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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: 1,730
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 226
Gots: 222 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 1,730 | Reviews: 643
Photo of EROlsizzle
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid-range color for an IPA, and a decent head. The aroma is very much a forest, with a ton of grass and pine. The taste is very similar, as the grass really takes over and the carbonation gives it a very refreshing mouthfeel. This is a great IPA, and is very drinkable and flavorful. As it warmed, it began to show more fruit as well.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Relatively clear gold with some copper leanings. Head is rocky and bright-white and dwindles to a sticky lacing in short order.

Smell: Tons of hops. I'm getting a bunch of orange rind mixed with some pineapple and pine. It hits every range I thought hops could hit without being too crazy. A touch of malt sweetness lingers in the back, but the nose is dominated by the hops.

Taste: Similar to the nose. Lots of citrus hits the tongue and quickly gives way to a lingering pine flavor. The thing I thought of as pineapple on the nose is long gone. Some sweetness from the malts drops some caramel notes, perhaps something biscuity as well, and quickly departs.

Mouthfeel: A little heavier than I was expecting. It almost drinks DIPA heavy, but lacks the overtly syrupy quality. Carbonation is on the low side and it finishes a little dry.

Drinkability: I could probably drink a few of these before my tastebuds begged me to switch it up. Goes down easy due to low carbonation.

Overall: I'm lucky to have found a 12-pack of this while it was in MA for EBF weekend. It's an amazing take on the American IPA and brings the midwest brewers in to serious IPA contention. This might be one of the better IPA's I've had in recent history.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Theme Park in my mouth? dont mind if I do!

Pours a pretty foamy head of two fingers , a slightly hazy orange amber color.

Smell of orange rinds, a light pale malt aroma mixed with pine and grapefruit.

Taste got me right off the bat with its well rounded flavor profile. Not too bitter, not too sweet, this one is done just right and very good. A bit of peach flavor from the hops as well which is something I can dig. Lots of pine mixing with grapefruit and citrus. Predominantly piney in the bittering profile, but not overdone and it is easy to taste all of the different hops in here. Caramel is still in the background and nice and smooth.

This is a great American IPA that i would get regularly if available in my region.

Photo of NEhophead
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Full copper in color beneath a dense, frothy, bright white head that clings to the tumbler with an unwillingness to recede. Cascading walls of lacing with good strength.

Fresh, bright pine and spruce aromas with just a touch of oily, hop resin. Peach, pear, and green apple tart fruit aromas.

Stiff, pine and spruce hop flavors from the onset that carry the the majority of the taste through the aftertaste. For an IPA, rather dry; not much in terms of the typical resin-filled flavors and mouthfeel. The citrus fruit present in the aromatics are nearly absent in the taste. Toasted biscuity malt base that holds its own against the pine-filled hops onslaught.

Medium bodied; stiff, dry, and a touch filmy.

In all honesty, a bit one-dimensional in terms of the hop flavor profile. Good, but it fell a bit short of its reputation.

Photo of Longstaff
2.6/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Took a chance on this during Short's recent dump and run tour of MA beer stores.

Very faint tropical hops with a little rotten cantalope and mushroom aroma. Lack of strong hop aroma followed through to the flavor and was left with just a substantial grassy/pithy bitterness. Good malt girth that lended some balance though. After letting warm up I can detect some phenolic weirdness in the background. Not sure if age or an oncoming infection of some sort is causing this to be bland and lifeless. Who knows, this could have been good if it was in good shape, but only worthy of sucking down fast to pad my alcoholic intake at this point. A reminder of why I hardly ever buy commercial bottled IPA's anymore.

Photo of nukem5
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange color which is inviting to the eye, and a good tan head. Slight lacing down glass.

S: Aromas of citrus and floral burst to the nose.

T: Bitter and inviting floral hops with slightly citrus background.

M: Great medium body, nice carbonation level.

D: Very smooth and drinkable, great with some aged sharp cheddar and wheat crackers.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's in MA! Short's in MA!

A golden honey color poured into a pint glass - this beer has a nice lumpy head that sticks around for a bit (and to the glass).

Big aroma, I could smell this before I...intentionally smelled it. Reminded me of NN. Big fruity hops and pine. A sip unleashes crisp and bitter aggressive hops with very little obvious malt but somehow it's there to tame the front of the sip. Dry resiny earth/pine finish. Perhaps I'll have another taste.

This is a lot of hops. I'm not sure I was ready for it. But after a few sips I can say it was a great brew and would compliment a meal extraordinarily.

Photo of sweett3k
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yes MICHIGAN does kick arse on all brews that are hoppy. Short's brew is another awesome beer from Michigan where the best beers are brewed in the WORLD. This IPA is awesome not as good as Hopslam but pretty close. Taste like if I was licking the floors of heaven. One of the best IPAs I have tasted. Delicious!

