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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
91
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1,442 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 625
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 199
Gots: 103 | 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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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
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Gallagher's in Kalamazoo and split a pitcher with a friend. This is a good, dry and bitter IPA. Sure, it's less drinkable and approaches the low-end of DIPAs, but damn it's tasty. It's a rich, not overly-fruity grapefruit with bitter orange zest and underlying floral, herbal and earthy notes - delicious. I hope I can eventually find this beer outside of Michigan.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2009 17:24:40 | More by tempest
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle.
Unreadable bottled on date!
Thanks to thesevenduffs for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange with a good size eggshell foamy head, aggressively into a Duvel tulip. Nice sticky lacing all the way down. Nose was hops from the moment the cap was opened. Tons of bright floral and citrus hops, grapefruit. No hint of maltiness in the auroma - I think I'm gonna enjoy this! Taste is a well rounded IPA that couldve fooled me into believing it was an Imperial! Lots of flavours as hinted from the nose: bitter hops tasting of citrus and pine and well rounded malt in the background. Not a long lasting bitterness in the finish, quite short. Good full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, excellent drinkability. A favourite style of mine, this beer from Shorts hit all the right notes. Great looking bottle and cap. Wonderful introduction to the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 17:02:43 | More by heebes
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Big thanks to enelson for including this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured hazy yellow-orange with a massive four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers worth very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle bitter hop, and grapefruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and grapefruit. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nicely balanced and tasty IPA. Had a very nice flavor and aroma to it. This one went down quite easily with my dinner. This one is totally worth seeking out and trying. Nice job Short's!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 12:20:04 | More by thagr81us
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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

12 oz. bottle. Nice cloudy copper colored brew, with a thick off white head. The head retention is great. Near the end of the beer, there were some great sheets of lace covering the sides of the glass.

Bold citrus and pine hop aroma. A bit of caramel malt in the background, but make no mistake, this is one-sided.

Nice toasty, caramel malt flavor, followed by citrusy and piney flavors. Solid amount of bitterness, without being harsh. Lingering orange and peach flavor.

Good body. Very drinkable. Very solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 17:42:16 | More by Bierguy5
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Had more than a few of pints at the brewpub and decided to bring a growler home for one obvious reason....its delicious!

Has a beautiful foamy head, lots of lacing and very good retention. A hazy yellowish orange color.

Smells of grapefruit, pine and a biscuity maltiness.

Tastes great, loads of hop bitterness, grapefruit, pine and some malt to back things up. I really did enjoy this IPA, very drinkable.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2010 08:05:40 | More by irishkyle21
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 3/14/11

Appearance: A great, foamy head to start that fades to remarkably sticky lacing - a burnt orange/amber pumpkin-like color - seems dark for an IPA, but I like it

Smell: Explosively hoppy, mostly reminds me of fresh grapefruit, some pine resin, too - some biscuity malts, but they are overpowered

Taste: According to my notes, "mad bitter" - one of the most straight-up bitter beers I've ever had (it's in the league of Blind Pig IPA) - lots of resin, citrus, and grapefruit - hops lack any tropical attributes, just super bitter - there are some caramel and biscuit-like malts in here, but they are too weak to handle the hops; actually a bit too unbalanced

Mouthfeel: Stupidly sticky, medium body

Overall: Very tasty, an all-around good IPA

Despite the fact that I think this could use a slightly higher malt bill, I really enjoyed it. Not particularly complex, but definitely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 17:59:57 | More by angrybabboon
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BehindtheFinBrew

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to an imperial pint

A: Poured a 2-finger white head, good lacing throughout and eventually reduced to a 1/4"crown. Orange amber that was slightly hazy.

S: Wonderfully complex floral and spiced hop aroma.

F: Clove-like hop spiciness with a lot of bittering hop presence. The bitterness lingers throughout the session, no doubt a result of the 76 IBU's. As the session progressed the flavor became caramel sweet and malty.

M: Creamy and crisp with a pleasant almost overwhelming lingering bitterness on the back of the palate. Carbonation is sufficient.

D: For me, this would be a short session beer. The strength and complexity of this beer make it best enjoyed on a limited term basis.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 14:53:50 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
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beerpirates

Belgium

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

12 oz bottel poured into my tulip glass

raw honey-like orange and golden copper coloured body with a dense light tan head and a nice set of bubbles rising from the bottom - very good looking IPA!

