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

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90
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640 Reviews
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Reviews: 640
Hads: 1,810
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 224
Gots: 258 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 640 | Hads: 1,810
Photo of Jennz906
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy, golden brown or a dirty orange/gold.
S- citrusy and maybe a slight caramel
T- Completely follows the aroma, has a bittersweet taste kinda fruity and a very strong aftertaste. Quite Lingering
M- Crisp, medium carbonation, easy downfall with strong after feel.
*My overall is defiantly a thumbs up! well suited for different occasion (for the people who enjoy higher IBU) -very good IPA.
overall a good beer, I definitely enjoyed it! (456 characters)

Photo of Jnashed
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle (bought in MI over Thanksgiving). ). Unable to find bottle date

A: golden, orange cloudy brew. Light head with fair lacing

S: pine and some citrus. Light mango

M: nice lingering malt. Really nice

T: hop forward of course but less than I remember my guess is it's past it's prime a little. Solid fruit flavor though.

Overall well liked solid IPA if not outstanding. When in Michigan it's worth finding and easily found in most markets and brew stores. This sample was a little past prime as I rambler bolder hops when I first had a fresh one so Id better finish what I have left. (591 characters)

Photo of EricTKole
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having had this many a times I am very familiar with Short's year round IPA offering. Well suited for many occasions it poured rather uneventfully with not much of a head to speak of and or what it had vanished quickly. The nose on this one tonight had almost next to nothing but having had this plenty of times in the past I've come to expect and receive a very pleasant welcoming from it with plenty of citrus. On the tongue the first thing that hits you is the bitterness, if you prefer a smoother IPA than this will not be one for you. It is fairly well balanced with plenty of sweet and good body to offset the amount of bitterness that rides along for the entire journey. Color is golden brown and tends to stay hazy throughout.

Overall it's a very good IPA and stands up to any year round beer of the same style. It has been and will remain one of my go to beers that's perfect for almost any adventure I may find myself on. (933 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice looking light copper color, though from the bottle I poured there wasn’t much of a head. The aroma is hops and the flavor is a ridiculous amount of hops. Finish is dry and there’s also some hints of floral sweetness. Has medium carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. Quite good. (288 characters)

Photo of Flopjack
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Golden orange in color, about 1 finger white head, and just the slightest bit of haze.

Smell - Juicy tropical fruits, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and roasty undertones from the malts not heavy on alcohol.

Taste - Grapefruit, mango, pineapple at first, moving on to a light roastiness, and there is also an underlying pine flavor that also contributes a nice bitterness from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, refreshing and crisp.

Overall - Great beer to have available all the time. Shorts can certainly do no wrong with this beer. (610 characters)

Photo of Jernami75
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer! Although I am sometimes turned off by heavily-hopped beers that don't have a good malt sweetness to balance the bitter, I am totally intrigued by the Huma. The exploding pine, citrus, grapefruit is so intense, and the bittering hops linger very pleasantly. Cheers to Short's, but please start distributing your goodness outside of Michigan. (358 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is all about the bitter! If you like you ipas balanced or even malty at all...This is not your ale. I have trouble with many of Short ' s offerings but this is one that I greatly enjoy. The ale pours an orange golden color with a light white head that gives way to a nice lacing. The nose on this one is all hops; citrusy, piney, and bitter. The taste completely follows that aroma. Bitter from start to finish. At the same time it is light on the mouth and very fresh and refreshing. A great hop forward ipa. Would love to see what Short ' s could make of this as a double/imperial. (592 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jacoby's in Detroit.

Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA has a super-duper classic look: toasty golden brown complexion, a thin and natural haziness, a trim head. Everything is far from shipshape, however; its foam splashes all over the glass and leaves drapes of lacing worthy of being hung in my living room.

Some varieties of hops impart such convincing and colourful fruit flavours that you'd swear you were drinking fruit juice; with this beer, however, it feels more like you're sucking on the bitter skin of the fruit (as oppose to chowing down on the sweet flesh). There's a lot of dry orange and grapefruit pith and the acidity of lemons. Plenty of tree resins too.

There is also - as the aroma made plainly apparent - a lot of caramelly malt to help counter those flavours. It completely relaxes the beer's ramped-up alpha-acids. The tastes of tree sap have a similar effect: their gooey, serum-y texture and pine-like notes combine with the lemony citrus oils to become a little bit 'soapy' but also a lot more agreeable.

The brewery must have figured out how to balance bitter and sweet right down to the hundredth decimal place; practitioners of piphilology may have found a new challenge. While caramel malt cruises through the aftertaste, flashbacks of hoppy resins are constant and vivid.

Huma-Lupa-Licious is a pretty fan-frickin-tastic IPA. Devout hopheads might consider it a little mellow while those still apprenticing in the alpha-acid arts are likely to find it a wee menacing, but there's more than enough resiny bitterness to please the former and just enough sweet maltiness to relieve the latter. An IPA suitable for everyone! (1,668 characters)

Photo of jdb288
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade. Amber pour with white head. Aroma is pungent pine, citrus. Taste is nice balance of traditional hop flavors - resin, orange, grapefruit. Malt helps to balance the sweetness. Lingering bitter finish.

