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

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 226
Gots: 223 | FT: 7
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:
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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Ratings: 1,735 | Reviews: 643
Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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

A: Light copper color with a quarter finger of white head with some sticky lacing.

S: The nose has that nice hop sweetness that reminds me of Alpha King. A touch of grapefruit but the nose does not really jump and and grab you though it is enjoyable.

T: The taste is nice and super balanced. The malt comes across nicely but the hops just are not there like you would want them in an IPA. More sweet than anything else. There is some bitterness in the finish. Don't get me wrong this is a good IPA but it lacked that wow factor for me.

M: A little on the thin side for me. Carbonation was nice.

D: Glad I grabber a sixer of this out in Boston. This is a solid IPA but it is the most boring IPA I have ever had because I know what they can do. They almost should not even make an IPA. That being said this is solid.

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

A - Poured a beautiful golden honey brown. It is extremely clear with a nice fluffy head that disappears quickly.

S - Pine, Grapefruit, with ample hop aroma.

T - Upfront palate busting bitterness. The finish is quite nice and lingers with pine and grapefruit notes.

M - Medium-bodied and refreshing

D - A very balanced IPA. The bitterness is not so astringent that the malt character is completely indistinguishable. The balance is the beer's undeniable lasting impression.

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

Picked up a bottle of this brew at Julio's during EBF weekend. A welcome treat, gotta love some Shorts!

Appearance: Poured into my Shorts glass, of course...the beer is a slightly cloudy, amber color. There's a good inch + worth of off-white, fluffy head atop the beer. Retention is good, lacing is impressive.

Smell: A nice burst of pine-y hops with a balancing bit of bready malt on the back end.

Taste: A nice dry sort of bitterness blended with some pine resin, followed quickly by some balancing sweetness. A very solid IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp feel, refreshing to drink.

Overall (Drinkability): A very tasty IPA, Short's did a good job with this one. Got some good hops, and some malt to balance makes this beer highly drinkable. Glad I got a chance to try it, I'll have to pick up some more if I ever see it on the shelves again.

Photo of beals
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

managed to get two bottles, thanks to @craftbeercellar.

A: poured vigorously. 1 finger white head, minimal lacing. organgish/red, much deeper than it looked during the pour.

S: whooooah, hops. smells just like cracking open a foil pack of fresh hops while homebrewing! traces of malt, but that nose of hops runs the show. not a hop bomb, though -- just a really pleasing smell.

T: all hops up front, bitterness and a bite in the middle leaves your taste buds and salivary glands on alert through the finish. mix of hops, definitely American... not quite the usual "C" hops, though. the label claims complex malt, but i just taste the malt as a supporting structure for the hops. good balance for a hoppy IPA.

M: low carbonation, would have expected a tad more. malt gives the right amount of body to make this an IPA, not a hoppy PA.

D: definitely could only handle one of these in a session. palate is left a bit blitzed (not from bitterness, though).

overall: great beer. tastes just like opening that packet of hops on brew day... mmm...

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

A- Golden amber with some yeast haze and a small white cap. Head retains decently and leaves a frothy cloud behind. A few streaks of lace.

S- Lots of hops. Pretty much a beastly mix of floral and citrus hops, like opening a bag for homebrew. Has a Fruity pebble feel with the bread and malt. Dank.

T- Big citrus and floral hops with a fresh hop and dank feel. Caramel malt and yeast bread.

MF- Silky smooth creamy light body. Bitterness is big but doesn't interfere with overall flavor.

DB- Very nice and probably fresh, dank bomb. Balanced when a lot of IPAs aren't nowadays.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"With the power of ale he knew he could not fail."
- Alestorm, The Huntmaster

Clear pumpkin color with a dainty white head. Thin skim retention emanating from a swarthy collar. Grandma's dollie retention.

Sniffing this beer is a highly pleasurable sensation. Mango and softy pine citrus and ruby red grapefruit roll over a fresh baked biscuit malt profile.

