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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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1,556 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,556
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 211
Gots: 142 | 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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Photo of kbeals
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

A- A bit of a hazy golden/orange color. About a finger of white, creamy head. Really good lacing and decent head retention.

S- Very floral, a bit of a citrus bite to the edge, hoppy.

T- Very hoppy, a lot of grapefruit flavor comes through, piney, with a bit of a bitter finish at the end. Not overly bitter though, pretty well balanced. Extremely delicious IPA.

M- Pretty smooth, not overly carbonated. Light-medium body.

D- Pretty drinkable. I would definitely have drank another one of these, and I'm actually surprised I didn't. A definite recommendation for any IPA lover.

kbeals, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of jaxon53
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to Hiker58 for picking this up for me while on business in Michigan. This is my first Short's brew. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Huma-Lupa-Licious pours out a bright, amber copper color that was quite hazy. A hard pour resulted in a little better than a finger of thin white head. Head faded rather quickly into a thin white layer of foam atop the beer. Some random, spotty lace was left on the glass after each sip.

Smell: Nose is loaded with hops. Floral and herbal hops. Tons of grapefruit and orange peel, and plenty of thick pine. Nice thick, slightly grainy malt to back up the hops. Fresh cut grass also comes to mind. Faint yeasty background and no noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Again, loaded with hops. More citrus, mostly grapefruit with some orange zest. Also a strong resiny pine flavor. Some almost balancing malt that definitely takes a back seat to the massive hop profile. Somewhat spicy and peppery. Finishes dry with a strong herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice, somewhat thick mouthfeel is quite pleasing, definitely coats the palate. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, ballsy IPA in my opinion. Great job Short's!

jaxon53, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of ironbike1
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Recieved this in a trade as an extra from SHOGOWANDA (forgive me if the name is incorrect)

Yummy!!!

pours a nice burnt orange color with a fluffy white head that fades quickly. Smell is strong of floral hops and bitterness hits the nose hard. The taste is very smooth and bitter at the finish. You get a nice hit of the floral hops mixed in. Mouthfeel is very light and smooth.

Very drinkable and an easy IPA to drink. Well done IPA from a brewery I never knew of.

ironbike1, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured out to a dark orange color with a smaller head of orange white foam. Medium low level of carbonation. This is a hop-heads dream come true. Aromas of hops and hop oils, with a mild backbone of earthy hops. Taste was hops over the top with caramel malts blending in for a harmonious experience. Mouthfeel was nice and oily, the way I like my IPA's. Drinkability was suprisingly good for the higher ABV. Recommended drinking.

Frozensoul327, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of herman77
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Hazy orange/dark golden color. Very cloudy, with a fluffy off white head, good retention. Good sticky lacing

S: Plenty of sweet bready malt and floral hops. Citrus and pine, very floraly.

T: Very strong, bitter, spicy hops. Some grapefruit and pine as well. Lots of biscuity and carmel malt to back it up, so its not just a bitter hop bomb. Resiny bitter hops last long in the finish, makes the mouth very dry and instantly you want another sip. Very tasty and balanced quite well.

M: Medium to full body. Moderate to lighter fizzy carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel from all the hop oils.

D: The malt balance really makes the drinkability good even though its crammed full of strong, bitter hops.

herman77, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Lillenk
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is nice. Golden color with a nice white head.

Smell was huge. Lots of hops, lots of citrus.

Taste was great. Tons of hops and citrus that stick with you for a very lingering hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was very big but really nice to drink. One of my favorites in the category.

Lillenk, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of joepais
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Tyson thanks for sending this want along. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth o f white head that went to a thin lace that follows the body down the glass. The body is a wonderful is a clear peach in color.
Yes the hop aromas are incredible on this brew, Big piney, citric, and floral. The hop flavor is the same but with enough sweetness from the malts to keep it drinkable. It is to the hop side of being balanced. The feel in my mouth is exactly what I want in an IPA and the carbonation is crisp as well.
Easy enough to drink I could handle a few of these in a sitting. A good IPA all in all

joepais, May 12, 2009
Photo of salvo
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours hazy, deep golden orange under an inch of off-white head. Lovely pungent aroma of strong American hops. Rich, sweet malts try and fail to balance the hops. Really nicely done.

