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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
outstanding

1,415 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 200
Gots: 99 | 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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JustAnotherGalen

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 12oz into a Tulip

A:Nice Brownish Orange color, fairly clear with the slightest of haze. Poured into a nice 2 finger creamy off white head that recedes slowly leaving thick lacing

S: faint Creamed corn, weird, but that is exactly what I smell. Not much floral or citrus hop character.

T: Sweet malt upfront, strong lingering bitterness on the back end. Slightest off flavor, tastes like plant matter, like when I dry hopped a homebrewed IPA for too long.

M: Smooth lingering mouthfeel with crisp carbonation

O: Above average IPA, though not something I will seek out over other examples of the style. Lacking the floral and citrus hop nose that I really look for.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:45:18 | More by JustAnotherGalen
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Corbet

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep Gold in color with a 1 finger bubbly white head on it that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S - The hops are very fragrant in this beer. They range from piney to grassy to grapefruity.

T - The hops and the malt are well balanced. It has a slightly sweet toffee-like malty flavor as well as a toasty malt flavor. This is accompanied by a stong hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Decent IPA, but honestly, it doesn't do much for me. Nothing about it screams "this is really good" or "this is really unique".

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:46:20 | More by Corbet
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to afdempse for the bottle.

A: pours a slightly murky orange with a two inch very sticky head and nice lacing

S: hops, alcohol (in a single IPA - hmm...) and something strange (soap?) I'm struggling to identify. I keep smelling this brew looking for the citrus and floral aromas one would expect, but I can not detect them.

T: I'm missing the malt/hop balance here. This beer is confusing my palate, but not due to complexity, which is unfortunately lacking.

M: There's a very slight harsh bitterness with every sip.

D: Bitterness in the aftertaste. This 6.6% ABV feels like more. I'm ready to move on to a different beer.

Notes: It's really hard for me to get past the harsh bitterness, when this is only a single IPA. I know Short's is a great brewery, but this beer just isn't my bag, baby.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 05:14:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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airohead2001

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one for a long time. Courtesy of glazeman.

A - Great looking IPA. Light burnt orange with a one finger head with little retention. Good lacing, particularly for a single IPA.

S - Citrus hops - oranges, lemon, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Pretty average tasting beer in my opinion. Oranges and apricots up front with a slight malt backbone. The malts are a little bit sugary, almost medicinal. Finishes quite bitter followed by a hint of nuttiness. The nutty finish became a bit more pronounced as the beer warmed. Letting this one warm up a bit is a good idea.

M - Decent mouthfeel - typical for an IPA. Good carbonation. Pretty thin, not too sticky.

D - Very drinkable beer. Not a whole lot of complexity going on with the smell or the taste. All in all, this is your typical IPA. But that being said, a typical IPA is better than what most people have in their mugs, so this is a beer I would try again if it's available. However, I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 03:59:07 | More by airohead2001
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wedgie9

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 05:32:42 | More by wedgie9
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marcb105

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20%

06-30-2013 16:17:20 | More by marcb105
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BCOO


3.25/5  rDev -20%

07-05-2014 00:17:20 | More by BCOO
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jeff1973

California

3.25/5  rDev -20%

12-30-2013 08:16:47 | More by jeff1973
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -20%

06-23-2014 18:22:24 | More by mklisz
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Benny3000

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20%

04-12-2012 17:39:06 | More by Benny3000
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -20%

08-31-2013 23:55:35 | More by Hopstout
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bill_rue


3.25/5  rDev -20%

03-19-2012 04:33:25 | More by bill_rue
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20%

11-25-2013 13:28:54 | More by PA-Michigander
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fox227

California

3.25/5  rDev -20%

09-27-2013 13:38:14 | More by fox227
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westlaunboy

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20%

12-18-2013 01:40:01 | More by westlaunboy
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 21:10:26 | More by siege06nd
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gueuzegossage

California

3.25/5  rDev -20%

05-09-2012 19:37:06 | More by gueuzegossage
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -20%

01-08-2014 02:15:57 | More by pmarlowe
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20%

06-05-2013 12:04:42 | More by BMart
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clager

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20%

04-04-2014 00:47:54 | More by clager
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Waveoff

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20%

06-26-2013 13:24:20 | More by Waveoff
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 05:09:21 | More by Franziskaner
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augustgarage

California

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 05:48:05 | More by augustgarage
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BigTuna


3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 18:12:35 | More by BigTuna
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Gigantis

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 19:14:06 | More by Gigantis
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.