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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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1,670 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 218
Gots: 175 | 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 king75
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber with an inch of rocky foamy head looks awesome.

S- Can smell hops, pine and citrus

T- Definitely more citrus than hops coming through. A light bit of pine in the taste, but very a lot of citrus with faded hops.

M-Smooth at the front bitter at the end

D- Could drink several of these without complaint.

Notes: Not the most impressive IPA I have ever tasted. However, I have a feeling that this one may have been old although it is impossible to tell with no freshness date.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a slow gusher, luckily I had about two seconds before it would have foamed up out of the bottle so I was able to get it into my glass. A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off white colored head. The beer is a nice, rich copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of cheesy, dank hops, ample grapefruit, tangelo and a backdrop of herbaceous pine. Some biscuit and caramelized malt notes are noticeable deep in the aroma if you dig for them. There is definitely something slightly off and cheesy (there is a certain mustiness too) about the aroma, though it is not too distracting.

Biting bitter hops are noticeable from the get go and linger on the palate long after each sip. Essential grapefruit zest oils, a touch of lychee and tangelo notes play a secondary role to the bitterness and pine like flavors found in this beer. There is a sort of an over-ripe cheesy quality, or perhaps almost butter like note to this beer that is mostly dominated by the hop character, but still manages to subtly influence the flavor profile, and not in the best way. This has a fizzy carbonic texture to it that is perhaps a touch too much, but this doesn't detract too much. The hop character in the finish is actually fairly harsh; it is almost too green and vegetal, and I am wondering if there is something else influencing this.

This beer is clearly quite well hopped, in fact it is so well hopped that it almost hides the subtle infection that is taking hold. Unfortunately the infection is influencing this beer with cheesy notes and a harshness to the finish. While the hop overload make this still drinkable, the infection in this Shorts beer doesn't work as well as it did in some of the others.

Photo of wingman14
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orangish copper with a nice off white head that fades after a few sips. The smell is very powerful, the hop aroma is ridiculous, really potent and fresh. Their are some sweet smells, citrus and pine, a great aroma. This one has big flavor, the hops and sweetness hit up front, with a nice complex finish, and a bitter aftertaste. This one has a medium mouthfeel, like you are chewing on some hops. The beer is packed with flavor, fresh hop flavor, with a hard malt backbone. This one is a great beer for hop lovers, a beer I will revisit again and again.

As a side note, I bought this in bottles to take home, and the on tap beer out ranked the bottles by far.

Photo of injuredreserve
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Nice cloudy copper colored brew, with a puffy, that disipates quickly.

Bold citrus and pine hop aroma. A bit of caramel malt.

Malt flavor, followed by citrusy and piney flavors. Solid amount of bitterness. Finishes with malt and bread linger.

Good body.

Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange appearance with a creamy white head, settles to a film that covers the surface nicely. Very hazy, looks like it'll have promising hops.

S - Excellent, you are hit with a lot of hops the second you pop off the cap. That's really the main thing that you smell. They are very crisp and pronounced, definitely a grapefruit aroma.

T - Just the way I like it. The hops are predominant and last throughout the entire time and lingers nicely after the fact. The taste is slightly fruity but is still dominated by hop bitterness. The hops give this beer a rather dry aftertaste. Malt is virtually undetectable.

M - I like it. It goes in smooth but pretty light/medium feeling. The entire time that it's in your mouth you can feel the hops and it's a good feeling.

D - Some people may disagree and find this to have too bitter of an aftertaste. Personally, I can't think of a greater taste to perpetuate then the hops that Huma Lupa Licious leaves behind. I just want more!

As the people who rated this beer lower showed, it's not a beer for someone who is looking for an even beer that balances between hops and malts or offers extremely complex flavours. I personally find that to go even more in favour with this beer, the hop flavours are fantastic.

Photo of BBP
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- translucent burnt orange, almost a bit brown. Decent head with fair carbonation.

S- Grapefruit, pine, and hops stand out and are quite potent. Slight malt, but definitive hop aromas.

