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

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Ratings: 1,791
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 226
Gots: 252 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of indiapaleale
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This little beauty came along for the ride with some of the other tasty midwest treats I got in the mail today. I am pretty excited about this one!

Pours a hazy, unfiltered-looking, deep, golden orangey yellow-y color. I ran out of adjectives so that is all I've got for the color of this beer. The head is BIG and fluffy white and clings nicely to the inside of the glass (always a good sign).

I could smell this as I was pouring it, strong citrus and pine notes really came on strong as soon as the beer left the bottle. Once in the glass I get some sweetness like orange or pineapple but lots more of that super piney, fresh hop goodness. Wow, that is a great smelling beer!

Lets drink this! First sip is a blast of hop bitterness, tongue is dry in seconds. Lots of lemon and orange flavors along with some of that nice sweet pineapple. I believe they describe a beer like this is resiny, as far as the piney flavors go. Its intense. Absolutely delicious and would definitely qualify as the proper fix for any total hophead.

Great stuff, I need more!

Photo of kohoutek
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no date information.

A: Nice tight, rocky head that appears to be persistently sticky and present. The beer is an apricot golden orange with slight opalescent chill haze.

S: One of the things I like about HLL is its wonderful aroma. Chlorophyllic greens, geranium, asparagus, a slight cattiness, fresh grass, lemon peel. When fresh, this beer literally smells like a fresh hop flower. Despite the statement, " a hop and malt theme park for your mouth." I discern little in the way of maltiness other than a slight wheat, graham cracker quality. This is a very hop forward style of IPA.

T: Virtually all aroma qualities exist in the flavor profile. A long lingering bitterness persists well after the flavors disappear. I personally find the IBUs up front to be a tad bit too much.

M: Nice medium body that is neither too thick or thin for the style.

D: Great! A fresh and refreshing IPA with great flavor and aromatics.

Photo of carlborch
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours courtesy of Viggo and an awesome trade. Cheers! Pours a slightly hazy golden color, a shade darker than your average apple juice. A finger of light caramel head that drops down to a film that leaves a sticky lacing down the glass.

Nose is pineapple, oranges, pine resin, almost a hint of spiciness - not much sweetness in the nose.

A burst of bitterness from the get go here. Bittering hops hit hard with a dash of grapefruit, pine resin and a light swirl of sweet caramel in there, some pale malts peeking through - all finished off with some more bittering hops and strong resin. Pretty straightforward hops attack with only a slight nod to balance. Slightly oily mouthfeel with a strong drying factor.

I love me some hops (and this brew is that) but if it's going to be a full-out hop assault I'm looking for a little more complexity in the hops, a little more liveliness - perhaps a little less focus on the pine. That said, while not world class, this is a fine, hoppy IPA and at 6.6% I wouldn't mind having a couple of these in an evening. Beats the crap out of all these lightly hopped English IPAs around here. Cheers for the great beer Eric!

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap during the short's throwdown at the roadhouse, in brookline, ma, on april 24, 2009, the week of the craft brewers conference.

pale amber, almost clear with very faint haze. thin foamy head fades to wispy layer and ring. very good lacing.

aroma: piney and citrusy hop, but biscuity malt shows up right away, albeit in the back. fresh hops have fruity tones, as yest esters peek through as well.

taste: malty sweet caramel base, but the showcase is the hops; freshly citrusy and piney. boldly bitter but balanced with the malt. faint apple esters peek in. resinous finish.

medium body. otherwise moderate carbonation seems to give quite a prickly tingle upfront, almost too fizzy, but calms down after. resinous finish in the feel as well.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the 12oz bottle reads: "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth." Let's hope so!

Huma Lupa Licoius pours nicely, with a hazed orange sun body that fires to a bright tangerine hue in the light. A few trails of bubbles supply a small, but long-lived head of light custard foam. Very solid aroma of fresh hop cones and juniper needles. Mandarin orange slices and white pepper drift about. Crisp pale malts add a hint of sweetness to the background, but the hops are the main showcase here.

