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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA - Short's Brewing Company

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646 Reviews
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Reviews: 646
Hads: 1,825
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 224
Gots: 275 | FT: 10
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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Reviews: 646 | Hads: 1,825
Photo of jwinship83
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle picked up during a weekend trip through michigan. drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass

A- this one pours out a darkish hazy golden colored body with a small layer of bright white head on it. the head lasts for a long time and leaves rings of lacing behind.

S- faint caramel and toffee malts and a huge rush of hops. very piny and citrusy.

T- the taste is equally as unbalanced as the smell. a little bit of sweet caramel and toffee malts upfront, and then a barrage of hops. lots of citrus and pine resin. grapefruit. some earthy notes as well.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. very bitter and leaves the mouth feeling dry. no complaints here.

D- a great IPA and something id love to have on my local shelves. more please, this one is great (774 characters)

Photo of alexanf
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a mild to dark amber.

S: Hints of citrus, pine, and hops.

T: Bitter start that transitions into a sharp hopped body with hints of grapefruit/citrus zest, and floral/earth.

M: Dry from start to finish.

O: This beer is a Short's top 5. Hop heavy, yet easy to drink. A solid go to beer. (296 characters)

Photo of tapman
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect cobweb lacing creates rocky mountains of foam over a hazy, bottle conditioned light rust body.

In the nose: fresh crushed mint and raw hops. Lightly sweetened oats and a fresh snapped pine tree branch. A little sweet plum in the back.

Taste: All that from the nose except toast the oatmeal and add a little soapiness.

Light, though not too crisp. A little chew, but not much.

A fantastic beer that I had first on tap at Foran's in Detroit. (451 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice, long lasting white head. Beer was a beautiful golden color. Excellent carbonation.

Smell: Definite, but not over-powering hop aroma.

Taste: Nice bitterness throughout and melding nicely with the soft, malty taste at the end. An excellent combination of hop and malt flavorings.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: A great example of an American IPA. Classic in its hoppiness, looks, and taste. Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a more restrained IPA rather than a DIPA hop bombs. (550 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely, slightly orange amber with a densely packed white head that sticks around forever and leaves super sticky lacing. The aroma is all I could ask for in an IPA. Citrus grapefruit punch with caramel malt sweetness holding it up. My parents brought this to me from Michigan and it must be a pretty fresh bottle, because the smell filled the room when I popped the cap. The flavor differs slightly from the aroma in that I pick up a lot more pine than in the nose. Don't get me wrong, it is still a grapefruit party in my mouth, but pine is busting a move on my tongue as well. It definitely has a very complex hop flavor and I am also picking up some herbal notes as well as orange and lemon. Bitterness is pretty strong, but I still find that the malt balances it quite well. The malt is very nice with some toffee notes that do not overpower the pale malt base. Yum. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice dry finish and carbonation that is right on the money. This is a very drinkable IPA, and I am looking forward to my next trip to MI so I can have it on tap again. It is quite depressing that Short's came onto the scene about the time I moved away from Northwest Michigan. I highly recommend this beer. (1,217 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a semi-clear dark golden color with a ¼" off-white head that recedes to a small ring around the glass and a patch of foam in the middle. Sipping leaves a sheet of lacing with lots of small speckles and a few legs. Even when the ring is gone, sipping leaves behind some sparse lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft and contains both floral fruity hops (grapefrut, tangerine and lemon) with some nice rich caramel from the malt and some hints of pine. The aroma of this beer is like a complex, finely woven tapestry with no single strand more dominant than the others.

Taste: The aroma predicts the flavor but not the finish. There is strong bitterness from the hops showing off their orange zest, grapefruit peel and piney character. The underlying harshness is well balanced by the soft light toffee/caramel sweetness in the background that supports and carries the mix of hops forward across the palate.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with very light carbonation. The finish is medium-long and begins with some sweetness present. That sweetness quickly fades out leaving a strong bitterness throughout as everything just fades slowly away. Interestingly the bitterness is neither all grapefruit nor all pine, it seems to be both at once and just takes over and then fades.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability and I could make an evening with this one. I surely will seek out and have this one again when I have the chance. BTW: Don't drink this one too cold as it will be all bitterness if you do. (1,650 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - slightly hazy (from bottle conditioning) copper color with a nice head and good retention, nice lacing as it drains

