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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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1,556 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,556
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 211
Gots: 142 | FT: 5
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:
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 RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Thanks to Sarcastro for this one!

Pours a nice golden color with a white head that hangs around for a while.

Smells like citrus hops and grass. Nice hoppy smell with some sweet complexity.

I'm not really a hop guy, but this is good. It has a nice complex hoppy bite with a nice sweet malt profile toward the middle that joins with the hops for a nice sweet and dry finish.

In thr mouth is is surprisingly creamy with a decent amount of carbonation.

Ok, this is surprisingly drinkable, even for a malt guy. Nice and refreshing, especially on a hot October day.

RomaniIteDomum, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of mikey711
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%

Got this from Nickwin who was a very good trader

A: Slightly cloudy and the color of caramel in a twix bar. It had a nice half inch thick head with big bubbles solid lacing.

S: Very nice citrus aroma with a mild amount of sweetness.

T: Very piney tasting. Good sweetness but I was definitely surprised by the amount of pine notes.

M: The pines do do linger quite a bit leaving a bitter feel. It does have some creaminess with a note that is a bit harsh.

D: I could have a few of these for sure but something but something about it makes it not my favorite

mikey711, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours out a very hazy golden color, may be chill haze, we'll see as things go on. Moderate sized head, a dense 1 cm, but it doesn't leave much lacing - still you can see some when you're gettin ginto the drinking. Decent looking, better than average. The smell is pretty good, floral, hoppy, a tiny bit resinous. Not heavy on the citrus, there's a bit, but you can still smell a tiny bit of malt, crusty bread. Pretty good I think. The taste continues where the smell left off. Incredibly floral, almost like swallowing some pollen, but overall, I think it's a little too bitter. You can't reallt get into the malt for the bitterness, but it's still very crisp and not too overbearing. The body is pretty good, the resins fill it out, along with the already medium body. The carbonation is nice, tickles a bit, provides a nice rush. I like it. The drinkability is alright. Pretty enjoyable, gets better as you go along. It's hard to pick out a good drinkable ABV for an IPA. But I feel like I could drink 2-3 of these in a night and be pretty happy.

taylorhamrick, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of paulieatworld
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

picked this up on my last trip to my hometown up north. picked this up from jack's in traverse.

pours a beautiful off amber color. right smack dab between golden and red.

super nice whiff on hops both citrus and piney.

lick smackenly hoppy. a pleasant suprise from a gem of a little brewery. a very well put together ipa which showcases the classic aggressive hop attack of the west coast india pales.

pretty damn close to stone's house ipa. a great achievement from one of the little guys brewing in the great white north.

paulieatworld, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of eyncognito
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

A generous extra from akorsak, thank you Adam-I've been wanting to try this for quite some time.

Pours an orange amber, good clarity-shines golden in the light with only a touch of murkiness. A one finger head recedes over a few minutes into a film. Only spotty lacing. Aroma is citric-big grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines with a touch of sweet caramel malt to carry it along, touches of floral scents and resiny pine. Not quite as big as I was hoping, but top-notch nonetheless.

Taste is IPA heaven, orange zest, juicy grapefruit, resiny pine, floral, with a touch of peppery spice-quite mild spice. The malt is sweet and present throughout, but the initial bitterness up front carries the flavor throughout and finishes moderately dry. Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Insanely drinkable. Highly recommended.

eyncognito, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of jhoban19
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

12 oz. bottle, enjoyed with a bowl of home-made mac & cheese (sharp cheddar and gruyere).

A: wonderfully bright copper color, just over a finger of head (more due to a less than proper pour on my part). head didn't last terribly long, minor lace present throughout the entire pint.

S: hops, hops and more hops- and that's how I like 'em! the hops really smack you in the face with a good amount of pine and citrus. about half way through I swear a caught a hint of bread dough, but just a subtle one.

T: as much hops in the taste as in the aroma. get that smooth hop taste for about a second or two and a malty delight kicks in, followed by a bitterness at the back of the tongue that lingers long after you've set the glass down and continues to tingle until the next sip.

M: smooth and satisfying. well carbonated, but not overly so. as mentioned above, a pleasant tingle on the back of the tongue lingers until the next sip.

