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

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

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BA SCORE
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1,421 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,421
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 201
Gots: 100 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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homebrew311

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dbc5 for sending me this one.

A: pours a slightly hazy gold, bright white dense head, some lacing

S: nose starts with big time pine/resinous character, loads of bittering hops followed by grapefruit and mango, a little bit of orange on the finish

T: the taste starts of with a touch of caramel malt and is followed by in your face bitterness, the bitterness is strong and last through the finish, finish is a bit dry

MF: high carbonation, smooth body

O: my last few experiences with Short's have been a little rocky, but this one is quite nice. Huge assertive hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 07:02:33 | More by homebrew311
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claytong

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - straw orange with minor head for an ipa. good retention however.

smell - citrus hops, and some hops with citrus. pretty simple but nice, light and easy with some bitterness coming to the nose.

taste - comparable to the greats of the style and dipa. big hops here. citrus, pale malts, and it seems like you can taste the cleanness of the water.

mouthfeel - pretty light bodied, medium carbonation and very drinkable with minor puckering. a bit of sweetness with a bit of hops goes a long way in my books

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 04:51:41 | More by claytong
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

891st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

12 oz.

Couldnt find bottle date

Thanks to Spdyfire83 for this.

App- A good hazy orange with some soft yellow floating downwards. On a 1/2 in head that was off white was there with only a small amount of cling.

Smell- Fairly balanced amount of malt and citrus. A little bitter on the nose with with some dampness behind it.

Taste- Wow. This is a small bottle but has some huge flavors with it. A lot of bitter behind this one and a bit dry on the flavor. Only a fraction of the citrus from the nose comes on the profile.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation that is a bit dry with a nice big bitter flavor.

Drink- This is not as bitter as some of the other American IPA's but still has a strong presence behind it. A nice beer but this profile is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:38:08 | More by FosterJM
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1+ finger off white head settled to a very thin layer, nice lacing all around, slightly hazy gold with amber hues, impressive 4.5
S – citrus, dry grasses, toasty with a bit of tropical fruit sweetness 3.5
T – Bready with an herbal hop bitterness, grapefruit zest, mild pine, decent malt balance with some caramel character, I’m personally not so fond of the hop profile 3.5
M – Moderate body, slightly sticky, nice smoothing small bubble carbonation 4
O – Hop profile/flavors that I tend to like is lacking but brew still has substantial hop bitterness. Looks and feels good, but I’ll skip buying this one again as the taste is not enough to my liking. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 05:22:35 | More by rsdaugherty
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lanamj

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served into a Old Hickory Pint glass

A- It generates a nice foamy head the resides into a light lacing around the edge of the glass. The color is a translucent amber.

S- Due to the fact i have no idea how old this bottle is, it's sweet and malty. A fresh bottle ( if this isn't one ) would smell more crisp. In saying that, I get a lot of sweet malts and bitter hops. Not to much fresh aroma hops.

T- A nice balance unlike the smell. The bitter hops flavor and sweet malt meet perfectly. The acidic flavor of the hop and sweet tone of the malt complement one anther very nicely.

M- Just as an IPA should be. Drinkability is good and carbonation is moderate. It's good.

O- Maybe I had an older bottle but this seemed malty and bitter. I felt that the characteristics of an high quality hops was present but stale.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 08:08:35 | More by lanamj
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doughanson78

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to thabigmp for this one.

A: Orange with a yellow tint. Slight haze. One finger white head with good retention and OK lacing.

S: Nice blend of citrus and floral hops. Like grapefruit and pineapple flowers. A bready caramel mingles nicely also.

T: The bready caramel is upfront, but only for a second. The mixture of citrus and floral isn't as good as the nose was. Finishes earthy and grassy. The grapefruit is fairly astringent at the end.

M: Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly slick and oily. Very dry but the acidity of the citrus ruins the finish.

O: It's a decent IPA. Nothing I would drink on a regular basis. The citrus needs to be tamed.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 05:00:12 | More by doughanson78
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Cheesemoose

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date. Received for the wife from abraxel. Cheers and thanks!

Served into a standard pint glass.

