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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,616 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,616
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 214
Gots: 155 | FT: 6
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 samie85
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Medium amber color with a two finger white head.

S-Sweet tropical fruits - pineapple, and mango with spicy pine, grapefruit, and some caramel malt.

T-Sweet grapefruit and pineapple, caramel malt, and finishes with a dry, bitter pine note.

M-Really smooth; medium bodied and very low carbonation.

D-This is a pretty solid beer that goes down easy. The mouthfeel really contributes to how easy drinking this one is.

samie85, May 07, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to Randalld for this beer. Poured into my pint glass the beer is rather clear orange amber. About two fingers of off white head recede to leave a thick lace ring around the glass.

The aroma is super juicy grapefruit, oranges and lemons. Light pine but mostly citrus. Maybe just a hint of malt. This nose is all hops all the time. Not hot or sharp at all though.

The flavor is much more pine and grass than the nose. Sharp piney hops and fresh cut grass. Dry and bitter. Quite unbalanced for an AIPA.

Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall the nose was very pleasing yet the flavor was out of whack. The drinkability suffered on this one.

beerwolf77, May 07, 2010
Photo of livewire78
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber orange color. Brownish orange creamy head.

Smells like a pretty hop forward beer. Lots of citrus up front and maybe some pine in the rear. Smells pretty good but it doesn't burn up the nostrils like some IPA's.

Tastes OK. Citrusy grapefruit and some orangepeel in the forefront. I pick up a tiny and I mean tiny amount of cat pee. Maybe its just me. Not a bad taste by any means.

Feels pretty good. No alcohol burn in the end and it goes down with a nice abrupt finish.

This beer at least for me is NOT as good as the sum of its parts. It seems that every aspect is well crafted and well balanced. But all the parts don't mesh into a great beer. I'm not saying its bad at all but I won't seek it out ever again. Just a "meh" beer IMO.

livewire78, May 05, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle care of timmi

An IPA named after hops themselves and text appears on the label that reads: "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth." Well, they certainly are setting the stage for big expectations.

Poured into a standard pint glass, it appears a clear orange color with a finger and a half of barely yellowish stained fluffy head. Decent retension and lacing appears all about the glass as the head fades. Aroma is a nice blend of malt sweetness that compliments the hops which are presented smelling floral, citrusy and slightly piney. Flavor of this beer does not disappoint. It has enough bitterness to push the IBU upper limit expected of an IPA but is not all bitterness, lots of flavors shine through from the hops. Medium feel with a moderate touch of carbonation. As it warms, some of the alcohol becomes more pronounced. The finish of this beer is somewhat oily with residual bitterness and malty sweetness left on the tongue.

Very well balanced IPA overall. I don't really have any complaints. There is an ambiguous number code on the bottle which does not inform me how fresh or old this IPA is. Regardless, it was very enjoyable. Nicely done.

stakem, May 05, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The HopCat (Grand Rapids, MI) on 4/22/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper, with 1/2 finger of bright-white frothy head. Really nice retention on this, which leaves back a good bit of sticky swathes of lacing. Hops blow up in the nose, with fresh floral character, spice, earth, and herbs, while a thick, sticky, and tangy backing of tropical fruits, caramel, and toast, are VERY prominent. Mmmm, just so robust here in the nose. Good stuff!

The taste has a resinous and spicy pop to it, with some underlying earthy grit and LOTS of bitter grapefruit and citrus rind adding an extra layer of bitterness to this. Sweet malty notes of bread and caramel just balance this enough out in the back but the hops mostly dominate here with spice and resins lingering deeply into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy carbonation and oily slickness to it that keeps it very easy and smooth in the mouth despite some warmth and those aggressive hops that are present.

Well this certainly packed the hops in and was quite tasty overall but something was just to be lacking here for me, especially when compared to this in the bottle (which suprisingly does happen from time to time with some IPAs). Not sure if it was a lack of pop to the taste or maybe not as balanced as I remembered. Well anyway, this is still a winner of an American IPA any way you cut it and is still most definitley recommended.

