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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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1,670 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 218
Gots: 176 | FT: 6
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 trbergman
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Golden orange with one finger of rocky beige head.

S - Caramel, toffee, and lots of resinous pine hop aroma. Candied orange peel in the background.

T - Faint malt flavor with an assault of piney and pithy hop flavor and aggressive bitterness. Totally out of balance, but compelling all the same. Finishes very dry.

M - Feels very light in the mouth; gets to be a bit abrasive.

D - Very harsh hops make this a one-and-done deal. Would drink again on another occasion, though.

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-copper color. Has a thin, lacy head in brandy snifter. Some retention left in spots on the glass.

Has a hoppy and citrus aroma. Very pleasant and aromatic. Pine is also noticeable.

Huma has a delicious sweet and bitter taste. It has a tasty complexity to it. Huma has a strong hop presence. I taste pineapple, grapefruit,and orange. Black pepper gives it a certain spiciness.

Medium-bodied and decent carbonation. A great IPA that I have known for only a year now. A great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - beautiful golden color, almost orange, this beer almost looks like it is glowing, small white head is present

S - nice sweet, citrus hop smell

T - the hoppy bitterness seems to wrap around and pummel my tongue, a nice malty sweetness up front, the hops really seem to linger after swallowing this one causing me to take another swallow, the bitterness present makes me think DIPA not IPA

M - mild carbonation and a medium body

D - I really enjoy this beer, if this was available near me this would be a regular. The bite at the end of this beer really makes me want to take another swallow leading me to drink this one pretty quick. The pummeling it gives my taste buds though make me only want to have one of these at a time but I would definitely come back to this one again!

Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in a trade, and have to say that this really made me a believer in Short's beers! The Pandemonium Pale Ale was solid, but this was simply a great and straight forward bitter and citric IPA. I could drink this one all summer. Review is from notes taken on 3/6/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard orange/coppery color and starts with a nice one finger off-white head with good retention that slowly fades to a thin and full skim; body is fairly cloudy and shows moderate carbonation where you can see into it; a nice web of lacing is left behind.

Smell: Makes my mouth water! Wonderful citric and juicy hop smells (orange and a little bit of a grapefruit note in there as well) and there is a super-solid malty and sweet scent; overall, it's a pretty straightforward smelling beverage and I feel like I already know what it's going to taste like.

Taste: Pretty close in my taste assumption based upon the nose, but the massive hop presence is more rind-like and bitter as opposed to juicy like I thought it might be; the bitterness is pretty dominant, and the malty sweetness acts as a minimal counterbalance; slight presence of alcohol in the back.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and chewy body for an IPA; a pretty thick and dry coating is left all over the mouth; a nice drying effect is felt throughout the drink; carbonation is soft and smooth and allows the syrupy nature of the body to shine through.

Drinkability: A great IPA to be sure -- all the elements are great and true to the style; I could drink this all day as the bitterness is quite refreshing, but it does sit a tad heavy, so I may limit it to 2-3 in any given night, and that's provided that I actually had that kind of access to it (sadly, I don't).

Photo of lstokes
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, this was a hazy orange beer with a tight head, lots of lace, and a whole lot of citrus smell.

The taste wasn't as citrusy as the smell--it's a very bitter beer, with orange rind and pine hops. I would have liked a little bit more malt, but it is a lovely and fresh tasting beer, with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish--my favorite combination--and very drinkable. A pretty excellent example of the American IPA so beloved by hop-heads.

Photo of Blob77
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love IPA's they are easily my favorite type of beer. Huma-Lupa-licious is without a doubt in my top 3 beers ever. No need to go into detail about the details because for me its perfect. i have had this beer on tap and in a bottle and they are both amazing. If i had to find one thing wrong with this beer it could only be the cost (10.49+dep/tax), which is justified by its quality but i still would like it for less $.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these from Tyson. Thanks.

Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale pours forth from the bottle with power and might, clear as the golden stream of Lapland, with a billowing head that reaches the monolithic peaks of Mt. Zeus.

The aroma is pretty good. West Coast style, very floral with a bit of tangerine and grapefruit. Subtle fruity sweetness and a hint of fresh herbs. Nice.

The taste spreads across my palate like a 4d6 area effect fireball, slaying taste buds as quickly as a level 9 wizard against a pack of giant rats. Palate evisceration is aided by an eternal parching dryness, as long and wide as the Desert of Desolation, and an herbal hop attack as powerful as an enraged Barbarian with an enchanted two-handed great axe. A pale whisper of citrus floods my mind with memories of days spent campaigning on the enchanted tropical realms of the Lendore Islands in the Solnor Ocean, feasting nightly on the sweet nectarful Lendorian fruit under the shimmering cerulean moonlight.