T- Hops barrage your tongue upon first contact. Leaves a great bitter aftertaste. The malt is very underpowered, but plays enough of a part to keep it from going over the edge. Leaves a ton of bitterness for an IPA, and it probably has enough hoppiness of a DIPA. I'm finding it more addictive each time I have it. Many to most other IPA's fall in the shadow of this one in regards to hops.

M- Slightly thinner than average and a bit too much carbonation.Leaves a slightly dry and sticky finish.

D- Easy to down, and a prime example of a hoppy IPA if there ever was one. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste which I quite enjoy, but was a little overwhelming the first time I tried it. I never go to Michigan for beer without picking this up. On top of all the hoppiness, it's fairly economic as well. 11-12$ for a 6pk.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into pint.

A- Nice amber beer base with a snowy ivory head. Not much to it but some pretty fantastic lacing.

S- A nice mix, some piny, some floral, and a lot of citrus notes. Very aromatic.

T- Bitter earthy hops and a pretty good malt base make for good partners here. The fruity hops come through in the finish. Still, there's no getting past the bitterness. A very tasty IPA

M- Good carbonation. Hops are very powerful and linger longer.

D- Fairly high. If I had access to it I'd be buying it for sure. A very tasty no-coast IPA. Check it out.

Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to jbck109 for sending me this.

A: Pours a dark amber with about a finger width of oily tan head that quickly faded into a bubbly film and collar that left steaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells awesome! Huge notes of exotic fruits including mango, papaya and pineapple. Hints of juicy lemon and cantaloupe as well.
T: Follows the nose with the addition of some hints of caramel and toasted malt. Finish has an almost bubblegum-tangerine sweetness to it, kind of like Starbursts candy or sherbet. Aftertaste is citusy and bitter.
M: Very creamy carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Bitterness is ample but clean and pleasant.
D: Very good IPA. Super fruity and very bitter with a delicious aroma. One of the best I've had in a while. I would definitely seek this out if it were available locally.

Photo of Spica66
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with excellent head formation and retention.

S: The aroma is of clean, crisp hops.

T: Hops, hops, hops. Not grapefruit, more like bitter pine.

M: Very smooth. Great carbonation.

D: Two was it. Those 65+ IBUs started to stack up on me.

Photo of Lauthaha
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug at around 50 degrees.

Appearance: Golden-amber, a touch on the dark side but still very translucent. Thick, two-finger head recedes to a shallow, yet stable foam on top of the beer. Moderate lacing on the edges of the glass, and good-looking carbonation.

Smell: Hops! Probably a good thing considering the beer is named after the scientific nomenclature for "hops." Light and bright, with flowery notes and a distinct orange and/or coriander feel to the nose. Beautiful.

Taste: The hops don't play around. Bittersweet in the best of ways. A slight "steak-off-the-grill" flavor to it. Gentle candy flavor near the end, and it finishes up nicely with a bite.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, it doesn't overwhelm the beer but it sticks around long enough to bring out some flavor. Goes down smooth with just a touch of hop notes left on the palate.

Drinkability: Another beer I could drink nightly. It makes me think of Indian or Thai food. Possibly a good year-rounder.

Solid good for this one. Not exactly right up my alley, but nothing negative to say about it. Great for lovers of IPAs and American IPAs.

Photo of boomer31
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 8-22. Taken from notes

A - Gold with a sticky white head

S - The first thing my wife said was 'it smells like grapefruit' and I wouldn't agree more. I got some mango hops too...all fruity hops here

T - Dry, grassy and piney. Where did the fruits go? Hey whatever, the taste is bitter and chewy. What a great IPA

M - Dry and medium carbonation. The hops really keep your tongue begging for water or more or this beer.

D - I really like this beer. Not over the top high in ABV but very hoppy. Two of my favorite IPAs are Masala Mama and Furious and this one is right up there.

Well done Shorts. I think this was at it's peak of freshness because the hops really smack you in the face. I got a chance to try some new beers that I can't get here in MN and am very pleased with this offering.

Photo of papat444
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for this one. Shared with my wife last Friday night with our supper, assorted cheeses, fruits, spreads and smoked bison.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 02-18-10.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden body with a generous 2-3 finger egg white head that recedes to a thin ring.