One of the better Shorts offerings in my opinion. I look forward to this one every year. (308 characters)

Photo of OPokhna
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the first time me drinking the Huma Lupa Licious. I picked a bottle up at Sicilianos in Grand Rapids, Michigan while making my own 6-pack. I have always preferred an IPA over about just anything. Although this is not on my best IPA list of 10, it is in the vicinity of about the 15th one.

A - A solid golden-orange color that has a quick dissipating head
S - A light citrus smell
T - A light taste of malt and a very strong hop presence is felt right away. Not enough to overwhelm but enough to know that there, the bitterness is very noticeable. This beer has double of some of my favorite IPA's
M - My tongue starts to tingle at first and then the taste of citrus comes in. A strong aftertaste of grapefruit remains in my mouth.
O - A very good IPA that holds its own to people who prefer the higher IBU rating. Not in the near future but I do see myself getting more of this beer. (894 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted 13 November 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium pale orange. Hazy. One finger of off-white head, good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is packed with citrus and piney hops. It's got potent malt support, a fair amount of sweetness, and a touch of sweet orange that feels like it's coming from the malts; more like an orange muffin, topped with sugar, than the super citrusy acidic version.

Taste is medium-high bitterness, moderately chalky. A bit of the citrus comes through, especially about half-way through. Mostly it's a bitter blast.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, really lasting. Dang, that bitterness just lingers on the edges of the tongue.

This is a big, hefty DIPA. I like it. It's not on the level of the best. But it's really quite good. (762 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured this beer it has a orange hue body with just a little head. The aroma is of bitter hops and citrus aroma. The taste has a bitter hop upfront followed by a nice malt taste. I i also get some citrus notes also. The mouthfeel is nice, leaves a bitter after taste. Overall a good ipa. (287 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber hued with fantastic clarity. I get just a slight bit of head that covers most of the top of this beer. Intense tropical to citrus hop aroma. Perhaps a touch of orange soda in the nose?! That is an odd but hop forward flavor. I get the citrus hop bitterness with a strong light malt backbone,but the flavors seem to clash somehow. Texture is moderately carbonated and the bitterness pricks your tongue. (407 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well alright...Raul is diggin' this one quite well. Beginning thoughts are that it's gorgeous; like, it has the "pregnant glow" of a Victorias's Secret Angel. With that, are tropical layers of aroma and taste like Mozart on a Tahitian cruise, and it is balanced nice and well like Verde plucking malts in Malta. It isn't the most complex, and the main man would like a lil more bite at the end - we kind of have a two year old teething here - but Raul is into it well enough.

Hello, Michigan, welcome to the party. (515 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - NIce golden amber color with a thick white head on top of it that leaves awesome lacing (there's some hops in this mo). The bottle is cool as f*** too.
S - 4.5 - Awesome orange juice lice smell to it. Pine, grapefruit, bitter hops.
T - 4.5 - Very bitter, grapefruit and pine taste. Orange zest. Some bready malts in the background. Solid Michigan IPA, better than Two Hearted, more like the west coast IPAs (Ruination, Hop Stoopid).
M - 4.5 - Light-medium, alc covered, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit.
O - 4.5 - This is a very bitter beer, and very good. Grapefruit and pine are the main flavors. Less sweet than other IPAs, more bitter. (653 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 09/10/2014

A- Light orange, slightly hazy, two finger white head.

S- Floral, orange, some grapefruit, light sweetness.

T- Floral, bitter orange peel, some light toasted malt, pine, pretty big bitterness for a single IPA.

M- Medium, typical of the style.

O- This beer really reminds me of a more bitter version of Two Hearted. That's too bad though as I think the balance from Two Hearted is what makes it one of the best single IPAs in the world. Still this one has a great aroma but suffers in drinkability due to the bitterness, but if you know Short's than you know they like a big piney bitter presence in many of their beers, even apart from their IPAs. (673 characters)

Photo of timmy2b
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass. pours a little cloudy with a small head. The color is very orange. Smell is of citrus with a little bit of toasted malt. Taste is citrus up front, with a light pine touch. The toasted malt takes this one over as I get through the pint. Citrus has hints of lemon, grapefruit and something else I cannot put my finger on. The toasted malt taste is pretty strong after the first half of the glass. Very light and easy to drink with only a little aftertaste of the malt with a light amount of pine that does not last long.. Easier and a little smoother as it warmed in the glass. Decent IPA, I would like to try it on draft to see if more of the citrus flavor comes out in front of the toasted malt. (728 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy Orangeish with a nice head and lacing

S: extreme! Citrus floral and grassy smell

T: a complete hop bomb. Taste is dominate by a taste of weed. Mixed with grapefruit pine grass and the slightest caramel malt backbone.

M: full bodied and chewy

O: I usually like more balanced beers... But this was a unique hop bomb and I enjoyed it. (343 characters)

Photo of MSU_hophead
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a composite rating compiled from the couple times I bothered to take notes for this over the past few years. I would just like to put up here rather then in the notes that the 140 IBU rating in the description is incredibly misleading, this is less hoppy then two hearted or centennial both of which are around 70 IBU. Based on all the (I)IPAs I've had I would put this about 60 if I had to guess.

