tongue, all the while being balanced underneath again by crisp, biscuity malts.

M - medium bodied with carbonation slightly on the light (yet good) side. very oily throughout each sip, cut into sharply and turning into a lingering grassy, dry and bitter aftertaste.

D - another "eh" beer from Shorts. balanced, though a bit one sided in the hop profile. drinkable though, and does a decent enough job of curing that nightly hop craving.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.