Kegatron, May 04, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA here--pours a very pretty spun copper color with thick white head that laces nicely. Smell is largely citrus hops, but also some pine notes and caramel malt sneaks in there too. Taste has a strong kick of hop bitterness, with some big pine notes. Floral and citrus notes play a bit of a supporting role to the hop bill here. Nice pale and caramel malt too, though this one is definitely a hop monster when fresh. MF is medium bodied, dry on the finish, and a nice amount of carbonation keeps things moving. An easy drinking IPA, I might lump it in a group with Two-Hearted. Glad to try it!

LordAdmNelson, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glows with various amber hues and a lacey white head.

Rich malt-hop dichotomy in the nose. Juicy fruits, minty pine, caramel, spicy flowers.

Impeccably balanced taste that instantly beckons for another drink. Chewy cheescake-like malts, florals mixed with stone fruits. The finish is gently bitter with spice. Enjoyable and delicious. Recommended fo sho.

brownbeer, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of dougofthefuture
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of four 12 oz Short's bottles I found in Chicago recently while in town. I was very lucky.

A - Pours a cloudy, glow-in-the-dark orange with a one finger head.

S - Bright, fresh, piney hops - very little malt presence.

T&M - This is the most impressive of the Short's lineup that I've had so far. Very nice blast of fresh, dry hop flavor on top of a light body. Carbonation fits well, and there is a lot more taste than I would expect from a normal IPA. Borders on unbalanced, but a hop-lover will enjoy the showcase.

D - Often as intensity of flavor increases, drinkability suffers. Not the case here. I am enjoying this one and wishing I had another.

dougofthefuture, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent copper color with a dense but short lived head. However, the residual ring around the edge left a ton of sticky lacing throughout most of the glass.

Undoubtedly hop forward scent of pine and earthy hops. I don't pick up much malts at all, which is what I like.

This is a very good IPA that has a "green" hop profile of pine, earth, and finishes with grass. Toffee malt contributes to the taste, but doesn't hold the hops back. It has an extremely long and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is fresh and creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Mouth puckering.

I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this IPA. Everything about it seems fresh and well crafted. The array of hops plays well with one another. Unfortunately Shorts doesn't make it to Chicago, but if it did this is one that I'd certainly have again.

Vonerichs, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and citrus (grapefruit). Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a dryness and the bitterness level is rather high. Tastes of strong floral hops, pale hops, yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, a good appearance and aroma, but the dryness hurts the feel a little.

Tone, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of jmich24
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Two finger head. Cloudy dark orange. Outstanding lacing.
S: Holy Hops! Very Strong smell of Grapefruit and Pine. Faint sweetness.
T: Starts sweet with grapefruit coming on strong. Finishes dry with a very long lingering bitterness (hoppy resin).
M: Smooth and Creamy. Overwhelming bitterness on the back of the tongue (in a good way).
D: Great the lingering bitterness makes you keep going in for another drink. Solid IPA.

Most definatly in my Top Five IPA's. Will be in my IPA purchase rotation for the future. Amazing when fresh.

jmich24, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Tiffany's in K-Zoo when I took a road trip up to Michigan. Poured into my snifter with some vigor, and a surprising amount of yeast almost slipped past into the globe - not on my watch!

Looks GREAT! Bright orange with a white head that leaves a ton of lace. This is a perfect looking IPA!!

Smell is nice, some caramel and light toffee supports a ton of floral and piney hops. TONS of citrus, mainly grapefruit and orange.

Taste is wonderful - a great malt base that has just enough biscuity presence, then some kick-ass hops. Piney, earthy, citrus. Sweet start and bitter finish. Touch of lingering bitterness but pretty darn smooth.

Mouthfeel is great, I would love a touch less malt heaviness, but it's damn close to perfection.