Nice complexity to the hoppiness, something you don't always taste in American IPA's. The hops start off juicy and fresh, with a healthy dose of floral and citrus notes, turning more pine-like and bitter on the finish. The IBU's linger long into the aftertaste, as notes of raw pine resin coat the far reaches of the throat's taste buds. Unfortunately, the pale malt backbone is more of an afterthought, and although I wouldn't call this an "unbalanced" IPA, it could stand to have a bit more of a body. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a high carbonation level that adds some spiciness to the hop notes. Overall, a solid IPA with tons of hop flavor, but the balance could stand to be adjusted a bit...maybe that's just my "east coast IPA lover" shining through.

Photo of m2paulun
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a copper/orange color with a 1-inch fluffy head. There is good retention and lacing on the glass.

S - There is a strong hop aroma. Citrus hops are really present. I can pick out oranges the most.

T - Again strong citrus hops. Oranges and maybe pineapple are present. There is a little bit of pine as well. The caramel malts really compliment the hops.

M - Perfect carbonation for a medium/light bodied brew.

D - Great drinkability. Perfect for this 85 degree weather in Michigan.

This was my first beer from Short's and I am glad I live in Michigan because I will definitely be buying more.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyson for the chance to finally sample some Short's beer.

A - Clear dark orange in color with a two finger foamy off-white head. Head quickly fades and leaves a thin cap on the beer.

S - Tropical hop aroma dominates the nose. Lots of pineapple and maybe even a little papaya. Candied fruit sweetness strengthens in the nose as the beer warms.

T - Pure hops straight off the bat. Lots of tropical tastes mixed in with a hint of citrus fruits. Pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Just a hint of biscuity malt sweetness. I was expecting a little more malty sweetness due to the darker color, but this is all hops. Tasteful bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied with great drinkability. Carbonation is on the lower side. Alcohol is well masked and bitterness is present but not mouth wreking.

Photo of treyrab
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, Big thanks to Mike for sending this Short's beauty over to me. Split into two small snifters between jac5084 and I.

A: Pours a hazy, glowing orange with a small head. The small yielding head may have been due to my prudent pour. Nice orange, copper color though without too sticky of a head.

S: Unimaginably good. Tons of citrus blasting hops right in your face. Mostly citrus, though a touch of grass and pine creep in to let you see their presence. Nice mango, pineapple and orange coupled with a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Wow, top 5 IPAs hands down. Tons of mango, pineapple and apricot with a touch of residual sweetness. Not overly bitter, but on the finish some pine and grass comes in to balance the sweet fruit flavors. The caramel sweetness on the finish is just right to balance out the hoppy bitterness throughout the beer.

M/D: Spot on. Nice, moderately low carbonation for a creamy feel. Not too sticky, but you can feel this enveloping your tastebuds the whole way.

Thanks again Mike, this was a great beer!

Photo of CoolJosh
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously traded from Mikesgroove and generously shared by my good friend treyrab.

Poured in to a snifter. This beer pours a radiant hazy golden orange with pink tones in the center. It looks very nice despite the lack of head (I blame the glassware more then I blame the brewery).

The smell is magnificent, it's like sticking your nose into a fruit basket. Tons of tropical fruit including but not limited to Mango, peach, orange, ripe banana, and lemongrass. There is also a floral component that really complements the other scents well.

The taste is sublime, and matches the smell scent-for-taste. Great caramel backing adds a near perfect balance. The carbonation is perfect for the style, as it adds a sharp feel that I find refreshing and desirable in an IPA.

Great beer, really thankful to those mentioned above that were generous to share and I will be seeking out more of this in the near future.

Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with mikesgroove, thank you for the opportunity Mike, split this and the pale with my dad tonight, both were poured into pint glasses

A-Golden orange color that was vibrant, 3/4 inch soapy white head, decent retention, lacing all the way through
S-Pine and floral hops, also some citrus too, mild caramel grapefruit, lemon, orange, and medicinal aromas
T-Bitter hops at first that are mostly pine, a smidge of caramel in the middle but still some dryness, more bitterness in the finish with a slightly lemony feel that is more along the lines of grapefruit, dryness continues through the aftertaste, never sweetens though, warms up nicely and hops remain in charge, like the bitterness in this beer
M-Dry, bitter, and slightly citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied for an IPA with moderate carbonation, taste lasts a good amount of time
D-Could drink a few bottles of this, a little over six percent and cannot taste a thing of alcohol, light and refreshing, not overly dry while preventing the malt from being sweet or overly chewy