D: incredibly drinkable if you like 'em hoppy. definitely a favorite of mine. goes down easy, but not really a session beer. the hops really take control of the palate so any more than a couple will be a waste- save the next one for another time when you have a fresh slate and can really enjoy it.

edit: poured a second one immediately following the beer reviewed above- gave it a proper pour and got a full 2 finger head. still doesn't last terribly long but the lacing is stronger. same hoppy goodness though!

jhoban19, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Appears veiled gold with some wisps of suspended particulates (probably yeast) floating a couple of inches below the surface. A vigorous pour gets you two fingers of luxurious, slightly rocky head that sticks around for a long time, generating some attractive latticework for the rest of glass.

Smells yummy: A whiff of sharp pine with some lemon and peach present but in more of a west coast proportion.

Tastes as it smells: definitely more of a west-coast experience. This one is pine forward with just enough lemon zest and grapefruit to keep things from being too out of balance. Some malt sweetness comes in at the end to compete with -- and eventually lose to -- the intense bitter end that seems to continue unabated until your next sip compounds the issue. This would stand up to many a DIPA and, in the IPA sphere, comfortably fits into the "ringer" category next to Furious and Torpedo. Those looking for a hop fiesta will be most pleased.

chicagobeerriot, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of jt31914
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

A: 1 1/2 fingers worth of head; very bright pale color. The head came down quickly but the carbonation was very noticeable.

S: Hoppy, quite grainy smell - possibly some sort of barley in the aroma. Also a malty attribute in the smell.

T: This beer on first taste was so surprising that it wasn't great; however, as the beer went on it just got better and better. The unique flavor of the beer is among the best of all IPAs I've had - the hop aspect of the ale is executed to near perfection.

M: Average mouthfeel; not overly smooth or harsh.

D: Enjoyable but probably difficult to have a lot of due to bitterness.

This was a very interesting and fun beer to drink. Different from any other IPA I've had.

jt31914, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of fishbrew
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Six pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased in Charlevoix, MI over Labor Day Weekend, 2009. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance:
Two finger head which dissipated within a couple minutes. Nice lacing. Light orange in color, I would estimate in the neighborhood of 9 SRM.

Smell:
Citrus, pineapple, and some sweetness. Not extremely fragrant, but still very pleasant.

Taste:
Starts with a mix of mild pine and citrus flavoring with a backbone of pale malt. Finish is piney bitter and VERY hop-forward. This beer places an emphasis on bittering hops over flavoring hops and malty sweetness. I feel it is approaching imbalanced, with a tongue bruising bitterness that overpowers the malty sweetness. Still enjoyable, but more one dimensional than I typically look for in an IPA.

Mouthfeel:
A bit on the thin side, but acceptable. Not as slick as I would like.

Drinkability:
One or two is plenty, primarily due to the slight imbalance between bitterness and sweetness. It's nowhere near a chore to drink, but after one or two my palate is ready for something a little more complex.

Overall a good IPA that I wouldn't hesitate to purchase again. Not mind blowing or style-defining, but if you like bitterness you'll enjoy this beer.

fishbrew, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%

12oz bottle, scooped 2 sixers last weekend in ann arbor.

love short's brew from my very limited exposure...enjoyed having this one on tap a few times over the weekend

appearance: poured into my tyranena pint, bright copper-amber body, a nice beige bubbly lace

smell: very nice aroma and very hoppy - fresh clean citrus, bright pine, touches of honey

taste: a very good IPA - would be a regular in my fridge if i could just get my hands on it. very sharp citrus hop stinger, pungent and very distinct grapefruit, bitter orange peel, sappy pine. This is a very high-end IPA from Short's

mouthfeel: a tongue twister, highly bitter

drinkability: nice - but your tongue is wrecked

dirtylou, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of TCgoalie
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%

A very nice presentation in the glass. Nice citrus notes in the smell. The taste is an explosion of flavors. Exceptional hop taste that gives way to several flavors. The aftertaste is intense but pleasant. Though this beer is intense, I feel as though I could drink a few more.

TCgoalie, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Naugled
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

nice tight short off white head, light copper in color with slight haze

great fresh hop aroma, piney and resiny

good balance with all of the hop flavor, the late bitterness rapidly disappears. very piney, almost gin like

medium body

very drinkable, but the gin like profile would stop me after maybe two of these.

