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

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPAShort's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA

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Ratings: 1341
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%


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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mdaschaf

Washington

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

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass. Thanks to glazeman for this one.

A: Pours a really nice hazy golden/orange with a one finger head. There is a nice head and thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S: A lot of citrus fruit on the nose here, some grapefruit and orange. Also some pine, but it takes a back seat to the fruit.

T: There is a much greater pine taste than is indicated by the aroma. There is also a hint of sweetness, and some malt and caramel to touch it off on the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied, crisp but also has a creaminess. Definitely full of hops, which dominates this beer. A beer I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 02:50:47 | More by mdaschaf
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at hopcat in grand rapids dec 20/08.

pours hazy orange with a small dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves a solid sheet of lace behind.

aroma is great. grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pine. bread and cracker. slightly powdery hops. light alcohol. caramel. bit of toffee. slight floral character too.

taste is great. much like the aroma, this one is packed with hops. pine, grapefruit, orange, tangerine. powdery. cracker and white bread. light alcohol. touch of caramel.

mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation level. just under medium body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is great. excellent balance, great depth of the hops and malt. this is a top notch ipa that would not last long in my fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2009 21:06:20 | More by grub
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StJamesGate

New York

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

At the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours murky goldenrod with a finger of white foam that leaves lacy trails. Straight oily orangey sticky hop nose - whoa!
Grain sweetness, a bit of apricot, sponge cake and orange jam for malts, then Seville orange and resin hops bring the pain. Hint of toasty sweetness to finish, then a wave of IBUs like chewed aspirin on the comeback. Medium, chewy, soft.

Malts are complex though not prominent, but the IBUs are there and how. Could it use more hop flavor? Maybe.

A gentle punisher.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 18:13:09 | More by StJamesGate
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prototypic

Ohio

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

Huma-Lupa-Licious is an attractive collision of copper and orange. It’s mostly clear, and definitely looks more orange when held to light. A vanilla colored head tops it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention was good. Lacing was quite sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is very good. Hops are certainly noted early. No complaints here. Citric notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango are all present. Toasted and light caramel malts follow. The toasted variety seems a little stronger, but it smells like it definitely has a sweet side. Alcohol is masked well.

The flavor is definitely impressive. The malt base consists of mostly toasted malt. Not my favorite thing, but it works pretty well here. Light caramel malt is also present, adding a bit of a sweet flavor. The hops are nothing short of delicious. Strong grapefruit and orange flavors really drive the flavor. It definitely has a nice bitter bite. The malts work hard to provide some balance, but it still falls on the hop side of the fence. Alcohol is not very noticeable. Finishes citrusy, bitter, and dry.

The body is light-medium and feels very smooth. Carbonation is dialed down extremely well to bolster the feel. This stuff goes down far too smooth and easy. It’s difficult not to chug it. True story. I wouldn’t mind several bottles in a sitting.

Huma-Lupa-Licious is a really nice IPA from Short’s. The flavor is very good and it impresses all-around. I’m not the biggest fan of toasted malts in IPAs, but it works okay here. I believe the hop flavor is strong enough to cover some their flavor. Still a very impressive release. If you’re into big time hop flavor in your IPAs, then Huma-Lupa-Licious is for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:03:07 | More by prototypic
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nickd717

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 16:29:03 | More by nickd717
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger+ of off white head. Amber/Orange color with a slight haze and a touch of visible carbonation.  A decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is a nice mix of fresh pine, fairly perfume like with a sense of toasted malt just below the assertive hop aroma.

Frankly a bit shocked this is only 7% abv. Drinks bigger and you can sense the alcohol. Resin/piney hop flavors dominate with an assertive bitterness to finish. The malt backbone makes its presence known but plays only a supporting role. The bitter aftertaste is quite aggresive.

A touch sticky, hangs in your mouth and a resin or oil like coating on your tongue.

Decent. The sense of the raised abv is a bit too much for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 00:15:42 | More by Reagan1984
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber with some yeast haze and a small white cap. Head retains decently and leaves a frothy cloud behind. A few streaks of lace.

S- Lots of hops. Pretty much a beastly mix of floral and citrus hops, like opening a bag for homebrew. Has a Fruity pebble feel with the bread and malt. Dank.

T- Big citrus and floral hops with a fresh hop and dank feel. Caramel malt and yeast bread.

MF- Silky smooth creamy light body. Bitterness is big but doesn't interfere with overall flavor.

DB- Very nice and probably fresh, dank bomb. Balanced when a lot of IPAs aren't nowadays.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 01:57:04 | More by cbutova
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Crosling

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draught @ Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan. Dark orange with the perfect IPA color. Unbelievably luscious hop aroma, showcasing nearly everything aromatically possible for hops, but with the pine and grapefruit standing out most. Suprisingly harsh hop flavor with a medley of pine, lemon, spruce, resin, grapefruit and citrus, while maintaining a ridiculous level of bitterness. No malt backing and bone dry, making it almost undrinkable, but wow, what an aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2006 04:24:16 | More by Crosling
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW ON 12/11/11.

