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

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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 219
Gots: 193 | FT: 6
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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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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.

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

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" is printed on the label, so we come at this beer guessing that we are in store for a flavorful beer. The 76 IBUs can tell part of that story.

Fast foaming action with three fingers of rocky head, no problem with retention either as the carbonation is a bit lively and keeps the lace sticking after each sip. Slight haze on this orangey amber-colored brew, but a bit of haze is to be expected. Big pungent hop aroma of citric rind (which leans towards grapefruit), pine and evergreen and tobacco. All the way in the back is a layer of maltiness in the nose. Upfront crispness takes control of the palate as the onslaught of hoppiness begins. Bitterness is up there, no fooling around with those 76 IBUs. Sharpness to start then more of pungent citric rind and then herbal. Maltiness never really punches through hard but there are layers within that bring forth a toasted biscuit flavor. A tad dry with a long hop finish, perhaps a bit salty.

Hop damn it! This is a no holds barred American IPA. Without a doubt we did get our fix of hops. Forget the East Coast / West Coast hop battles, you better recognize the hoppiness in the Great Lakes region.

Photo of EtOHMD
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle from a mixed Michigan six pack. I am not a huge fan of IPAs but I like this one. Clear golden orange color with thick white foamy head with tons of lacing. Very inviting appearance. Smell is of intense hops and pine. Taste is similar but also with a bit of citrus. Hops are strong up front but mellows out on the second half pleasantly. Alcohol is well hidden -- was surprised to see it's 7%. Could have a couple.

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

Served on-tap at the Old Chicago in Okemos, MI.

A huge 25 oz. mug of this bad boy. A lovely orange with white sudsy head that left webby lace.

Smelled strongly of citrusy hops as well as some pine. Let me know I was in for a strongly hoppy treat.

Taste: Strongly hoppy with sweet honey malts, pineapple hops, and citrus. Ended bitter and resiny. Yum. Reminded me of Majaraha. A wee bit on the bitter side for me, but hoppy and delicious.

MF and D) Sharp carbonation, tingly, medium body. Delicious and easy to drink. I actually guessed the alcohol was higher than it is, at 7-8%, but that was based on how I was feeling, not the presence of alcohol in the taste or feel.

A good MI IPA. I'll get it again.

Photo of oregonskibum
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a slightly cloudy orange. Pours with a 3/4 inch white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a faint film on top of the beer and some splotchy lacing.

S: Lots of hoppy flavors, citrus, a little pine, some tropical notes. But mainly citrus - orange. A little sweetness.

T: Hops carry thru into the taste, although bringing with it a large amount of bitterness. Some biscuity, almost cracker like malts mid-taste. But the bitterness comes charging back in the finish, to the point of being a detractor.

M: Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. A little dry and the bitterness leaves a chewy feeling.

D: This is a solid IPA, but needs some fine-tuning. Malts don't seem to quite balance out the hops and the hop aromas don't carry enough to the finish. Not sure on age. Imagine this is better on tap. An enjoyable beer that was just a touch bitter to give it high marks overall.

Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an English dimpled "pot" pint glass
Deep burnt orange in color with a nice fluffy head of foam
Aroma-Fresh citrussy hops
Taste-Big hits of Sweet malt, fresh hops, and orange -rind bitterness.Nicely balanced honey sweetness with fresh hop lingering bitterness
Overall, another tasty, snappy North Coast IPA.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Hazy brownish-orange color. One finger of fronty off-white head with average retention and plenty of lacing.

5.0 S: Lots of hoppy goodness going on here. Candied oranges, regular oranges, mandarin oranges, tons of oranges! Also minor grapefruit, pine, and pineapple. Malts are slightly bready, but remains in the background. Awesome nose with this one.

4.5 T: Medium, but aggressive, level of bitterness. The taste is almost the inverse of the nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit, while orange hangs out in the background. Malts are again in the background, but slightly more pronounced than in the nose. Bready and doughy, but not off-putting like in some IPAs. Touch of chewy yeastiness as well.

4.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is okay, but might be slightly too aggressive. Could also be a bit creamier, but good enough overall.

4.0 D: Tasty beer here. Great taste, awesome nose, and a good enough mouthfeel. Would buy this if Short's ever decided to distribute here.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees, then fridged for approx 20 minutes before opening

This pours up a very mild amber color. Almost two-fingers of creamy, dense, off-white colored foam sits on top. The retention is very good and the lacing is thick and sticky.

Very hoppy nose, which is expected. Lots of citrus and tropical notes. Pineapple, mango, peaches, oranges, lemons and more. A good touch of pine oil and needles. Slight floral presence. Some light hints of malty sweetness are trying to peak through.

Follows the nose, almost perfectly. Displays a good, strong, presence of bitterness, though not in a biting sort of way. A nice balance is attempted, but the hop bitterness is too much for the malts to handle.

Full-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Very nice.

It's good, but it will be awhile until I want another one. Leaves more for someone else, I guess.

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