Naugled, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottle via trade, thanks to Tyson. This was a nicely balanced IPA that didn't try to do too much.

A - Golden orange pour with medium white head.

S - Aroma is grapefruit and floral hops and a little malt.

T - Mostly hops - grapefruit and pine needles - as well as some pale/biscuity malt that does not add much sweetness, letting the hops do their thing.

M - Dry, bitter finish and a medium body with fairly lively carbonation.

D - Pretty high for the style.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured an almost clear orange color with gold highlights around the edges. The head was white and rose just about 1/2" before settling to a thin skim. Decent streaky lace down my glass.

S= Lots of honey, biscuity malt, and citrus hops in the nose. Just a hint of pine in there too. Very nice.

T= Like in the aroma, there was a big sweet malt and honey presence up front with a big hop wallop soon to follow. The hops were mostly of the west coast citrusy character, but there were some floral notes and a touch of pine in there too. Some decent tropical fruit esters helped round over the edges and made this seem very palanced for a hoppy IPA. The finish was dry and bitter as it should be.

MF= Medium body with a moderate carbonation and a tongue-coating feel.

D: Very nice beer here and extremely drinkable. I could session this all night and wish I had more regular access to this one...

spointon, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a bottle into my SA perfect pint glass.

A: A slightly hazy amber orange color with a nice 2 finger white fluffy head. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops dominate some slight earthy tones with some slightly sweet notes. Nice and refreshing on the smell.

T: Again with the citrus hops up front including orange, pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. Lots of pineapple. Some slight pine and earth flavors come in before the middle flavor turns honey biscuity sweet. The hops prickle on your tongue all the while. The finish is extremely bitter but very nice. Full flavored, but light and crisp at the same time.

M: Medium with a coating of bitterness that is left behind. No taste of alcohol at all.

D: Really high, loved it. Very drinkable IPA if you like em bitter, which I do.

Overall a fantastic IPA that I wish I could get here on the east coast. A very drinkable but complex beer that I really dug. A great west coast style IPA that I recommend to anyone who can get their hands on it. Great beer.

Kadonny, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
3.98/5  rDev -2%

12 ounce bottle poured into a Dogfish Head tumbler.

Pours a nice copper/amber color with a super thick and delicious-looking head...a good finger...and very, very slowly falling. Clings nicely to the sides of the glass, with good carbonation keeping the beer alive.

Mmmm...smells like pine needles, grapefruit, caramelized sugar, baking bread, strawberries (that bitter-sweet aroma), and spice...like a peppery spice in the nose.

Taste is good...a bit more bitter than I had expected from the aroma...but not a bad bitter. It's kind of a metallic bitter that lingers for a while...but again, it isn't unpleasant. Pine needles coming through for sure...bitter hops, light clove spice, biscuity around the edges.

This is a good beer...heavy on the hops, but I am disappointed in the balance between hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness. It's hoppy for sure, and some of the malt flavor comes through in the biscuit flavor...but there isn't much sweetness to the beer. However, for an IPA, especially one from a tiny brewery up in Michigan...and one that names itself after the flower...this beer holds its own.

movingtrain, Sep 07, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Another AlleyKatKing acquisition. Reviewed from notes.

Since I included the delicious-ness that had settled on the bottom of the bottle, it has a nice wispy translucence to the golden orange body. Produced a healthy head and fine lacing. Tons of citrus rind aroma, with grapefruit, lemon, and some honey sweetness. Delicious hop combination, some 3C's and plenty of malt to back it up, nice and earthy. Some lingering hop presence, not too bitter just right. Fairly clean finish for a IPA this hoppy. Good drinkability, kind of creamy, it goes down smooth. Those Michiganers sure know how to make good beer.

brokenleadedcask, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a murky light amber color with about of finger of head that settles to a light layer on top of the beer. Smell is big citrus and floral hops, a strong caramel malt backbone, and I'm even picking up some sort of sweet chocolate-like sweetness that I can't pinpoint. The taste is bitter up front with an awesome pineapple hop profile and a little bit of honey sweetness. Now THIS is how I like my IPA's! A bit too bitter for a 5 though. Mouthfeel is normal for the style and drinkability is high due to the great hop profile, and only slowed down by the high bitterness.

