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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale | Short's Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
689 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
689
Ratings:
2,084
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
19.15%
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale AleShort's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

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

Added by arizcards on 06-13-2004

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Reviews: 689 | Ratings: 2,084
Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazed light orange with a small white head that fades into a mild cap. Small scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of pine like hops, vanilla, citrus, and minerals.
Taste is of the aromas with some herbal flavors.
Mouthfeel is bitter, herbal, and sticky.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours two fingers of thick white head that lingers for a decent amount of time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass, the color is of a slightly redish copper color with a faint haze

S-pretty big hop nose of grapefruit, a little bit of citrus and floral aromas as well.

T-it starts out with a light taste of grapefruit and citrus and is immediately followed with a huge bitter hop taste with some pine in there as well

M-pretty smooth and medium bodied beer that is a little slick on the back of the throat and almost no carbonation

D-it has a big hop taste, which is awesome; but the big time bitterness towards the back make this something I wouldn't want to drink too many in a row

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Photo of beatingwings
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks golden and cloudy. Looks good to me, but I've never been that attracted to clarity.

Wonderful aroma, best part of the beer. Smells of sweet grapefruit and tangerine, and is overall quite perfumy and sweet smelling. A little bit of hop herbalness too. Definitely smells of fresh hops.

Tastes like a medley of citrus fruits intimated at by the smell, with a peach/mango undercurrent. Piney when I burp. There is a noticeable amount of general malt sweetness, but the hops are dominant leading to a bitter a dry finish.

Feels good in the mouth. Feels fairly light, but not thin.

I feel like if I had access to this beer, I could easily put down a few in a session. It has the right body, bitterness, and flavor to make it highly drinkable. Overall very impressive IPA. Thanks nickwin.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Orange-copper center that yellows on the edges. Fluffy two-finger head of off white foam that settles, but lasts. Liquid-y, foamy lacing.

S: Citrusy, grapefruit hops smell. Smells sticky and delicious. Some piney hints. Smell is definitely present, but not quite as full as it could be.

T: Sharp bitter center hits the tongue like a good IPA should. Taste isn't balanced much by malts, but that's not bad in my book. A bit of pine in the finish.

M: Sharp carbonation hits the front and sides of the tongue. The carbonation blast is followed by an exquisitely dry finish.

D: A delicious IPA worthy of trying out. Glad I'm up in Michigan from time to time so I can pick this up. Enough heft and body that it would be great any time of the year.

Served: in a faceted mug.

Review from notes taken on: 11/3/09.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat darker side of a pale orange. Low carbonation though some decent lacing going on. Ok aroma-some sweet malt and a trace of hops. I would expect more but thats ok. Sweet malt against a decent backround of hop bitterness. Bitterness almost becomes astringent but the heavy malt keeps it in line. Mild toffee/toasted flavors. Good solid body. Very drinkable-comes off as a much bigger beer. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the label: "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth." And elsewhere: "Handmade by people who care." Big thanks to GbVDave for hooking me up with my first brew from Short's.

Pours a hazy saffron color with a thinnish head which lessens to a skim within about a minute. Tiny lace dots stick to the glass.

Aroma is wonderful--elements of citrus rind, pineapple, pine, orange zest and caramel mingle together nicely. Not a brutal nosehair-ripper, but clearly hop-centric.

Flavor is gigantically hopped, although not brash. Pine needle, astringent green grass (not that I've ever chomped on my lawn), and grapefruit rind are front and center, with only a smidgen of malt backup for balance. Possibly the hugest hop flavor I've tasted in a beer without it being a tongue-destroyer (ie. this ain't Hopsickle). Bitter, indeed, but a very, very good bitter, in that it's balanced. Hops are cranked right to the point of hophead nirvana, but never pushed over the edge into novelty territory.

Mouthfeel is hefty, although not thick enough or weighty enough to be called heavy-bodied. Has a buoyant quality that makes it go down easily, and a little too quickly. There is some good stickiness to this that keeps the rind-like, almost resiny flavor going and going and going...

A hophead's dream, similar to Bell's Hopslam in flavor...which makes me wonder why this isn't considered a Double IPA? But who cares, that's splitting hairs. This is simply divine, no matter how you categorize it.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this brew as an extra from heliosphann. Thanks a ton Scott!

Pours a hazy orange amber into a Darkness tulip. Nice tan head with decent retention, with a creamy consistency. Leaves a little lacing here and there.

