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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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Ratings: 1,556
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 211
Gots: 142 | FT: 5
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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 malty
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%

Mid-April '09 bottling - super fresh!

Pours a slightly hazy gorgeous copper orange with a mixed array of small & large bubbles forming a dense off-white 1" head. Dripping rings and sheets of lace all the way down.

Smell is heavenly; spicy & sweet juicy hops. Some pineapple & apricots dweel within the floral hop fest, but at a level that is just right - nothing overly sweet in this nose. If hops sweated, I'm convinced this is what it would smell like.

Beautifuly orchestrated hop ensemble caresses and bathes my mouth & tonuge with sheer delight. Imagine a grapfruit rind dusted with a pinch of powdered sugar and a smidge of pine sap, because that's what I'm tasting here. The spiciness of the hops provide a deeper dimension of bitterness, making way for the malts to showcase their delicate foundation. The sweetness in the nose is cut in half in the flavor, but that's a good thing. A more rustic hop production, rather than a fruit cockail syrup is what Huma Lup is all about.

The mouthfeel is a solid medium body with the finest playful carbonation I've ever had in an American IPA. It's airy, silky and just a tad oily with a somewhat spicy and chalky bitter flavorful long fininsh.

Drinkability is perfect. This is a complex and a simple beer all in itself. Match is with spicy and or bbq food anytime. By itself is a treat too.

Overall a perfect Midwestern IPA that all other non-coastal IPAs should be judge by IMHO. I'm proud to have this brewery in my home state as I'd call this my favorite Michigan IPA. Fresh is KEY though.

malty, May 10, 2009
Photo of tpd975
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%

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!

tpd975, May 10, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

A fantastic IPA and truly yet another winner from Shorts. This bottle was consumed on the afternoon of 05/09/2009 and poured into a pint glass.

The rich velvet like amber pour was a touch cloud and capped by a wonderful light light of white that reached a height of around of two inches before dropping down with copious amounts of side glass lacing. Rich and biting citrus hops across the nose, bitter with a sweet orange peel like zest to it. Super smooth flavor here with a nice medium bodied feel and more then ample carbonation. The biting hop note mellowed mid palate as some nice balancing came into play with light buttery like malts and a light hint of grain before a smackdown of hops came across my tongue and shattered all hop of anything but a luscious and dry finish.

Such a super drinkable and wonderful IPA. Classic in the west coast style this was a drinker all the way. I would dine on this one daily and above all, a fantastic beer.

mikesgroove, May 10, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Stopped at a store when I was in MI yesterday...quite suprised...and happy!!

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice darker amber hue brew that gave off a quater inch off white head that faded pretty fast. Left little lacing on the sides of the glass. Clear for the most part.

S- Oh this is an IPA for sure. Nice floral/fruit hop smell (grapefruit and citrus). It smells kind of sweet for sure and I like it. Little malt backbone that barely comes through all the hops.

T- Nice bitter hops right off the bat. The grapefruit flavor kicks in high gear leading to a citrus and caramel malt ending. Nice piney aftertaste. Balance to the hops for sure but the malts kind of complement it.

M- This is a medium mouthfeel for sure. The hop oils cover your tounge with a nice bitter taste that stays for a while. Good carbonation with the beer bouncing over the palate leaving what seems to be the start of a hop garden on the tounge.

D- I am glad I found a sixer of this beer. And even more glad that my roommate is out on the town. I don't want to give any of these up! Very drinkable...almost too drinkable.

alleykatking, May 04, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Thanks go out to newtonty to sharing this beer with me. 12 ounce brown bottle with a freshness chart, but not stamped correctly.

Pours a slightly cloudy, orangey to dark brass with a light tan, creamy ¾ inch head. Lacing is great, leaving thick webbing around the edges of my imperial pint. The remaining head settles to a 1/16 inch fizz on top.

Smells of pineapple, grapefruit and citrus hops. Light, caramel hops are in the nose, as well.

Medium to thick bodied and waxy on the tongue. Hops are scathing and assaulting on the tongue for the first few seconds - nice... After the rush of spicy, poignant hops, it mellows with a nice wave of semi-sweet malts.

Very drinkable, try this one!

beachbum1975, May 02, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Thanks goes out to SaucyA for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is pretty hoppy, with some malts, nice touch of citrus, very nice pine notes. The taste is hoppy, alittle malty, some citrus, really liking the pinyness on this brew. Medium body, very chewy, bitter brew. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink, thanks Adam.

Wasatch, May 01, 2009
Photo of rudylaw
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Huge thanks to eyebrews for lugging a case of this nectar down to DLD! Jack, you are the salt of the earth!

