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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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Reviews: 652
Hads: 1,867
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 222
Gots: 294 | FT: 12
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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Photo of gmfessen
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a peachy golden yellow color with an off-white, soapy head. The nose is definitely hoppy yet has a strong malty biscuit presence also. The flavor is similar with the hops being quite bitter and the malt coming out more like victory malt (not a fan). Decent flavor but lingering bitterness that doesn't help the beer. Mouthfeel is a light medium body with minimal carbonation. Overall a decent beer but probably wouldn't go for it again due to the undesirable taste; there are much better AIPAs out there.

It is worth noting that this bottle was not fresh, the hop presence may have faded some but the bitterness had not. I also recall it being astringent when first starting the six pack.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Minimal head, about 1/4 finger. Maybe slightly off-white in the yellow. Body is a great slightly cloudy, perfectly balanced wheat colored.

S - Smells like a good IPA. Nothing crazy, but solid. Hops, grapefruit, and orange. Smooth and simple.

T - Again, nothing crazy but good. Hops are moderately harsh and then some orange rind and slight sourness.

M - Decent carbonation and body. Slightly drying.

O - Simple and good. Could see drinking a lot of this on a regular basis if it was cheap and available.

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Photo of EmGM
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: oragne-y gold color
Smell: very hoppy, touch of citrus notes
Taste: overwhelming hops (expected), slight pine taste
Aftertaste: hops stay with you, slightly sweet VERY slightly
Overall: not my favorite, but pretty ok for an IPA

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to Randalld for this beer. Poured into my pint glass the beer is rather clear orange amber. About two fingers of off white head recede to leave a thick lace ring around the glass.

The aroma is super juicy grapefruit, oranges and lemons. Light pine but mostly citrus. Maybe just a hint of malt. This nose is all hops all the time. Not hot or sharp at all though.

The flavor is much more pine and grass than the nose. Sharp piney hops and fresh cut grass. Dry and bitter. Quite unbalanced for an AIPA.

Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall the nose was very pleasing yet the flavor was out of whack. The drinkability suffered on this one.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: Beautiful golden sunset. Hazy orange-amber that's a thing of real beauty. A good pour yields a fluffy 1.5 finger head with great retention and top notch lacing.

S: (Not too tropical) Juice, though what really shines through here is a piney resin that clings to the nostrils.

T: Christ, it's like sucking on a pine cone. Extremely sappy. I can't think of another IPA quite this sticky. My tounge feels like it's been stabbed by pine needles. As I let it sit and open a bit, there's a mild fruitiness that comes through, and in the end there's a pretty decent layer of malt that tries to hold this unbalanced beer together.

M: Really nice - creamy, rich and dense. Yet it's also easy to get your mouth around and enjoy without fatigue.

O: Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious was a long time want, and I'm glad to have finally ticked it. Having said that, this wasn't a favorite of mine, as there's a real lack of balance in flavor. With a bit more touch, this could be fantastic. As it stands though, I wouldn't go out of my way to grab a pint.

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Photo of icetraxx
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Three finger head that dissipates to a very creamy one finger whilst leaving its mark. A bit darker than usual for the style, a rather copper amber color. Laces pretty well, what a nice looking IPA.

S: Could be more aromatic. Pine dominates, there is some "rank" here. Some citrus comes through.

T: Definitely wasn't expecting the kick in the pants from the DIPA like bitterness. A bit more bitter than HopSlam (or at least feels like it). There is a lot of "rank" flavor here, if you know what I mean. The hop's close cousin definitely paid a visit. There is a hint of malt on the finish, but the balancing seems to be a bit off with the beer favoring bitter. The finish isn't very clean with a lingering resin-like bitterness.
This is a bitter IPA rather than a floral IPA, I would say this one fails to be an American IPA and tastes a lot like a British IPA. The bitterness is dynamic and find myself quite happy with it now, but the hop florals just aren't here. I wish this had the strong and fresh hop presence of Short's Good Humans.

M: There is good carbonation that gives an illusion of good mouthfeel, yet it is masking the fact that this beer is rather watery.

D: I'm done, forever, after a single one. This is not an American IPA in my book. All the bitterness of a DIPA, without the hop flavor to back it up.

O: I am sipping this one due to the fact there is a bit more bitterness and a lot less flavor than I would of liked. There is nothing in this beer that is better than Bell's Two Hearted, appearance aside.

EDIT: 76 IBU? Why is this categorized as a regular IPA? Seriously? That is almost 10 more than HopSlam! Why have this beer, with all the bitterness, without enough fresh hop flavor to back it?

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Photo of doughanson78
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to thabigmp for this one.