S - strong American hop aroma characterized by citrus and pine like scents, malt is noticed; yeast fruitiness blends well with hop aromas

T - rich malt and hop flavor profile from start to finish; moderately strong hop finish balances out the caramel flavors in the malt; yeast fruitiness present, but subdued compared to the hops and malt

M - medium to full body, moderate-to-high carbonation

D - This is quite an outstanding American IPA. It delivers all the great factors of the style in the right proportions that hit the spot - very enjoyable and highly drinkable. (693 characters)

Photo of WillKorn
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably may favorite India pale ale. It is very well balanced with a great hoppy taste that complements many types of dinners. A lot of IPAs taste the same to me, but this one tends to stand out and the creative name probably helps. I tend to prefer this in the summer even over fruiter and lighter beers. (306 characters)

Photo of b3barron
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From some notes I quickly jotted down.

Small one-finger head with a little lacing. Very citrusy and floral. The nose is vibrant on this one. Slightly sweet malt and a dry finish with enormous hop flavor. Balance is toward the bitter end for an IPA.

Very good stuff. I hope to be able to purchase this in bottle form soon as it would be a welcome addition to my IPA rotation. (377 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler obtained at Short's brew pub on 7/30/08, into my brand new Short's Imperial Pint Glass.

A: Very cloudy, orangish green. The bartender explained that they were selling a "shitload" of the stuff lately, so that was why it had almost a green hue to it. Small amount of head that retained well and left great sticky lace.

A: Smelled of Big grass and citrus hops. Orange, grapefruit, and "hemp". There was a very distinct sweetness as well, maybe from honey?

T: Extrordinary! The hops are enormous, again, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and honey. The sweet malts balance this very nicely.

M&D: Medium body beer, nice level of carbonation, makes for a semi-creamy mouthfeel. As for the drinkability, I had planned to drink one or two glasses out of the growler with my grilled chicken that night, but I finished it before my brother-in-law could finish grilling. I can't wait for Joe Short to bottle this one. Just an outstanding IPA. Skal. (961 characters)

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes on 5/27/10.

A: Poured into a snifter, Huma has a lovely golden-amber hue. There is no head after a medium pour, which is weird, because I have had this many times before and I recall a usually buoyant and healthy froth on top of the beer. I won't mark it down for that, based on previous experience. Lacing is present, but not very sticky.

S: This is exactly what I would hope for from an American IPA. Big pine, floral, and citrus hops leap into my nose, supported by a strong pale/amber malt presence.

T: Yummy. An appropriate amount of hop bitterness endures throughout each sip and into the aftertaste, while a lovely grapefruit flavor is the dominant flavor. Some pine and resin taste is also present.

M: Medium bodied for an IPA with a coating quality in the beginning and middle of each sip, which is snatched away from the palate by the drying hop quality at the end.

D: I have always found this to be an immensely drinkable IPA. The balance between sweetness from the malt and citrus flavor and the bitter, acidic bite from the hops make me want to enjoy this beer time and time again. Salud, Short's! (1,140 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped 2 sixers last weekend in ann arbor.

love short's brew from my very limited exposure...enjoyed having this one on tap a few times over the weekend

appearance: poured into my tyranena pint, bright copper-amber body, a nice beige bubbly lace

smell: very nice aroma and very hoppy - fresh clean citrus, bright pine, touches of honey

taste: a very good IPA - would be a regular in my fridge if i could just get my hands on it. very sharp citrus hop stinger, pungent and very distinct grapefruit, bitter orange peel, sappy pine. This is a very high-end IPA from Short's

mouthfeel: a tongue twister, highly bitter

drinkability: nice - but your tongue is wrecked (681 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orangish copper with a nice off white head that fades after a few sips. The smell is very powerful, the hop aroma is ridiculous, really potent and fresh. Their are some sweet smells, citrus and pine, a great aroma. This one has big flavor, the hops and sweetness hit up front, with a nice complex finish, and a bitter aftertaste. This one has a medium mouthfeel, like you are chewing on some hops. The beer is packed with flavor, fresh hop flavor, with a hard malt backbone. This one is a great beer for hop lovers, a beer I will revisit again and again.

