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

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1,672 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 218
Gots: 177 | 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 fishbrew
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TCgoalie
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Naugled
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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...

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

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.

Photo of movingtrain
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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

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.

Photo of Reneejane
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MasonBeerMan
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Deuane
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap label says July 3rd. Glowing orange, high clarity. Nice crown of thin, intricate lacing. About a finger of foam that maintains at least an unbroken skim on the surface.

Resiny, touch of alcohol, fruity citrus in the nose, orange if I had to pinpoint it. First whiff was pretty dank, but it seems to have mellowed in the last 5 minutes.

Big caramel malt flavor with candy orange slices, and bitter grapefruit pith in the aftertaste. More malt forward, but still a balanced IPA with the citrus I crave. Medium bodied, even feel that serves as a vehicle to showcase the hops and underlying lmalt flavors. Could have a couple in a sitting, but not a heavy session beer. Thanks to Jimmy Two Hands for this one.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange body with a thin white head.

Nose is sweet and hoppy, but with a slightly unpleasant piney note. Not sure what it is, but it smells a bit off.

Flavor is intense hops with strong earthy pine dominant. Not the usual citrus here, it's really interesting and complex.

Tingly and toothstripping. Low to moderate carbonation with a slight creaminess.

Good drinkability. The relatively low ABV for such a generously hopped brew makes this one more sessionable than most in this category.

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

This Michigan specimen poured cold into the pint glass, yet another Ohoove "import", shows a cloudy orange-golden amber hue with a decent off-white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is a great piny and citrus blend with nutbread throughout, smooth but evidencing good bitterness. The taste brings out lots of bitter pine, peppered with lively carbonation in a beautiful, near full bodied brew. I get hints of earthy rye and light lemon. This stuff just disappears into the old gullet, very drinkable if you crave the bitter hops as you should! I loved it and could see this being a showstopper beer for a backyard get together as much as about any other occasion that a drinkable tasty brew is appreciated.

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

Thanksto StFun for the nice extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a soft peachy orange, glowing. Large head on the pour with good retention and lacing.

S: Unique citrus aroma, away from the big grapefruit, it's full of pineapple, mango, and a lemon/lime kinda mix. Good minty and like pine aromas. Lightly sweet malts with a bit of light caramel.

T/M: Decent bitterness level, within style but I'd prefer a bit more. More of the unique citrus blend with the added complexity of the mint. Light caramel maltiness to balance a bit and not get in the way. Not too sweet with just enough dryness. Some lingering bitterness and a touch of alcohol as it warms. Body is medium to medium light with controlled carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easy and interesting.

Photo of jwinship83
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle picked up during a weekend trip through michigan. drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass

A- this one pours out a darkish hazy golden colored body with a small layer of bright white head on it. the head lasts for a long time and leaves rings of lacing behind.

S- faint caramel and toffee malts and a huge rush of hops. very piny and citrusy.

T- the taste is equally as unbalanced as the smell. a little bit of sweet caramel and toffee malts upfront, and then a barrage of hops. lots of citrus and pine resin. grapefruit. some earthy notes as well.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. very bitter and leaves the mouth feeling dry. no complaints here.

D- a great IPA and something id love to have on my local shelves. more please, this one is great

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewpub in mid-July.

A: The IPA is an amber color, a few shades of orange away from being the bottle it was served from. The ale is fairly clear with a sturdy orange glow. Half a finger of head is precariously lacing around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is a hefty dose of hops, pine and citrusy in a resiny masterpiece. Citrus peel and a dash of pepper round out a beautiful nose.

T: Ahh, peppery hops. This one is not lacking in that department. The pine and orange peel are abundant, heavy-handed and domineering throughout. At least until the caramel malt rears it head. The breadiness is a great pairing with the hops, able to withstand the sheer brute force. The hops really stand out though, coating with a resinous finish.

M: The ale is dominated by spicy hops, of both citrus and pine origin. If you aren't into hops, move along, there's nothing to see here.

D: I am so glad that I picked up a six pack (to go with a growler...). The hoppiness, especially when fresh, is a great draw.

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

Bottle courtesy of Milos, thanks buddy! Pours a hazy shade of peach, with a thin ring of white foam. The aroma here is all hops. The dry hopping has done wonders here. Lots of pine and spruce, like being in a boreal forest, some biscuit, quite floral, loads of spice too. Flavour is one dimensional and I love it. Hops, hops, hops. Pine and grapefruit, peppery floral flavours too. A bit of tropical fruit sweetness towards the end. Dry and hoppy finish. Excellent stuff. Thanks Milos!

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

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub then again at Ashley's in Anne Arbour.Was good at both places, but superior grapefruit flavours at the brewpub. Cloudy grapefruit with a white head. Good hoppy aroma, very good bitterness. Served cold. Lots of lace. Creamy mouthfeel but still bitterness in the mouth.Good representation of style, and still unique.

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