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

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Ratings: 1,786
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
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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 Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter today, 7/12/2013. Thanks to Benish.

Aroma: Very piney, citrusy notes. Perhaps orange. Has a nice, seemingly sticky caramel sweetness that hangs in the nose. Very strong and pleasing nose.

Colour: Pours a hazy dark copper body with a 1cm white head that leaves a sticky lacing as the beer disappears down my gullet. Retention is solid, nothing special.

Flavour: Hoppy as hell. Very bitter pine complemented by a little bit of orange, nectarine flavour supplemented with a strong bit of caramel sweetness. It's a bit of a one-dimensional beer but this is what the name of the beer advertises.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, resinous and almost sticky. Aftertaste is a stinging piney bitterness that lingers quite a while and gets spread all over as I move my tongue around my mouth. Carbonation is good. Drinkable, slight hint of heat.

Overall: A very bitter piney IPA. Not the best IPA, but it is a very good one that is sure to satisfy any hophead's lupulin cravings. Very bitter and piney if that's up your alley.

Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Updated 8/23/13

Another in the series of reviews of Michigan beers obtained on my recent visit to the state in June. I bought two bottles of this one and saved the second bottle for later in the summer.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle. Second one was into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a: Yummy translucent light amber. Finger wide head melted to an even surface foam and clingy ring.

s: Immediately on pouring, orange/tangerine notes even without sniffing close. Wow. The best-smelling IPA I've had yet. Second one was not nearly as strong, perhaps because the hops had been muted by eight weeks of aging.

t: Strong citrus hop bitterness quickly asserted itself and dominated. Powerful but too citrusy-bitter for my taste. Left a long lingering bitter aftertaste similar to and perhaps even stronger than unsweetened grapefruit juice. Second one was only moderate strength and the citrus was not nearly as evident.

m: Mouth-puckering bitterness overshadowed everything on the first occasion. Two months later, it was much easier drinking. Not what was intended perhaps, but definitely a better experience. OTOH I have had lots of different IPAs since my first Huma, and have gotten far more used to and even enamored of hop bombs than I was in June.

o: The second go-round was a much better experience than the first, a medium strength and more balanced bitterness which went well with my grilled burger and potato salad.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ROBSTARR for sending this one. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Nice gold, nearly completely clear. One finger's worth of white head that fades to foam fairly quickly, and a good bit of small bubble visible carbonation.

S: Resin, citrus, pine and some tropical fruit hops on top of a sweet bready malt presence. Not a huge nose, but nice.

T: Resinous pine, grapefruit peel and grassy hops. There is a fairly significant malt backbone here for an IPA as well and, while it adds some sweetness to the flavors without adding much caramelization, it completely folds to the significant hop bitterness in overall impression. The hop bitterness lingers for a few beats after the swallow but is gone fairly quickly.

M: Average body for an IPA with good carbonation. Alcohol presence moderate for ABV.

O: A solid IPA with not a lot to complain about. The hop profile isn't my personal preference, which prevents me from ranking this among the upper echelon of IPAs around...the bitterness is pretty high while the hop flavors are between muddled to absent. But for a bitter-bomb of an IPA it's actually quite enjoyable. If this were available around here it would be in regular rotation in the fridge, but not a staple. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a orange with yellowish hues. pretty hazy. a small white head that fades fairly slowly

Smell: strong grapefruit bitterness. fairly strong sweet and bitter contrast

Taste: again with the strong grapefruit. quite bitter, but fairly juicy.

Mouthfeel: very bitter and sticky. the juiciness falls away

Overall: a good juicy hop ipa. not the most refreshing ipa but has a good lasting taste

Photo of Hanby
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Huma pours an amber color with two fingers of white head. Keeps light retention.

Smell: The strong hop content brings a citrus smell, with grapefruit perhaps standing out. There’s also a light floral and earthy presence there.

Taste: The taste brings a full, big hop presence. The hops really stand out. Grapefruit, maybe some raisin, and a lot of soapy, crisp bitterness are the key notes here. There’s a good balance of light caramel malts in the background, but the crisp, fresh, bitter, and clean hops are what really stand out. And boy, do they ever.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is relatively high, but not too much so. The beer has a full, but not thick, feel.