Bottle sent to me by jshonert.

Wow, it was great to get to re-visit this one, because this time around, I got a much different experience! This one wasn't nearly as sugary or syrupy on the nose or taste as the last one I tried. This is actually very aggressively hopped, with some nice peppery, bitter notes on the finish. Shorts can be very inconsistent with their bottled offerings and this one is no exception. The beer I just drank was fantastic!

Sent to me by lewis1rg in an awesome Shorts/Kuhnhenn monster box. Thanks Ryan!

A: Poured a mildly hazy golding color, with a solid 1/2 finger or so head which probably would have been even more if I had poured it harder. This was a good bit of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S: Tons of pine notes and candy sugar. Orange, grapefruit, and other assorted fruits were also present on the nose.

T: Bitter as hell, and with a citrus character that didn't really taste that fresh. This was definitely not a balanced mutha and I would best describe this as a "pine bomb." Very bitter drying finish.

M: The carbonation level was good, but not enough to cut through the soapy bitter elements. I actually wish this were a bit less bitter and more fruity.

O: After hearing lots of great press on this one, I felt majorly let down. When I'm back in Michigan, I'll make sure I seek this one out at one of the more prestigious craft beer drinking establishments. I'm sure this one will be there and I've got a hunch that, when extremely fresh, this one would be killer on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 16:13:09 | More by Chaney
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear gold color iwth minimal bleached white head that fades to a thin edge layer quickly as the beer sits. Aroma is floral hops and a bit of citrus mixed together. Hints of grainy malt can be found but make no mistake this is a hop dominated nose.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly sticky texture and mild gentle carbonation. Flavor is briefly caramel and grain but rolls to a sticky resiny hop bite with grapefruit and pine sap dominating. A strong hop bit finishes bitter and crisp. No hints of any booze on this beer, definitely a hop lovers brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 03:55:26 | More by sulldaddy
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harrymel

Washington

1.45/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottled: unk, thick yeast cake. A: golden copper with two fingers of light yellow foam falls slowly to a quilt of the same with spotty lace. Excellent clarity. (4) S: Yeast is the first thing I smell. Sharp chemical american ale yeast, then some malts followed through by a little bit of hop character. Poor rep for IPA. (1) T: Tastes like yeast - a blend of american and unibroue yeast. Then again a little hop character with some sweet malts. Poor. (1) M: Thick for the style with moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish. (3) O: Bad job. Looks good, but downhill from there. The yeast in the bottle tells me this is old, but I wouldn’t really know provided they don’t indicate date. (1.5)

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 06:57:51 | More by harrymel
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Florida9

Illinois

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

Deep, hazy copper in color with a pleasant 1/2" of foamy off-white head Decent retention and lacing.
Aroma is full of bright citrus and lemon hops with lesser notes of pine and a floral sweetness.
Flavor is also "hop-centric" with just enough of a mildly sweet malt backbone to keep this one in balance (well, balanced for my tastes). Bright citrus hops. Bitter grapefruit finish. Medium in body with appropriate carbonation levels. A bit astringent on the tongue.
Overall, a good drinking, lively, hop centered IPA. So far, this is the best beer I have had from Short's.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 01:42:39 | More by Florida9
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"With the power of ale he knew he could not fail."
- Alestorm, The Huntmaster

Clear pumpkin color with a dainty white head. Thin skim retention emanating from a swarthy collar. Grandma's dollie retention.

Sniffing this beer is a highly pleasurable sensation. Mango and softy pine citrus and ruby red grapefruit roll over a fresh baked biscuit malt profile.

Big earthy tobacco and grapefruit bitter. Grapefruit up the wazoo. Little bit of acidic pineapple and fuzzy peach in there too. The bottle claims "the hearty malt bill melds with the hops to create a perfect balance." This ain't balance, this is malticide.

Rivals Smuttynose Finest Kind for most grapefruity IPA I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 00:33:25 | More by donkeyrunner
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to dashirey for bringing a few bottles of this to Deuanes recent tasting party. Fresh from MI and poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my glass on 3/21/09. Appears a hazy golden yellow color with about a finger of off white head. The head leaves a nice lac on the inside of my glass with each sip. Smells and tastes of orange, pine, grapefruit pith/rind, essential orange oils, and very little caramel malt presence. Very bitter and medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Did I mention the bitterness of this beer? Despite the bitterness, it drank pretty god. I think I'll leave it on my wants list for now.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 05:12:50 | More by ClockworkOrange
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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

Pours medium orange with true lace rings from an off-white head.

