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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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1,601 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,601
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 213
Gots: 153 | 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 DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery orange with a sticky, white cap. Chunky lacing and great head retention. Bright orange and tangerine aroma with a bit of a sharper grapefruit edge. Slightly powdery and piney. Solid hop bitterness turns a bit sharp towards the finish. Lots of pine resin and grapefruit pith. Fruity sweetness and a flash of caramel malts mid-palate provide just enough balance. Lingering bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with slight warmth, a bit dry with moderate carbonation. A great IPA, plenty of punch with lots of flavour.

DrJay, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of JsRoss
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Has a dark hazy-golden tone, nice thick foam at the top (golden-ish)

S - Citrus, Spice, and Extremely Hoppy

T - Very complex with a strong Hops taste

M - Little carbonation

D - Very good IPA, Can barely finish a 6 pack but still a great beer.

JsRoss, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of dudecandle
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Not sure if there's anything to criticize about the looks. Hazy golden-orange body with a huge off-white, creamy, sticky head, good lacing and great cap.

S: Highly complex. Orange peel and nuts, spices, light yeast, and butter right up front. Chocolate malts are also present. Amazingly rounded.

T: Peppery and citrusy, with some good floral hops coming through along with some earthy tones. Sweet chocolate is great as well.

M: Wonderfully creamy, lightly carbonated.

D: This is a perfect IPA. These are hops done right without using too many and getting into imperial territory. It's not the hoppiest, but is rather quite balanced. If may have to go to Michigan just to have some more.

dudecandle, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of soupyman10
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap before and was excited to see that Shorts has started distributing to SE Michigan.

Clear copper beer with a two finger white head on top and just a touch of lacing.

Nose is big and delicious. Really well balanced - big caramel and dirty citrus hops all over the place. Nice smell, if not the biggest ever.

Flavor is likewise, but with huge hops all over the place. Hops are floral and drying. Malt is there but quite mild. This is a well hopped brew. Citrus and a touch of apricot. Really nice flavor.

Good body with nice busy carbonation.

A really nice, tasty IPA. A hop bomb, especially compared to most Midwest versions.

soupyman10, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A 1/4 inch almost white head forms and leaves a very nice lacing. It pours a nice clear amber color with no sediment and carbonation is visible.

The aroma is very good and is almost all hops with a nice mixture of pine and citrus. This is a somewhat earthy component.

The taste is quite bitter, as to be expected. There are the usual hoppy suspects of pine and grapefruit/citrus. There are some nice earthy notes that balance the flavor and a malty sweetness comes through as you drink the beer.

The mouthfeel is as noted above bitter which lingers at the end. The carbonation is appropriate and balances the hops making it fairly crisp and smooth.

Overall, this is a quite good beer. As the expected tastes and smells are there and represented well. The taste can be a bit overwhelming after a while, which is its biggest hindrance.

SykDoc, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Gallagher's in Kalamazoo and split a pitcher with a friend. This is a good, dry and bitter IPA. Sure, it's less drinkable and approaches the low-end of DIPAs, but damn it's tasty. It's a rich, not overly-fruity grapefruit with bitter orange zest and underlying floral, herbal and earthy notes - delicious. I hope I can eventually find this beer outside of Michigan.

tempest, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to an imperial pint

A: Poured a 2-finger white head, good lacing throughout and eventually reduced to a 1/4"crown. Orange amber that was slightly hazy.

S: Wonderfully complex floral and spiced hop aroma.

F: Clove-like hop spiciness with a lot of bittering hop presence. The bitterness lingers throughout the session, no doubt a result of the 76 IBU's. As the session progressed the flavor became caramel sweet and malty.

M: Creamy and crisp with a pleasant almost overwhelming lingering bitterness on the back of the palate. Carbonation is sufficient.

D: For me, this would be a short session beer. The strength and complexity of this beer make it best enjoyed on a limited term basis.

BehindtheFinBrew, Dec 20, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huma Lupa is an amber color with a moderate white head that dissipates to a collar. The aroma is grapefruit citrus. The taste is like licking the grapefruit skin, very bitter. If there is malt in there, I can't find it. The feel is medium bodied with sufficient carbonation. drinkability is good.

I'm fine with the bitterness, it's good, but there are a lot of better beers. And, to be honest, I like my beer a little more balanced (i.e. sweeter).

kegger22, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Old Chicago in Okemos, MI

Amber in color, perhaps leaning toward orange; head was about 2 fingers or so but dissipated relatively quickly to a thin layer of bubbles and eventually to a ring. Left pretty good lacing most the way down the glass.

