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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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BA SCORE
91
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1,640 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,640
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 215
Gots: 158 | 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 movingtrain
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Dogfish Head tumbler.

Pours a nice copper/amber color with a super thick and delicious-looking head...a good finger...and very, very slowly falling. Clings nicely to the sides of the glass, with good carbonation keeping the beer alive.

Mmmm...smells like pine needles, grapefruit, caramelized sugar, baking bread, strawberries (that bitter-sweet aroma), and spice...like a peppery spice in the nose.

Taste is good...a bit more bitter than I had expected from the aroma...but not a bad bitter. It's kind of a metallic bitter that lingers for a while...but again, it isn't unpleasant. Pine needles coming through for sure...bitter hops, light clove spice, biscuity around the edges.

This is a good beer...heavy on the hops, but I am disappointed in the balance between hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness. It's hoppy for sure, and some of the malt flavor comes through in the biscuit flavor...but there isn't much sweetness to the beer. However, for an IPA, especially one from a tiny brewery up in Michigan...and one that names itself after the flower...this beer holds its own.

movingtrain, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another AlleyKatKing acquisition. Reviewed from notes.

Since I included the delicious-ness that had settled on the bottom of the bottle, it has a nice wispy translucence to the golden orange body. Produced a healthy head and fine lacing. Tons of citrus rind aroma, with grapefruit, lemon, and some honey sweetness. Delicious hop combination, some 3C's and plenty of malt to back it up, nice and earthy. Some lingering hop presence, not too bitter just right. Fairly clean finish for a IPA this hoppy. Good drinkability, kind of creamy, it goes down smooth. Those Michiganers sure know how to make good beer.

brokenleadedcask, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light amber color with about of finger of head that settles to a light layer on top of the beer. Smell is big citrus and floral hops, a strong caramel malt backbone, and I'm even picking up some sort of sweet chocolate-like sweetness that I can't pinpoint. The taste is bitter up front with an awesome pineapple hop profile and a little bit of honey sweetness. Now THIS is how I like my IPA's! A bit too bitter for a 5 though. Mouthfeel is normal for the style and drinkability is high due to the great hop profile, and only slowed down by the high bitterness.

Awesome beer from Short's, one of the better IPA's I've had for sure!

alcstradamus, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of goethean
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BA beereality.

Nice hop bouquet, although I've smelled some that were more complex, namely Samuel Smith IPA. The hop profile tastes a lot like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine, but the beer lacks the nice light caramel of Bigfoot. I have to say that this beer a bit on the hoppy side, and lacks the malty sweetness to balance the bitterness.

goethean, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a brilliant gold/tangerine brew. A conservative cap, just a layer really, of pale tan foam. Some shiny swaths of lace on the glass.

Aroma - spicy aroma with pine dominating. Juicy citrus adds to the mix after a few minutes.

Taste - biscuity grains at the base. A full measure of citrusy, piny hops add florals and plenty of bitterness to the equation. The swallow dries quickly and grows nearly medicinal but not quite. A shade of late citrus but stays mostly bitter.

Mouthfeel - solid feeling, and with good crispness. A smooth IPA.

Drinkability - another fine brew, courtesy of crazynelson at DLD09. Short's don't make no bad beer...thanks Nelson!

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of gunnerman
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved on a recent trade from rhoadsrage. Pours a crimson amber with a foamy fluffy head that leaves nice thick lace on the glass. Smell has a candy like hop quality to it. I can detect citrus in the nose but also pear like quality. Taste is a hopcoaster with big upfront pine taste and sweet nectar on the sides of your toungue, overall hop finish towards the end. This one fine crafted IPA hoppy and to the point.

gunnerman, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Reneejane
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap, it was a deep ochre orange color with a white head. The aroma was very hoppy with a resiny character. The flavor was also hoppy but with a great deal of malt backbone. It had a sticky mouthfeel that was great in this beer. You could definitely sense the extra alcohol though. The beer didn't have a head that lasted, but that might have been the pour.

Reneejane, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of MasonBeerMan
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8-20-09
12oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a light orange. Nice 1.5" head with good retention and a lot of lacing.

S: Citrus, pineapple, carmel malt.

T: Smacks of citrus/pineapple at first sip, but more complex than that, nice spiciness at back end...I swear I get radish flavor for a second, long lasting finish. Nicely balanced by the malt flavor.

M: Body is medium with good carbonation. Good lingering bitterness with slight alch warming.

D: Great IPA, drinks very well in warm weather, right up there with the other great MI IPAs.

MasonBeerMan, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours an obviously unfiltered glowing peach color with 1 1/2 fingers of khaki colored cream on top. Loads of gorgeous lace left behind and some whispy tendrils of suspended yeast were spotted floating in the glass.

S: Btter, pungeant aromas of orange, tangerine, and grapfruit that gradually morph to something more spicy and piney. Nice underlying scents of caramel and biscuity malt.

T: Tastes just as it smells. Glorious! Baked biscuits lend the perfect amount of balance to the hop explosion going on here. As it warms, flavors of pineapple and fresh cut grass began to emerge. Loads of white pepper in the finish.