Big hop flavor fights off the malts long enough to scar the tongue; the hops are forward and strong but not overwhelming. Then , the sweeter elements of the malts tease the palate. Finishes long and slow.

Mouthfeel is medium rich but short of big and buttery; nicely present without being aggressive. Well balanced. Michigan has many good brewers working throughout the state. A trip from brewery to brewery would make a nice future trip.

salvo, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of HopNuggets
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured 12oz bottle into Spigeleu glass.

A - Poured a hazy sunrise orange with a solid 2 finger snow white head that leaves a lacing down that glass that you could tie like a pair of shoelaces.

S - A nice balance of malt and hops that dance in your nose. Grapefruit forward with caramel and orange to follow with some toffee at the end. There's a bit of earthyness in the mix there as well.

T - This is one nice IPA. Tart grapefruit with sweet toffee malts balancing it out and a bitter punch in the end.

M - Bitter, dry IPA that leaves you wanting another sip. Medium carbonation that tickles your tongue, or that may be the bitterness but it's there well after the sip is downed.

O - Very nice dry, balanced IPA.

HopNuggets, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to Deuane for the trade, I poured this 12oz into a taster, shared w/ tenderbranson69.

A - beautiful apricot shade w/ 1/2 inh white cap thatt is bubbly. The head becomes lace that sticks well. There is light haze and the beer is fine

S - A fruity citrus hop aroma w/ orange-like odors and a nice grapefruity nose w/ light nutty malt scent

M - A moderate carbonation mixed w/ med high bitterness and subtle malt under acidity of citrus hops juicy feel w/ a dry overall texture

T - Very high bitter flavor from the hop taste eases into a spiced green pepper and citrus essence followed by toasted taste and piney high alpha flavor. The malt adds a great sweet base for the herbal and mildly grassy taste as it finishes

D - A great IPA, interesting hop usage and the malt is not neglected keeping the hops from outshining the beers overall flavor and making it too bitter. This is a beer worth returning to.

Slatetank, May 13, 2009
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

$2.39/12 oz. bottle from Plum Market in Ann Arbor, MI

A: deep amber color, thin head
S: good balance between malt and hops, not OTT with hops
T: nice balance of hops and malt, I was concerned with the ultra high IBUs but the malt is perfect for this
M: malty up front with hop twang in back
O: good beer without being OTT with hops

wisrarebeer, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of tubacharlie
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Not as much head as expected for a draft, but it could be the bartender's technique. What head is there quickly migrates to the edge, leaving a fine mist of bubbles on the surface. An orange-amber color, the brew has just a slight bit of haze -- enough to indicate its unfiltered manufacture.

Fresh hops defines the aroma. Unmistakable if you've ever stuck your nose in a bag of hop flowers.

The are followed up in the flavor. Fruity and feisty, like when you get a little squirt of grapefruit juice in your eye when peeling the skin off a grapefruit just picked from the grove. A real hop head's delight, the malts are hard to discern, but I'm sure they are in there somewhere beneath the overwhelming blast of bitterness from the hops. Subtle complexity from the grain bill adds an undercurrent of cereal flavors to provide some balance, and the draft carbonation smoothes things out a bit.

This beer would go well with a green olive and anchovy pizza, but would overpower foods with less pronounced flavors. Great for an IBU comparison tasting though.

tubacharlie, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of goethean
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottle courtesy of BA beereality.

Nice hop bouquet, although I've smelled some that were more complex, namely Samuel Smith IPA. The hop profile tastes a lot like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine, but the beer lacks the nice light caramel of Bigfoot. I have to say that this beer a bit on the hoppy side, and lacks the malty sweetness to balance the bitterness.

goethean, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to iceicebaby for this one!

"A complex malt and hop them park in your mouth"
I guess I am ready for the ride!

