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

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPAShort's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA

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Ratings: 1341
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%


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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GRPunk

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- It poure a quite hazy orange-brown color with a 1 finger off-white head that became a solid lace leaving nice sticky rings down the glass.

S- There were definitley sweeter malt tones evident, but the grassy hops took center stage on this beer.

T- Much like the aroma, the hops were much stronger than the malt characteristics. The major flavor was grapefruit.

M- Very smooth feel. Light carbonation and a full body almost made me think of a cask style offering.

D- It's an easy drinker. I had two large drafts with dinner and thought I could have another. While the flavor tends more toward the hops, it's not a hop bomb that's going to kill the tastebuds.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2008 01:12:10 | More by GRPunk
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bgramer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this on tap at HopCat (4 Short's on tap) in Grand Rapids - and ordered a growler of this to go. This is my first experience with Short's brewery.

I poured into a large tulip glass and t was a cloudy copper/amber color... very floral and hoppy. One finger of head that quickly dissipated leaving a circle that laces the glass as I drink it down.

Bold flavor with hints of malt and caramel and citrus. There's something light-fruity here - maybe apples? While the flavor is bold, the body is light enough that it's very drinkable.

Definitely recommend it if you ever find it anywhere. It's quite difficult to find.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 20:29:31 | More by bgramer
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Baileyuk

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was one of my first craft experiences and I thought the industry was nuts! That was 2003 and I was not put off and allowed myself to experience some lighter beers.
Skipping through to now where I am craft only and an IPA lover this beer is top of my list. It is so well balanced as to not just have a hop presence for the sake of it. Its first taste is powerful but then a leveling off into a pleasant taste. The aroma is interesting and reminds you of the hops relation to "other" plants.

I cannot wait until bottles are out in May and I can drink it any time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 23:20:57 | More by Baileyuk
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front (North Detroit area) last week. This was my first Short's beer. This had a nice hops presence in the aroma, but enough malt balance to keep it interesting. Actually similar to DFH 90 minute, I was happy with the depth of flavor, and the light body made it easy to pound. Recommended if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2008 10:55:49 | More by TurdFurgison
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BeachHoppy

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Huma-Lupa Licious IPA is easily one of the top 3 IPAs brewed in Michigan. My number one at the moment.

I have a 5-tap kegerator in my at-home tavern, and I am proud to have Huma-Lupa as my flagship Michigan beer. My hop-head wife and I are enjoying our fifth half barrel of HLL this year. This is one of the best session IPA's ever had in my 30+ years of drinking quality beers.

This is a consistently brewed beer. You can always count on the hops right up front. It has great mouth feel and is properly balanced with enough malt to not entirely overtake the beer with west coast hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 21:52:30 | More by BeachHoppy
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed August 17 2007. On tap at Ashley’s, Ann Arbor. 16 Oz Pour. Aroma loaded with sticky resinous Cascade, Amarillo and other West Coast monsters. A rich, powerful and very fresh quaff. Pours a bit too clouded in bold straw, fresh with a silky rim of white. Flavor is in line with aroma, a rich amalgamation of hop resins, citrus peel, pine and grass. All the lovely aspects of hops and none of the bad ones. A nice thick malt body holds up the hop presentation. No caramels, just a fresh, clean body of paler malt sugars, with bits of lemon and apple juice. Palate is nice, with full body in the middle, but little residual stickiness, instead just a nice heavily dry hop and alcohol smack.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2007 03:29:45 | More by CharlesDarwin
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Nice cloudy copper colored brew, with a thick off white head. The head retention is great. Near the end of the beer, there were some great sheets of lace covering the sides of the glass.

Bold citrus and pine hop aroma. A bit of caramel malt in the background, but make no mistake, this is one-sided.

Nice toasty, caramel malt flavor, followed by citrusy and piney flavors. Solid amount of bitterness, without being harsh. Lingering orange and peach flavor.

Good body. Very drinkable. Very solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 17:42:16 | More by Bierguy5
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mcallister

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmore for a sixer of this brew (and plenty of others!!!)

Nice looking nearly opaque IPA. Bronze colored and slightly milky. Head is almost white and has wonderful retentin and leaves a thin sticky lace everywhere.

This is a damn fine smelling IPA. Citrusy hops first and foremost with piney aspects slicing through. Sweet peach and tangerine, with a hint of pineapple, newly mown grass with a caramel malty hint evening things out.

And it carries over to the mouth. Not the best IPA but one of the most solid drinkable I've had in a long long time. Mouth and nose are closely related. A great bittering hop on the finish leaves you puckering for another sip. Hop flavors are full ambitious and ready to be taken. Drinkability is high for this IPA as it is nearly perfectly balanced between malt and hop. Another one waiter?

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 23:28:07 | More by mcallister
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montageman

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass - on draught at the Berkley Front. Cloudy amber in color with lots of carbonation bubbles and no head, but that might be from the way it was poured. Smell is very floral with some citrus notes and a little bit of pine. Taste is very hoppy with a little grapefruit there, but there is nothing there to balance the hop bitterness, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel is crisp due to the carobonation - very nice for this type of beer. I could definitely drink more than one of these at a sitting, but I love the bitter taste, could be more of a chore for someone else. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2007 18:08:36 | More by montageman
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky peach color with a small white head. Aroma is a nice citrusy hoppiness with some tangerines and grapefruits, malt backbone combines to include a sweet peach aroma. Flavor is big citrus esp tangerine with some grapefruit. Peach also comes thru but lighter in the taste than in the aroma. Big size bitterness in the finish with some pepperiness and decent amt of dryness. This beer is big for the style, alcohol isn't too over the top, but hop aromas and taste are big and bold and the bitterness is on the same level as some dipa's. Great beer that can fortunately be had locally, hopefully Short's other beers will see larger distribution in the future.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2006 02:19:20 | More by hoppymeal
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Deep golden colour; off-white head, little retention, hints of lace.