Overall: This was an excellent, even top-notch, example of an American IPA. One of the best I’ve had, in fact. For the hop fan, this is gonna be a great choice anytime.

Photo of Beerdanza
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

This is a beer for people who love the bitter bite of hops. There's a bit of malt and sweetness down low, but it can't compete with the bitterness.

If you like the hops to dominate your beer experience, and you're an IPA fan, I recommend this. It's one of my favorite beers for summer. It's on my exceptional beer list.

I'd go again.

Photo of Dave_in_GR
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a bright amber hue, with a small amount of head that quickly dissipates. Great lacing on the side of the glass though.

Smell is strong, and dominated by pine and earth notes. Some sweetness as well.

Taste is very bitter, with the hop flavors (mostly pine, but some citrus as well) right at the center of it all. But there is a definitely some corresponding sweetness from the malts. I'm not 100% convinced this is an ideal balance, but if you love hops this beer is perfect.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, with lots of carbonation. The bitterness lingers.

Overall a solid IPA. The hop flavors are subtle, and less dominant than Founders Centennial IPA. But as the name and artwork suggest, the hop bitterness is the main attraction.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of glowing golden orange, holding an easily reproducible one finger head of fat, off white bubbles. This shows lighter retention, leaving spots and stripes of lacing around the glass as it goes. A chill haze is appreciated, without sediment. Carbonation appears to be light to medium. The aroma gives surprising depth of malts, with sticky pales, sweet toffees, cardboard, and a dry pancake batter quality. To match are milky lactics, herbal mint leafiness, green onions, mustard seed, light medicinals, and honeysuckle. Hops take the form of florals, perfumes, and dirty earthen grittiness. Our first impression is that the taste is quite dark, with the hops coming across as freshly raw, as if they were sitting in a bin under the table at a farmer’s market. As we sip, the most bitter, earthy, raw, resiny, and soapy hops crash the palate. Coming to blend are pale and heartily metallic malts, juicy baker’s yeast, dried apricot fruitiness, green bananas, bittered citric rind, and white toast breadiness. The middle comes to a peak with enhanced aluminum metallics, black pepper booziness, dandelion weediness, mineral, and tannic lemon tea, while the hops build up their soapiness, bolstering the bite of the swallow. Washing through the finish gives pencil graphite, cheaper and chalky pale malts, deep brassiness, soapy and earthen hop bitterness, chokecherries, clover honey, and the sweetness of lemon flesh. The aftertaste breathes of light charcoal smokiness, resiny hop stems, soapy and herbal grit, mild chemical phenols, ethanol, lemon peel, salty toffee malts, bittered walnut, and vegetal minerals. The body is medium, and the carbonation is on the light side. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and strong finishing pop. The mouth is left wet and slick, with eventual pucker and green astringency down the tongue and hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. What really stands out about this was its spicy, malty backbone that holds up nicely to the equally as dirty and gritty hop side. The hops are actually a bit light aromatically, but do make much more of an appearance through the flavoring. To match there are much more bitter, fruity, and chemically inclusions that both balance and obscure the general base. This makes for an interesting tasting that keeps the tongue guessing. The feel is a bit watered through, and this takes away from the experience, but this guy is definitely a regional competitor for the style.

Photo of Roman5150
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle into pint glass

appearance: cloudy darker orange, 1 finger white head

smell: intense hops, very earthy weedy smell, highly floral

taste: very bitter, one of the more bitter beer i've ever had. It's a long lasting bitterness, very hoppy and earthiness to it, citrus and grapefruit come through in the end, any malt is easily masked by the bitterness. Lots of floral notes, tastes like a hint of honey is lost somewhere in there as well. If you love bitter high IBU beers like I do, you will love this. Alcohol not noticeable.

mouthfeel: pretty high carbonation, slightly thin feel

overall: A very bitter hop bomb, this offering from Short's packs a punch. To compare it to a more popular beer, it's more bitter than a Ruination, but with less pronounced citrus/grapefruit flavors. A great hoppy beer, one of the most bitter i've ever had, will buy again. Whatever you drink after this, you will not taste.