Photo of tedingr
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GREAT BEER. If you like hoppy beer this one is for you. Enjoyed it and will go out of my way to get it. Shorts Brewery does a lot of "interesting" with their beers. I enjoy this beer every time I drink it and recommended to anyone. As longs as the like a hoppy beer. Love the smell, appearance, and after taste.

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from jbck109 thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep golden/copper color with a finely bubbled white head that dissipates quickly to only a ring around the top of the glass. Smells like hops, yeah really. Grapefruit and sour orange are prevalent in the aroma backed up by fleeting hints of biscuit and caramel. Taste is resinous, citrus, with some biscuit malt found deep underneath. Every sip I take adds to the resinous and citrus onslaught besieging my palette. Resinous mouthfeel, medium to full body, light level of carbonation. This is definitely a beer to help get your hop fix on. I enjoyed this although at times I did feel it bracingly bitter.

Photo of Giggy
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BAM!

If you are a hop lover, this beer has to be on the top of your list.

A: Clear copper beer with an off-white head

S: Fresh evergreens and grapefruits

T: Sweet caramel and yeasty breads, bitter hops, and dry malts

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, zing on the tastebuds

D: Flavor wants you to drink more but they are filling

Photo of SiepJones
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light copper color. I wanted to say it was golden but it just wasn't that light. Fluffy head with good lacing on the sides. Aromas of fruity citrus with some pine and grass waft from my glass. Lemon flavors with an earthy finish. Slick body with slight carbonation and a dry earthy finish. This is a good IPA that is try to form as far as style goes. I could certainly drink a few of these.

Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a hazy dark golden amber/orange color with burnt orange hues and a thin foamy white head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Citrusy floral hop aroma with hints of earthy pine needle, tropical frut, orange peel and caramel malt. Hits of pineapple and grapefruit counter the earthy hop notes and the malt presence is faint.

Full bodied for the style with a more prominent malt backbone than expected, balancig out the bitterness frm the hops. Dry earhy pine bitterness up front is countered by a sweet citrus presence with hints of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and lemon. The malt is a bit more prominent than I prefer but t doesn't take away from the hop character too much. Slightly creamy and very quaffable with a dry finish.

Photo of beerpirates
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottel poured into my tulip glass

raw honey-like orange and golden copper coloured body with a dense light tan head and a nice set of bubbles rising from the bottom - very good looking IPA!

Aroma of very strong, cascade and grapefruity hops, very nice - and a huge dose of pineapple, some yeast and a good set of malt - very nice again. Medium-bodied; Sharp biting hoppiness up front with a good piney and grapefruit taste, coupled with a good malt backbone, a nice apricot and pineapple sweetness and a nice balanced, yet obviously hoppy/ bitter finish. Aftertaste shows a lot of dryness from the hops, some sweetness and a good balance with a minor hint of alcohol. Overall, a very nice balanced IPA with plenty of hops, a complex flavour and a very nice amount of sweetness up front!
This is à very good IPA !

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Whether this is unfiltered is never in doubt - even more apparent that the light golden color is the haziness. A tight creamy white head forms perfectly, retains well, and leaves layers of lace down the glass.

Smell: Lots of tropical and citrus fruits in the hop aroma. Grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pineapple and tangerine bring the bitterness.

Taste: The malt barely tries to stand up to the huge hop presence. A dash of light malt, then white grapefruit, with light tangerine and pineapple supporting. There is some light pine at the tail end. A firm bitter aftertaste builds with each sip.

Mouthfeel: This definitely makes me pucker a little bit. Hop bitterness is all over, and the resin evidence is left on the tongue and behind the lips. Creamy carbonation with a lightly grainy feel, and a medium body.

Drinkability: It took four tries, but I finally found a Short's I like. Lesson learned: go for the IPA before the beer that tries to imitate a sandwich.

Photo of 321jeff
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Ben, Thanks!

Pours a murky golden brownish color with about a finger of white head that fades quickly but leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is some dank and piney hops with hints of orange rind in the background. A pleasant aroma, but somewhat unique for an IPA.

Taste is some piney hops with bits of caramel in the background. Not quite as interesting as the aroma would suggest.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. It's drinkable, but doesn't stand out above other IPA's like Two Hearted. I'd like to try it fresh on tap though.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong, hoppy and woody with a hint of grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thick, fluffy white head that sticks around a bit and leaves some nice lacing. Flavor is hoppy, woody and fairly bitter with an undertone of sour citrus that is more orange than grapefruit. Fizzy, fairly zingy texture leaves a hoppy and tingly finish with just a little bitterness.

Photo of WeissbrauMeister
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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
2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
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
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -1.5%
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.

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