Awesome beer from Short's, one of the better IPA's I've had for sure!

alcstradamus, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of goethean
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottle courtesy of BA beereality.

Nice hop bouquet, although I've smelled some that were more complex, namely Samuel Smith IPA. The hop profile tastes a lot like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine, but the beer lacks the nice light caramel of Bigfoot. I have to say that this beer a bit on the hoppy side, and lacks the malty sweetness to balance the bitterness.

goethean, Aug 27, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance - a brilliant gold/tangerine brew. A conservative cap, just a layer really, of pale tan foam. Some shiny swaths of lace on the glass.

Aroma - spicy aroma with pine dominating. Juicy citrus adds to the mix after a few minutes.

Taste - biscuity grains at the base. A full measure of citrusy, piny hops add florals and plenty of bitterness to the equation. The swallow dries quickly and grows nearly medicinal but not quite. A shade of late citrus but stays mostly bitter.

Mouthfeel - solid feeling, and with good crispness. A smooth IPA.

Drinkability - another fine brew, courtesy of crazynelson at DLD09. Short's don't make no bad beer...thanks Nelson!

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 24, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Recieved on a recent trade from rhoadsrage. Pours a crimson amber with a foamy fluffy head that leaves nice thick lace on the glass. Smell has a candy like hop quality to it. I can detect citrus in the nose but also pear like quality. Taste is a hopcoaster with big upfront pine taste and sweet nectar on the sides of your toungue, overall hop finish towards the end. This one fine crafted IPA hoppy and to the point.

gunnerman, Aug 22, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

I had this on tap, it was a deep ochre orange color with a white head. The aroma was very hoppy with a resiny character. The flavor was also hoppy but with a great deal of malt backbone. It had a sticky mouthfeel that was great in this beer. You could definitely sense the extra alcohol though. The beer didn't have a head that lasted, but that might have been the pour.

Reneejane, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of MasonBeerMan
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

8-20-09
12oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a light orange. Nice 1.5" head with good retention and a lot of lacing.

S: Citrus, pineapple, carmel malt.

T: Smacks of citrus/pineapple at first sip, but more complex than that, nice spiciness at back end...I swear I get radish flavor for a second, long lasting finish. Nicely balanced by the malt flavor.

M: Body is medium with good carbonation. Good lingering bitterness with slight alch warming.

D: Great IPA, drinks very well in warm weather, right up there with the other great MI IPAs.

MasonBeerMan, Aug 21, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours an obviously unfiltered glowing peach color with 1 1/2 fingers of khaki colored cream on top. Loads of gorgeous lace left behind and some whispy tendrils of suspended yeast were spotted floating in the glass.

S: Btter, pungeant aromas of orange, tangerine, and grapfruit that gradually morph to something more spicy and piney. Nice underlying scents of caramel and biscuity malt.

T: Tastes just as it smells. Glorious! Baked biscuits lend the perfect amount of balance to the hop explosion going on here. As it warms, flavors of pineapple and fresh cut grass began to emerge. Loads of white pepper in the finish.

M: Big, sticky, and astringent with a healthy white pepper zing. I swear, I was able to taste this for more than a minute after each sip. Yeah, the finish lasts a little while.

D: What a fantastically hoppy AIPA! I had to continually remind myself to not guzzle the contents of my glass. Michigan, Great Lakes, great times, incredible beer!

GbVDave, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%

On tap at the brew pub.

A-Slightly hazed, brilliant golden copper with a thick off-white head that reduced to a thin cap that never went away and left copious lace.

S-A big fat smack of orange/nectarine citrus and pineapple. Nice combination of citrus, tropical fruits and some spiciness. Supporting, mildly sweet caramel malts offer just enough support.

T-KA-BOOM! Big time hop flavours going on! Citrus, tropical fruits, pine and an underlying spiciness. This one is all about the hops but has just enough sweet biscuit malt backing.

M-Medium-light body, sharp and crisp with long lasting hop bitterness.

D-This one is about as good as a well crafted hop bomb can be. I had been anxiously waiting to have this one fresh on tap--in NO WAY did it disappoint! I could drink this one ALL day. Well done Joe and the crew at Short's!

Deuane, Aug 18, 2009
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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