Has a near reddish yellow body, with a foamy cap and though it only reaches a solid finger of head, presents a nice smattering of lacing throughout.

Strong citrus fruit notes, a good malt base that comes off as a sweet candied orange zest.

Dang this baby is smooth. A moderate entrance, that comes off more malty than hoppy, but with a pleasant and well deserved kick of hops that crawls up the back of the tongue. Citrus, soft biscuit, some butter notes, all well played. Nice balance.

For what its worth, the beer is well made. Neither sticky, nor abrasive.

Dang good IPA. Wish we had this baby in Florida for sure. Gives Jai Alai a run for its money. Not saying its not "world class", just for a drinkable IPA, this one is hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 08:53:31 | More by Cheesemoose
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/gold with white head.

The smell is pineapple and fresh cut grass.

The taste is a brief amount of flavor on the front consisting of an earthy citrus followed by a mouth puckering bitterness.

A nice creamy mouthfeel to top it all off.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 22:48:42 | More by Eriktheipaman
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GilGarp

Colorado

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

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Huma-lupa-licious is one stragely named beer but definately a tasty one nonetheless. This is the third I've had from this sixer and it continues to impress.

It has a hazy copper orange color with creamy white head. It settles slowly to a thin layer leaving perfect lace down the insides of the glass.

Aroma is really fresh and hoppy with great citrus notes. Almost a candied orange peel sort of character to it.

Flavor is nicely done too. Really quite bitter, even for an IPA. It seems to pull at the inside of my mouth, such is the strength of the bitterness. A little bit of biscuit and caramel malts to give it some balance but it's really all about the hops with this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and fully hopped up on the green stuff.

Overall a really nice IPA and one I wouldn't hesitate to buy again if Short's continues to distribute to Colorado. Fingers crossed!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 20:36:00 | More by GilGarp
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Holland

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a half finger head. Large bubbles become a fine lacing later on.

S: huge floral, citrus, pine, and bitter smell. Some sweet maltiness ensues.

T: the instant it hits my tongue I get malt, then it goes directly to bitterness, then citrus and pine, and finally it leaves a thin pale malt aftertaste with a hint of sweetness. Nope, it's not done. The bitterness and hops hang forever. Really lasting flavors.

M: initially carbonated, then smooths a bit with time in the mouth. Finishes crisp, but coats the tongue for a lasting tasteful finish.

O: excellent IPA. I'm an IPA person from Michigan, and I can't believe I never tried this before this year. Good thing I picked it up at Meijer's.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 00:50:41 | More by Holland
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the recent shipment that hit Colorado. Dark orange, hazy, lots of lace and a short but thick foamy head. Smells like bitter hops and orange rinds. Taste is super bitter, palate ruining bitterness with hints of malt and citrus but mostly just fucking bitter. Not bad but I'd never reach for a second one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:38:15 | More by ArrogantB
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled on 08/08/11, so a little under 2 months old. Pours hazy golden orange color with a gigantic 3 finger creamy off white head with incredible retention. Some thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge pine, orange, tropical fruit, bread, spice, and lemon. Some excellent aromas here with nice strength. Taste of tons of pine, orange, tropical fruit, lemon, caramel, bread, and spices. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish that lingers with citrus, breadiness, pine resin, and spicy hop notes. Medium carbonation and medium bodied with a very nice and creamy mouthfeel. Super drinkable for an IPA, with no alcohol noticed at all. Fantastic balance of bitterness and sweetness as well. Overall an outstanding IPA. I had no idea they dated the bottles until now. I will be on the lookout for a fresh 6 pack and then it will be mine.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 02:44:43 | More by superspak
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morimech

Minnesota

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

Amber colored with a slight haze. One finger of head forms that settles to a thin cap. Large amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is a combination of caramel malt and citrus pith. Almost has a caramelized sugar base for the citrus hops to play off of. To me not the greatest combination but it does identify what you are going to taste.

The malt does not play a huge part in the flavor, just an underlying sweetness. Massive amounts of citrus pith and a little pine from the hops. Bitter without being palate destroying. Lingering citrus aftertaste.

Good base of a body. Enjoyable carbonation with a soft texture.