The nose is surprisingly malty. There is a nice piney bitterness going on, but the malt backbone sticks out.

The taste department is much more bitter than the nose leads on. Piney and resiny hops dominate and the bitterness takes over, almost completely covering up the malt backbone. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice bitter bite. Appropriate carbonation level. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is good.

A great introductory brew to Shorts. I'm impressed. It's not the best IPA in the world, but it's definitely a tasty and easy drinking one. Maybe not the IPA for someone who is just starting out with craft beer, but if your a hop head you'll like this one.

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

Bartender mentioned that this is the HopCat Owner's favorite beer. I had heard of it before and it was a good thing to see that it was on tap at HopCat for my visit there two days ago. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Light brown yellow body with creamy head. 4.0

S Hops, sweet malt to the nose. Hops are not overwhelming in an unbalanced way. 4.0

T Hops predominate but there is a nice, sweet malt to balance them out. Hops taste lingered like you think that it might well into the aftertaste. Nicely made beer. I can see why someone who has tasted many great beers might find that this is one of their favorites. 4.5

M Full with malt, bitter hops. 4.0

D Good. I finished the pint without any problem. 4.0

Notes: a treat to find at HopCat, a world class Beer Advocate place.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright harvest orange with golden honey colored highlights. The three finger crown easily qualifies as eye candy. The craggy upper surface looks like a moonscape and the foam is as sticky as all get out, which is proven by a glass that is beautifully blasted with lace.

As expected (given the color), lightly toasted malts take some of the citrus zesty edge off the American hops. White grapefruit and orange are most prominent. We aren't talking the olfactory overload that is uber-fresh Bell's Two Hearted, but the aroma is mighty pleasing if you like da hops.

Via the website, Short's told me to expect 'enormous amounts' of hops that hit 'like a punch in the face'. While that isn't quite what I'm getting, Huma-Lupa-Licious is a highly hopped IPA that can compete with all but the very best. Then again, I have no idea how old this bottle is. I'm pretty sure it's pretty fresh.

There isn't as much toasted breadiness and nuttiness as feared. Probably a single-digit percentage of Munich, no more. Hop flavor and bitterness is becoming cumulative as the ounces fly by, which is always nice. Yes sir, this little beauty will give most hopheads that alpha acid smack and tickle that they crave.

In addition to white grapefruit pith and peel, resinous pine is present as well. The final pour murks up the liquid something serious. It also adds even more flavor and bitterness. Looks like the taste score deserves a bump after all. Never fear, the drinkability score was there already.

There's no letdown when it comes to the body/mouthfeel. It's at least medium for the style and is expertly bubbled. It's getting so that I can almost predict this score by the sound of the pour.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA grew on me from first gulp to last. This is definitely a fresh bottle and is a hoptasty treat of the highest order. It's also the second best American IPA brewed in the state of Michigan. Care to guess which is the best? The brewers have every right to be proud of this one.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sarcastro for this one!

Pours a nice golden color with a white head that hangs around for a while.

Smells like citrus hops and grass. Nice hoppy smell with some sweet complexity.

I'm not really a hop guy, but this is good. It has a nice complex hoppy bite with a nice sweet malt profile toward the middle that joins with the hops for a nice sweet and dry finish.

In thr mouth is is surprisingly creamy with a decent amount of carbonation.

Ok, this is surprisingly drinkable, even for a malt guy. Nice and refreshing, especially on a hot October day.

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Photo of mikey711
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Nickwin who was a very good trader

A: Slightly cloudy and the color of caramel in a twix bar. It had a nice half inch thick head with big bubbles solid lacing.

S: Very nice citrus aroma with a mild amount of sweetness.

T: Very piney tasting. Good sweetness but I was definitely surprised by the amount of pine notes.

M: The pines do do linger quite a bit leaving a bitter feel. It does have some creaminess with a note that is a bit harsh.

