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

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Reviews: 650
Hads: 1,848
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 221
Gots: 284 | FT: 11
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:
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: 650 | Hads: 1,848
Photo of Ri0
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A - Hazy light copper orange with a 1.5 finger white head. Minimal retention and a few spots of lacing.

S - Bitter pine hops with floral and earthy hops. Hints of citrus can be found, but they take a back seat to the pine. I get some light bready malt.

T - Starts off with a punch of oily, piney, bitter hops. Buried under all those hops are notes of citrus, earthy, and light bready malts. Finish is, surprise, bitter.

M - Slick and oily with a medium body. Carbonation is light. Bitter lingers for some time on teh palate.

O - A bitter, piney, hopped up IPA. Good, but not unique.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a golden with orange hues body which is slightly hazy. Excellent tropical fruit, grapefruit and candied pear citrus aroma. Hoppy flavors follow with more candied fruit with mild tart and citrus bitterness up front with fairly strong pine resin bitter finish. Malts are relatively bland and are mostly in the background. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not bad. The flavors are a bit disorganized in this one which disrupts its complexity.

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Photo of matt20102
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at refrigerator temperature from a bottle into a goblet glass. The beer poured with a dark golden colour and very little head. The aroma is of cascade hops- distinct but not overpowering. The flavor is primarily of grapefruitty hops but there is a ever present malty flavor. This strong malt would be overpowering in any other brew but it required to match the strong hop flavor- and it does this job well. Unlike many other American IPAs, Short's does a good job here of making one that is actually drinkable. The flavor is not terribly complex (cascade hops and malt) but this is a solid brew with good flavor and mouthfeel. Recommended.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a slightly cloudy orange. Pours with a 3/4 inch white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a faint film on top of the beer and some splotchy lacing.

S: Lots of hoppy flavors, citrus, a little pine, some tropical notes. But mainly citrus - orange. A little sweetness.

T: Hops carry thru into the taste, although bringing with it a large amount of bitterness. Some biscuity, almost cracker like malts mid-taste. But the bitterness comes charging back in the finish, to the point of being a detractor.

M: Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. A little dry and the bitterness leaves a chewy feeling.

D: This is a solid IPA, but needs some fine-tuning. Malts don't seem to quite balance out the hops and the hop aromas don't carry enough to the finish. Not sure on age. Imagine this is better on tap. An enjoyable beer that was just a touch bitter to give it high marks overall.

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Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass. It poured amber in color with a bubbly and frothy head filling the top inch of the glass. It left some very nice lacing on my glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a zesty, citrusy hoppiness to it along with some sweeter malty notes as well. It's actually fairly light on aroma compared to how bold the taste is. It doesn't really give off much of the bitter grapefruit that is all throughout the taste.

The taste has a pretty bold resiny pine, and orange or grapefruit rind like bitterness to it. Some herbal, slightly earthy hop qualities coming through as well. The malt tries to show through as well and lends some bready and caramel notes to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, the flavors were bold but also pretty good. It really had a big grapefruit bitterness to it, definitely bigger then most IPA's and even a lot of DIPA's. Pretty good hop forward beer, especially if you enjoy a lot of bitterness to IPA's.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An extra from shaggy9356.

A: Pours a light golden color with a foamy white head. Very hazy looking. Decent carbonation.

S: Initially I get a lot of juicy citrus, namely grapefruit. Seems to have a decent stab at balance with some sweet malts in there. This smells hella bitter.

T: Grapefruit is the predominant flavor for sure. This seems like it starts with a good amount of bready malt and almost a rye flavor to it before the raw grapefruit bitterness takes hold. Its almost like there is no bitterness and it takes time to build and linger before you just get hit with the resinous aftertaste. The rye flavor spices things up nicely. Not sweet like the smell.

M: Medium body, highly carbonated. This resinous bitterness lingers for a while, a good while. This knocks it down a bit, I can deal with aftertaste but it has to stop sometime.

O: I like my IPAs to have a little more orangey-citrus balance and some other stuff going on but this was still a solid brew. This drinks really nice until the aftertaste sets in. My favorite Short's beer to date, probably because its not based on a meal.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

part of my many nights of shorts beers thanks to a generous BA.
pours a straw apricot color in my sam adams perfect pint. one finger head doesnt take long to dissipate, and leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass.
smells like some nice sweet grapefruity hops. based on the nose i instantly think sticky resin... i happen to be fond of this aspect, although in this application i wish it was just a little more in my face. still though, very pleasant.
taste and mouthfeel are right up there, the carbonation brings the bittering hops to life to instantly coat my mouth. it is almost brutally bitter, but i still enjoy it. the flavor profile of the hops take a back seat to the bitterness, and because of that, one beer would be enough... drinkability doesnt go much further than one. i do like the lingering bitterness even minutes after taking my last sip. pine, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors just need a little boost forward to make this a really nice brew.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to schmittymack for bringing this one over last Saturday night. Poured a nice medium orange color, with a little bit of white foam on top. Aromas of citrus zest, herbal hops and fruity malt. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and crisp, with good citrus/herbal hops and juicy malt.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Full copper in color beneath a dense, frothy, bright white head that clings to the tumbler with an unwillingness to recede. Cascading walls of lacing with good strength.

