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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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1,419 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,419
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 200
Gots: 99 | FT: 5
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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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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a mildly hazy orange amber gold, with a creamy white head, and really pleasant lacing and film. 4

S – a lively floral character out of the glass, with lavender, citrusy lemon and orange. Some bready malt background, some subtle spice, and a rich oily hop character. Comes through with a bit of herbalness, all about the hops. 4

T – a bracing hop character. Dry herbs, olive oil, pungent lemon citrus, and a big hit of resiny pine as well as tobacco. Not much fruity about this initially, but some melon and grapefruit emerge, to start a big kick of strong resiny hops, with bready malt to balance it out nicely to the long full finish with a spicy hop kick. Strong citrus but enough of a firm body to provide an amply counterpoint. Highly flavourful for sure but also tons of complexity. 4

M – an initial strong effervescence, then a slick hoppy oiliness takes over and coats the palate. A big slick dry finish which leaves a coating resinous pininess and hop character. Drinkable and a big oily hoppy character that lingers on nicely. Refreshing and the components are put together quite nicely. 4.25

This is a wild in-your-face IPA. Tons of hop character emerging in all forms, and it’s a bit of a hop-bomb initially, but has enough carbonation and malt body to work really well together, letting it warm up a bit is a huge reward as it becomes much more complex and rich. Worth trying for sure, this is a really solid IPA with resiny pine and complex intricacies everywhere. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 02:23:36 | More by mick303
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the Pizza House in East. Reviewing from memory - I had it a week ago, which qualifies as ancient history for me. I'm a bit of a hop-weeny, but found this to be a terrific IPA which had plenty of bite, but not an aftertaste that follows you around. Very good beer, I'll have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 13:59:15 | More by lurpy1
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was hazy and the color was yellow/butterscotch. The head was modest despite a vigorous pour. Creamy yellowish/tan that settles to a fine film.

The smell was sweet citrus and gritty organic leafiness. Pungent earthiness. Yummy.

The taste was slightly sweet and citrusy up front but finished with a nice biting bitterness. Green and drying. I have wanted to try this for a while and it does live up to the hype. Very well made and very drinkable. Classic AIPA.

The mouthfeel was medium to light in body. On the light side in the carbonation department.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 13:22:17 | More by Cresant
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JayQue

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good IPA!!! Thanks to TMoney2591 for putting this one in a trade. Pours a light copper color with a good size white head. THe large head fades fast but the covering on the top of the glass remains throughout. Good sheets of lacing as well.

Piney hops are prominent in the nose. Good aroma. Taste is very good. Piney and citrus hops up front. Some moderating caramel malt in the middle and a hops bite at the end. Very good!!!!

Mouthfeel is a hair thin but crisp with just the right hops bitterness.

This is an impressive IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:22:14 | More by JayQue
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy Orangeish with a nice head and lacing

S: extreme! Citrus floral and grassy smell

T: a complete hop bomb. Taste is dominate by a taste of weed. Mixed with grapefruit pine grass and the slightest caramel malt backbone.

M: full bodied and chewy

O: I usually like more balanced beers... But this was a unique hop bomb and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 23:28:21 | More by Givemebeer
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DannyDan

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden amber with a white head that has very good lacing and retention. The smell is very strong in hops, mainly pine and citrus. The taste starts out with citrus (grapefruit and some orange) followed by some floral hops, a hint of sweet malts and finishes off with pine. The aftertaste has a strong pine taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and clings to the lips and tongue and leaves a semi-dry feeling making you want more to drink. Overall, this is an excellent IPA that hop lovers will love and one that I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 00:49:33 | More by DannyDan
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light orange body, transparent, small off white head, good retention.

S - Piney and citrusy hops. Some fruity notes in the back.

T - Fairly bitter up front, good grapefruit hop character. Dry. A very good tasting IPA.

M - A bit dry, perhaps a touch thin, but not a bad body.