D: I could have a few of these for sure but something but something about it makes it not my favorite

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very hazy golden color, may be chill haze, we'll see as things go on. Moderate sized head, a dense 1 cm, but it doesn't leave much lacing - still you can see some when you're gettin ginto the drinking. Decent looking, better than average. The smell is pretty good, floral, hoppy, a tiny bit resinous. Not heavy on the citrus, there's a bit, but you can still smell a tiny bit of malt, crusty bread. Pretty good I think. The taste continues where the smell left off. Incredibly floral, almost like swallowing some pollen, but overall, I think it's a little too bitter. You can't reallt get into the malt for the bitterness, but it's still very crisp and not too overbearing. The body is pretty good, the resins fill it out, along with the already medium body. The carbonation is nice, tickles a bit, provides a nice rush. I like it. The drinkability is alright. Pretty enjoyable, gets better as you go along. It's hard to pick out a good drinkable ABV for an IPA. But I feel like I could drink 2-3 of these in a night and be pretty happy.

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Photo of paulieatworld
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up on my last trip to my hometown up north. picked this up from jack's in traverse.

pours a beautiful off amber color. right smack dab between golden and red.

super nice whiff on hops both citrus and piney.

lick smackenly hoppy. a pleasant suprise from a gem of a little brewery. a very well put together ipa which showcases the classic aggressive hop attack of the west coast india pales.

pretty damn close to stone's house ipa. a great achievement from one of the little guys brewing in the great white north.

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Photo of eyncognito
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A generous extra from akorsak, thank you Adam-I've been wanting to try this for quite some time.

Pours an orange amber, good clarity-shines golden in the light with only a touch of murkiness. A one finger head recedes over a few minutes into a film. Only spotty lacing. Aroma is citric-big grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines with a touch of sweet caramel malt to carry it along, touches of floral scents and resiny pine. Not quite as big as I was hoping, but top-notch nonetheless.

Taste is IPA heaven, orange zest, juicy grapefruit, resiny pine, floral, with a touch of peppery spice-quite mild spice. The malt is sweet and present throughout, but the initial bitterness up front carries the flavor throughout and finishes moderately dry. Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Insanely drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jhoban19
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, enjoyed with a bowl of home-made mac & cheese (sharp cheddar and gruyere).

A: wonderfully bright copper color, just over a finger of head (more due to a less than proper pour on my part). head didn't last terribly long, minor lace present throughout the entire pint.

S: hops, hops and more hops- and that's how I like 'em! the hops really smack you in the face with a good amount of pine and citrus. about half way through I swear a caught a hint of bread dough, but just a subtle one.

T: as much hops in the taste as in the aroma. get that smooth hop taste for about a second or two and a malty delight kicks in, followed by a bitterness at the back of the tongue that lingers long after you've set the glass down and continues to tingle until the next sip.

M: smooth and satisfying. well carbonated, but not overly so. as mentioned above, a pleasant tingle on the back of the tongue lingers until the next sip.

D: incredibly drinkable if you like 'em hoppy. definitely a favorite of mine. goes down easy, but not really a session beer. the hops really take control of the palate so any more than a couple will be a waste- save the next one for another time when you have a fresh slate and can really enjoy it.

edit: poured a second one immediately following the beer reviewed above- gave it a proper pour and got a full 2 finger head. still doesn't last terribly long but the lacing is stronger. same hoppy goodness though!

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears veiled gold with some wisps of suspended particulates (probably yeast) floating a couple of inches below the surface. A vigorous pour gets you two fingers of luxurious, slightly rocky head that sticks around for a long time, generating some attractive latticework for the rest of glass.

Smells yummy: A whiff of sharp pine with some lemon and peach present but in more of a west coast proportion.

Tastes as it smells: definitely more of a west-coast experience. This one is pine forward with just enough lemon zest and grapefruit to keep things from being too out of balance. Some malt sweetness comes in at the end to compete with -- and eventually lose to -- the intense bitter end that seems to continue unabated until your next sip compounds the issue. This would stand up to many a DIPA and, in the IPA sphere, comfortably fits into the "ringer" category next to Furious and Torpedo. Those looking for a hop fiesta will be most pleased.

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Photo of jt31914
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1 1/2 fingers worth of head; very bright pale color. The head came down quickly but the carbonation was very noticeable.

S: Hoppy, quite grainy smell - possibly some sort of barley in the aroma. Also a malty attribute in the smell.

T: This beer on first taste was so surprising that it wasn't great; however, as the beer went on it just got better and better. The unique flavor of the beer is among the best of all IPAs I've had - the hop aspect of the ale is executed to near perfection.

M: Average mouthfeel; not overly smooth or harsh.

D: Enjoyable but probably difficult to have a lot of due to bitterness.

This was a very interesting and fun beer to drink. Different from any other IPA I've had.