M: Big, sticky, and astringent with a healthy white pepper zing. I swear, I was able to taste this for more than a minute after each sip. Yeah, the finish lasts a little while.

D: What a fantastically hoppy AIPA! I had to continually remind myself to not guzzle the contents of my glass. Michigan, Great Lakes, great times, incredible beer!

GbVDave, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brew pub.

A-Slightly hazed, brilliant golden copper with a thick off-white head that reduced to a thin cap that never went away and left copious lace.

S-A big fat smack of orange/nectarine citrus and pineapple. Nice combination of citrus, tropical fruits and some spiciness. Supporting, mildly sweet caramel malts offer just enough support.

T-KA-BOOM! Big time hop flavours going on! Citrus, tropical fruits, pine and an underlying spiciness. This one is all about the hops but has just enough sweet biscuit malt backing.

M-Medium-light body, sharp and crisp with long lasting hop bitterness.

D-This one is about as good as a well crafted hop bomb can be. I had been anxiously waiting to have this one fresh on tap--in NO WAY did it disappoint! I could drink this one ALL day. Well done Joe and the crew at Short's!

Deuane, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap label says July 3rd. Glowing orange, high clarity. Nice crown of thin, intricate lacing. About a finger of foam that maintains at least an unbroken skim on the surface.

Resiny, touch of alcohol, fruity citrus in the nose, orange if I had to pinpoint it. First whiff was pretty dank, but it seems to have mellowed in the last 5 minutes.

Big caramel malt flavor with candy orange slices, and bitter grapefruit pith in the aftertaste. More malt forward, but still a balanced IPA with the citrus I crave. Medium bodied, even feel that serves as a vehicle to showcase the hops and underlying lmalt flavors. Could have a couple in a sitting, but not a heavy session beer. Thanks to Jimmy Two Hands for this one.

emerge077, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of ghostwalker
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange body with a thin white head.

Nose is sweet and hoppy, but with a slightly unpleasant piney note. Not sure what it is, but it smells a bit off.

Flavor is intense hops with strong earthy pine dominant. Not the usual citrus here, it's really interesting and complex.

Tingly and toothstripping. Low to moderate carbonation with a slight creaminess.

Good drinkability. The relatively low ABV for such a generously hopped brew makes this one more sessionable than most in this category.

ghostwalker, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Michigan specimen poured cold into the pint glass, yet another Ohoove "import", shows a cloudy orange-golden amber hue with a decent off-white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is a great piny and citrus blend with nutbread throughout, smooth but evidencing good bitterness. The taste brings out lots of bitter pine, peppered with lively carbonation in a beautiful, near full bodied brew. I get hints of earthy rye and light lemon. This stuff just disappears into the old gullet, very drinkable if you crave the bitter hops as you should! I loved it and could see this being a showstopper beer for a backyard get together as much as about any other occasion that a drinkable tasty brew is appreciated.

Durge, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanksto StFun for the nice extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a soft peachy orange, glowing. Large head on the pour with good retention and lacing.

S: Unique citrus aroma, away from the big grapefruit, it's full of pineapple, mango, and a lemon/lime kinda mix. Good minty and like pine aromas. Lightly sweet malts with a bit of light caramel.

T/M: Decent bitterness level, within style but I'd prefer a bit more. More of the unique citrus blend with the added complexity of the mint. Light caramel maltiness to balance a bit and not get in the way. Not too sweet with just enough dryness. Some lingering bitterness and a touch of alcohol as it warms. Body is medium to medium light with controlled carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easy and interesting.

pwoods, Aug 11, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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

jwinship83, Aug 10, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewpub in mid-July.

A: The IPA is an amber color, a few shades of orange away from being the bottle it was served from. The ale is fairly clear with a sturdy orange glow. Half a finger of head is precariously lacing around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is a hefty dose of hops, pine and citrusy in a resiny masterpiece. Citrus peel and a dash of pepper round out a beautiful nose.

T: Ahh, peppery hops. This one is not lacking in that department. The pine and orange peel are abundant, heavy-handed and domineering throughout. At least until the caramel malt rears it head. The breadiness is a great pairing with the hops, able to withstand the sheer brute force. The hops really stand out though, coating with a resinous finish.

M: The ale is dominated by spicy hops, of both citrus and pine origin. If you aren't into hops, move along, there's nothing to see here.

D: I am so glad that I picked up a six pack (to go with a growler...). The hoppiness, especially when fresh, is a great draw.

akorsak, Aug 10, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Milos, thanks buddy! Pours a hazy shade of peach, with a thin ring of white foam. The aroma here is all hops. The dry hopping has done wonders here. Lots of pine and spruce, like being in a boreal forest, some biscuit, quite floral, loads of spice too. Flavour is one dimensional and I love it. Hops, hops, hops. Pine and grapefruit, peppery floral flavours too. A bit of tropical fruit sweetness towards the end. Dry and hoppy finish. Excellent stuff. Thanks Milos!

mrmanning, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub then again at Ashley's in Anne Arbour.Was good at both places, but superior grapefruit flavours at the brewpub. Cloudy grapefruit with a white head. Good hoppy aroma, very good bitterness. Served cold. Lots of lace. Creamy mouthfeel but still bitterness in the mouth.Good representation of style, and still unique.