Photo of JamesMN
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Barely legible date on the bottle of 1/17/13. Here's hoping that's 'bottled on' and not 'enjoy by.'

Appearance: A nice bright orange and completely opaque. Poured a two finger marshmallowy off-white head that has dissipated some leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet sugary barley notes as well has a somewhat dank hop aroma. Like a mixture of pine and earth with citrus/grass buried underneath it all.

Taste: Starts with a building bitterness that has moments of high intensity (120+ IBUs is actually believable here). Mostly a grassy hop flavor that leaves something to be desired. The sweetness from the aroma is nowhere to be found in the taste which really lacks the balance to rein those hops in. That being said, it's really not bad. At 6.9% ABV there is definitely some malt involved in the making of this brew but it is very hard to detect under the massive dose of bitterness. Slightly dry finish and a quinine-like bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with average carbonation and good drinkability despite the hop coma it inflicts on your palate.

Final Thoughts: As a hop head I'm always looking for the most bitter and flavorful IPAs out there. Huma Lupa Licious delivers on the bitterness without a doubt. I wish I had a fresh bottle to find out if it has more hop flavor to give than the grassy character I experienced. Would I drink it again? I'm not seeking it out.

Photo of csparace
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a road trip to MI. Seems pretty fresh. It was a little steep for a sixer (11.50) but its pretty good overall. The only thing I've had from Short's Brew and it definitely makes a good impression on me.

Smell (4.00) - Big hop aroma right off the bat. Slight sweetness reminds me of honey. You can almost taste the bitterness in the smell. Maltiness is coming across as well.

Appearance (4.25) – From a 12oz to a Matilda glass. One finger lemony white head. Deep yet hazy golden yellow with tons of carbonation coming to the top. You can see slight amounts of sediment swirling around. Lacing is pretty nice overall.

Taste (4.00) – Huge hop crunch right on the front. Bitter grapefruit and lemon are prevalent but pine is definitely the main attraction. Bitterness lasts well into the finish where slight caramel notes make an appearance. I don't get a ton of malty complexion like advertised on the bottle.

Mouthfeel (4.00) – Bitterness and carbonation zonk the thirst out of you. If you swirl it in your mouth you can get a slight alcohol bite, but otherwise the alcohol is well hidden. The beer kind of lays in the back of the throat after the finish.

Overall (4.00) – If you're a hop nut like myself and want a satisfying crunch, this one delivers. It leaves a bit to be desired in terms of complexity but is still very pleasing overall. The main thing with this beer is the heavy pine taste that lasts throughout. Satisfying and I'm glad I have a sixer to enjoy.

Photo of CMUbrew
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from Fall 2012

A: Amber in color, quite cloudy from accidentally pouring in the bottle sediment. Fairly creamy looking white head on top. Lacing is quite good.

S: Some pine and maybe some buiscuty malts in there. Not much else going on.

T: This is a beer taste experience quite unlike anything else ive had before. Not in a good way either. Upfront, i basically get no taste. Like the beer is using some sort of cloaking device to pass over my tongue and get down my throat without leaving any delicious hop goodness behind. All that is left for my dumbfounded taste buds is an aftertaste flavor decoy consisting of raw IBUs and some resin.

M: Not that great. Fairly thin and sort of bubbly

O: One of my biggest beer disappointments to date. From this bottle I cannot understand its high rating. I love hop bitterness, but there must be good flavors to accompany that. Perhaps the sediment through the whole beer out of whack, but I feel like there really wasn't enough of it to accomplish that. A let down overall.

Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a modest head and settles to a thick ring with some inconsequencial minute bubbles in the center. Leaves ring lace after each sip. Mild haze on the golden color.

Mild starting aroma. Shows good balance.

The flavor is surprizingly bitter given the smell. Highly carbonated with a strong white pepper swallow. The body is as one might expect for an IPA. Long lingering bitter aftertaste.

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a stein.

A-Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a slice of creamy white head that quickly fades.

S-Melon and sweet caramel, light roast biscuit, faint hops and floral notes.