Mmmm.... HOPS! Hops are obviously first and foremost on the nose. Unlike some IPAs, this actually has a little complexity in that there is some citrus and grapefruit, some grassy notes, and some eathiness in there as well. Nice.

The first pull floods the mouth with bittering hoppiness, and then the beer sort of finds a bit of balance (almost) as it rolls around the tongue. There is clearly a pretty strong malty backbone here but there is such an assortment of hop flavors going on that you almost have to look for it. The weight in the mouth is quite good and matches well with the moderate carbonation. At the swallow, the first part of the finish is the mellow hop bitterness but it fades to more a dry bitter linger.

Overall, a very good IPA! Gotta love the name and gotta love the brew. If you are into hops, you will dig this brew.

SIRIUS2, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to kzoobrew for this great extra.

Appearance - Pours a amber color with just a hint of red. There is about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - A very pleasant grapefruit aroma at first which slowly fades to piney hops and floral. It finishes up with just a hint of caramel/malt sweetness.

Taste - A somewhat bitter grapefruit taste up front which is followed by a wave of floral/hoppy profile which eventually recedes into what almost tastes like bitter, roasted malt - I'm not picking up much of a "sweet" malt backbone here (which is not a bad thing). As such, the beer finishes a bit bitter. However, this drink is growing on me. It's been a while since I've had a massively hopped, more-so one sided beer and this one is doing the trick.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with lots of pleasant carbonation that prickles the tongue. Finishes quite dry.

Drinkability - Very much so. I am trying to take my time with this as I study because I know as soon as I begin to quaff this down, the quality of my studying will soon become a diminishing return. Taken as a whole, this is a great beer that gives you a kick in the pants when you are in the mood for a great, tasty, hoppy beer.

SpdKilz, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" I guess they mean the Cedar Point of American IPA's!
Poured into glass with a nice white head with an amber orange color. Sweet smell of the malt more pronounced than expected followed by a citrus hop smell. Starts off malty sweet followed by grapefruit type bitterness in the back end. Not sure what the IBU's are on this one but it is quite bitter! Great mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Tasty but not sure if this is as good as I expected and wanted it to be.

kbutler1, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazed light orange with a small white head that fades into a mild cap. Small scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of pine like hops, vanilla, citrus, and minerals.
Taste is of the aromas with some herbal flavors.
Mouthfeel is bitter, herbal, and sticky.

weeare138, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours two fingers of thick white head that lingers for a decent amount of time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass, the color is of a slightly redish copper color with a faint haze

S-pretty big hop nose of grapefruit, a little bit of citrus and floral aromas as well.

T-it starts out with a light taste of grapefruit and citrus and is immediately followed with a huge bitter hop taste with some pine in there as well

M-pretty smooth and medium bodied beer that is a little slick on the back of the throat and almost no carbonation

D-it has a big hop taste, which is awesome; but the big time bitterness towards the back make this something I wouldn't want to drink too many in a row

cpetrone84, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of beatingwings
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks golden and cloudy. Looks good to me, but I've never been that attracted to clarity.

Wonderful aroma, best part of the beer. Smells of sweet grapefruit and tangerine, and is overall quite perfumy and sweet smelling. A little bit of hop herbalness too. Definitely smells of fresh hops.

Tastes like a medley of citrus fruits intimated at by the smell, with a peach/mango undercurrent. Piney when I burp. There is a noticeable amount of general malt sweetness, but the hops are dominant leading to a bitter a dry finish.

Feels good in the mouth. Feels fairly light, but not thin.

I feel like if I had access to this beer, I could easily put down a few in a session. It has the right body, bitterness, and flavor to make it highly drinkable. Overall very impressive IPA. Thanks nickwin.

beatingwings, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Orange-copper center that yellows on the edges. Fluffy two-finger head of off white foam that settles, but lasts. Liquid-y, foamy lacing.

S: Citrusy, grapefruit hops smell. Smells sticky and delicious. Some piney hints. Smell is definitely present, but not quite as full as it could be.

T: Sharp bitter center hits the tongue like a good IPA should. Taste isn't balanced much by malts, but that's not bad in my book. A bit of pine in the finish.

M: Sharp carbonation hits the front and sides of the tongue. The carbonation blast is followed by an exquisitely dry finish.

D: A delicious IPA worthy of trying out. Glad I'm up in Michigan from time to time so I can pick this up. Enough heft and body that it would be great any time of the year.

Served: in a faceted mug.