O (D) - The only thing that is really interesting is the taste, which is good, because thats the point. Good tasting IPA, but nothing special, really.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 22:12:11 | More by ColdPoncho
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Floydster

California

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with mikesgroove, thank you for the opportunity Mike, split this and the pale with my dad tonight, both were poured into pint glasses

A-Golden orange color that was vibrant, 3/4 inch soapy white head, decent retention, lacing all the way through
S-Pine and floral hops, also some citrus too, mild caramel grapefruit, lemon, orange, and medicinal aromas
T-Bitter hops at first that are mostly pine, a smidge of caramel in the middle but still some dryness, more bitterness in the finish with a slightly lemony feel that is more along the lines of grapefruit, dryness continues through the aftertaste, never sweetens though, warms up nicely and hops remain in charge, like the bitterness in this beer
M-Dry, bitter, and slightly citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied for an IPA with moderate carbonation, taste lasts a good amount of time
D-Could drink a few bottles of this, a little over six percent and cannot taste a thing of alcohol, light and refreshing, not overly dry while preventing the malt from being sweet or overly chewy

Honestly one of the better Short's beers I have had and certainly the least hyped out of the ones I have tasted, rivals a lot of my favorite IPAs here on the west coast in ways, would like to drink again, recommended

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 06:37:49 | More by Floydster
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koopa

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in an in person trade with iceicebaby at the Bullfrog Brewery Frambozen release party this past Friday. Thank you very much for being an awesome trader!

Appearance: hazy sunrise orange burst body with a 1 finger white crown. Not much retention but some swirls of lacing.

Smell: Loads of bitter floral hops along with some citrus hops but they smell more like mango to me than grapefruit or orange.

Taste: Lots of bitter hops, a touch of tropical fruit, and a tiny dash of sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a bit chewy. Acceptable level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad but it would have got higher marks if the hops weren't so bitter. Don't get me wrong, bitterness is something I LOVE but it does take away from the "drinkability" factor.

UPDATE: I found that like most IPA's, the flavor profile of this brew shifts considerably as it ages. As expected, the hop bitterness recedes and the sweet malt heightens.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 19:06:32 | More by koopa
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy copper color. Off-white fluffy head that a nice film of bubbles sitting on top of the beer once it disappeared. Left some sticky lacing on the glass.

Resiny smell of piney and earthy hops. Light malt aroma with a hint of lemongrass. Nothing incredibly complex in the nose, but very appealing.

Some sweet bready malts, but they're almost completely masked by the hops. Bitter citrus with pine and, well, more bitterness. The bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth.

Pretty creamy with a nice sharp finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Nice bitter IPA. Could use a tiny bit more malt to help back up the large amount of hops. Either way, a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 22:10:20 | More by jeremy13586
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MeneerBeerSnob

District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 23:02:38 | More by MeneerBeerSnob
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Flopjack

Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Golden orange in color, about 1 finger white head, and just the slightest bit of haze.

Smell - Juicy tropical fruits, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and roasty undertones from the malts not heavy on alcohol.

Taste - Grapefruit, mango, pineapple at first, moving on to a light roastiness, and there is also an underlying pine flavor that also contributes a nice bitterness from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, refreshing and crisp.

Overall - Great beer to have available all the time. Shorts can certainly do no wrong with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 02:46:59 | More by Flopjack
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prototypic

Ohio

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

Huma-Lupa-Licious is an attractive collision of copper and orange. It’s mostly clear, and definitely looks more orange when held to light. A vanilla colored head tops it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention was good. Lacing was quite sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is very good. Hops are certainly noted early. No complaints here. Citric notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango are all present. Toasted and light caramel malts follow. The toasted variety seems a little stronger, but it smells like it definitely has a sweet side. Alcohol is masked well.