Pours a hazy copper with a thick, white head. It leaves a fair amount of stickiness as you continue to enjoy this delicious IPA. Smell is filled with different kinds of hops:, floral, citrus, pine -- and there is some malt present -- a nice biscuity malt.

A lot of citrus as you work your way through this. It is a touch bitter on the outset, but it balances out as you do. I get hints of caramel here to... just so much at work.

This is easily one of my favorite IPAs. It's so fresh, which no doubt helps its cause, but I'm sold.

rudylaw, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of jaxon53
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to Hiker58 for picking this up for me while on business in Michigan. This is my first Short's brew. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Huma-Lupa-Licious pours out a bright, amber copper color that was quite hazy. A hard pour resulted in a little better than a finger of thin white head. Head faded rather quickly into a thin white layer of foam atop the beer. Some random, spotty lace was left on the glass after each sip.

Smell: Nose is loaded with hops. Floral and herbal hops. Tons of grapefruit and orange peel, and plenty of thick pine. Nice thick, slightly grainy malt to back up the hops. Fresh cut grass also comes to mind. Faint yeasty background and no noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Again, loaded with hops. More citrus, mostly grapefruit with some orange zest. Also a strong resiny pine flavor. Some almost balancing malt that definitely takes a back seat to the massive hop profile. Somewhat spicy and peppery. Finishes dry with a strong herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice, somewhat thick mouthfeel is quite pleasing, definitely coats the palate. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, ballsy IPA in my opinion. Great job Short's!

jaxon53, Apr 26, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Bottle thanks to TurdFurgison

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of oily piny hops, grass, caramel, grapefruit, and a bit of spiciness. Very good with a nice hop forward character.

Taste of grapefruit and piny hops start with a bit of caramel. A solid session IPA, balanced with a nice hop flavor, but quite enough to satisfy the hop head in me.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with good carbonation, just a bit too heavy on the tongue though.

paco1029384756, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Just received this beer hours ago from the one, the only, BeerTruth! Have been excitingly waiting for it to chill. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a hazy orange yellowish with a nice big one finger creamy white head that has some serious staying power. A thin cap and fairly thick collar do a decent job of leaving some random spotty lacing.
Smell- Dripping with an intense grapefruit blast of hops that are insanely fresh and vibrant. Some pine and wintergreen mixed in for good measure also add a bit of earthiness. A light bit of grainy malt does peak through but it has to try seriously hard. Also a bit of something hiding in there that reminds me of honey.
Taste- Surprisingly more malt that I expected. Starts fairly bitter with a boatload of citrusy grapefruit zest and orange pith. Maybe some spruce or pine as well before a fairly potent bit of butterscotch and toffee overtake the mouth. The beer doesn't ever come close to showing any sweetness (seriously, not even close) but the buttery malt really cuts through the earthiness of the hops. Finishes with more of that lingering grapefruit and a bitterness that satisfies.
Mouthfeel- Medium feel with a very crisp bite of carbonation and a lingering bitterness.
Drinkability- Honestly I wasn't 100% sure how I felt about this after my first sip. For the first time in my life I thought there might have been a bit too much malt. Once your mouth acclimates though the malt sort of fades and the hops really shine. Once that happens this thing goes down hella smooth. Thanks mucho Adam!!

younger35, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

Great to see this bottled! Pours into my glass a somewhat hazy deep orange with a half inch of creamy white head on top that leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass. So far so good. Aromas smack upfront with a mix of piney, herbal and citric hop tones. Smooth caramel malt backbone that is sort of fruity as well. Quite a collusion of hops in the glass.

First sip is a wash of hop oils rushing across the palate. Pine, citrus and resin rolls across the tongue along with a biting bitterness that lasts all the way through. The malt has some caramel and light toast and it barley holds up to the brash hops in this brew. Slightly fruity throughout, it rolls down with more green hop cone accents and another kick of bitterness on the back of the palate that lingers.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good flow of carbonation. An easy drinking IPA...but you better love hops and bitterness before messing with this one! I can't really say it's balanced as the hops kick the malts ass here and the bitterness lingers on long after each sip. Quite tasty for a hophead and quite a bold IPA. I think it's a bit too bitter to session with.

orbitalr0x, Apr 20, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -13.1%

Big thanks to kkulacki for this bottle. He's always good for some Michigan beer love. Pours a cloudy brown/orange with a half inch egg-white head and clumpy lacing. Smells of clementines, hint of lemon, alcohol and sweet malt. Bitterness is the name of the game here at first...dry and intense. After my palate copes with it i get more of a flowery, jasmine-like flavor with some citric acid. Sweet pale malt base comes through later but doesn't quite support the hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Just too bitter, almost one-dimensionally so. I can appreciate the flavor underneath being good, but the bitterness kills it for me.

aforbes10, Apr 19, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

This one has been on my 'wants' list forever...seriously. Luckily heliosphann was able to hook me up, thanks man!

