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

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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 218
Gots: 177 | FT: 6
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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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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.

Photo of aval89
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Another6Pack for this brew!

A: pours a slightly hazy dark orange..leaning towards copper.. Thin 1 finger fluffy but tight head.

S: loads of sweet hops!! Mango is pretty dominant.. Oranges, peach, & caramel sweetness come through.. Very ripe & inviting aroma.

T: was slightly disappointed after the wonderful aroma.. Starts off with citrus fruits.. Some lemon zest.. Slightly toasted malts with caramel pulling through. Finishes almost bland but with a faint mango taste that is done as the lemon peel bitterness lingers for a bit.

MF: carbonation is good, just felt a bit thin.

D: pretty easy drinker. No problems here.

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

A-Pours a murky golden color with reddish hues and a smallish head and decent lacing on the glass.
S-Nice...no, very nice floral citrus aromas predominantly of grapefruit and tangerine, as well as piney hops.
T-The citrus aroma carries forward to the taste of sweetness up front followed by the bitter piney hops at the finish.
M-This beer has a moderate feel and mild to moderate carbonation.
D-Very drinkable and pleasant overall. Refreshing and crisp.

Photo of tubacharlie
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as much head as expected for a draft, but it could be the bartender's technique. What head is there quickly migrates to the edge, leaving a fine mist of bubbles on the surface. An orange-amber color, the brew has just a slight bit of haze -- enough to indicate its unfiltered manufacture.

Fresh hops defines the aroma. Unmistakable if you've ever stuck your nose in a bag of hop flowers.

The are followed up in the flavor. Fruity and feisty, like when you get a little squirt of grapefruit juice in your eye when peeling the skin off a grapefruit just picked from the grove. A real hop head's delight, the malts are hard to discern, but I'm sure they are in there somewhere beneath the overwhelming blast of bitterness from the hops. Subtle complexity from the grain bill adds an undercurrent of cereal flavors to provide some balance, and the draft carbonation smoothes things out a bit.

This beer would go well with a green olive and anchovy pizza, but would overpower foods with less pronounced flavors. Great for an IBU comparison tasting though.

Photo of wcudwight
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden/orange in color with a small but thick head that retains well. Lot's of cool striped lacing around the glass. Lacing looks like rings on a tree, marking each sip as the beer gets lower in the glass.
Wonderful floral hop aroma that smells like being in a flower garden in spring.
The bottle says it has a complex hop and malt profile, but this beer is all about the hops. Citrus, piney, herbal, floral, this beer has the whole gamut.
Medium bodied and a bit sticky in the mouth.
Anytime I go to take another sip, look down and the glass is empty. Then I think, "crap I got this in a trade and it's gone." Then it's a drinkable beer.

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

A- Orange-amber, cloudy, with a small off white head that lingers.

S- Citrus-sweet hops, orange and grapefruit notes, maybe a small amount of a floral-pine hop scent hiding in the background.

T- Lots of hops, slightly piney at first but the orange-citrus hops take over for most of the taste. The finish is strong hop bitterness with little other flavor in the aftertaste. Hints of malt throughout the drinking but hops are always the dominate flavor with lots of bitterness for a normal IPA.

M- A little above what I would call medium body, low to moderate carbonation. Creamy feel with a relatively crisp finish.

D- Good sipping IPA. Not quite a session IPA with how intense the hop flavors are but that is how an IPA should be in my mind, if i want to drink good IPAs all night they have to change. Overall a great IPA with a lot of hoppiness but still doesn't challenge into a IIPA or DIPA category.

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

12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island IPA tulip - thanks, Donerik!

A - Golden-orange, hardly any head, decent lacing

S - Grapefruit, floral hops, caramel, and oranges

T - Bitter citrus hops (and lots of them) --> oranges and a little malty sweetness --> more grapefruit and pine, with some metallic taste. The finish and aftertaste are very bitter and dry.

M - Low carbonation, medium-bodied

D - The combination of a ton of hops (positive) and the metallic finish and aftertaste (negative) give this good, not great drinkability.

This is a pretty good beer, but it could be great. I like Hangin' Franks substantially more than this due to its lack of metal in the flavor. I adore bitterness, but this particular profile is a little too metallic for me to wholeheartedly love.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a one finger head, that is a bright white, and sinks into a small layer. The body is a hazy, golden orange. Lacing is left in a foamy pattern.
S: A hop forward aroma, that has a nice complex aroma of citrus hops. Not too much on the malt side, but the hops make up for it.
T/M: A dry front, that is hoppy and great smooth, silky mouthfeel. The body shows a layered effect of different hops, a bit piny and some herbal notes. The finish has a prolonged effect and does release other hop notes.
D: Great all around flavors, that are key in an IPA. These flavors could make this a sessionable IPA.

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

Many thanks to Devin for the opportunity to sample this.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty interesting and intense, showcasing considerable marijuana, skunky aroma, grapefruit frind and wet hay. On the palate, this beer is very dry, with a bitter honey fruit profile. There is very little malt detectable, and frankly this IPA could probably use some. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied, with a long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, with the alcohol pretty much unnoticeable. Still, this beer comes across as a hop bomb with very little else to offer, and ultimately it just wasn't a beer I really loved.

Reminds me very much of the Grant's IPA I had many, many years ago. Interesting to sample, but just not my cup of tea.

Photo of Lillenk
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is nice. Golden color with a nice white head.

Smell was huge. Lots of hops, lots of citrus.

Taste was great. Tons of hops and citrus that stick with you for a very lingering hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was very big but really nice to drink. One of my favorites in the category.