The flavor is definitely impressive. The malt base consists of mostly toasted malt. Not my favorite thing, but it works pretty well here. Light caramel malt is also present, adding a bit of a sweet flavor. The hops are nothing short of delicious. Strong grapefruit and orange flavors really drive the flavor. It definitely has a nice bitter bite. The malts work hard to provide some balance, but it still falls on the hop side of the fence. Alcohol is not very noticeable. Finishes citrusy, bitter, and dry.

The body is light-medium and feels very smooth. Carbonation is dialed down extremely well to bolster the feel. This stuff goes down far too smooth and easy. It’s difficult not to chug it. True story. I wouldn’t mind several bottles in a sitting.

Huma-Lupa-Licious is a really nice IPA from Short’s. The flavor is very good and it impresses all-around. I’m not the biggest fan of toasted malts in IPAs, but it works okay here. I believe the hop flavor is strong enough to cover some their flavor. Still a very impressive release. If you’re into big time hop flavor in your IPAs, then Huma-Lupa-Licious is for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:03:07 | More by prototypic
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

On tap @ The HopCat (Grand Rapids, MI) on 4/22/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper, with 1/2 finger of bright-white frothy head. Really nice retention on this, which leaves back a good bit of sticky swathes of lacing. Hops blow up in the nose, with fresh floral character, spice, earth, and herbs, while a thick, sticky, and tangy backing of tropical fruits, caramel, and toast, are VERY prominent. Mmmm, just so robust here in the nose. Good stuff!

The taste has a resinous and spicy pop to it, with some underlying earthy grit and LOTS of bitter grapefruit and citrus rind adding an extra layer of bitterness to this. Sweet malty notes of bread and caramel just balance this enough out in the back but the hops mostly dominate here with spice and resins lingering deeply into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy carbonation and oily slickness to it that keeps it very easy and smooth in the mouth despite some warmth and those aggressive hops that are present.

Well this certainly packed the hops in and was quite tasty overall but something was just to be lacking here for me, especially when compared to this in the bottle (which suprisingly does happen from time to time with some IPAs). Not sure if it was a lack of pop to the taste or maybe not as balanced as I remembered. Well anyway, this is still a winner of an American IPA any way you cut it and is still most definitley recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 16:42:04 | More by Kegatron
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a cloudy coppery and orange-brownish color. I get a nice half inch of thick fluffy head. The foam starts to lace immediately as it begins to dissipate. As I drink, rings of foam are left on the back of the glass, with spotty foam spots on the front.

Smell is largely of floral hops, but I can smell some piney and citrus hop notes in there too. I can make out the sweet malt backbone, and the hop bitterness.

The taste is far less bitter than I expected. Just like the bottle says, this beer is a theme park of malts and hops swirling around in your mouth. The malts mix very nicely with the hops, mainly sweet with the hop flavor. Touches of caramel infuse in the mouth towards the end.

Sitcky malt sweetness sticks with you. The beer is pretty fizzy, with a medium texture. I think the laser etching in the bottom of my Duvel tulip helps retain some of the carbonation. The beer is really balanced, with a lot of character.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 21:52:21 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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

Appearance - a brilliant gold/tangerine brew. A conservative cap, just a layer really, of pale tan foam. Some shiny swaths of lace on the glass.

Aroma - spicy aroma with pine dominating. Juicy citrus adds to the mix after a few minutes.

Taste - biscuity grains at the base. A full measure of citrusy, piny hops add florals and plenty of bitterness to the equation. The swallow dries quickly and grows nearly medicinal but not quite. A shade of late citrus but stays mostly bitter.

Mouthfeel - solid feeling, and with good crispness. A smooth IPA.

Drinkability - another fine brew, courtesy of crazynelson at DLD09. Short's don't make no bad beer...thanks Nelson!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 20:05:03 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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david131

California

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

A- A beautiful, creamy orange beer that seems very luminescent. The white head is thick and creamy.

S- Some pine, flowers, grapefruit, caramel, some spiciness. Very nice.

T- The pine and grapefruit are the showcases here along with the floral flavors. There is a nice caramel malt backing and a bit of earthiness.

