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

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1,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,601
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 213
Gots: 153 | FT: 5
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

CPditka, Mar 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

mgroothuis, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of FishPondManager
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GoldenChild for this. Poured into a tulip

A - pours a cloudy gold/amber with ample head. Two finger head fades to a nice frothy layer. Great lacing.

S - Citrus, grapefruit. A bit musty with a bitter note. Pretty standard for the style

T - Starts citrusy and bitter. A bit of sweetness is quickly dashed by some pine, biscuit, and earthiness. The bitter hops linger long after the taste.

M - Very nice. Coats the mouth with a creamy feel. Carbonation is a little higher than average and accentuates the earthy tones.

O - A good representation. A bit bitter on the balance, but very good. Hope to try again.

FishPondManager, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Stephen. Thanks for the opportunity!

Into a tulip pours a cloudy yellowy with orange highlights when backlit. Retention is minimal leaving a razor thin collar.

Caramel, ginger, and lemon rind on the nose. This smells like liquified Indian food. While I happen to love indian food, the ginger and spices on the nose are slightly odd here.

Malts, bitter lemon rind and cilantro? Ginger rides hard here as well. Certainly an odd beer that conjures up vivid memories up Indian buffets gone-by.

For years my sister and wife have partaken in all the bounty and goodness that the Indian buffet has to offer. This beer is the odd incantation of these tastes and memories. Ill just drink it and ponder.

BarrytheBear, Mar 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

RonnieRotten, Mar 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

awdturboiv, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of ryantho00
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, wow, wow. What an unbelievable beer! This maybe my favorite IPA ever! This is simply great, especially as its not an imperial/double IPA. It has a deeper golden shade with some red and orange tones. Slightly hazy appearance, but pretty clean and crisp. I got a 2 finger that settled to a nice lace that stayed throughout the drink. Aromas of citrus, pineapple and grapefruit mostly, but I detect some blood orange and mango to. Holy hops! I get that fresh piney and deeper grass and herb overtones that give way to subtle breads malts in the background. The first sip gives way to a sharp explosion of hops and citrus, bitterness, pine, more hops, a more refined 'aged' hop flavor (maybe just the blend of hops they use created this taste for me), a subtle bitter sweetness balanced with the hops and citrus. I get some sweet maltiness of light toasted malts near the end, but a nice aftertaste of hops comes back to end the drink. Very very nice in my humble opinion. Hop-forward, similar to some of the Stone brews, very unique though, stands by itself as one of the best IPA's on the market. Definatly one of short's best brews. An absolute legend!


ryantho00, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Mark4prez20, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to michibrew for this beer. 12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Bottle dated 1/18/12.

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale copper with a bright white head that dies quickly. Leaves a leopard lacing on the glass.

S - Smells strongly of citrus and cornbread. The hops are mostly floral and slightly spicy.

T - Lemon zest and citrus hops balanced with a nice sweet finish. Not as bitter as I expected from the description. I have a hard time believing 140 IBU with the balance and clean finish on this beer. Aftertaste is a combination of hops, grass, and sweet malt.

M - Good carbonation and slightly chewy feel. Very smooth with a finish moister than the norm for a very hoppy IPA.

O - A good IPA from Short's Brew. This fits into the category that I call "pale IPA" (pardon the redundancy). I appreciate their ability to make a very clean, drinkable IPA that doesn't shy away from the hops. It is nearly balanced, favoring the hops slightly. If I had access to this beer regularly I would probably drink it on the reg.

NoLeafClover44, Feb 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

mtrog313, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

dmorley21, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light brown with a haze similar to "The Liberator" making it have a dirty look. Head is a 1/2 inch and lacing is good and sticky. Smells of bittering hops yet has a nice balance to it. Taste isn't as great as expected but looking at the IBU's I can understand the assault. Mouth feel is medium and it really coats the mouth.

Overall I like my IPA's more balanced and even though this was more drinkable than "The Liberator" it still fell short for me and was palate numbing bitter. Will not get again.

DrDemento456, Feb 26, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a slightly hazy light burnt orange with a white head that has decent retention some puddling.

Aroma is biting piney hops with an underlying bready maltness. I also get some vegetal hops. Also some faint pineapple. Spicy hops. Guess it is complex.

Right off the bat more piney bitter bitter hops that fade into slight lemon zest. Big bready malt backing it up. Very peppery hops. Almost feels like I'm drinking pine sap. Verges on being to bitter but doesn't cross the line.

Mouthfeel is tingly from the hop bitterness and good carbonation. Medium bodied. huge bitter finish

Overall a very unique ipa. The hop character seems more suited for a dipa. Just a huge beer disguised as a plain old ipa. india pine ale. Great contrast to the typical citrus imperials/doubles

natemort13, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

zonker17, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of JustAnotherGalen
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 12oz into a Tulip

A:Nice Brownish Orange color, fairly clear with the slightest of haze. Poured into a nice 2 finger creamy off white head that recedes slowly leaving thick lacing

S: faint Creamed corn, weird, but that is exactly what I smell. Not much floral or citrus hop character.

T: Sweet malt upfront, strong lingering bitterness on the back end. Slightest off flavor, tastes like plant matter, like when I dry hopped a homebrewed IPA for too long.

M: Smooth lingering mouthfeel with crisp carbonation

O: Above average IPA, though not something I will seek out over other examples of the style. Lacking the floral and citrus hop nose that I really look for.

JustAnotherGalen, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

iparules, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

OleLouIPA, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

montyeric, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Beezee, Feb 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

smb4087, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Kgristoff, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kirbsicles, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was one of my favorites back in Michigan, but recently tried a bottle again and was left much less impressed. Not sure if it was an old bottle or what. Pours a copper color with big fluffy white head. Aroma is a nearly pure pine and malt extract aroma, with some caramel mixed in. Flavor follows with a huge bitter up from (140 IBU after all), but fades into a malty sweetness on the way down that almost reminds me of malt extract (most recent bottle--not what I remember from before). Medium high carbonation with big slick resinous mouthfeel. One of my previous favorites, I'm now mixed on this and need to try it again. The rating is currently an average of these two experiences.

BMMillsy, Feb 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Pat316, Feb 15, 2012
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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