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. There is an area for freshness dating, but nothing is marked.

Pours a beautiful hazy orange hue with a frothy two finger off-white colored head. Excellent lacing with this, thick webbing grips the sides of the glass throughout. Smell is dripping with sweet floral hops, pine, and citrus. Underneath all the deliciousness is a touch of caramel malt and some dirty earth. Taste begins with bitter grapefruit and sticky spruce. Midway a good dose of bready malts and stinging orange zest. Aftertaste has more sticky, gooey hops with a solid bitter-dry backbone. Medium bodied with a syrupy feel and steady carbonation. One of the better IPA's I've had as of late, glad I have more :) Thanks again Scott!

BeerTruth, Apr 18, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

A - Hazy gold with about a finger of creamy head that fades into a film on the top with a ring around the edge.

S - Sweet mother of hoppy. A twinge of citrus.

T - Much like the smell. Mostly hops with a bit of citrus. A little grassy. Bitterness throughout that lingers. Just fantastic.

M - Not overly carbonated. Very smooth.

D - Oh yeah. I wish this was more available where I live. This could definitely be an all summer long beer.

infestaxion, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Mitchster
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%

$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 16, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -13.1%

Many thanks to crazynelson for the extra!

Poured from bottle into a pint glass, showing a finger of foamy head -- IPAs seem to have the most attractive head. Golden oragnge with just a little copper, a few strands of tiny rising bubbles. A nice looking beer. Leaves some impressive lacing.

The smell hits me with grapefruit first, then mixes with a sweet graham cracker-y malt presence. The taste is much more dominated by a strong bitterness that hits the salivary glands, as well as a little bit of a peppery taste toward the back of the tongue. This is a hoppy, bitter mother! That graham cracker note in the smell is nowhere to be found here. Maybe as it warms a little...

Mouthfeel is intense in a few spots, but it doesn't coat the mouth like some IPAs. Don't know if I'd want more than one. Not bad, but I just find it so out of balance with hops that I doubt I'd seek this one out.

OneDropSoup, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel Tulip. The notched label tells me that it was bottled in March 2009.

The body is an unhazed dark orange with a decent off-white head. The smell is very smooth and hoppy, reminding me of Hopslam or Double Trouble. Quite a bit of pine in the taste. Very drinkable, and perhaps overall the best IPA I've had.

BierFan, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of kasper
4/5  rDev -1.5%

A: Pours a vibrant amber with yellow highlights; nice creamy banana cream-colored head that leaves some crazy lacing patterns on the glass.

S: Big aromas of sticky citrus: tangerines, oranges, hint of lemon and almost a tad soapy. Lots of sweet tropical flavored fruity malts underneath.

T: Big on the fruity malts, lots of orange citrus flavors going on, some soapiness, with a big, semi-dry bitter bite from the citrus hops.

M: Medium-heavy to heavy body, mild carbonation, bit sticky and syrupy.

D: The nose on this beer is fabulous, flavors are pretty good but don't standout from a list of other highly acclaimed and tasty IPAs. Bitterness helps mask the ABV very well but may be too much for some. Good beer all around.

kasper, Apr 12, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Pours a murky toffee color with plenty of yeast in suspension; the tightly packed head retains well and leaves quite a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Luscious grapefruit aroma but there is also a bit of biscuity malt

Taste: After the biscuity malt lays down the underpinnings, the grapefruit and pine take over and just build through mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors continue their ascendence but I still taste some of the sweet biscuity malt underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine IPA, but I would have expected no less from Shorts

Thanks, Tyson, for the opportunity

brentk56, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Got this one courtesy of OHLrangers. Thanks, Ed!

A-Clear honey amber trailing to golden honey. Thin head and a bit of lacing.

S-Zesty citrus hops all the way. Grapefruit, orange, maybe even some lemon.

T-A nicely bitter IPA. As hinted at from the nose and somewhat by the color, very little malt presence. Starts with a rindy bitterness, to a grapefruit bite in the finish. I like all kinds of IPAs. This is an excellent example of this variety.

M-Crisp, dry, surprisingly light on the palate for all the bitterness.

D-Despite the bitterness, very easy to drink and pleasant. Sorry I only have one.