Drinkable as all get-out. I LOVE this beer and I'm happy to be rating a Shorts beer highly after a few encounters with the infected batches from late last year. I think this is a great beer - wonderful work guys!

jampics2, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely, slightly orange amber with a densely packed white head that sticks around forever and leaves super sticky lacing. The aroma is all I could ask for in an IPA. Citrus grapefruit punch with caramel malt sweetness holding it up. My parents brought this to me from Michigan and it must be a pretty fresh bottle, because the smell filled the room when I popped the cap. The flavor differs slightly from the aroma in that I pick up a lot more pine than in the nose. Don't get me wrong, it is still a grapefruit party in my mouth, but pine is busting a move on my tongue as well. It definitely has a very complex hop flavor and I am also picking up some herbal notes as well as orange and lemon. Bitterness is pretty strong, but I still find that the malt balances it quite well. The malt is very nice with some toffee notes that do not overpower the pale malt base. Yum. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice dry finish and carbonation that is right on the money. This is a very drinkable IPA, and I am looking forward to my next trip to MI so I can have it on tap again. It is quite depressing that Short's came onto the scene about the time I moved away from Northwest Michigan. I highly recommend this beer.

zoso1967, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of sidetracked
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy gold-amber with an off-white head.

Smells of bitter grapefruit citrus hops.

Taste follows the smell with a big blast of bitter grapefruit citrus hops. Nice toffee malt backbone. Finish is bitter with grapefruit, lemon, and earthy hop flavors.

Moderate body and slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is good--really solid IPA.

sidetracked, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer is clearish muddy orange with a very whispy white head that is gone right away. Light lacing.

The aroma is medium displaying some nice balance of sweet grapefruits contracted with some pine hop notes.

The taste is little sweet on the front but dead then brings lots of flavor on the back with piney hops. This is a really nice smooth hop that makes it easy to drink.

jrallen34, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice golden with a white head that leaves a nice layer of foam throughout the drinking experience. There is even a little lacing on the glass.

S-Grapefruit hops and some malt on the nose, nothing overwhelming.

T-Grapefruit, oranges, stand out from the hops and it has a nice malt backbone.

M-Not too carbonated or syrupy, just about right for the style.

D-Very good session beer. Its easy to drink and tastes really good.

Overall, I enjoyed this ipa given to me by a friend who came back from Michigan. I think the bottle gifted to me was a little old, so the hops may have died down a little. I would love to try a fresher bottle and to drink this again. I recommend this beer, but it by no means is as good as Two Hearted.

thegodfather2701, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into my La Fin Du Monde tulip...

Pours a brownish amber that is slightly hazy. A decent two finger bright white head forms and leaves some lacing...

A west coast aroma to this one, very nice. Pine and slightly floral hops, very resinous with a bit of a citrus hop presence as well...a slight aroma of sweet malt, but this one is all about the hops...

Bitter and dry, earthy and piny, no real presence of any citrus hops...a bit of sweet, caramel malt tries to be heard from but this beer is pretty one sided, finishes very dry...

Medium bodied with good carbonation, very dry finish and cotton-mouth aftertaste...

Pretty good "west-coast" IPA from a midwest brewer, too many other good IPA choices out there however to justify buying this one again...at least for now...

hawks10, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got from FlanderNed, thanks! Look out...gusher! Served at fridge temp. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Allagash tall snifter. Pours a pale golden color with a gigantic white frothy head...which lasts a long time! Appearance is very hazy. Leaves great patchy/frothy lacing.

Aroma is pleasant...lots of citrus and hops. Picking up crisp fruit, grapefruit. Slightly malty aroma.

Flavor is very good! Light, crisp, and hoppy mouthfeel! The hops are semi sweet and bitter for a great transition. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Not boozy...lots of citrus and grapefruit like flavors. Overall, a very good and impressive IPA.