Honestly one of the better Short's beers I have had and certainly the least hyped out of the ones I have tasted, rivals a lot of my favorite IPAs here on the west coast in ways, would like to drink again, recommended

Photo of hooliganlife
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to nathan!

pours super murky orange with a light white head and amazing retention. nice lacing.

light floral and citrus hops, a touch of pine. sweet malts

very bitter with strong notes of grass and earthy flavors. finish gives way to light bitter citrus. light malt presence.

light thin carbonation. very light and clean.

a very interesting IPA. big earthy flavors set this apart from most but its quite refreshing and terribly easy to drink. seek this out!

Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyson for sending this my way. Excited for my first taste of a brewery that I've heard plenty about but had yet to sample.

Enough chatter. Huma is IPA colored, plus a bit of cloud, without the floaties, just a bit more solid in its coloring. Nose is lovely sweet, which I like, but...the hops are definitely down the ladder.

So I like my IPAs bitter & Rottweiler, & this one doesn't quite fit the bill. The 'balance' that some are so fond of is here, but instead of being cloying & annoying as is so often the case, this one's very well done. The malts are sweet, but ever so slightly subservient enough, to complement the hop chomp rather than subvert it to the dark side.

Love the bitterness in the mouth, ain't that the way an IPA is supposed to be? Especially the finish. It's crisp & Sahara dry. I rec'd a few of these from Tyson & I could see downing a couple in an evening until my mouth goes numb enough to see the dentist without further ado.

Excellent beer. Unique enough that I'd be happy to find it in my glass any day of the week.

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in an in person trade with iceicebaby at the Bullfrog Brewery Frambozen release party this past Friday. Thank you very much for being an awesome trader!

Appearance: hazy sunrise orange burst body with a 1 finger white crown. Not much retention but some swirls of lacing.

Smell: Loads of bitter floral hops along with some citrus hops but they smell more like mango to me than grapefruit or orange.

Taste: Lots of bitter hops, a touch of tropical fruit, and a tiny dash of sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a bit chewy. Acceptable level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad but it would have got higher marks if the hops weren't so bitter. Don't get me wrong, bitterness is something I LOVE but it does take away from the "drinkability" factor.

UPDATE: I found that like most IPA's, the flavor profile of this brew shifts considerably as it ages. As expected, the hop bitterness recedes and the sweet malt heightens.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of eberkman
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy honey-gold bordering on orange with a rich, rocky one-finger cream-colored head that displays excellent retention, leaving a pretty network of lacing on the inside of the glass. Big hoppy nose -- good citrus presence, but primarily piney, resiny and floral notes. Big citrusy and piney hops on the tongue. Significant malt backbone gives this good balance in the middle, giving way to a peanut skin flavor, ultimately moving to a bitter lingering finish that almost borders on the astringent but fortunately stops just short. Oily mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Perhaps a little bit big and intense to session, but very enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with tapoutjoe, Thanks Joe!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Hazed yellow-orange color with a thick white head that left globs of sticky lace.
Citrus and floral/earthy aroma.
The taste has a good balance of hops and malts upfront but finishes with a tongue biting bitterness.
Medium bodied, smooth & creamy.
Goes down easy but it is quite bitter.

Photo of macpapi
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice medium copper--penny like--color, with a pretty fluffy and tannish head.

The first thing that hits the nose is an astringent hop aroma, followed by the presence of citrus with slight floral hop hints. A bit of malt finishes out a very balanced and pleasant aroma.

The taste is disappointing. It is dominated by biting hops. In and of itself this is not a bad thing, but here there is too little to complement the bitter sting. There is a bit of malt, but not nearly enough to provide a satisfying backbone. Citrus tones are notable as well, and somewhat pleasant. On the whole, though, this is a pretty one-dimensional flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp but full. Astringent hop makes it very biting. Potent, but not in the most pleasant way.