T-Taste does not follow smell. You are hit with fresh hops followed by citrus zest, biscuit roast and very light caramel sugary sweet. The after taste is all bitter hops so beware to those among us who are not hop heads.

M-Light to medium body with smooth resinous feel and lightly carbonated.

O-Very solid IPA. It stays true to its name and gives you a very hoppy experience without any other overwhelming flavor distracting the palate. I definitely recommend to fans of IPAs.

Photo of sjones5045
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first glance and smell I was not impressed and was waiting for a dud. Looks like a dark apple juice with some suds and there really isn't much of a hoppy smell upfront. The taste is a whole different story though. It took a few sips to get a grasp on exactly what this beer wants to be. Not all that hoppy but definately enough there to know its an IPA. Full disclosure I'm not a hop head so if someone really likes hoppy beers this will not be it. But there is a decent malty taste that hits you as the hops taste starts to peek. Interesting beer. Not great but definitely a very drinkable beer that is worth picking up if you can get it.

Photo of Treebs
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at HopCat. Served in a nonic pint.

A: Pours a solid orange color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a solid ring that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: A little melon and fruity berry on the nose. Some caramel malt sweetness with a hint of biscuit.

T: The taste is like the nose, but a tad sweeter. Candied melon with fresh picked strawberry. Some light grass with some caramel sweetness and a biscuity malty.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Easily drinkable with a sweet fruit finish.

O: Really easy drinkable with a solid balance of flavors. Definitely the best Short's beer I've ever had.

Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-04-05 in Warsaw, IN

A - Moderately hazy golden-orange with a 1.5-finger offwhite head and good lacing.

S - Crushed hop buds, floral, orange, light malt.

T - Hop forward orange zest bitterness, which mellows momentarily for some orange flesh, lightly roasted grain, pine and a smidgen of caramel before the bitterness comes roaring back; refusing to let go as the sugars and other flavors dry away. A hop bomb for sure.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Very prickly, resinous.

O - Quite enjoyable. Reminded me a bit of a Fat Head's Head Hunter although this is not as dank by any means. A nice surprise while travelling in the midwest. Will have this again.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a six at WFM P Street NW, DC

a: served in a piraat chalice, the beer is a medium orange-amber in color, sporting a thin layer of carbonation and light ring

s: the nose melds big citrus and pine pulp hops, heavy grapefruit, lightly toasted biscuity malt, and a pleasant caramel malt aroma that provides a light-moderate sweet note, slight esters and just a touch of alcohol

m: carbonation light to moderate, smooth, body on the lower end of medium

t: a base of biscuity pale malts and a grainy caramel sweetness - not too much though, and balanced as the style goes, big citrus pith and pine hop flavors and a huge resinous bitterness that powers through the finish, rustic and a little unrefined, but in an intriguing way

o: a very aromatic and flavorful ipa that doesn't betray just how hugely hopped it is until that monster bitterness hits in the finish, dig the grainy character as well, plenty of malt to even things out, like

Photo of wyatt13
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My dad picked this up on a recent trip through Michigan. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a light goldenrod with a creamy white head that is only about one finger tall. Really tiny bubbles give the head a certain creaminess, which promises abundant lacing. Cascades of carbonation form vertical columns. Great clarity.

S - The first whiff bombards the nose with indisputably dank hop aromas. A good bit of lemony citrus character also asserts itself. Some grassy or earthy smells like a Spring field after rainfall.

T - Green hoppiness abounds, ushering straight into some light bready qualities. An extended bitterness is left on the finish, but the bitterness is not off-putting at all. Rather, it encourages additional drinking.

M - Highly carbonated in the mouth and dries the mouth out.

O - Nothing mind-blowing, but a very solid IPA. This bottle seemed reasonably, but not incredibly, fresh so I can only imagine the dankness of a super fresh bottle. Very enjoyable and represents the name well.

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No Date on the bottle

A - Pours out dark golden with a haze accompanied by a slight white head that dissipated rather fast.

S - There is a earthy, grassy hops with a nice strong biscuit, hay, woody, nutty malt presence. This bottle could be old but am unsure with no date but the hops are really not present here.