Solid mouthfeel. Crisp light body, bit of sweetness initially but ends dry and bitter. Would drink again.

Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from mjd83goblue. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" beige head above the clear amber brew. Head falls slowly, with sticking lace. Aroma is juicy citrus hops. Taste is sweet for a peek, and then the juicy fruit takes over, and carries on towards the close, with bitterness coming to the party near the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. Happy to have enjoyed me some Shorts...

Photo of matt20102
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at refrigerator temperature from a bottle into a goblet glass. The beer poured with a dark golden colour and very little head. The aroma is of cascade hops- distinct but not overpowering. The flavor is primarily of grapefruitty hops but there is a ever present malty flavor. This strong malt would be overpowering in any other brew but it required to match the strong hop flavor- and it does this job well. Unlike many other American IPAs, Short's does a good job here of making one that is actually drinkable. The flavor is not terribly complex (cascade hops and malt) but this is a solid brew with good flavor and mouthfeel. Recommended.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received in my most recent trade with Kbeals... Kevin is out of control... I think he might be in cahootz with a FedEx lady... I don't know... but the box was amazing.

Only wanted a beer or two tonight.. but I figure I better have a third while finishing boxing up some brews .... this is poured into my Delirium goblet.

Rocky 1" white head.. dies back atop a slightly hazed lite amber brew....

Citrus rind .. lite caramel malts.. some nice biscuit maltiness.. a bit of diacetyl..

Flavor has more diacetyl than I was hoping for... a bit buttery... big bitterness at the front with some mild maltiness throughout.. tons of citrus hops really scream American .. some floral hops shine too .. nice body and carbonation..

The buttery aspect is too pronounced in my palate... I've been told that I have a pretty low tolerance.. but I am getting it a bit heavy.

Kevin is an Uber Trader!! Thanks homeboy.... the love will never be lost.

3.5/3.5/3.5/4/4

Photo of claminat420
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- poured a slight amber golden color. the slightest off white thick foamy head. medium lacing.

S- just hops. earthy and citrusy

T- just how it smells but with a caramel malt backup blended just right.

M- medium light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could try to drink a whole 6. on my 4th right now and feelin pretty good(abv).

Overall- this beer is how a michigan ipa should be made. this goes in the pack of bell's two hearted and dark horse's crooked tree even tho the crooked has more of a malt blend. if you're an ipa fan and like the bitterness you should totally try this brew.

Photo of icetraxx
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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?

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this Short's Brew!

A - Brilliantly clear golden honey yellow with little carbonation rising up. A tall pour releases a near-three-finger, cream-colored head. Very stable but became lumpy and dropped over time leaving thick gobs of lace in it's wake.

S - Deep earthy and grassy hops abound. Dry wood and grass-clipping leaf-pile with hints of grapefruit and resins. Honey and caramel malts in the background provide a nice malt base for the playground of hops.

T - Huma Lupa has some awesome harmonious balance. It's not a slap in the face with hops but it does bring the heat. Honey and sweet caramel malts give a solid, sweet structure for the hops which are all over the place. Lots of earthy notes of wood and grass-clipping piles with grapefruit citrus hints and resins.

M - The balance gives this beer a sweet but mildly bitter finish with a high dryness and lingering after-taste. Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, it has a smooth, rather soft texture to it.

D - As far as my palate goes, a rather mild IPA because of the balance, but one that's fairly drinkable in larger quantities. I could do a six-pack and enjoy every one. That's interesting too based on my distaste for mulch-like hops in beer. Well blended and brewed. Thankfully not infected! :P

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GbVDave for this one. 12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy gold with a ton of carbonation. Three fingers of fluffy white head. Pretty fragrant with citrus from hops and some caramel malt. Piney hops dominate the flavor, almost to the point of tasting a little green. Medium bodied. Drying finish from the hops. I got some yeast in there, so it had some yeasty twang.

Photo of Jeebs
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a fairly hazy coppery orange with a 1.5 finger yellowish head. The head dies rather quickly, but what stays leaves nice lacing down entire glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by citrus and piney hops with some malt.

T: Tastes follows the smell with citrus and piney hops with some malty sweetness in the middle. The drink finishes with a nice bitter bite at the end!

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry which makes you beg for more.