M- Creamy at first, but a pretty bitter and dry aftertaste. Surprisingly bitter for an IPA.

D- Goes down pretty easy despite the ABV and the bitterness. A highly enjoyable beer that may be second only to Two Hearted for a Michigan IPA. I have always enjoyed this on tap and I love to see this in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 03:24:53 | More by david131
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StJamesGate

New York

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

At the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours murky goldenrod with a finger of white foam that leaves lacy trails. Straight oily orangey sticky hop nose - whoa!
Grain sweetness, a bit of apricot, sponge cake and orange jam for malts, then Seville orange and resin hops bring the pain. Hint of toasty sweetness to finish, then a wave of IBUs like chewed aspirin on the comeback. Medium, chewy, soft.

Malts are complex though not prominent, but the IBUs are there and how. Could it use more hop flavor? Maybe.

A gentle punisher.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 18:13:09 | More by StJamesGate
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a murky toffee color with plenty of yeast in suspension; the tightly packed head retains well and leaves quite a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Luscious grapefruit aroma but there is also a bit of biscuity malt

Taste: After the biscuity malt lays down the underpinnings, the grapefruit and pine take over and just build through mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors continue their ascendence but I still taste some of the sweet biscuity malt underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine IPA, but I would have expected no less from Shorts

Thanks, Tyson, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 23:06:28 | More by brentk56
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sidetracked

Illinois

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

Pours a somewhat cloudy gold-amber with an off-white head.

Smells of bitter grapefruit citrus hops.

Taste follows the smell with a big blast of bitter grapefruit citrus hops. Nice toffee malt backbone. Finish is bitter with grapefruit, lemon, and earthy hop flavors.

Moderate body and slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is good--really solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 02:10:11 | More by sidetracked
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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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lstokes

Illinois

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

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, this was a hazy orange beer with a tight head, lots of lace, and a whole lot of citrus smell.

The taste wasn't as citrusy as the smell--it's a very bitter beer, with orange rind and pine hops. I would have liked a little bit more malt, but it is a lovely and fresh tasting beer, with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish--my favorite combination--and very drinkable. A pretty excellent example of the American IPA so beloved by hop-heads.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2010 03:05:40 | More by lstokes
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dukedevil0

Illinois

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

Got this brew I've been dying to try from someone way farther than me from where you can buy this, how crazy is that? Thanks mikesgroove!

A: Pours a slightly hazy (cold haze) yellow orange golden color with a finger of white bubbles that reduces down to just a thin film of head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells awesome, like a slam of hops (hint hint), grapefruit and citrus is so wonderfully overpowering in a great way. I try to see if I can find malt in there and maybe i'm tricking myself but i feel like there is a pinch.

T: Whoa, not what I was expecting...I get a lot of hop bitterness, but flavor-wise there is a solid amount of malt bite there too. I'm curious as to how fresh this is now or if it's usually this way. Not exactly an alcohol flavor in there but you can tell it's packing an IPA ABV rather than a regular pale ale.

M: Very full bodied, well carbonated, great mouthfeel that almost feels like DIPA territory

D: Not bad, but not great. I like the sweeter hoppy variety IPAs and this one isn't so sweet, has a lot of malt bite that I usually don't prefer, and even though you can't really taste the alcohol, it won't fool you into thinking it's low ABV.

The flavor I wish was more like the smell with hop/citrus overload but it's just not there. I'll have to try this again when I can be sure it's fresh to see if my opinion changes.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 02:43:43 | More by dukedevil0
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brownbeer

Missouri

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

Glows with various amber hues and a lacey white head.

Rich malt-hop dichotomy in the nose. Juicy fruits, minty pine, caramel, spicy flowers.

Impeccably balanced taste that instantly beckons for another drink. Chewy cheescake-like malts, florals mixed with stone fruits. The finish is gently bitter with spice. Enjoyable and delicious. Recommended fo sho.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 03:36:39 | More by brownbeer
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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
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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