Fresh, bright pine and spruce aromas with just a touch of oily, hop resin. Peach, pear, and green apple tart fruit aromas.

Stiff, pine and spruce hop flavors from the onset that carry the the majority of the taste through the aftertaste. For an IPA, rather dry; not much in terms of the typical resin-filled flavors and mouthfeel. The citrus fruit present in the aromatics are nearly absent in the taste. Toasted biscuity malt base that holds its own against the pine-filled hops onslaught.

Medium bodied; stiff, dry, and a touch filmy.

In all honesty, a bit one-dimensional in terms of the hop flavor profile. Good, but it fell a bit short of its reputation.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Medium amber body with a thin white head that fizzles into a ring of bubbles. Some lacing around the edges and some transparency in an otherwise cloudy body.

S- Lots of pine and citrus with a strong biscuity malt aroma. Smells like a balanced IPA rather than a hop bomb.

T- I taste a nice balanced IPA with lots of biscuity malts coming through to balance out the intense piney hop flavor. Very balanced, very drinkable.

M- Sting on the tongue, medium body, medium carbonation.

O- This one was a good, but not great IPA. Very balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally decided to have this last beer out of the six pack. Only took me a few months do that since Shorts won't be distributing to Mass anytime soon.

Appearance: The beer pours a nice reddish amber color. It poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and has left some lacing near the thin layer of head. Looks like there is a medium amount of carbonation left in the beer.

Smell: The hops produce a citrusypinaeapple, and piney aroma which is followed by slghtly sweet caramel malts. The hop aroma is very overwhelming and not over bearing.

Taste: Citrus and pine followed by slight sweet malts. There is bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer is well hopped and smelled great. Good balance of ingredients, but the hops produce a lingering bitterness that won't go away. Not a bad IPA and would buy a sixer or get it on draft if it were avsilsble in the future.

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Photo of birwulf
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of imagineiii
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint tumbler. fizzes quite a bit. head is big and fluffy. hazy amber. impressive retention.

smell is piney and peppery. rye grains and honey from the malts. rather underwhelming, however.

taste is wonderfully bitter. malty breads and caramel are balanced by acidic, biting hops at the back of the palate. finishes very dry.

mouthfeel is light and effervescent. carbonation is rather odd for the style; too much.

not the most drinkable IPA Ive ever had at 6.5%.

not my style of IPA, but a great try for hopheads.

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Photo of markmiller
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from trade with Eric, thanks!

Medium amber with nice foaming tinged head and a bit of lacing.

Nose is full of big perfume-y hops and some malt. Not really citrus, more flowery to me. With pine and sweetness.

After the first sip, the balance of this beer really shines. The sweetness is there and the raw resinous hop bitterness joins. Finishes dry.

The mouthfeel is average, medium to thin. I would have like a little more chewiness to this, its rather dry and crisp bitter.

I'd like to try this on tap if it's available, but I can't get it around me. Above average IPA, but there are ones I'd choose over this. (but not many)

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huma Lupa Licious pours a clear amber with a two-finger creamy white head on top. The foam fades slowly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma has notes of caramel malt, bread, orange citrus and pine. It's not a very strong aroma and leans toward the malt side.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma. It begins with orange/grapefruit citrus and a little pine. The hops are balanced with some sweet caramel malt and a little bread. A touch of tropical fruit is also present. It finishes bitter with some earthy grass flavors. Once gone the citrus and caramel sweetness lingers on the palate.

A nicely well balanced beer that's a little funky in the flavor. Descent everyday IPA.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to kzoobrew for this 12oz bottle. Into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Cloudy copper in color with a trace of a sand colored head that started at about 1/4 of an inch and has receded down to almost nothing. Decent lacing. Decent looking beer.

S: Decently hoppy up front, with some definite pine notes, a bit of a resinous hop oil scent and a bready, almost cake batter like malt profile. Seems a bit muted.