HV

sholland119, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Thanks to heliosphan for sending me a couple of these. Pours the way an IPA should, Color is a bright murky orange, with about a finger of white heading. Big whiff of metallic and citrus juice from the hops. I get oranges, grapefruit, lemon and tea. Wow, when I taste this beer the only thing that comes to my mind is the color green. The hops are very bitter, and really rush in in a resiny, oily way. Specific tastes I am picking up are mint leaves, pine, grapfruit, earthy tones. Medium body on this one, and as far as drinkability is concerned, be warned. The amount of hops in this takes it damn close to being a palate destroyer. Still, I could go through a six pack of this easily, and I am sure any hop love would say the same thing. Hopefully this is one of the offerings available at the Road House towards the end of this month. Cheers

jamie2dope, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of albern
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

If you live outside the Great Lakes area, this beer may be a bit difficult to find. The brewer's website shows a map where the beer is distributed, and it is a fairly local beer. It helps to have friends who bring you beer samples of the local craft beers. The beer pours a slighly hazy orange amber color from a thick, slightly syrupy pour. There is a slight foamy white head, that doesn't retain long after, and a touch of lacing. The nose on the beer is the high point. This beer has a very enticing aroma. The estery hop oils really pop through, there are orange bursts from the hops, some nice florals, in the pine and grapefruit families, with some biscuity malts coming through underneath.

This IPA is a fine beer, but it lacks some of the estery and oily hop character present in the aroma. The hop is quite drying, very leafy and grainy, more bitter than bittering, and the nice florals just don't come through as one would have hoped. It is a good IPA, and there is a nice acerbic and biting grapefruit like mouth puckering tartness. The balance is a bit off, and the biscuity malts that should underlay this IPA are a touch thin. The 7% ABV is well hidden, with no residual throaty burn, nor an oily mouthfeel. This is a refreshing IPA, not perfect, a touch imbalanced, with I am sure a very substantial IBU rating. Worth getting that friend in the Great Lakes area to bring you a sample. L'Chaim.

albern, Apr 05, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%

thanks to heliosphann for this extra! 12oz bottle, no freshness info.

A- Golden with a hint of orange, giving it that glowing appearance, slightly hazy.

S- beautiful citrus- mango, grapefruit. Reminds me a bit of Blind Pig.

T- I generally like as little sweetness in my IPA's as possible, but this one is just really lacking in that category. It's like bitter hops are coming through, with some flavor of their own, like bitter citrus oil, but there's hardly any sweetness in the body to be detected, and for me that means it's very low. Kind of a harsh hoppiness to it overall.

M- very dry. Too dry. Body isn't bad in terms of weight, but there's just no malt flavor in there. Almost the exact opposite of what I would expect from a brewery on that side of the country.

MiScusi, Apr 04, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

Gold/orange color with a substantial off-white head. Smells like flowers. Not just floral hops but like a bouquet on your grandmother's dinner table. It smells like quite a bit of hops have been packed into the recipe. Also a touch of sour dish rag smell. Tastes extremely bitter... even by IPA standards. It lacks the citrus fruity flavors that I'm used to in this style of beer. Mostly bitter pine with an oily texture. The aftertaste is a little unpleasant as well... Kind of like I've been sucking on a dirty pine cone. Creamy and/or oily texture and medium body. Nice rings are laced down the glass with every sip but the appearance and aroma build you up for a let down with this beer. It's good beer but not great.

berserker256, Mar 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

I enjoyed this beer on tap at Hopcat.

It was served to me in a pint glass crowned with about half an inch of bone white head, most of which dissipates early on, but leaves considerable amounts of lacing behind, almost coating the side of the glass at first. Toward the end, the lacing weakens its grip. The color is that of a beautiful dark sunset orange, and hazy enough to prevent you from seeing through the glass.

The nose is comprised of readily detectable aromas of citrus and candied pineapple. It smells great, but the scent becomes more difficult to recognize the longer the beer sits here.

Bitterness and spice hit the tongue first, which gives way to earthy/piney notes that dominate the palate. Grapefruit lingers in the background. Pine is by far the most prevalent flavor at first. As it warms, the citrus comes out to play. Overall, I'd say the flavor profile is evenly split between pine and grapefruit. Very crisp. Very nice. This is a great example of an American IPA. The drinkability is about what you'd expect for a bitter IPA. For me, it's very drinkable because I love bitter IPAs.

Much respect for this brewery. I have loved almost every single one of their beers that I have tried, and Huma is definitely one of my favorites. Thank God that Short's has finally started bottling their brews so they can get the recognition they deserve from the craft beer community.

sarahspat, Mar 26, 2009
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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