A: Orange with a yellow tint. Slight haze. One finger white head with good retention and OK lacing.

S: Nice blend of citrus and floral hops. Like grapefruit and pineapple flowers. A bready caramel mingles nicely also.

T: The bready caramel is upfront, but only for a second. The mixture of citrus and floral isn't as good as the nose was. Finishes earthy and grassy. The grapefruit is fairly astringent at the end.

M: Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly slick and oily. Very dry but the acidity of the citrus ruins the finish.

O: It's a decent IPA. Nothing I would drink on a regular basis. The citrus needs to be tamed.

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Photo of lanamj
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served into a Old Hickory Pint glass

A- It generates a nice foamy head the resides into a light lacing around the edge of the glass. The color is a translucent amber.

S- Due to the fact i have no idea how old this bottle is, it's sweet and malty. A fresh bottle ( if this isn't one ) would smell more crisp. In saying that, I get a lot of sweet malts and bitter hops. Not to much fresh aroma hops.

T- A nice balance unlike the smell. The bitter hops flavor and sweet malt meet perfectly. The acidic flavor of the hop and sweet tone of the malt complement one anther very nicely.

M- Just as an IPA should be. Drinkability is good and carbonation is moderate. It's good.

O- Maybe I had an older bottle but this seemed malty and bitter. I felt that the characteristics of an high quality hops was present but stale.

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Photo of MIBeerRanger4
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had the Short's Huma a number of times... most recently out of a bottle in Grand Rapids at a tasting event.

A- The beer looks great in the glass. Pours with a real nice color and great head. The foam laces the glass nicely as you drink it.

S- The nose on this I.P.A. is almost all floral and pine. Wish it had a bit more citrus going on.

T - Taste is pretty extreme and very hoppy but hit's the spot that most I.P.A. drinkers are looking for.

M- This beer is a palate killer! But in a kind of good way. I love this beer but don't plan on tasting much after you've had the Huma. It is so hoppy and has such extreme bitterness that it does not lend itself to more than a few sips before your mouth is overwhelmed.

O- Overall I like the beer a lot. Better on draft I think as it seems to be a bit more balanced. I will certainly have it again, and again and offer it to friends.

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Photo of jdb288
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade. Amber pour with white head. Aroma is pungent pine, citrus. Taste is nice balance of traditional hop flavors - resin, orange, grapefruit. Malt helps to balance the sweetness. Lingering bitter finish.

One of the better Shorts offerings in my opinion. I look forward to this one every year.

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Photo of macpapi
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice medium copper--penny like--color, with a pretty fluffy and tannish head.

The first thing that hits the nose is an astringent hop aroma, followed by the presence of citrus with slight floral hop hints. A bit of malt finishes out a very balanced and pleasant aroma.

The taste is disappointing. It is dominated by biting hops. In and of itself this is not a bad thing, but here there is too little to complement the bitter sting. There is a bit of malt, but not nearly enough to provide a satisfying backbone. Citrus tones are notable as well, and somewhat pleasant. On the whole, though, this is a pretty one-dimensional flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp but full. Astringent hop makes it very biting. Potent, but not in the most pleasant way.

Overall, I am not a big fan of this beer. It is very unbalanced in my opinion. Was expecting much more malt. While it is present, it is totally overwhelmed by hop bitterness. Hop bombs are fine every once in a while. To my mind, though, they are not very complex or great beers.

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Photo of Verecund
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

September 24, 2011. Bottled August 25, 2011. Thanks to splax23 for this.

Pours an almost-amber with a nice one and a half finger cloudy head.

Very nice nose of grapefruit, light citrus, pine, and some grassy bitterness. Pretty well-rounded; I don't know why, but I didn't expect this to be as aromatic as it was. The bready backbone helps display the hop profile.

A bit of a letdown after the nose: medium grapefruit and citrus bitterness, but the sweet maltiness peeks through more strongly, cutting through the bitterness. I would not have guessed this had 140 IBUs. Tastes "young" for some reason, despite the disappointing display of hops.

Not my favorite hop profile, but one of the better Short's beers I've had, especially the nose right after the pour. I wouldn't seek this out, but it's a decent showing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not as hoppy as the great american ipas are nowadays. pours a copper wheat color with an average whitish head. smells like stale bread, malty but not fresh. some nondiscript hops in there as well, but a weird balance. flavor is way too malty for an ipa in my opinion, completely drowning out any interesting hop flavors that might be present, instead just some bitterness at the end. i would feel better about calling this one an esb than an ipa, but thats just me. alcohol isnt readily tastable, but it feels stronger than it should. plenty of carbonation but just sort of awkward in the mouth and belly. i didnt care for this one and will not buy it again. im surprised this is reviewed so favorably on BA... its just so average and unbalanced

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Reviewed from notes.