S: Grapefruit citrus with a little dark toffee.

T: Grapefruit juice, very light malt (bready). Alcohol is well-hidden by the hop flavour. Nice, but not a lot of depth/flavour. I think it could use some more bitterness.

M: Light to moderate carbonation. Very well attenuated, body is on the light side of moderate.

D: Quite quaffable! Alcohol could be trouble.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2006 20:35:39 | More by Derek
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant coppery color with a flourescent orange hue. Solid moderately sized head maintains well. Some lacing. Smell is quite resiny and intense. Reminds me of piney juice, if there is such a thing. There also seems to be lots of grapefruit flavors and a touch of a nutty toffee crunch. Taste doesn't match appearance or aroma. Really sharp hops and quite bitter. The flavor is decent but skewed. Malts seem fruity but never truly find their way. This is solid but a bit too sharp and a bit too watery. I liked the first half of my pint, the second half wore on me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2006 14:46:37 | More by granger10
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out to a dark orange color with a smaller head of orange white foam. Medium low level of carbonation. This is a hop-heads dream come true. Aromas of hops and hop oils, with a mild backbone of earthy hops. Taste was hops over the top with caramel malts blending in for a harmonious experience. Mouthfeel was nice and oily, the way I like my IPA's. Drinkability was suprisingly good for the higher ABV. Recommended drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2006 02:56:33 | More by Frozensoul327
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Crosling

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draught @ Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan. Dark orange with the perfect IPA color. Unbelievably luscious hop aroma, showcasing nearly everything aromatically possible for hops, but with the pine and grapefruit standing out most. Suprisingly harsh hop flavor with a medley of pine, lemon, spruce, resin, grapefruit and citrus, while maintaining a ridiculous level of bitterness. No malt backing and bone dry, making it almost undrinkable, but wow, what an aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2006 04:24:16 | More by Crosling
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redmosquito

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper color with a strong white head. Aroma of spicey and citrus hops and malty goodness of sweet caramel. There is strong bitterness here balanced with huge amounts of munich and caramel malts. This is a very nice malty IPA, which is how I like them, I definitely like hops but they're so overdone on IPAs these days that a malt balanced IPA seems like a gift.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2005 21:08:46 | More by redmosquito
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proc

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a brownish-copper in the glass with a good-sized head. The aroma is that of citrus and pine. The taste is delicious. Grapefruit, pine and hops are definetely present, but are backed up nicely by the malt. It seems to have a very complex malt character, which is nice for an IPA to balance against the hops. Not as complex as Town Hall's Mama Masala, but still outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2004 14:12:49 | More by proc
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a Short's growler on trbeer's porch July 25th (written from my notebook). The color was copper, with a foamy white head, leaving nice lacing. The smell was a strong grapefruity and piney hoppiness. The taste was a grapefruity and piney hoppiness, with a good resiny taste and very little malt shining through (not like it has to!)....just hops, hops, hops! Mouthfeel was a nice oily, resiny character. As for drinkability, this is a fantastic one that I would have many of!

Wow...thanks to trbeer for sharing this one with me!!! An IPA that stands up with Hop Wallop and Red Star's Formula 47 for sheer hop goodness!! I love the grapefruity hop flavor in the big double-ish IPA, and this is one (along with the others I've had at the SBF, though I didn't review) that makes me sad that it's 9 hours away!

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2004 23:27:07 | More by beergeek279
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture a slightly paler "Two-Hearted with some more brown in and you have Huma-Lupa-Licious. ( The comparisons to Two-hearted will continue because any IPA made in MI has that as its comparator.) Huge head on the pour from the growler and the slightly off-white head leaves sheets and ring of lace on the pint.
Aroma was citrus, pine trees, some hay, very pale malt.
Flavor was slight pale malt followed by some light toffee and a citrus and resiny finish.
Mouthfeel was modestly smooth and malty for a split second and the barrage and complex and strong, but not overpowering hop profiles take over. First wave of bittering seems more light and perfumy but this is followed quickly by a 2nd salvo of teeth-hurting, taste bud grinding, resin and gritty bitterness takes over. Really builds a crescendo of layered bitterness. More complex as I work through the growler. Very nice beer.
Drinkability is very high. Stands up strong to Two-Hearted. Different yet alike in some ways this beer is a classic. Definitely have to get back to Bellaire sometime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2004 02:04:47 | More by CRJMellor
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arizcards

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By chance I happened on a local Northern Michigan weekly publication which had an article about this brand new brewery. Always up for a search for good beer, Da Boss and I drove about 30 miles from Boyne Mountain down to Bellaire, Michigan, which is just northeast of Traverse City. The drive was worthwhile!
This IPA, named after the the hop flower Humulus Lupulus, was orange colored and did not have much of a head. Chad, the friendly bartender, indicated that the CO2 is inconsistent from beer to beer. The nose is your typical malt and hops medley. The taste was outstanding, most notably very fresh and alive. There was a generous amount of hops incorporated. The mouthfeel was very full and very lively on the palate. The overall drinkability was very good as this brew was very fresh. I had 2-20 ounce pints and could have easily sat a few more hours listening to the jazz band and had a few more of this nice IPA.!

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2004 01:55:29 | More by arizcards
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