Cannot go wrong with fresh Huma-Lupa. The best of the Short's bottled beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 19:47:19 | More by morimech
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: Beautiful golden sunset. Hazy orange-amber that's a thing of real beauty. A good pour yields a fluffy 1.5 finger head with great retention and top notch lacing.

S: (Not too tropical) Juice, though what really shines through here is a piney resin that clings to the nostrils.

T: Christ, it's like sucking on a pine cone. Extremely sappy. I can't think of another IPA quite this sticky. My tounge feels like it's been stabbed by pine needles. As I let it sit and open a bit, there's a mild fruitiness that comes through, and in the end there's a pretty decent layer of malt that tries to hold this unbalanced beer together.

M: Really nice - creamy, rich and dense. Yet it's also easy to get your mouth around and enjoy without fatigue.

O: Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious was a long time want, and I'm glad to have finally ticked it. Having said that, this wasn't a favorite of mine, as there's a real lack of balance in flavor. With a bit more touch, this could be fantastic. As it stands though, I wouldn't go out of my way to grab a pint.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 15:52:00 | More by Rhettroactive
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Corbet

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep Gold in color with a 1 finger bubbly white head on it that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S - The hops are very fragrant in this beer. They range from piney to grassy to grapefruity.

T - The hops and the malt are well balanced. It has a slightly sweet toffee-like malty flavor as well as a toasty malt flavor. This is accompanied by a stong hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Decent IPA, but honestly, it doesn't do much for me. Nothing about it screams "this is really good" or "this is really unique".

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:46:20 | More by Corbet
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SeattleBeerBlog

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured into a white wine glass, pours a hazy dark copper with a white head that lasts a good length. Nice lacing and head but color is a bit to hazy and dark for my liking.

S- great nose! Pine, Citrus, grapefruit, orange, malt, lots of hops yum.

T- resinous, pine, earthy, grapefruit, bitter, and biscuit. not a rolling bitterness though, just kind of appears from nowhere at the end. Start is week middle is weak end is great.

M- medium body, nice carbonation,

O- this beer has a killer nose, one of the best but its color and flavor are a bit off for me, I would enjoy this fresh as opposed to part of their GABF temporary distribution in Denver. Good beer, but not world class by any means.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:04:34 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
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lonestar4lunch

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, hazy golden orange color with a light head that doesn't stick around. Wow, the aroma is awesome. Tons of hops dominate the nose with all the bitter sweetness you can handle and then just a little bit of malts. This brew starts of with some outstanding malt that are a bit sweet then here comes the hops. That bitter sweetness from the nose shows up at the end and finishes into a nice dry bitter end. This is just an over the top brew that was done very well. I've only been able to try a couple of Short's offerings but this seems to be the reoccurring theme. Very good, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 23:30:30 | More by lonestar4lunch
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bwiechmann

Minnesota

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

Got this in the Telephone Game BIF from abraxel as an extra- much thanks man.

Pours a beautiful orange with a nice head of... wow- the smell hits you before the head even fully forms, I'm gona enjoy this. Copious amounts of lacing make a pretty beer.

Smell is all hops. Sharp and caustic notes of citrus and pine hit you in unrelenting waves. I suppose there's a little bready malt backbone if you look for it.

In regards to taste this brew lulls you into a false sense of security with those bready malts mid-palette. Then, Bam, it mushroom stamps you with hops. Citrusy, piney, resinousy hops come again and again, sticking to the tongue and increasing in intensity with each sip. Wonderful.

Overall, an awesome brew made for the hophead in you. As far as IPAs go, this can stand toe to toe with the best of them. Thanks abraxel for giving me the opportunity to try this and for giving me two so I can get another fix!

Seek this one out- it's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 00:41:36 | More by bwiechmann
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Dan3279

Ohio

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

First off I have to thank my friend Steve for hooking me up with this bottle during his recent brewery visit.

Poured the 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter to find a golden amber body with an inch and a half head. The aroma was dominated by the hops with some nice caramel malt hints. The flavor was good, again dominated by the hops, a good amount of bitterness but not overpowering and leads to a nice almost sweet aftertaste. The mouth feel was good with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall this was one was a little different but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 17:53:02 | More by Dan3279
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

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

Pours a nice fluffy one fingers worth of white head. Nice lacing and good retention. Clear pale golden body.