Smell: Hops, very resiny with lots of malt, melon and a bit of bitterness.

Taste: Very malt as to be expected but still a good dose of fruit and some hops. A bit on the dry side.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation and a lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: Fairly decent IPA with some good taste.

Overall: Would have loved to try it fresh but it still has a healthy amount of flavor. A worthy IPA.

Photo of herman77
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange/dark golden color. Very cloudy, with a fluffy off white head, good retention. Good sticky lacing

S: Plenty of sweet bready malt and floral hops. Citrus and pine, very floraly.

T: Very strong, bitter, spicy hops. Some grapefruit and pine as well. Lots of biscuity and carmel malt to back it up, so its not just a bitter hop bomb. Resiny bitter hops last long in the finish, makes the mouth very dry and instantly you want another sip. Very tasty and balanced quite well.

M: Medium to full body. Moderate to lighter fizzy carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel from all the hop oils.

D: The malt balance really makes the drinkability good even though its crammed full of strong, bitter hops.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, citrus grapefruit like hops. In the taste, pine hop like dryness, and a grapefruity citrus undertone of sweetness. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, pine like hop aftertaste. Nice big hops, somewhat balanced, very nice.

Photo of HosP
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Erikkoppin for this tasty IPA!

A - Poured lighter copper, darker orange color. Slight haze through the glass. One finger head that leaves quickly but not before leaving traces on the glass.

S - Mostly pine, citrus smell coming from hops. Not as strong most IPA's go. A faint hint of bready malts at the end of the nose.

T - For not much aroma, this makes up for in taste! Sweet citrus hop flavor up front. Before you know it a strong pine bitterness right in the middle. Malts at the end balance out very well to ease up on the bitterness. There is a lot of flavor going on from start to finish. Would almost guess this is a IIPA.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation. For a pretty bitter beer, goes down rather smooth!

D - Well I wasn't familiar with Shorts brewing before, but I am now! This is an very good IPA. Very good characteristics make it one I'd love to get more of. Thanks again to Erik for the great hookup!

Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a bright golden amber color, one-inch frothy ivory head, great retention and lacing, very hazy

s - big piney hop aroma, lighter lemon and orange citrus, significant biscuit malt notes underly the hops

t - somewhat sweet citrus burst up front with a heavy, bitter dose of piney hops on the midpalate, finish is more pine mixed with a nice biscuit malt backbone, light alcohol heat and lingering citrus notes

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, pretty dry on the finish, light alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable in that the flavors are interesting and enjoyable, but the intense bitterness definitely limits somewhat b/c it wears a bit on the palate, that said, I could drink this all night

Really good IPA from Short's. Definitely worth seeking out if you're a fan of West Coast style IPAs.

Photo of Spider889
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing one of your bottles of Huma-Lupa-Licious!

Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Mild carbonation leads to very little head, and I was trying. The beer is a deep golden orange color with a small fizzy head that doesn't last, leaving a faint and intermittent web of lace.

Smells hoppy! Fresh citrus hops dominate and intermingle with the wet hop oils. There is definitely a decent malt backbone to this one too.

This is definitely a hop bomb, but boy was it delicious. Mouth-puckering bitterness takes the palate to the brink and then the malty undertones come to the rescue.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly thick and oily for an American IPA.

Drinkability suffers due to the bitterness. I loved it, but don't think I'd want two bottles in a row either. This beer tastes like it ought to be closer to 7 or 8% abv.

Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Grand Trunk pub in Detroit last weekend. Pours a dark golden orange. Tastes very bitter with a nice hop bite and has a tangy finish to it. Goes down quite smooth and is very sessionable. Shorts has disappointed me for the most part, but that could be due to bad/infected batches in bottling in the past with some of their other offerings. This was pretty solid on tap though.

