Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA - Short's Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
We pour a brew of glowing golden orange, holding an easily reproducible one finger head of fat, off white bubbles. This shows lighter retention, leaving spots and stripes of lacing around the glass as it goes. A chill haze is appreciated, without sediment. Carbonation appears to be light to medium. The aroma gives surprising depth of malts, with sticky pales, sweet toffees, cardboard, and a dry pancake batter quality. To match are milky lactics, herbal mint leafiness, green onions, mustard seed, light medicinals, and honeysuckle. Hops take the form of florals, perfumes, and dirty earthen grittiness. Our first impression is that the taste is quite dark, with the hops coming across as freshly raw, as if they were sitting in a bin under the table at a farmer’s market. As we sip, the most bitter, earthy, raw, resiny, and soapy hops crash the palate. Coming to blend are pale and heartily metallic malts, juicy baker’s yeast, dried apricot fruitiness, green bananas, bittered citric rind, and white toast breadiness. The middle comes to a peak with enhanced aluminum metallics, black pepper booziness, dandelion weediness, mineral, and tannic lemon tea, while the hops build up their soapiness, bolstering the bite of the swallow. Washing through the finish gives pencil graphite, cheaper and chalky pale malts, deep brassiness, soapy and earthen hop bitterness, chokecherries, clover honey, and the sweetness of lemon flesh. The aftertaste breathes of light charcoal smokiness, resiny hop stems, soapy and herbal grit, mild chemical phenols, ethanol, lemon peel, salty toffee malts, bittered walnut, and vegetal minerals. The body is medium, and the carbonation is on the light side. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and strong finishing pop. The mouth is left wet and slick, with eventual pucker and green astringency down the tongue and hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. What really stands out about this was its spicy, malty backbone that holds up nicely to the equally as dirty and gritty hop side. The hops are actually a bit light aromatically, but do make much more of an appearance through the flavoring. To match there are much more bitter, fruity, and chemically inclusions that both balance and obscure the general base. This makes for an interesting tasting that keeps the tongue guessing. The feel is a bit watered through, and this takes away from the experience, but this guy is definitely a regional competitor for the style.
05-17-2013 00:16:43 | More by TheBrewo
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
bottle into pint glass
appearance: cloudy darker orange, 1 finger white head
smell: intense hops, very earthy weedy smell, highly floral
taste: very bitter, one of the more bitter beer i've ever had. It's a long lasting bitterness, very hoppy and earthiness to it, citrus and grapefruit come through in the end, any malt is easily masked by the bitterness. Lots of floral notes, tastes like a hint of honey is lost somewhere in there as well. If you love bitter high IBU beers like I do, you will love this. Alcohol not noticeable.
mouthfeel: pretty high carbonation, slightly thin feel
overall: A very bitter hop bomb, this offering from Short's packs a punch. To compare it to a more popular beer, it's more bitter than a Ruination, but with less pronounced citrus/grapefruit flavors. A great hoppy beer, one of the most bitter i've ever had, will buy again. Whatever you drink after this, you will not taste.
05-16-2013 01:40:36 | More by Roman5150
3.34/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
04-28-2013 22:10:44 | More by JamesMN
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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