Smells of carmel and bready malts, earthy, floral hops. Quite nice for an IPA.

Tastes initially sweet and malty, then a transition to floral, grassy and earthy hops. This is fairly complex and pleasant. The lingering hop note is oily coating hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel is medium body with light carbonation, a nice creamy texture with each sip.

Overall this is a very sold IPA, I'm glad a bought a sixer of this to enjoy for the next week. Picked this up while on my beercation this past week, $11.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:55:52 | More by Homebrew35
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andrewjraab

Michigan

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

A - Golden Burnt Orange. 3 full fingers of smooth and foamy head. Nice lacing and retention rings as it goes down.

S - - nice fruity grapefruit smell.

T - Hoppy lupa licious! Delicious american IPA. Well done!

M - nice balance - smooth feel as it goes down.

O - I rate this one of my favorite american IPA's in Michigan. It is right up there with the best of them.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 22:44:43 | More by andrewjraab
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Haybeerman

Colorado

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

A: Orange color; light, even haze. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention to a half finger. Decanted lazily. Laced the glass in thin rings top to bottom.

S: Variety of hop aromas; grapefruit, pine, earth and lemon rind. Biscuity and bready malt; more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Hop forward taste consistent with the nose. Resiny but not sticky in the middle. Finish is sharply bitter that evens-out in a delicate balance (not to say its balanced as its still very hop-forward).

M: Medium-to-full body. Moderate carbonation. Lightly resinous and dry.

O: Cornucopia of hop character, but some malt character peeks through.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 18:55:46 | More by Haybeerman
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Verecund

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

September 24, 2011. Bottled August 25, 2011. Thanks to splax23 for this.

Pours an almost-amber with a nice one and a half finger cloudy head.

Very nice nose of grapefruit, light citrus, pine, and some grassy bitterness. Pretty well-rounded; I don't know why, but I didn't expect this to be as aromatic as it was. The bready backbone helps display the hop profile.

A bit of a letdown after the nose: medium grapefruit and citrus bitterness, but the sweet maltiness peeks through more strongly, cutting through the bitterness. I would not have guessed this had 140 IBUs. Tastes "young" for some reason, despite the disappointing display of hops.

Not my favorite hop profile, but one of the better Short's beers I've had, especially the nose right after the pour. I wouldn't seek this out, but it's a decent showing.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 02:00:51 | More by Verecund
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UnionMade

Colorado

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

Aside from the finger's worth of foam atop this beer, it looks like a glass full of unfiltered clover honey. Bright orange, glowing with haziness. Great head retention, and lots of lace leaving rings down the glass.
Smells fiercely hoppy. I can smell it from where it's sitting on the patio table in front of me. Sweet malt is there, but the hops dominate with a lemony zest. Fruity and pungent.
The flavor opens rather sweet for a split second, then the hops overtake the palate "like an unstoppable rebel force". Fruity and floral in it's bitterness, lemon and orange peel with a bit of pine. Big bodied and greasy with all the hop oils. The malt keeps the bitterness from getting too out of control with a simple, candied sweetness. Complexity is mostly derived from the hops, the malt seems to be there in an essential, unseen role, like the black-clad ringside cameraman capturing a fight. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste for a long, long time. I tend to like over the top IPAs like this, so I'm sure my six pack will go quickly. This one's a real palate blaster. I imagine it would be hard to taste most other brews after a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 09:34:15 | More by UnionMade
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe for this one.

A: The beer pours a hazed golden amber color with a finger or so of white head.

S: The hop character is very grassy and herbal, perhaps even slightly vegetal. There is a touch of citrus zest to it and a decent amount of sweet bready malt.

T: Decently bitter with a lot of herbal and piney hop flavors. Somewhat sweet with flavors of toffee and bread. A touch of grassy hop flavor with a lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A little bit too bitter without the hop flavors that I generally like in IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 06:12:58 | More by womencantsail
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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