As a side note, I bought this in bottles to take home, and the on tap beer out ranked the bottles by far. (674 characters)

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice with a good cream white tint to the head. Mostly transparent and amber in color. A scattered sediment settlement at the bottom of the bottle (say that three times fast) is easy to pull up with a few shakes. Dashing down quickly the sediment cloud reaches three quarters of the way down the glass and floats there. Aside from the last quarter, the glass is now asemi-transparent amber cloud with only shadowed objects refracting through. A pretty bowl of lacing graphs down the sides of the glass.

Smells strong like hops and spice. Reaches the upper nasal cavities easily.

Taste has that metallic ting to it. A lasting after taste ripe with hoppy flavor. A very good blend of aroma and tastes that get better with warmth.

The feel is nice enough. not much of a burn for the spice.

Very drinkable. A great Northern Michigan IPA!

Cheers,
Jordan. (860 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Theme Park in my mouth? dont mind if I do!

Pours a pretty foamy head of two fingers , a slightly hazy orange amber color.

Smell of orange rinds, a light pale malt aroma mixed with pine and grapefruit.

Taste got me right off the bat with its well rounded flavor profile. Not too bitter, not too sweet, this one is done just right and very good. A bit of peach flavor from the hops as well which is something I can dig. Lots of pine mixing with grapefruit and citrus. Predominantly piney in the bittering profile, but not overdone and it is easy to taste all of the different hops in here. Caramel is still in the background and nice and smooth.

This is a great American IPA that i would get regularly if available in my region. (732 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for sending this want my way.

A: Pours lighter than I thought it would. A nice darker shade of yellow / lighter shade of orange. The head was nice and tall and a nice vibrant white color. Okay retention with lots of leggy lace all the way down the glass.

S: Release the hops! Pop the cap on this one and pure hop juice rushes from the bottle. Very grassy herbal hops mostly but there is a touch of citrus juice as well.

T: Taste is very floral with very strong fresh cut grass notes. Bitter grapefruit rind and some sweet caramel malt. The malt attempts to provide balance in this one, but it really has no chance against these hops. It really is a hop theme park in your mouth.

M: Actually drinks sort of light, zippy carbonation, with a real clinging bitterness.

D: Crazy good. It drinks fairly light, and the taste makes you take gulp after gulp. One I could drink six of no problem. One of the better beers I have had in awhile.

Short's has been hit or miss for me. They are always pushing the envelope which I love. This beer is a hit no doubt. Not just a hit, but a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth kind of hit.

This is goood! (1,184 characters)

Photo of dudecandle
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Not sure if there's anything to criticize about the looks. Hazy golden-orange body with a huge off-white, creamy, sticky head, good lacing and great cap.

S: Highly complex. Orange peel and nuts, spices, light yeast, and butter right up front. Chocolate malts are also present. Amazingly rounded.

T: Peppery and citrusy, with some good floral hops coming through along with some earthy tones. Sweet chocolate is great as well.

M: Wonderfully creamy, lightly carbonated.

D: This is a perfect IPA. These are hops done right without using too many and getting into imperial territory. It's not the hoppiest, but is rather quite balanced. If may have to go to Michigan just to have some more. (725 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the label: "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth." And elsewhere: "Handmade by people who care." Big thanks to GbVDave for hooking me up with my first brew from Short's.

Pours a hazy saffron color with a thinnish head which lessens to a skim within about a minute. Tiny lace dots stick to the glass.

Aroma is wonderful--elements of citrus rind, pineapple, pine, orange zest and caramel mingle together nicely. Not a brutal nosehair-ripper, but clearly hop-centric.

Flavor is gigantically hopped, although not brash. Pine needle, astringent green grass (not that I've ever chomped on my lawn), and grapefruit rind are front and center, with only a smidgen of malt backup for balance. Possibly the hugest hop flavor I've tasted in a beer without it being a tongue-destroyer (ie. this ain't Hopsickle). Bitter, indeed, but a very, very good bitter, in that it's balanced. Hops are cranked right to the point of hophead nirvana, but never pushed over the edge into novelty territory.