D: Very drinkable beer. This beer truly exceeded my expectations; I will have to pick up a few more before I leave MI!

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

Pours golden with a white head. The aroma is pretty strong, with a mix of piney and resiny hops. The flavor is more of the same with some earthy flavors mixed in as well. There is a good amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of spartanfan
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured from a 12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a white head that has left behind solid lacing.

S: Loads of citrus hops mostly grapefruit and orange. Sweet malt becomes stronger as the beer warms. Great strong nose with no

T: Tastes of pine and citrus mingle with a bready, malty sweetness; a familiar taste of yeast is also present. Strong bitter aftertaste.

M: This beer has a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth with a bit of bite from the carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, but the lingering bitterness is almost too much... almost

Photo of kzoobrew
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth"

Illuminated tangerine body sits in tulip with a healthy dose of haze. Strong pour results in a strong three finger bone white head. Head slowly winds itself in leaving a plentiful amount of moth eaten lace.

Aroma brings juicy citrus hops and biscuity malt together in a glorious display. Grapefruit heavy hops stand tall with a subtle pine aroma to add to the complexity promised on the label. Malt is shows slight toasted character. Certainly hop forward but carries enough balance to be universally pleasing.

Even slightly less than fresh Huma provides a strong bitter bite. Pithy citric bitterness is accompanied by a sharp piny bite. Malt base lays low and lets the hop profile take center stage. Biscuit flavor is noticed but in a very complementary role. While not the freshest bottle the hops are still holding strong. While certainly still with in the acceptable time frame to enjoy, I enjoy Huma has a decent sized window before substantial drop off occurs.

Medium bodied with medium plus carbonation leaving a slight creaminess to the texture. Finish is just less then dry.

Michigan can add another IPA to its list in which are able to contend with anyone. The Third Coast can certainly compete with anything the West Coast can offer. If I had to choose between local IPA's Huma falls just shy of Two Hearted. Tremendously drinkable, could certainly go back for more. Another excellent beer from Joe & company.

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a huge off-white head. Head falls very slow and stays. Big sticky lace.

Big hop nose backed by a nice malt character. Herbal, slightly flowery and lovely.

Very nice hop taste with a nice sweet malt taste in the background. Ends with a oily, medicinal taste and strong bitterness.

Rather full in mouth and fairly smooth.

Nicely done. Very good IPA.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery orange with a sticky, white cap. Chunky lacing and great head retention. Bright orange and tangerine aroma with a bit of a sharper grapefruit edge. Slightly powdery and piney. Solid hop bitterness turns a bit sharp towards the finish. Lots of pine resin and grapefruit pith. Fruity sweetness and a flash of caramel malts mid-palate provide just enough balance. Lingering bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with slight warmth, a bit dry with moderate carbonation. A great IPA, plenty of punch with lots of flavour.

Photo of JsRoss
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Has a dark hazy-golden tone, nice thick foam at the top (golden-ish)

S - Citrus, Spice, and Extremely Hoppy

T - Very complex with a strong Hops taste

M - Little carbonation

D - Very good IPA, Can barely finish a 6 pack but still a great beer.

Photo of dudecandle
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of soupyman10
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap before and was excited to see that Shorts has started distributing to SE Michigan.

Clear copper beer with a two finger white head on top and just a touch of lacing.

Nose is big and delicious. Really well balanced - big caramel and dirty citrus hops all over the place. Nice smell, if not the biggest ever.

Flavor is likewise, but with huge hops all over the place. Hops are floral and drying. Malt is there but quite mild. This is a well hopped brew. Citrus and a touch of apricot. Really nice flavor.

Good body with nice busy carbonation.

A really nice, tasty IPA. A hop bomb, especially compared to most Midwest versions.

Photo of SykDoc
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A 1/4 inch almost white head forms and leaves a very nice lacing. It pours a nice clear amber color with no sediment and carbonation is visible.

The aroma is very good and is almost all hops with a nice mixture of pine and citrus. This is a somewhat earthy component.

The taste is quite bitter, as to be expected. There are the usual hoppy suspects of pine and grapefruit/citrus. There are some nice earthy notes that balance the flavor and a malty sweetness comes through as you drink the beer.

The mouthfeel is as noted above bitter which lingers at the end. The carbonation is appropriate and balances the hops making it fairly crisp and smooth.

Overall, this is a quite good beer. As the expected tastes and smells are there and represented well. The taste can be a bit overwhelming after a while, which is its biggest hindrance.

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