Overall, I am not a big fan of this beer. It is very unbalanced in my opinion. Was expecting much more malt. While it is present, it is totally overwhelmed by hop bitterness. Hop bombs are fine every once in a while. To my mind, though, they are not very complex or great beers.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a cream colored thick fluffy head. Wonderful contrast of colors. Very zesty and fresh floral aroma. Deep grapefruit, pine sap and white pepper on the nose.
Tangerine hop sweetness up front. Some sticky sweet breadiness in the middle, which gets real dry in a hurry. Dense, full bitter hop flavor going on here. Real crunchy sticky hop flavor yet pretty malty. Huge rush of bitterness with a blast of dripping pine needles & citrus. Pepper in the back...lingering teeth coating bitterness.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this brew I've been dying to try from someone way farther than me from where you can buy this, how crazy is that? Thanks mikesgroove!

A: Pours a slightly hazy (cold haze) yellow orange golden color with a finger of white bubbles that reduces down to just a thin film of head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells awesome, like a slam of hops (hint hint), grapefruit and citrus is so wonderfully overpowering in a great way. I try to see if I can find malt in there and maybe i'm tricking myself but i feel like there is a pinch.

T: Whoa, not what I was expecting...I get a lot of hop bitterness, but flavor-wise there is a solid amount of malt bite there too. I'm curious as to how fresh this is now or if it's usually this way. Not exactly an alcohol flavor in there but you can tell it's packing an IPA ABV rather than a regular pale ale.

M: Very full bodied, well carbonated, great mouthfeel that almost feels like DIPA territory

D: Not bad, but not great. I like the sweeter hoppy variety IPAs and this one isn't so sweet, has a lot of malt bite that I usually don't prefer, and even though you can't really taste the alcohol, it won't fool you into thinking it's low ABV.

The flavor I wish was more like the smell with hop/citrus overload but it's just not there. I'll have to try this again when I can be sure it's fresh to see if my opinion changes.

Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for this bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with thick frothy off-white head into a shaker pint glass. Nice retention and some decent lacing cling. Smells of citrus, pine, caramel, and biscuit, definitely an IPA. Tastes of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, and pine up front, like someone shoved a whole slew of citrus fruit salad into your mouth all at once. What follows is some caramel sweetness and biscuit notes for balance before some earthy tones and a very bitter grassy finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Crisp and citrusy, fairly balanced but the grassy finish seems to linger a little too much for me. A great IPA nevertheless, definitely a hop lover's dream.

Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this gem of a hopster in a recent trade with d0b, thanks Dave! From the 12oz. brown long-neck pours a beautiful amber-gold, slightly hazy ale with a 1/2" of white, creamy foam. Nice soft carbonation with decent head retention.

Mildly sweet caramel malt with a healthy dose of earthy, herbal, citric and a bit piney hop overtones. Lightly floral yet pungently hoppy aroma profile...reeks of IPA.

Mild mannered malty intro that almost instantly gets blasted with a hop invasion. At first it's grapefruit and citrus, then turns sharply earth laden and spruce like pine resinous bite. A long lingering bitterness that fades to a herbal and grassy brisk finish. Lots of bitter bite with this one, but in a good way that begs for more. The alcohol is very well masked all the way around, the carbonation complements the medium-plus body in a smooth fullness. A hyper thirst quenching brew that will rival any IPA thrown at it...super drinkable and very hophead friendly. Highly recommended.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for the trade, I poured this 12oz into a taster, shared w/ tenderbranson69.

A - beautiful apricot shade w/ 1/2 inh white cap thatt is bubbly. The head becomes lace that sticks well. There is light haze and the beer is fine

S - A fruity citrus hop aroma w/ orange-like odors and a nice grapefruity nose w/ light nutty malt scent

M - A moderate carbonation mixed w/ med high bitterness and subtle malt under acidity of citrus hops juicy feel w/ a dry overall texture

T - Very high bitter flavor from the hop taste eases into a spiced green pepper and citrus essence followed by toasted taste and piney high alpha flavor. The malt adds a great sweet base for the herbal and mildly grassy taste as it finishes

D - A great IPA, interesting hop usage and the malt is not neglected keeping the hops from outshining the beers overall flavor and making it too bitter. This is a beer worth returning to.

Photo of BMoney575
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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