Mouthfeel is hefty, although not thick enough or weighty enough to be called heavy-bodied. Has a buoyant quality that makes it go down easily, and a little too quickly. There is some good stickiness to this that keeps the rind-like, almost resiny flavor going and going and going...

A hophead's dream, similar to Bell's Hopslam in flavor...which makes me wonder why this isn't considered a Double IPA? But who cares, that's splitting hairs. This is simply divine, no matter how you categorize it. (1,495 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden yellow that pours a thin head. Slight orange hues.

Smells of grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest.

Oh my hops! Definite grapefruit and orange zest, wonderfully hoppy.

Mouthfeel is hop bitterness with slight citrus and it is wonderful.

Overall one of my favorite IPAs (289 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-12-09
Bottled in March 2009

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a pleasant white head that leaves a thick layer of lacing.

Smell is super fruity, the flowery hops are so strong it could be perfume. Unbelievably good.

Taste is strong, earthy hops, with just the right amount of sweet malt to back it up. The finish is very bitter and dry, with lots of sweet, English style hops.

Mouthfeel is great, very thick, which adds to the flavors, but made lighter by the nice carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, If your in the mood for something bitter.

Overall, I've had this before on tap, and it was never this good. An outstanding beer. (650 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of off-white head with great retention. Cloudy golden-copper liquid is slightly less than luminous. Good lookin'
S: Bright citrus, tropical fruit: guava, pineapple. Man candy, very nice. Slightly dank, mostly fruity, slight alcohol.
T: Bitter start with some nice caramel malt. Very well done AIPA. Very biter, slight bread.
M: Bitter! Some astringent green banana, some grapefruit peel. Nailed it! Almost a DIPA
D: Very good. I'd love another and I'll make it a regular. Glad it's year round. (530 characters)

Photo of William_B
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love IPA's and this one is truly among the best I have ever tried. The entire experience consuming this wonderful IPA fulfilled all of my expectations. I'm sorry I have not sampled it before now.
This IPA has a crisp and clean mouth feel enhanced by the flowery notes of the hops. The aromatics from the unique hops used in this IPA satisfy from start to finish as the brew travels across your pallet. Huma-Lupa-Licious hits the IPA sweet spot with a perfect malt canvas to facilitate a wonderful hoppy experience.
This brew is an instant favorite for me to revisit frequently. Also, another Michigan quality brew. (616 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very nice presentation in the glass. Nice citrus notes in the smell. The taste is an explosion of flavors. Exceptional hop taste that gives way to several flavors. The aftertaste is intense but pleasant. Though this beer is intense, I feel as though I could drink a few more. (277 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids.

Pours a lightly hazed copper golden orange, very nice, thick off white head forms, drops a nice ring around the glass, some real solid lace, very sticky, great retention. Smell is awesome, whole range of hop aromas, pine, floral, some grapefruit, after initial blast theres a very malty middle, caramel and biscuit, then sharp orange peel citrus acidity, very intense, beautiful stuff. Taste is similar, tons of resinous pine and grapefruit hop oils, really coating, nice malty backbone, biscuit and caramel, thick maltiness, more pine and grapefruit, floral, orange peel, very solid bitterness but perfectly balanced, insane good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, insanely smooth and drinkable. Perfectly balanced IPA, just great stuff. (803 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No enjoy by date on the bottle.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to a quarter-finger head that was light tan and disapated pretty quickly. The brew is a light copper clolor with an orange hue.

S: The aroma is very strong and robust. It consists of a strong pine with some citrus and a bit of malt sweetness.

T: It has a very robust and focused earthy hops bitterness. The malt does not come through very much, but there is just enough of it there to knock off the sharp edge of the bitterness. It is not very complex - just simple, straight forward, no nonsense bitterness.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with a clean finish.

0: An outstanding IPA. It has a great hops bitterness focus and does not try to balance with malt. The malts only job is to take off the really sharp edge of the bitterness. The alcohol is also very well hidden. (So be carefull.) A true all hops biterness, all the way though IPA. A hop heads' delight. (952 characters)

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.