ShadesOfGray, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of backfat
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my buddy andy for bringing this lovely beauty back from Michigan.
pours a hazed sunburnt orange with a fizzy off white one finger and great lace. smells of grapefruit hops and that's about it. it's nice, just kind of one dimensional. bold pine flavors with bitterness throughout. ends with a tropical mango tartness that is very pleasant, and a creamy mouthfeel. very resinous, i would love to have another.

backfat, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of kalkavekkian
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spied a single sixer at the store and pounced! Beautiful orange color with nice head and lacing. Smelled of pine and citrus with a sharp tingle in the nose. Tasted of strong citrus hops with a strong bittering hop in the front and a sweet pine in the back. Mouthfeel was medium and carbonated quite well. Finish was bitter and dry. Drinkability was so good i polished off 5 while my cousin finished off my hopslam and batch 9000! I like Shorts Huma-Lupa-Licious!

kalkavekkian, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of teovaldi
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with an off-white 1 finger head leaving nice lacing.

Smells of a grapefruit and pine like hops with a slight sweetness.

Taste starts out very hoppy following the nose in flavor with a slightly sweet middle and a very bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very nice carbonation.

Drinkability is very high and quite sessionable.

teovaldi, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of trbergman
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Golden orange with one finger of rocky beige head.

S - Caramel, toffee, and lots of resinous pine hop aroma. Candied orange peel in the background.

T - Faint malt flavor with an assault of piney and pithy hop flavor and aggressive bitterness. Totally out of balance, but compelling all the same. Finishes very dry.

M - Feels very light in the mouth; gets to be a bit abrasive.

D - Very harsh hops make this a one-and-done deal. Would drink again on another occasion, though.

trbergman, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-copper color. Has a thin, lacy head in brandy snifter. Some retention left in spots on the glass.

Has a hoppy and citrus aroma. Very pleasant and aromatic. Pine is also noticeable.

Huma has a delicious sweet and bitter taste. It has a tasty complexity to it. Huma has a strong hop presence. I taste pineapple, grapefruit,and orange. Black pepper gives it a certain spiciness.

Medium-bodied and decent carbonation. A great IPA that I have known for only a year now. A great beer from a great brewery.

tetonka4kzoo, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - beautiful golden color, almost orange, this beer almost looks like it is glowing, small white head is present

S - nice sweet, citrus hop smell

T - the hoppy bitterness seems to wrap around and pummel my tongue, a nice malty sweetness up front, the hops really seem to linger after swallowing this one causing me to take another swallow, the bitterness present makes me think DIPA not IPA

M - mild carbonation and a medium body

D - I really enjoy this beer, if this was available near me this would be a regular. The bite at the end of this beer really makes me want to take another swallow leading me to drink this one pretty quick. The pummeling it gives my taste buds though make me only want to have one of these at a time but I would definitely come back to this one again!

jpmclaug, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in a trade, and have to say that this really made me a believer in Short's beers! The Pandemonium Pale Ale was solid, but this was simply a great and straight forward bitter and citric IPA. I could drink this one all summer. Review is from notes taken on 3/6/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard orange/coppery color and starts with a nice one finger off-white head with good retention that slowly fades to a thin and full skim; body is fairly cloudy and shows moderate carbonation where you can see into it; a nice web of lacing is left behind.

Smell: Makes my mouth water! Wonderful citric and juicy hop smells (orange and a little bit of a grapefruit note in there as well) and there is a super-solid malty and sweet scent; overall, it's a pretty straightforward smelling beverage and I feel like I already know what it's going to taste like.

Taste: Pretty close in my taste assumption based upon the nose, but the massive hop presence is more rind-like and bitter as opposed to juicy like I thought it might be; the bitterness is pretty dominant, and the malty sweetness acts as a minimal counterbalance; slight presence of alcohol in the back.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and chewy body for an IPA; a pretty thick and dry coating is left all over the mouth; a nice drying effect is felt throughout the drink; carbonation is soft and smooth and allows the syrupy nature of the body to shine through.

Drinkability: A great IPA to be sure -- all the elements are great and true to the style; I could drink this all day as the bitterness is quite refreshing, but it does sit a tad heavy, so I may limit it to 2-3 in any given night, and that's provided that I actually had that kind of access to it (sadly, I don't).

bamadog, Mar 09, 2010
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.