Sammy, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to iceicebaby for this one!

"A complex malt and hop them park in your mouth"
I guess I am ready for the ride!

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of off white head (slight orange hued). Decent retention with really nice lace. Color is a bright hazed pumpkin orange. I really like the color. 4.5

Aroma: Wow, the aroma is great. I am liking this a lot more than the west coast IPAs I have had lately. This one is so fruity and has a bouque of floral hops. Mangos and grapefruit dominate the nose. 4.5

Taste: There is a big caramel malt flavor here that I didn't pick up in the nose. The floral hops are well done here, however. Nice fruits in the background to really pull this ipa together. 4

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bitter. The bite isn't too hardcore which is nice. Medium bodied with a fairly good amount of carbonation. I would give this a 4.5, but it leaves a dry, hoppy aftertaste that I am not fond of. 4

Overall, I am really impressed with this beer. It is a great IPA and I wish I had access to this on a regular basis. All the elements of this beer fit so well together. My first Short's beer and I am impressed. 4.5

mothman, Aug 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a glowing orange body with a slight hazy to it. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a thick creamy beige head that last for most of the beer.

S- This beer has a fresh pungent hop pellet aroma with a slight fishy quality to the huge punch of hops. There are some nice pineapple weed aromas that finish the sniff.

T- The big pungent green hops masks a slightly sweet pale malt flavor that pops through as the beer warms. The finish is a big green pungent bitterness that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish that enhances the already big hop bitterness.

D- This is a nice big IPA. Not a lot of depth just big and pungent. It did have a nice freshness to it.

rhoadsrage, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by gford217 at the Brick Store Pub. Thanks Grant! Pours golden with a short head but nice lacing. Smells a good bit on the lighter side, but with a nice whiff of pine when you do capture the aroma. Nice blast of pine in the taste followed by a light malt sweetness. Not very integrated, but balanced, and the pine is clean and pure. Long bitterness in the mouth on top of the medium body makes this quite tasty, but I wouldn't call it sessionable. Very nice, glad I got to try it.

Georgiabeer, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of imagineiii
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint tumbler. fizzes quite a bit. head is big and fluffy. hazy amber. impressive retention.

smell is piney and peppery. rye grains and honey from the malts. rather underwhelming, however.

taste is wonderfully bitter. malty breads and caramel are balanced by acidic, biting hops at the back of the palate. finishes very dry.

mouthfeel is light and effervescent. carbonation is rather odd for the style; too much.

not the most drinkable IPA Ive ever had at 6.5%.

not my style of IPA, but a great try for hopheads.

imagineiii, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. Date on bottle says it was packaged in March 09.

A - Pours a hazy, bright orange color. A creamy head forms with an off-white, slightly yellowish color, about 1 finger high. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a decent collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - Smells of citrusy and spicy hops and bready malt. Well balanced, expected more hop aroma here. Beer is about 4 mths old, not too old but maybe like some others (Nugget Nectar, for one) the hops leave this one quickly.

T - Good full bitterness with lightly malty flavors underneath - bready, biscuity flavors. Bitterness lingers - some fruitiness appears as the beer warms and hops take on a sharper bite.

M - Beer has adequate body, slightly thin but appropriate for the style. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Carbonation is on the higher side and gives a good prickly feeling in the mouth.

D - This is quite a good IPA with good flavor and medium body. Alcohol is present but not really overpowering. Feels pretty smooth going down...definitely could have another one or two of these.

portia99, Jul 30, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from AutumnalDave, cheers! Review based on notes

Pours a honey/bronze with 1 finger of pearl colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S:Piney, leafy & floral hops & biscuitty malt. Starts strong but fades as it warms

T: Resiny & grapefruitty hops, plus breadyness up front. Flinty dryness, grapefruit, biscuitty malt & pineapple are all there as this warms. Finishes with leafy & grapefruit hops, dryness & slight astringency

MF: Semi-chewy with low carbonation, good balance

Very drinkable but astringency hurts this a bit at the finish

russpowell, Jul 29, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another birthday BIF present! 12 oz. bottle (no freshness) into SN pint glass...

a quick four finger head of creamy off white bubbles...good lacing and retention. hazed yellow body with some orange highlights...

HOPS, HOPS, HOPS, HOPS, HOPS ALL OVER THE FLOOR!!

loads of hops in the nose, but it still seemed like it was holding something back...some good citrus and malt, but it seems slightly muted, a soft pepperiness and tangerine...

strong bitterness hits throughout with loads of pepper...a definite "hop bomb", some citrus notes can be found amongst the pepper and bitterness...

a bit low in carbonation, yet still oily as all get out...a chewy ipa

the most self proclaimed "hopped out" ipa i've had to date that remains drinkable...

not my favorite, as it is a bit unbalanced, but i'll be damned if it was good and made me very "hoppy"!

BitterPachyderm, Jul 27, 2009
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,640 ratings.