A: Golden-orange with a slight haze. Huge, foamy white head has excellent staying power. Clumps of foamy lacing cling to the glass in rings.

S: Pine, mint, herbal scents. Mango, orange, pineapple. Faint whiff of a biscuity malt backbone.

T: Intense, oily hops. Quick flash of pine, mango and tropical fruits. Bitterness starts out a bit modest, but builds in intensity and becomes formidable. Catty hop tastes. Hops turn herbal toward the end with an intense cigar-like tobacco flavor. Dries a bit toward the finish and finally discloses malt tastes of dough and biscuit, along with sticky bud and tobacco.

M: Medium bodied. Full and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O: This beer is a hop bomb. Short's promised some complex malt tastes here too, but didn't really deliver, as the hops never let up enough for them to get through. As with some other aggressively hopped beers I've had, I found some of the hop flavors to be distracting or offensive. In this case it was the strong herbal/tobacco edge that really turned me off.

Notes: I don't think this was a bad beer; just not for me. Most hop-heads should be able to appreciate it.

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Photo of illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle at March tasting in Santa Cruz. Pours dark gold with a lasting white head. Aroma is metallic, specifically ferrous, with some spicy piney hops. Astringent bitter taste, spicy herbal hops with a touch of mint, low on the citrus. Mild maltiness but the hops don't really shine much either. There's also a leathery tobacco-ish note. Doesn't come together quite right. May be a touch 'chronologically advanced.'

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown amber with a huge head and nice retention in my duvel tulip. Notes of raw tobacco, some pine and roasted malts. Taste is a complete tongue stripping onslaught of hops. For "only" 76ibus one of the most perceivably bitter brews i have had. Hard to get by all the bitterness but i can taste some roasted grain, wet forest, citrus pith and bitter coffee. Easy enough to drink at the abv but really couldnt do more than two if i wqnted to be able to taste again during the day.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Barely legible date on the bottle of 1/17/13. Here's hoping that's 'bottled on' and not 'enjoy by.'

Appearance: A nice bright orange and completely opaque. Poured a two finger marshmallowy off-white head that has dissipated some leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet sugary barley notes as well has a somewhat dank hop aroma. Like a mixture of pine and earth with citrus/grass buried underneath it all.

Taste: Starts with a building bitterness that has moments of high intensity (120+ IBUs is actually believable here). Mostly a grassy hop flavor that leaves something to be desired. The sweetness from the aroma is nowhere to be found in the taste which really lacks the balance to rein those hops in. That being said, it's really not bad. At 6.9% ABV there is definitely some malt involved in the making of this brew but it is very hard to detect under the massive dose of bitterness. Slightly dry finish and a quinine-like bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with average carbonation and good drinkability despite the hop coma it inflicts on your palate.

Final Thoughts: As a hop head I'm always looking for the most bitter and flavorful IPAs out there. Huma Lupa Licious delivers on the bitterness without a doubt. I wish I had a fresh bottle to find out if it has more hop flavor to give than the grassy character I experienced. Would I drink it again? I'm not seeking it out.

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Photo of BigTuna
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color, beautiful for an IPA. Not much topper - maybe a finger's worth of foam. Leaves a light lacing as I drink.

Smell is slightly above average for an IPA. What everyone else is saying is true: citrus fruits, maybe some hints of tropical fruits like pineapple or starfruit.

Hits first with the fruit, then with the bitter. A malty backbone fools you at first - you think this beer will finish smooth and malty. But THEN the bitterness wallops once again. Fantastic hopiness for an IPA, so all you hopheads out there will like if not love Huma. It may be slightly TOO bitter and too little complex for my tastes.

Carbonation level is too high.

Overall, a nice, sessionable IPA, though if you're not a fan of hoppy bitterness, you will not be able to sip on more than one of these in a row.

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Photo of Gigantis
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really like Shorts usually. This one, however, was not for me.

I had this at a new bar in Grand Rapids. The name was striking, so I ordered it. It came in a pint glass and was darker than I expected in an IPA. Dark, dark orange with an off-white head on it. Said head hung around awhile and left good, web-like traces of itself around the top of the glass. The scent was very fruity and piney. A little heavy on the grapefruit, which ended up being fairly good preparation for how this beer tastes.

At first sip, it tastes kind of how it smells: sour, pine and a bit oily - which isn't a bad thing. As soon as it has been in your mouth for half a second though, it turns into a bitter hop bomb. It is sort of akin to having some fresh cut grass in your mouth. There is a woody malt quality to it as it goes down but you have to be looking for it to see through the haze of bitterness accosting your palate.