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Photo of fishbrew
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Six pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased in Charlevoix, MI over Labor Day Weekend, 2009. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance:
Two finger head which dissipated within a couple minutes. Nice lacing. Light orange in color, I would estimate in the neighborhood of 9 SRM.

Smell:
Citrus, pineapple, and some sweetness. Not extremely fragrant, but still very pleasant.

Taste:
Starts with a mix of mild pine and citrus flavoring with a backbone of pale malt. Finish is piney bitter and VERY hop-forward. This beer places an emphasis on bittering hops over flavoring hops and malty sweetness. I feel it is approaching imbalanced, with a tongue bruising bitterness that overpowers the malty sweetness. Still enjoyable, but more one dimensional than I typically look for in an IPA.

Mouthfeel:
A bit on the thin side, but acceptable. Not as slick as I would like.

Drinkability:
One or two is plenty, primarily due to the slight imbalance between bitterness and sweetness. It's nowhere near a chore to drink, but after one or two my palate is ready for something a little more complex.

Overall a good IPA that I wouldn't hesitate to purchase again. Not mind blowing or style-defining, but if you like bitterness you'll enjoy this beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped 2 sixers last weekend in ann arbor.

love short's brew from my very limited exposure...enjoyed having this one on tap a few times over the weekend

appearance: poured into my tyranena pint, bright copper-amber body, a nice beige bubbly lace

smell: very nice aroma and very hoppy - fresh clean citrus, bright pine, touches of honey

taste: a very good IPA - would be a regular in my fridge if i could just get my hands on it. very sharp citrus hop stinger, pungent and very distinct grapefruit, bitter orange peel, sappy pine. This is a very high-end IPA from Short's

mouthfeel: a tongue twister, highly bitter

drinkability: nice - but your tongue is wrecked

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very nice presentation in the glass. Nice citrus notes in the smell. The taste is an explosion of flavors. Exceptional hop taste that gives way to several flavors. The aftertaste is intense but pleasant. Though this beer is intense, I feel as though I could drink a few more.

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Photo of Naugled
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice tight short off white head, light copper in color with slight haze

great fresh hop aroma, piney and resiny

good balance with all of the hop flavor, the late bitterness rapidly disappears. very piney, almost gin like

medium body

very drinkable, but the gin like profile would stop me after maybe two of these.

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Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade, thanks to Tyson. This was a nicely balanced IPA that didn't try to do too much.

A - Golden orange pour with medium white head.

S - Aroma is grapefruit and floral hops and a little malt.

T - Mostly hops - grapefruit and pine needles - as well as some pale/biscuity malt that does not add much sweetness, letting the hops do their thing.

M - Dry, bitter finish and a medium body with fairly lively carbonation.

D - Pretty high for the style.

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Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured an almost clear orange color with gold highlights around the edges. The head was white and rose just about 1/2" before settling to a thin skim. Decent streaky lace down my glass.

S= Lots of honey, biscuity malt, and citrus hops in the nose. Just a hint of pine in there too. Very nice.

T= Like in the aroma, there was a big sweet malt and honey presence up front with a big hop wallop soon to follow. The hops were mostly of the west coast citrusy character, but there were some floral notes and a touch of pine in there too. Some decent tropical fruit esters helped round over the edges and made this seem very palanced for a hoppy IPA. The finish was dry and bitter as it should be.

MF= Medium body with a moderate carbonation and a tongue-coating feel.

D: Very nice beer here and extremely drinkable. I could session this all night and wish I had more regular access to this one...

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Photo of Kadonny
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my SA perfect pint glass.

A: A slightly hazy amber orange color with a nice 2 finger white fluffy head. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops dominate some slight earthy tones with some slightly sweet notes. Nice and refreshing on the smell.

T: Again with the citrus hops up front including orange, pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. Lots of pineapple. Some slight pine and earth flavors come in before the middle flavor turns honey biscuity sweet. The hops prickle on your tongue all the while. The finish is extremely bitter but very nice. Full flavored, but light and crisp at the same time.

M: Medium with a coating of bitterness that is left behind. No taste of alcohol at all.

D: Really high, loved it. Very drinkable IPA if you like em bitter, which I do.

Overall a fantastic IPA that I wish I could get here on the east coast. A very drinkable but complex beer that I really dug. A great west coast style IPA that I recommend to anyone who can get their hands on it. Great beer.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.