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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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1,562 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 212
Gots: 143 | 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 Mitchster
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$2.00 for a 12oz bottle @ Jack's. My first bottled Shorts. "Crafted in Mar 09" notched on the label.

Pours out to an almost clear light amber, honey/burnt orange, forming a modest light yellow head with average retention and sparse lacing. Medium carbonation. The aroma is quite nice, hoppy and toasted. There is skunky MJ and grapefruit and mango in here. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body, not quite as oily or dense as anticipated, with a dry finish. The taste opens with a huge green hop blast of pine, lemon and grapefruit, followed by a big toasty malt middle, with grain husk thrown in there, followed by a moderately strong grapefruit bitterness, oranges, and then a dry finish with grapefruit pith aftertaste.

This is a bit too bitter for my tastes. I prefer IPA's that are really drinkable...the type where you want to have another one despite how aggressive they can be. This is not one of them, as it's quite unbalanced. Still worth a try. Joe does a great job and his other beers are better, IMO.

Mitchster, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Tvoogt
3.04/5  rDev -25.1%

Tvoogt, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a slow gusher, luckily I had about two seconds before it would have foamed up out of the bottle so I was able to get it into my glass. A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off white colored head. The beer is a nice, rich copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of cheesy, dank hops, ample grapefruit, tangelo and a backdrop of herbaceous pine. Some biscuit and caramelized malt notes are noticeable deep in the aroma if you dig for them. There is definitely something slightly off and cheesy (there is a certain mustiness too) about the aroma, though it is not too distracting.

Biting bitter hops are noticeable from the get go and linger on the palate long after each sip. Essential grapefruit zest oils, a touch of lychee and tangelo notes play a secondary role to the bitterness and pine like flavors found in this beer. There is a sort of an over-ripe cheesy quality, or perhaps almost butter like note to this beer that is mostly dominated by the hop character, but still manages to subtly influence the flavor profile, and not in the best way. This has a fizzy carbonic texture to it that is perhaps a touch too much, but this doesn't detract too much. The hop character in the finish is actually fairly harsh; it is almost too green and vegetal, and I am wondering if there is something else influencing this.

This beer is clearly quite well hopped, in fact it is so well hopped that it almost hides the subtle infection that is taking hold. Unfortunately the infection is influencing this beer with cheesy notes and a harshness to the finish. While the hop overload make this still drinkable, the infection in this Shorts beer doesn't work as well as it did in some of the others.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of HarrySTruman
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze/amber and cloudy. Small white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is minimal.

Smells of hops, slight smell of malt. Piney, not so much citrus, but a typical IPA smell.

Tastes slightly more bitter than most IPA's, but the balace is just about right. Certainly a "hopmonster". Slight taste of malts and sweet citrus flavor, but more bitter than anything. The flavor was bold and complex.

Finishes pretty dry, but it drinks easy.

This is a bitter IPA that is just above average imo.

HarrySTruman, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of shangwang
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

received this from stickman1220 in a recent trade - thanks Chris!

poured from bottle into Dogfish goblet, no date on the bottle.

Huma poured with a nice, frothy white head which dissipated quickly and left heavy lacing on the glass. The brew was an amber color, and hazy with little opacity. The first thing that stood out about this beer was the smell- very intense smells of piny hops and burnt wood- as far as the hoppy smell it was less floral and more earthy. Also hints of honey come through. The beer's taste smacked of bitter hops with almost no sweetness. The hops dominated the taste so much that it was hard to really get much else from it - they continually lingered through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky and medium in body.

I'm into hoppy beers but this one was like a punch in the face - I didn't get much sweetness from it like some other reviewers did, and I would have liked a little more to balance the uber-bitterness. I can respect it for what it is, but not one I would seek out again.

shangwang, May 08, 2011
Photo of carlborch
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dense amber color with hints of cloudiness. Thick off-white persistent head. Distinct hoppy nose with strong pine forest notes with hints of citrus (grapefruit?) peel and pith. These notes are somewhat ephemeral and diminish if you let the glass sit. The beer has a medium body. On the palate the initial bitter notes were a bit on the feisty side. This also diminished, or was it acclimation and anosmia? I like bitter brews but found the initial bite rather strong and single layered. The hops camouflage any malty notes. The bitter notes linger and add to the moreishness of the beer. Additional sips do not quench this and the bitterness becomes a bit tiring. Evident Belgian lace. Very good palate cleanser and food accompaniment. I'd try it again.

carlborch, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, courtesy of aqsprint. Thanks Jon!

Pours a either a very hazy pale copper, or a dark straw. Thin, soapy off-white head.

Nose is grapefruit rind, with a bit of bitter astringency already showing itself, very dry.

Taste is apparently based entirely around the bitterness. Up front comes a big, harsh, astringent grapefruit-rindy bitterness, briefly interrupted by a nice, biscuity, lightly caramelly malt note, and more citrus, and then immediately taken back over by more of the huge, biting bitterness. Finish is long and bitter. All bitterness, very little hop flavor proportionately.

Mouthfeel is intensely dry, bit over-crisp, medium body, maybe a bit sticky.

Generally, I love hoppy beers that are dry, but that focus largely on flavor and not on bitterness. This is the exact opposite. Dry yes, but with a massive bitterness that manifests itself almost from beginning to end, and the actual hop flavor is largely lost in the shuffle. At first I thought there was something wrong with the beer, but then reading the other reviews I realize, no, this is pretty much how it's supposed to be apparently. Meh.

JohnQVegas, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of StoutHunter
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a 5 ounce sample mug

A- Pour a very hazy golden color with 1 finger of head and descent lacing.

S- Grapefruit and pine stick out first with a little bit of maltyness in the background.

T- Tastes pretty damn bitter, with grapefruit and pine leading the way, after taste is just straight bitter, i would call this a hop bomb.

M- Just the way and IPA should be, very true to the style.

D- Because of how bitter this beer is the drink-ability is very low, i could only have one of these before i am over with the bitterness, ruins your palate for anything u drink after it.

Overall this is not a bad ipa, it was just way too bitter for me, its seems that if the flavors arent blended together the best and the bitterness just takes over the whole beer. Don't think i would every buy this again but there's plenty other shorts brews i will be getting instead.

StoutHunter, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of apiccirilli
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a beautifully promising amber color - some nice head at first, but that faded away quickly. Fresh, raw nose of some very American hops - big whiff of pine, bit of grapefruit, bit of citrus. Couldn't get any malt characteristics on the nose.

The taste matched the smell - the hops are HUGE on this one. The bottle says that it's a "complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth," but I think that the hops beat up the malt and hid it around back. It has a really wonderful hop profile - starts out sweet and fruity, transitions into grapefruit and pine and ends in a prolonged deep bitterness. Unfortunately, there's really no malt backbone to it, and I find the drinkability suffers because of that - the bitterness is wearing, and I'm just longing for a bit of malt to take off the edge. The mouthfeel is wonderful - thick and oily from the hops, and the carbonation is gently prickling.

All in all, there are so many other wonderful (and much more balanced) IPAs out there that really satisfy. If you really just love hops, here's a chance to taste them quite isolated. If you're looking for the whole package, look elsewhere.

apiccirilli, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of JustAnotherGalen
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.

JustAnotherGalen, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Corbet
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".

Corbet, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of airohead2001
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.

airohead2001, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
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.

wedgie9, May 12, 2010
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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,562 ratings.