I use the word accost but it is a mixed bag because I sometimes like a really hoppy IPA that just storms my mouth and takes no prisoners. In the case of Huma though, I feel like the bitterness has an unpleasant quality and really overstays its welcome. To me, it makes the beer taste too thick and makes me want another, less bitter IPA. On account, I would not have more than one of these. I don't find this beer unenjoyable and will definitely have it again sometime but I didn't like it as much as I wanted to and would never drink more than one. Although I should add that this takes your mouth hostage for a good fifteen minutes or more after the beer itself is long gone so you might have to drink nothing but HumaLupa.

If that was the plan, then bravo, Shorts!

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Photo of jeonseh
3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle that I picked up while in Michigan for KBS day. Poured into my GI tulip

A - Light amber with hints of gold. The beer is clean looking and you can actually see your hand on the other side of the glass. An aggressive pour led to a big, pillowing, two finger head that quickly disappeared into a small amount of foam that sat on top of the beer. The body appears to be a bit thin.

S - Barely smell anything on this one. What I do smell smells like grapefruit and piney hops. However, really barely any nose at all here.

T - Well, this has much more flavor that you could tell from the nose. When you first take a sip, you get grapefruit. In the middle of the beer is where the more bitter, piney hops come in. There is a slight malt sweetness that helps counterbalance the hops and prevents it from being overly bitter. The finish initially is slightly sweet and crisp before piney, bitter resin flavors come in and linger on in the finish.

MF - Light body overall but has just enough carbonation to make this crisp and refreshing. The lighter body actually goes well with the flavors and makes this one that you could drink over and over again.

O - A solid offering from Short's that I could imagine ending up in my normal IPA rotation if I could find it easily. This could easily become one of those beers that you have around the house and drink at BBQ's or on a hot summer day. The main area that is lacking is the nose as to be frank there wasn't one.

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Photo of gogreen99
3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A very bitter and hoppy India Pale Ale. Leaves a bit of a hoppy aftertaste which characterizes many IPAs. Golden hazy orangish color when poured with a white head. This beer has a hint of grapefruit which is overpowered by the hops. There is minimal malt presence. Overall, I would highly reccomend this beer by Shorts

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber hued with fantastic clarity. I get just a slight bit of head that covers most of the top of this beer. Intense tropical to citrus hop aroma. Perhaps a touch of orange soda in the nose?! That is an odd but hop forward flavor. I get the citrus hop bitterness with a strong light malt backbone,but the flavors seem to clash somehow. Texture is moderately carbonated and the bitterness pricks your tongue.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ShogoKawada for spreading the Short's! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A tangerine to gold gradient fills the glass - hazy but rather pale at the same time, suggesting a glimmer of coral in the color as well. A thin ivory slick forms a web across the surface, and is ringed by a weak but lasting collar. Nice sandy lacing leaves a fine pattern behind.

Muted hops in the nose - resinous yet subdued, acidic yet flat.

Dry herbal palate entry, moderately bitter, growing more earthen in nature into the finish. Faint cracker, grass, and burnt sugar notes round out the profile. Delicate malt notes. Well crafted, but not especially flavorful.

Nicely attenuated, moderately carbonated, crisp, and refreshing.

Hops can suggest so many other flavors, yet this beer brings to mind nothing in particular. Meh.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours bright orange with a frothy white head. Nice hoppy pine resin aroma with some cereal malt. As the beer warms, some fruiteness becomes apparent. On the front of the palate, the flavor shows off the caramel and cereal malts, but on the middle and back of the palate, this beer belongs to the hops. The hops flavor begins fruity but ends with grapefruit bitterness as expected. The body fairly light with a somewhat thin texture. The carbonation is average, and the finish is super bitter and super long. This is a good IPA, but slightly out of balance.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TurdFurgison for this extra.

A. Pours a very cloudy orange with a finger if white head. Head dissipates to a quarter finger with very good lacing.

S. Pineapple, grapefruit, some orange zest. Also a peppery scent, almost like Belgian spice. Significant pine resin in there too. The individual notes are nice, but something in the overall bouquet seems off to me. Decent, not great.

T. Bitter, sticky pine resin. Grapefruit zest. Biscuity malts. Pretty malty for an IPA. Bitterness drowns out a lot of the citrus notes. Not the smoothest of finishes. Solid, nothing more.

M. A little undercarbed, giving it a cloying, heavy feel. Lacks crispness.

O. Not bad by any stretch, but it has some noted herbal flavors and a malt build that is a little heavy for style. Almost a medicinal taste due to the herbal bitterness on display in the finish here. Not a beer I'd feel the need to revisit anytime soon.

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.