T - The taste more powerful then the nose with malts then hops to follow. It has a strong bitter bite with floral, grassy, earthy, nutty, and biscuit notes. Definitely hoped forward, and does not leave your palate un-harmed. Slight alcohol in the back and perhaps some saltiness, as the hops die off.

M - Medium bodied and soft with a good amount of carbonation to keep the bitter bite moving. On the dry side and leaves mouth wanting more. Bitterness bites into your taste buds here so watch out.

O - A nice local IPA that is relatively easy to find with a good price. Its one of shorts better beers in my opinion. Has a very bitter bite for you hop heads and will not leave you disappointed, and one I turn to when I want a hop bomb. Not the best tasting beer but it has a Bite to remember, Cheers!

Photo of birwulf
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at DTW airport in nonic pint glass - slight haze, but nice floral and spicy aroma. Taste is bitter and dry, but appropriate for style with pleasant mouthfeel. Light lacing and head retention - this may partially be due to how clean the glass was. No off flavors detected. Positive overall impression.

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA.

This one seemed like it was pretty fresh. It poured an unfiltered light orange/amber color.
lacing in carbonation, and a fresh smell of hops.

Lots of flavor in this one, so much going on. I got the taste of this grainy, almost dry taste, and then a sappy, grassy taste as well in the back end.

Overall a solid beer from Shorts, it makes me want to try other Shorts beers.

Photo of rodlavers
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, no visible bottling date, but there is a code on the bottom that I am unable to discern. My buddy just brought this back from MI, so I am assuming, one way or the other, that it's relatively fresh. Pours a really bright and hazy creamsicle orange with an equally bright white head. Head disappears pretty quickly, to almost nothing on the surface, but the lacing on the glass is decent, lots of little bubbles and interesting looking webbing.

Smells almost tart, with loads of malt and citrus up front, almost too much malt for my liking, but still good. It's super effing hoppy, for sure. I get a bit of sweetness as it warms up a bit. There's also some natural grassy/wheat aromas that become noticeable after a few minutes of warming up.

Taste is similar, very hoppy, very crisp, tart even, with malt dominating. Pine plays a small role, but overall I get a really hoppy pulpy malt/citrus flavor. I also get similar natural flavors of grass and wheat as well here. It's good, for sure.

Feels very crisp, but resinous as well. It's sharp and carbonated, biting and lingering. Basically what the label says: A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth, which is a bit overbearing, yet still enjoyable.

Overall this a very hoppy IPA with a huge malt presence. It's big, but at 6.something percent ABV, I could prob enjoy a few of these, but likely not much else.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - hazy dark yellow or light orange, a thin white head that fades to a ring quickly, no visible carbonatio.

S - nice big hop profile, citrus, grapefruit end of the hop scale, A supreme candied sweetness in the backgrounf make for one of the more balanced aromas I have experienced in an IPA

T - THe hops come to the forehground and dominate the flavor,and drown out any sweetness, the hops skew away fromt he citrus/grapefruit end to equal amounts piney-ness. A big hop profile, maybe a little sweetness in the finish. Nice job.

M&D&O - not as balanced as the smell indicated it would be, the hops are killer, a great piney profile and a nice IPA. Never noticed such a dichotomy in the smell and taste in a standard IPA.

I was told this, along with a couple other Short's beer is their first foray into New England and is a litmus test of the region. Hey Shorts - COME TO NEW ENGLAND PERMANENTLY!!

Photo of Groulxsome
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle says 01/09/13. It pours amber with a little orange glow and a little lacy white head. There is balance in the aroma between sweet malt, caramel and biscut, and soft pine, a little earthiness, and rich grapefruit hops. The balance is excellent between the the rich malt and the acidic hops. A big burst of bitterness rounded out by a fairly tick mouthfeel and a lingering taste of grapefruit and almost copper bitterness. This is really one of the nicest bitternesses I've had on an IPA in a while! I quite like this one for the balance of the malts, the bitterness, and the acidity. It's not going to knock you out with aroma hops like some IPAs might, but there is something nice to be said about a rich bitterness and a great malt character.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,786 ratings.