T: Really bitter, impressively bitter for being in the 70 or so IBU range. Decent resinous hop profile, but there isn't a lot of hop flavor, pine pitch is starting to come to mind with a bit of citrus rind faintly in the back. Again a cake batter like malt profile to try and sweeten things out a touch against the massive hops.

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, and insanely dry. Nice here.

O: Maybe its just me today, but this is borderline too bitter for me. Tons of strong hop flavors and a decent malt bill work fairly well together. Finish is definitely on the bitter side. Not sure how many of these I would drink, definitely worth checking out if you're into hops.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great looking IPA. Burnt orange color with a bit of haze. A mild amount of carbonation creates a thin white head that laces throughout the drink.
Smell is great. All kinds of different hop smells: flowery, citrus, and dominant Earthy hops.
Taste has a lot going on. Very strong earthy and piney hops, but not much to balance it.
Mouthfeel is very sharp, not much smoothness or balance.
Drinkability is okay. A lot of really nice hop tastes, but not much more besides that going on. Could only drink about one of these before the hops start to hurt my mouth...

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Photo of rka758
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass.
~$12/6-pack at Whole Foods in DC
Bottled 5/16/11

A: Pours a deep, almost burnt colored amber. Frothy head which quickly dissipates.
S: Almost like a sweet nectar aroma.
T: I think I may be eating hop cones. This is serious stuff and for a single IPA it's pretty remarkable what they've been able to do with the taste.
M: Thick.
D: I like this. I've heard a lot about this beer and I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to have a few. While it's not my favorite IPA, I think that it is a stand-up beer.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" - Label
12oz bottle is poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. The beer pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow with an orange hue. A large head erupts after the initial pour and without much haste dissipates. After the head retracts, a moderate amount of lacing is left in its wake which dries and stays on the glass for the duration of my beers existence.

The nose is quite pleasant, consisting of an array of hop varietals. Piney, bitter notes blend with tropical fruits, citrus and musty earthy notes.

The taste seems a bit more one sided as far as the hops are concerned. The bitterness seems to override any fruit or citrus notes. The saving grace of this beer is the well rounded malt bill that helps keep the hops balanced. The hops seems to be a little muted in the taste leading me to think this isn't as fresh as I would like it to be.

It is well carbonated and medium bodied. The finish is quite bitter and very dry and leaves me wanting more which I suppose is a good thing. The freshness thing does urk me. I really wish breweries would date, at the very least, their IPA's...

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JordanEllwanger for this one

Poured into my pint glass from a 12floz bottle

Pours a pretty dark copper like color with a slightly off-white three inch frothy head. Good head retention that leaves slight lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smell is of oranges, tangerines, lemons, floral type hops, grass and very earth like, herbal. Very interesting and something that I cant wait to anticipate to taste.

Bitterness upfront that can catch you a little off guard if you are new to hops. Smooths out a little with very mild sweet malts, but the hops just dominate on this. Be prepared for bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

Pretty good brew but there is plenty other IPA's out on the market that are better then this.

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Photo of muttyd
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad this brewery finally made it to MA

Pours a clear amber/gold with a moderate white head. Big piney, earthy, citrusy hop aroma. Flavor follows the aroma with a sweet toffee malt body with a pleasant grassy/citrusy hop bite. Very well balanced and bitter piney finish. Very slight diacytel flavor in the finish as well. Well carbonated with a slightly sticky finish. Enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat darker side of a pale orange. Low carbonation though some decent lacing going on. Ok aroma-some sweet malt and a trace of hops. I would expect more but thats ok. Sweet malt against a decent backround of hop bitterness. Bitterness almost becomes astringent but the heavy malt keeps it in line. Mild toffee/toasted flavors. Good solid body. Very drinkable-comes off as a much bigger beer. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't understand all the hoopla about this beer. It's good. But I've been down this hop oil road before with much better results. A Torpedo or Centennial is cheaper and better.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to michiganbrewer for coming through with this beer on a trade!

Hazy, medium orange color fills the cup. A two finger head perched atop the beverage but receded down thin. Retention is there and some lacing sticks behind. The nose showcases hops coming through in a big way - tobacco, earthy, and floral. Toasted malts lie in wait, springing up now and again to remind you this isn't all about hops. More malty sweetness presents itself as the beer warms. First sips yield a strong earthy/herbally hop presence and the tobacco from the nose seems to have won the flavor battle on the palette. For the most part, the malt is clean but a wonderbread-like toastiness isn't afraid to stand up. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" says the bottle. I'm not sure I agree with the "complex...in your mouth". Hops seem overly focused on a tobacco/earthy character but I'd expect more variety. That said, it has a lasting bitterness which is at the right level for the style. Appearance could be improved, too.

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.