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

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Reviews: 640
Hads: 1,810
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 224
Gots: 257 | 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 BeachHoppy
4.85/5  rDev +20%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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? (843 characters)

Photo of montageman
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of redmosquito
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
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! (819 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.! (924 characters)

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