Review from notes taken on: 11/3/09.

eljefe21, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat darker side of a pale orange. Low carbonation though some decent lacing going on. Ok aroma-some sweet malt and a trace of hops. I would expect more but thats ok. Sweet malt against a decent backround of hop bitterness. Bitterness almost becomes astringent but the heavy malt keeps it in line. Mild toffee/toasted flavors. Good solid body. Very drinkable-comes off as a much bigger beer. Quite enjoyable.

lackenhauser, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the label: "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth." And elsewhere: "Handmade by people who care." Big thanks to GbVDave for hooking me up with my first brew from Short's.

Pours a hazy saffron color with a thinnish head which lessens to a skim within about a minute. Tiny lace dots stick to the glass.

Aroma is wonderful--elements of citrus rind, pineapple, pine, orange zest and caramel mingle together nicely. Not a brutal nosehair-ripper, but clearly hop-centric.

Flavor is gigantically hopped, although not brash. Pine needle, astringent green grass (not that I've ever chomped on my lawn), and grapefruit rind are front and center, with only a smidgen of malt backup for balance. Possibly the hugest hop flavor I've tasted in a beer without it being a tongue-destroyer (ie. this ain't Hopsickle). Bitter, indeed, but a very, very good bitter, in that it's balanced. Hops are cranked right to the point of hophead nirvana, but never pushed over the edge into novelty territory.

Mouthfeel is hefty, although not thick enough or weighty enough to be called heavy-bodied. Has a buoyant quality that makes it go down easily, and a little too quickly. There is some good stickiness to this that keeps the rind-like, almost resiny flavor going and going and going...

A hophead's dream, similar to Bell's Hopslam in flavor...which makes me wonder why this isn't considered a Double IPA? But who cares, that's splitting hairs. This is simply divine, no matter how you categorize it.

Metalmonk, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this brew as an extra from heliosphann. Thanks a ton Scott!

Pours a hazy orange amber into a Darkness tulip. Nice tan head with decent retention, with a creamy consistency. Leaves a little lacing here and there.

The nose is surprisingly malty. There is a nice piney bitterness going on, but the malt backbone sticks out.

The taste department is much more bitter than the nose leads on. Piney and resiny hops dominate and the bitterness takes over, almost completely covering up the malt backbone. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice bitter bite. Appropriate carbonation level. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is good.

A great introductory brew to Shorts. I'm impressed. It's not the best IPA in the world, but it's definitely a tasty and easy drinking one. Maybe not the IPA for someone who is just starting out with craft beer, but if your a hop head you'll like this one.

Mistofminn, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bartender mentioned that this is the HopCat Owner's favorite beer. I had heard of it before and it was a good thing to see that it was on tap at HopCat for my visit there two days ago. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Light brown yellow body with creamy head. 4.0

S Hops, sweet malt to the nose. Hops are not overwhelming in an unbalanced way. 4.0

T Hops predominate but there is a nice, sweet malt to balance them out. Hops taste lingered like you think that it might well into the aftertaste. Nicely made beer. I can see why someone who has tasted many great beers might find that this is one of their favorites. 4.5

M Full with malt, bitter hops. 4.0

D Good. I finished the pint without any problem. 4.0

Notes: a treat to find at HopCat, a world class Beer Advocate place.

adamette, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright harvest orange with golden honey colored highlights. The three finger crown easily qualifies as eye candy. The craggy upper surface looks like a moonscape and the foam is as sticky as all get out, which is proven by a glass that is beautifully blasted with lace.

As expected (given the color), lightly toasted malts take some of the citrus zesty edge off the American hops. White grapefruit and orange are most prominent. We aren't talking the olfactory overload that is uber-fresh Bell's Two Hearted, but the aroma is mighty pleasing if you like da hops.

Via the website, Short's told me to expect 'enormous amounts' of hops that hit 'like a punch in the face'. While that isn't quite what I'm getting, Huma-Lupa-Licious is a highly hopped IPA that can compete with all but the very best. Then again, I have no idea how old this bottle is. I'm pretty sure it's pretty fresh.

There isn't as much toasted breadiness and nuttiness as feared. Probably a single-digit percentage of Munich, no more. Hop flavor and bitterness is becoming cumulative as the ounces fly by, which is always nice. Yes sir, this little beauty will give most hopheads that alpha acid smack and tickle that they crave.

In addition to white grapefruit pith and peel, resinous pine is present as well. The final pour murks up the liquid something serious. It also adds even more flavor and bitterness. Looks like the taste score deserves a bump after all. Never fear, the drinkability score was there already.

There's no letdown when it comes to the body/mouthfeel. It's at least medium for the style and is expertly bubbled. It's getting so that I can almost predict this score by the sound of the pour.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA grew on me from first gulp to last. This is definitely a fresh bottle and is a hoptasty treat of the highest order. It's also the second best American IPA brewed in the state of Michigan. Care to guess which is the best? The brewers have every right to be proud of this one.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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