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of off white head (slight orange hued). Decent retention with really nice lace. Color is a bright hazed pumpkin orange. I really like the color. 4.5

Aroma: Wow, the aroma is great. I am liking this a lot more than the west coast IPAs I have had lately. This one is so fruity and has a bouque of floral hops. Mangos and grapefruit dominate the nose. 4.5

Taste: There is a big caramel malt flavor here that I didn't pick up in the nose. The floral hops are well done here, however. Nice fruits in the background to really pull this ipa together. 4

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bitter. The bite isn't too hardcore which is nice. Medium bodied with a fairly good amount of carbonation. I would give this a 4.5, but it leaves a dry, hoppy aftertaste that I am not fond of. 4

Overall, I am really impressed with this beer. It is a great IPA and I wish I had access to this on a regular basis. All the elements of this beer fit so well together. My first Short's beer and I am impressed. 4.5

mothman, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of auroracrisis
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottle into a tulip, bottled on 10/21/11

Hazy golden straw colored with a short lived head that dissipates into a ring of foam around the edges. A bit of lacing as it is drank down.

Grapefruit and lemon zest greet your nose with a touch of fresh cut grass. After the initial aroma, it moves into graham crackery sweetness with a touch of caramel and is then rounded out with a bit of citrus as well.

Opens with fresh cut grass and grapefruit zest on the tongue which lingers a bit. Behind that we have plenty of sweetness and even more of that citrus zest. Lemon, lime, tangerine are all represented and accounted for. Good stuff.

Soft and medium body with low carbonation.

Great citrusy hop notes with a touch of malt sweetness. I love the citrusy IPAs so there is no question why this is scoring a little high with me. Seek this out if like those citrusy, west coast style IPAs.

auroracrisis, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

RE-REVIEW ON 12/11/11.

Bottle sent to me by jshonert.

Wow, it was great to get to re-visit this one, because this time around, I got a much different experience! This one wasn't nearly as sugary or syrupy on the nose or taste as the last one I tried. This is actually very aggressively hopped, with some nice peppery, bitter notes on the finish. Shorts can be very inconsistent with their bottled offerings and this one is no exception. The beer I just drank was fantastic!

Sent to me by lewis1rg in an awesome Shorts/Kuhnhenn monster box. Thanks Ryan!

A: Poured a mildly hazy golding color, with a solid 1/2 finger or so head which probably would have been even more if I had poured it harder. This was a good bit of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S: Tons of pine notes and candy sugar. Orange, grapefruit, and other assorted fruits were also present on the nose.

T: Bitter as hell, and with a citrus character that didn't really taste that fresh. This was definitely not a balanced mutha and I would best describe this as a "pine bomb." Very bitter drying finish.

M: The carbonation level was good, but not enough to cut through the soapy bitter elements. I actually wish this were a bit less bitter and more fruity.

O: After hearing lots of great press on this one, I felt majorly let down. When I'm back in Michigan, I'll make sure I seek this one out at one of the more prestigious craft beer drinking establishments. I'm sure this one will be there and I've got a hunch that, when extremely fresh, this one would be killer on tap.

Chaney, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of proc
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours out to a brownish-copper in the glass with a good-sized head. The aroma is that of citrus and pine. The taste is delicious. Grapefruit, pine and hops are definetely present, but are backed up nicely by the malt. It seems to have a very complex malt character, which is nice for an IPA to balance against the hops. Not as complex as Town Hall's Mama Masala, but still outstanding.

proc, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to Dave (d0b) for throwing one of these my way. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - One and a half fingers of blonde-white foam that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice but spotty lacing. Murky orange-gold color with some nice glow to it. Pretty standard looking IPA that could have used a little more volume.

S - Pretty potent - I could smell it a foot from the glass. Copious sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavors from the hops, but also a significant amount of caramel maltiness, which is surprisingly for such a fresh brew. There's also a little fresh-cut grass in there. Again, pretty good but unspectacular.

T - Bitter! Starts sweet enough, but morphs into a palate-busting hop monster. The first sensation is the sweet caramel and fruit flavors, but then it just hits you with hoppy bitterness and pine that sticks around long after you swallow. It's a mellower version of Kuhnhenn Extreme IPA in that sense.