Photo of silentjay
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a brownish copper with a generous off-white head that retains well and leaves a lot of lacing.

smells hoppy. tons of pine and citrus peel block out everything else. very little malt aroma makers it through.

taste is hoppy as well. more citrus than in the aroma, with a bit less pine. very bitter but with some malt vying for attention, but falling short. what is there is a bit grainy and biscuity. grapefruit-like bitterness consumes the swallow and lingers for a bit.

medium bodied with a bit of resin on the swallow, but finishes dry and bitter. carbonation is where it should be for the style and works nicely.

goes down well for someone who doesn't mind bitterness. Definitely flavorful, and the ABV isn't too detectable nor does it hinder you from enjoying a few of these. One of those beers that I would have to be in the mood for, but I'm sure I would be in the mood for it rather often. A well-crafted brew that I wish I could get in MA.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack in Ann Arbor this past weekend.
Numbers on the bottle read: 4121168102114, what ever that means. I just hope its fresh.

A- About medium in color for an IPA. Quite cloudy. I ranges from pale gold in the highlights to a burnt orange in the thick parts of the glass. Sticky, average sized head sticks around heartily and leaves rings of lace.

S- Certainly smells fresh. Lots of candy like citrus hops. Its very tropical and "midwestern". I love this style of IPA the most. Pineapple, mango, flowers, pollen, pine. It smells like there is cascade in here. The malt bill doesnt do a whole lot to the smell.

T- Pretty strongly hopped and quite bitter but the malts kick in and let you know this isnt an Imperial. Mostly bitter and piney hops. Its quite bitter throughout. This isnt necessarily what I am looking for in this beer at this time. I would like to see more fruits and a bit of a toning down on the bitterness.

M- Decent mouthfeel but maybe a touch too watery. Its really just nothing special in the feel.

D- The intense bitterness is hurting the drinkability right now. The lower ABV should allow this beer to be really drinkable but the bitterness is kinda wrecking it for me right now. This is a beer you have to be in the mood for.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a 5 ounce sample mug

A- Pour a very hazy golden color with 1 finger of head and descent lacing.

S- Grapefruit and pine stick out first with a little bit of maltyness in the background.

T- Tastes pretty damn bitter, with grapefruit and pine leading the way, after taste is just straight bitter, i would call this a hop bomb.

M- Just the way and IPA should be, very true to the style.

D- Because of how bitter this beer is the drink-ability is very low, i could only have one of these before i am over with the bitterness, ruins your palate for anything u drink after it.

Overall this is not a bad ipa, it was just way too bitter for me, its seems that if the flavors arent blended together the best and the bitterness just takes over the whole beer. Don't think i would every buy this again but there's plenty other shorts brews i will be getting instead.

Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready caramel malts and melon with some piney resiny hops.

The flavor is a little oxidized malt and a touch of fruit followed by a huge harsh tarry bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and watery.

Overall, a bitter IPA, but not that great. Didn't care for the oxidized notes, the watery texture or the harsh tarry unbalanced bitterness.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had more than a few of pints at the brewpub and decided to bring a growler home for one obvious reason....its delicious!

Has a beautiful foamy head, lots of lacing and very good retention. A hazy yellowish orange color.

Smells of grapefruit, pine and a biscuity maltiness.

Tastes great, loads of hop bitterness, grapefruit, pine and some malt to back things up. I really did enjoy this IPA, very drinkable.

Photo of chaz410
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from a good friend who went through Michigan.
The smell of this beer needs to be marketed as a cologne. It is amazing! This beer's bouquet is equal to that of notable IIPA's. It hints of pineapple, a little grapefruit, and a good amount of citrus that resembles tangerine. There's also a little pine in the nose.
Taste is smooth and full of malty crystal and two row along with a little caramel malt with soem subtle hop flavors. There's a gradual build of big piney hop bitterness at the swallow.
Very smooth moutfeel for an under 7 percent beer.
Love this beer!

Photo of decadance
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange-red hue with about an inch of head which laces nicely.

S - Lotsa hops. but hints of grapefruit and other assorted citrus

T - This beer is about the bitter. It is assertive to say the least. it however, remains balance with some lighter citrus in the front and back ends.

M - Ends dry, but has the right about of carbonation.

D - I had two, wanted more. It is tasty, and balanced well with the spicy tuna I had.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.