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

This poured a nice dark golden color that was a little hazy. It had a big frothy white head on it that left a good amout of lacing on the glass. It smells of hops, citrus, and maybe a little bit of orange. The hops hit you right away with this beer. They are nice and strong. There is some maltiness in the middle that cuts some of the hops, but it still leaves a bit of a lingering bitterness on the tongue. The mouthfeel is good, its nice and creamy with good carbonation and a medium body. The drinkability is very good on this beer, I finished my growler with ease. Looking forward to having another growler filled with this hoppy goodness.

Photo of Magpie14
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: heavy orange with the addition of golden hues and a dash of burnt yellow bronze color. Bleach white foam is above average, as well as the lacing. Some large sheets of lace exist and are clinging to my glass, loaded and laced

S: soft biscuity malts with an intensely strong citrus edge. Fruity orange notes run amuck with whiffs of pineapple. Some spiciness is hidden at the back of each continued whiff. All in all this possess a mighty hop presence in the nose

T: imagine a car. In the trunk the contents are toasted pale malts, caramel, some nuttiness, and maybe a sugar cookie. The passengers are all hops (oranges, pines, and grapefruits) while the car is fueled by oily alpha sticky goodness. Overall this is a potent hop vehicle. Continually bitter and snappy, a near tongue destroyer. Leave it to Short's to produce something so tasty and raw

M: medium body and ample bubbles proved perfect support for the wonderful palate of flavors. This is quickly turning into one of my all time favorite IPAs

D: simply wonderful

Photo of weizenbob
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. A small trace of head rises to the top and dissipates in little time. Color is a cloudy bronze, not unlike apple cider.

The scent is reminiscent of citrus fruits, oranges and grapefruits to be exact. There is definitely a good hop presence in the aroma but it takes a back seat to the sweet smelling citrus.

There are a few flavors released in varying degrees at different times, all of them bitter. I expect an IPA to punch me in the face with hops and Huma Lupa Licious doesn't disappoint on that front. However, I prefer that a brew has some balance in the flavor, and this is where Huma Lupa feels like a one trick pony. The flavor hits slow at first with a malty feel but no real malt flavor to speak of. A grapefruit bite comes on slowly and reaches a minor apex only to be totally overwhelmed by hops, hops, HOPS! Yes, I'm drinking what appears to be crushed rose petals in liquid form. It finishes bitter, with notes of grapefruit peel and clings for dear life to the back of my throat. I feel like I just bit into a grapefruit, peel and all. It has hops in spades, but that seems to be where it stops. More of a malty balance would be desired.

Despite the taste, this feels awesome in my mouth. It's thick and smooth and malty with just a touch of carbonation to provide some effervescence and enhancing the bite of the bitter flavors. It's hands-down the best feeling IPA I've had in my mouth.

The drinkability of Huma Lupa Licious has its pros and cons. A plus is that the 6.6% abv is virtually undetectable amidst the rich hoppy flavor and smooth mouthfeel. A big con is that these are just too bitter to want to drink one after another. It would be more appropriate to drink one of these to add an exclamation point to the end of a session. You'd really have to appreciate hops to session this on its own.

Photo of chicano4craft
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nappie for bringing me a sixer of this stuff.

Poured into tulip. A really clear copper with a consistent white, soapy head.

Nose has a big hop presence. Really citrusy with strong grapefruit. Malt smells slightly sweet.

Hops win out in the balance department. Nice citrus with a strong bitter finish. Malt backbone does enough to keep the hops from straying to far. I like when the hops are dominant so I find this to be quite drinkable. Good carbonation. Glad I was able to try this hop bomb. I've got to make it out to Michigan on the next beertrip.

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

poured into a tulip

A.

pours a nice dark golden color. a little hazy. A thick frothy offwhite head as well.

S.

huge hop smell. I'm getting a huge whiff of citrus fruits with a little pine in there. A great smelling beer.

T.

A lot of bitterness. You get the bitterness from the hops straight up..the piny hops more so than the citrusy hops. Then some of the maltiness in there that cuts a little bit of that bitterness. IMO, this beer is very similar to Alpha King but more bitter.

M.

medium bodied. a good amount of carbonation. The bitterness can linger about bit and leave a little dry taste in the mouth.

D.

decent, but hard to find in Indiana. I picked this up in Grand Rapids. I would definitely try again, but I'd rather get some Alpha King as it's not as bitter, easier to find and one of my go to session beers.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately-hazy copper color with an off white head and some good lacing. The nose brings through some really nice pine and citrus hops. The taste isn't quite as powerful, as a bit of malt comes through, replacing some of the hop flavor and bitterness that I would have expected. Pretty tame. The feel is nice and this drinks quite well.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Humu-Lupa-Licious has a golden colored body and about one finger of white head. Despite being a little short, the head starts to stick to the glass almost immediately after pouring, and retention and lacing are both pretty good.

The aroma is packed with hops. First a resiny, pine aroma that mixes with bitterness is all I notice, but that is followed by a powerful grapefruit odor. Underneath both waves of hop aroma is a malt base.

The flavors come to my palate in the reverse order that the aromas came to my nose; malt followed by hops. Up front there is a light malt presence that is sweet with a touch of caramel. The malt is quickly replaced by a lot of bitter hops, once again featuring pine and grapefruit. The grapefruit is strongest in the finish, and the flavor of citrus and the bitterness stay on the tongue as an after taste for quite a while.

The mouthfeel is well-done on this beer; it fairly light bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation, and the hops provide an oily feel that is followed by a tongue-attacking bitter feel.

I like Humu-Lupa-Licious. The beginning of each gulop makes you think that it is a very balanced IPA, but the hops come through in a huge way in the end to remind you that this IPA is all about the hops.

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