A - Pours a pleasant golden color with a rather quickly dissipating two finger white head. Surprisingly opaque for the lightness of the color.

S - Not much on the nose at first pass, perhaps a bit of general greenness.

T - The hops are certainly present as should be expected for an IPA with a name like this. There is a bit of malt presence but not a whole lot. The hops have a (not unpleasant) grassy / slightly-piney characteristic with a hint of lemon zest, although, the hops flavor is not quite on the level of Centennial/2H.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit fuller then filtered IPAs given the cloudy nature. Taste was not off at all so I'm just assuming its unfiltered/they bottle condition. Still light enough to be sessionable and it is relatively dry as a lot of IPAs are.

O - Certainly a decent IPA; I think in dryer (IPA wise) parts of the country this could easily beat the local offerings but being from Michigan and having access all of the time to brews like Two Hearted and Centennial makes me a bit pickier then most. I would put this in the high B+ category for Michigan made IPAs along with the likes of Mad Hatter from New Holland. Not bad by any means but the competition is tough in Michigan when it comes to standard IPAs. (1,650 characters)

Photo of Brandegee
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Light, clear copper; head settles quickly, some lacing; good retention of a thin layer of head throughout the taste.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit and malt. Strong hop smell on this one.

Taste: Lots of floral and pine flavor up front. BItter citrus, like lemon mixed with bitter orange dominates the wash.

Feel: This is a strong single IPA, and has little bit of a syrupy mouthfeel, but not heavy. Definitely a medium on the body.

Overall: A very assertive IPA that bunches above its weight in hop power. I think it's very good, but rated it just short of outstanding (I should have taken 2 weeks away from IPAs after the Heady Topper). In smaller doses this works well and satisfies, but for more than a pint the bitterness could get in the way (or maybe not…). (813 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$8.99 6-Pack
Short's Brewpub - Bellaire, MI

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth"

Huma Lupa Licious is copper, hazy, and turbid with some tangerine highlights. The head rises easily to a respectable cap that becomes craggy and has a dirty white eggshell sheen. Intricate, scrub-your-glass, chunky lacing gets left behind after each drink. That's purty.

Candied orange and grapefruit peel are the dominant hop characters with orange overtaking. A touch of pine that borders on herbal runs through the middle and random citrus pops up here and there. The hop profile is slightly muddled but mouthwatering none the less all over the top of a dry biscuity base. A touch of toast maybe but biscuit dominates.

The flavor is more substantial than the aroma. Biscuity malt lies down a base for a big, bitter, citrus and pine hoppiness. The grapefruit and orange, bitter in this case as opposed to sweet in the nose, run from beginning to end with some herbals and pine sneaking in for show. There's actually a large malt presence, although pale, but the bitterness is so large that it obliterates the malt.

Again, big hop bitterness. My lips are halfway numb. The body is moderate and has a nice silky feel with mellow carbonation that's not noticeable pushing the beer along. The bitterness continues to grow.

This beer came to the Chicago market for a couple months back in the day and I bought it constantly. This is the first time I've had one in a year or two and it's as good as I remember. Bold flavor and bitterness but still manages to walk the line of drinkability. (1,597 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden yellow that pours a thin head. Slight orange hues.

Smells of grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest.

Oh my hops! Definite grapefruit and orange zest, wonderfully hoppy.

Mouthfeel is hop bitterness with slight citrus and it is wonderful.

Overall one of my favorite IPAs (289 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a light copper color with a white soapy froth that retains very well. Good clarity and impressive lacing on the pint glass.
SMELL: Grapefruit is heavy on the nose. A hint of biscuit and herb and floral. Mainly grapefruit. Toasted malt.
TASTE: Earthy and piney upfront with a rooty hop profile. Lemon zest and herb dial in strongly. Green tea and citrus. Pale malt backing.
FEEL: Medium bodied feel, high carbonation, with a dry grapefruit bite.
OVERALL: A delicious IPA with big grapefruit notes. Solid brew all in all. (533 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I’ve had this on-tap, from a bottle, and now (this review) direct from the source, via growler.

This pours with a warming amber-caramel glow.

I get a combination of citrus and orange peel in the aroma. It has a forward bitterness which lasts and finishes dry, with flavors of orange peel and an intense citrus character dominating. (336 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - Pours a glowing orange color with a 2 finger head that holds its ground and provides exceptional lacing.

S - Earthy grass, spicy grapefruit, dank herbal notes, sharp and peppery. Small hints of malt aroma.

T - Follows the nose with with juicy citrus, dank herbal, and sticky green hops. The hops are spicy and green showcasing solid bitterness. Light caramel malt shows up but the hops punish with a dry grassy bitterness. Finishes herbal and dry.

M - Medium carbonation and body, crisp and sharp feel, very dry finish.

The first beer from Short's and I have to say well done. This is a no holds bar full flavored IPA with copious amounts of bitterness. A dry crisp inish closes out very nice. Glad I got a chance to try this. (770 characters)

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.