Aroma of very strong, cascade and grapefruity hops, very nice - and a huge dose of pineapple, some yeast and a good set of malt - very nice again. Medium-bodied; Sharp biting hoppiness up front with a good piney and grapefruit taste, coupled with a good malt backbone, a nice apricot and pineapple sweetness and a nice balanced, yet obviously hoppy/ bitter finish. Aftertaste shows a lot of dryness from the hops, some sweetness and a good balance with a minor hint of alcohol. Overall, a very nice balanced IPA with plenty of hops, a complex flavour and a very nice amount of sweetness up front!
This is à very good IPA !

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 20:57:50 | More by beerpirates
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bigkingken

North Carolina

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

I could smell the hops eminating from this guy as soon as I cracked the bottle cap. Beautiful golden pour with a slight bit of haze. Sweet up front with a strong floral scent and flavor that almost immediately gives way to a fairly intense bitterness, which lingers on the palette for a bit before subsiding back to the sweet. Just the right amount of carbonatino, but in the end, the bitterness of the hops is a bit much for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 18:57:26 | More by bigkingken
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Nugganooch

California

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

Big thanks to Mid for the killer box and my first Short's brew - Cheers Allen!

Notes from 09/14/11
12ozer to my pint glass

A: H-L-L pours a lighter pale caramel color with some decent clarity. A great big cake of meringue head about 3-4 fingers deep formed and hung for days just clumping to my glass. Looks awesome!

S: Smells of just straight fresh hops. The danks. Spikes of grapefruit and lemon peel. Some sweet malts and slight fruity esters.

T: Uber-hoppy. Resinous. Leafy grass and citrus with zings of lemon-lime to the palate. Really lingers across the tongue. A caramel cracker malt backing. Slight sticky sweetness. A hop theme park in yo mouth!

M: Super light and creamy texture with a resinous mouthcoat. Mod carbonation. Puckering dry finish.

D: This brew is chalked full o'hops. Intense bitterness that really stings at the palate and lingers on the tongue. Lighter body and creamy texture. Big hops = Big fan.

Would def get again. Tasty stuff for those in search of the Lupulins.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 20:37:21 | More by Nugganooch
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beachbum1975

Ohio

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

Thanks go out to newtonty to sharing this beer with me. 12 ounce brown bottle with a freshness chart, but not stamped correctly.

Pours a slightly cloudy, orangey to dark brass with a light tan, creamy ¾ inch head. Lacing is great, leaving thick webbing around the edges of my imperial pint. The remaining head settles to a 1/16 inch fizz on top.

Smells of pineapple, grapefruit and citrus hops. Light, caramel hops are in the nose, as well.

Medium to thick bodied and waxy on the tongue. Hops are scathing and assaulting on the tongue for the first few seconds - nice... After the rush of spicy, poignant hops, it mellows with a nice wave of semi-sweet malts.

Very drinkable, try this one!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 20:37:48 | More by beachbum1975
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kagent777

Utah

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

Thanks to Another6Pack for hooking me up with this one! 12 oz bottle with something printed on the label that I can't make out, might be a freshness date. Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange golden with a nice rocky white head that did not settle quickly. Leaves nice looking lacing.

Smell: Dank pine and citrus (grapefruit) that mask a toasted malt profile.

Taste: Wow that is a bitter IPA. The hops take front and center here. I actually would like a little more maltiness to back this one up. The pine/grassy hops totally are out of balance. If you were to balance this one out, it would be like any other beer, and balance is not what they were going for here. So I cannot fault the brewers at all.

Mouthfeel: A silky mouthfeel with carbonation on the higher side. The flavor coats the mouth thoroughly.

Drinkability: This is one I would like to have again, but I could only have one in a session because of the intense bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:50:26 | More by kagent777
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

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

One of four 12 oz Short's bottles I found in Chicago recently while in town. I was very lucky.

A - Pours a cloudy, glow-in-the-dark orange with a one finger head.

S - Bright, fresh, piney hops - very little malt presence.

T&M - This is the most impressive of the Short's lineup that I've had so far. Very nice blast of fresh, dry hop flavor on top of a light body. Carbonation fits well, and there is a lot more taste than I would expect from a normal IPA. Borders on unbalanced, but a hop-lover will enjoy the showcase.

D - Often as intensity of flavor increases, drinkability suffers. Not the case here. I am enjoying this one and wishing I had another.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:16:04 | More by dougofthefuture
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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