M - Lots of active carbonation tingle - might be a bit to lively for me. Goes down pretty smooth and easy, and leaves a bit of cottonmouth to go with the residual oily hop resin.

D - This is pretty palate fatiguing but otherwise is pretty easy drinking for any lover of hops. ABV is hidden well, and carbonation isn't over the top.

It's a very good IPA for those in the mood for hoppy bitterness. Nice contrast to the other Michigan single IPAs, which are more tropical fruit-centric.

MasterSki, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of chicano4craft
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to nappie for bringing me a sixer of this stuff.

Poured into tulip. A really clear copper with a consistent white, soapy head.

Nose has a big hop presence. Really citrusy with strong grapefruit. Malt smells slightly sweet.

Hops win out in the balance department. Nice citrus with a strong bitter finish. Malt backbone does enough to keep the hops from straying to far. I like when the hops are dominant so I find this to be quite drinkable. Good carbonation. Glad I was able to try this hop bomb. I've got to make it out to Michigan on the next beertrip.

chicano4craft, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

I’ll just say right off the bat that this IPA is right up my alley.

It’s got a beautiful golden color and a fluffy head which laces-up quite nicely.

It smells floral & inviting, but never overpowering.

The taste is a well-balnced malt backbone with a gentle (but not shy) hop profile. It’s lingering bitterness cuts a light sweetness. It’s drinkable as HELL! I could easily finish off three without feeling like I got knocked-upside-the-head then gagged-on by a hop vine. It’s refreshing and always puts a smile on my face.

In addition, I think Shorts packaging is simple, honest and one of the best.

burnheartsMKE, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of adamette
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Bartender mentioned that this is the HopCat Owner's favorite beer. I had heard of it before and it was a good thing to see that it was on tap at HopCat for my visit there two days ago. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Light brown yellow body with creamy head. 4.0

S Hops, sweet malt to the nose. Hops are not overwhelming in an unbalanced way. 4.0

T Hops predominate but there is a nice, sweet malt to balance them out. Hops taste lingered like you think that it might well into the aftertaste. Nicely made beer. I can see why someone who has tasted many great beers might find that this is one of their favorites. 4.5

M Full with malt, bitter hops. 4.0

D Good. I finished the pint without any problem. 4.0

Notes: a treat to find at HopCat, a world class Beer Advocate place.

adamette, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Groulxsome
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%

The bottle says 01/09/13. It pours amber with a little orange glow and a little lacy white head. There is balance in the aroma between sweet malt, caramel and biscut, and soft pine, a little earthiness, and rich grapefruit hops. The balance is excellent between the the rich malt and the acidic hops. A big burst of bitterness rounded out by a fairly tick mouthfeel and a lingering taste of grapefruit and almost copper bitterness. This is really one of the nicest bitternesses I've had on an IPA in a while! I quite like this one for the balance of the malts, the bitterness, and the acidity. It's not going to knock you out with aroma hops like some IPAs might, but there is something nice to be said about a rich bitterness and a great malt character.

Groulxsome, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

On-tap.

Pours a clear and deep copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale and caramel malts with large amounts of herbal and pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hop presence is slightly more muted. Sticky caramel malt flavors lightened by moderate amounts of pale malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are equal amounts of herbal and pine hops. Midway through the sip the hop influence lightens up a bit and soft citrus flavors make a brief appearance. The citrus hops fade out near the end of the sip, allowing the malt and herbal hops to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this remains a nicely done IPA. The herbal notes were more prevalent in the tap version, perhaps the beer was younger and the freshness made them more pronounced. Either way, a solid beer that's worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Brodie_Lewis
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Brodie_Lewis, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a beautiful golden red with a little fizzy white head. This is one of the most beautiful poured ipas. Its very cloudy.

Smell - it has a very DIPA smell. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. Pineapples and mangos hops included

Taste - it follows the nose. Man I would swear this was a DIPA. Strong citrus and the hops oh man so crisp, It leaves the mouth dry but begging for more. Nothing wrong here.

Mouthfeel - beautiful! !

Overall - it looked amazing and tasted amazing what else could you want.

badboyrsl84, May 10, 2011
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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