Big earthy tobacco and grapefruit bitter. Grapefruit up the wazoo. Little bit of acidic pineapple and fuzzy peach in there too. The bottle claims "the hearty malt bill melds with the hops to create a perfect balance." This ain't balance, this is malticide.

Rivals Smuttynose Finest Kind for most grapefruity IPA I've had.

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, hops,

taste: citrus, hops, dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice IPA from the guys that make other strange brews.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of Drazzamatazz
2.87/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice pale gold with a decent one finger fluffy white head.

S: Lots of pine and resin hop notes here. Nothing "fruity" here if that's what you are looking for but there is a very slight sweetness. Strong biscuit and slight caramel malt backbone.

T: Bitter astringent hops first and foremost. This is followed by a slight raw grain taste. I hate to say this, but there was some weird taste that I couldn't really put my finger on...I'm not sure if it was some weird interaction with the pizza I was eating but I got a funky somewhat fecal taste briefly. Then it finished very astringently, like crushed aspirin.

M: Creamy body with a nice medium carbonation. Finishes super dry though due to the strong astringent nature.

O: I can't really make out what is written on the label, I'm assuming its a date, but considering this just showed up in MA like two weeks back I'd hope its not that old. Either way, pretty decent nose on this one but I really didn't enjoy the taste or drying finish.

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big fluffy 1+ finger head that fades semis slowly, with a bit of lacing, over super clear toasty amber orange color.

Nose has plenty of nice hops, lots of citrus, bit of tropical fruit, light fresh hop resin, grapefruit, pineapple, guava, lots of fresh tropical fruits. Underneath is the slightest hint of malts.

Taste starts a bit creamy actually, a light malty base starts to come through, bringing a slight sweetness, but that is quickly cut down by the heavy hops, a strong bitterness starts to come through, lots of fresh musty hop resins, some tropical fruits, lots of citrus, light orange rind, hop oils, it even starts to get a little astringent, and the malty base has disappeared really quickly, leaving the hops alittle flat, almost like drinking hop water. The malts were begging to come though first, but then were quickly drowned by the hops and left for dead somewhere else. The bitterness lingerers practically forever, leaving a slight astringent taste, as well as some pine, citrus, and orange zest.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied with good carbonation.

Drink is OK, it gets pretty bitter and a bit astringent, but drier finish, although a flat finish with no malts to back it up.

Photo of GRG1313
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber orange with a pure white firm and thick head.

Nose is perfumed pineapple with a floral character and a light lemon maple character.

Mouthfeel is rich and with a creamy character but nice feeling and hop heavy bitter in the balance. (Which I view as a positive characteristic).

Flavors are big bold assertive bitter pine with some underlying hints of cooked honey and green herbs and spices.

Finish is all bitter pine and pine resin. A luscious feeling and tasting beer with lots of nice character.

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

12 ounce bottle at March tasting in Santa Cruz. Pours dark gold with a lasting white head. Aroma is metallic, specifically ferrous, with some spicy piney hops. Astringent bitter taste, spicy herbal hops with a touch of mint, low on the citrus. Mild maltiness but the hops don't really shine much either. There's also a leathery tobacco-ish note. Doesn't come together quite right. May be a touch 'chronologically advanced.'

Photo of kagent777
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Another6Pack for hooking me up with this one! 12 oz bottle with something printed on the label that I can't make out, might be a freshness date. Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange golden with a nice rocky white head that did not settle quickly. Leaves nice looking lacing.

Smell: Dank pine and citrus (grapefruit) that mask a toasted malt profile.

Taste: Wow that is a bitter IPA. The hops take front and center here. I actually would like a little more maltiness to back this one up. The pine/grassy hops totally are out of balance. If you were to balance this one out, it would be like any other beer, and balance is not what they were going for here. So I cannot fault the brewers at all.

Mouthfeel: A silky mouthfeel with carbonation on the higher side. The flavor coats the mouth thoroughly.

Drinkability: This is one I would like to have again, but I could only have one in a session because of the intense bitterness.

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