Big pine and toasted malt aromas. Not much else.

Big pine hop flavor, and toasted malt. No caramel, no fruit. This one kinda dries out. Dry dark toast and hops? Lingering hop-bitterness, not just bitter. I like this.

Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated.

An easy drinker. Not super complex, but they go everything right. Nothing but what you want. Great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 00:30:09 | More by OtherShoe2
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanx Shamrock071521

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden body with a one finger white foamy head, slight carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace, slight decent lacing is left in the wake

S: hops up front - mostly bitter yet there's a slight lingering sweetness in the background, perhaps honey

T: bitter yet slightly sweet adding a nice maltiness to it, balanced well

M: light to medium, sessionable, adequate carbonation

O: I say this is good for its style and very good to me, I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 20:08:45 | More by BeerKangaroo
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mcallister

Ohio

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

Thanks to cmore for a sixer of this brew (and plenty of others!!!)

Nice looking nearly opaque IPA. Bronze colored and slightly milky. Head is almost white and has wonderful retentin and leaves a thin sticky lace everywhere.

This is a damn fine smelling IPA. Citrusy hops first and foremost with piney aspects slicing through. Sweet peach and tangerine, with a hint of pineapple, newly mown grass with a caramel malty hint evening things out.

And it carries over to the mouth. Not the best IPA but one of the most solid drinkable I've had in a long long time. Mouth and nose are closely related. A great bittering hop on the finish leaves you puckering for another sip. Hop flavors are full ambitious and ready to be taken. Drinkability is high for this IPA as it is nearly perfectly balanced between malt and hop. Another one waiter?

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 23:28:07 | More by mcallister
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 02:23:37 | More by wagenvolks
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:31:55 | More by lackenhauser
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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

Acquired this from GBVDave and gratefulbeer head, so a big THANK YOU to both of them as I have two to enjoy this evening!
Poured in to my Portsmouth pint glass...

A: This beer pours a hazy honey color with a 1/2 inch of khaki color head. Head recedes quickly leaving wispy, spider web lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of big, fresh, earthy and piney hops , minor hints of floral hops. Hops, hops, and hops in the nose.

T: Taste is is of big, fresh, piney and earthy hops up in the forefront of this beer. WOW. Middle has just a mild malt presence to it. Nice floral hops balances out the finish on this beer.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light oily texture on this beer.

D: Goes down extremely easily, nicely balanced, mild but nice kick. This is a fantastic IPA that focuses on the the piney hops. If this brewery distributed out this way, this would be my every day IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 04:09:59 | More by Jayli
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready caramel malts and melon with some piney resiny hops.

The flavor is a little oxidized malt and a touch of fruit followed by a huge harsh tarry bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and watery.

Overall, a bitter IPA, but not that great. Didn't care for the oxidized notes, the watery texture or the harsh tarry unbalanced bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 21:13:23 | More by Beaver13
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

A: A golden amber pour, nice fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Super citrus hop aroma. I've had a couple of these at varying ages, and even several months old it's still super bold. The pine starts to show up once the beer has begun to warm.

T: Starts off citrus and quickly fades to a very very bitter pine aftertaste. Very little indication as to the malt other than just plain sweetness that tries (unsuccessfully) to balance this one out. Unbalanced but good for the hop lover.

M: Medium with decent carbonation. Bitterness mentioned above is almost stinging. Quite drying.

O: Overall a super hoppy IPA. Hard to believe this is just a regular IPA - I guess it's pretty borderline. Pretty unbalanced but if that is your kind of thing then you will love this. It's sorta like a light Ruination.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 02:03:23 | More by Dope
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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

12 oz bottle from Hawks10, poured into a Monica while grilling, pretty excited for this.

Appearance is perfect as far as I'm concerned with a bright, rich clear copper body that has a massive creamy off white head that is supported by a constant stream of bubbles and never fades to less than a finger thick. Also leaves behind thick sheets of lacing. Aroma reeks of fresh hops, very earthy and citrus rind with strong caramel malt and grain notes as well. Flavor is very similar, with both over the top and bitter hops and an equally potent sweet and earthy malt backbone. Body is medium thick with soft, active carbonation. The beer is very bitter throughout, including the finish but the strong malt body provides nice balance producing a very drinkable, aggressively hopped IPA. I rarely get too excited about IPAs but this one is a standout for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 16:20:42 | More by yourefragile
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to biglobo8971 for this extra

Pours a tepid, hazed burnt orange with literally no head, retention, or lacing. Odd.

Some starkly pine hops in the nose with bready toasted tones.

A surprising blast of hops up front with an avalanche of pine and citrusy resin. Lighter grapefruit and rind touches are apparent. Very bitter throughout, with a lightly malted backbone. Slight caramel touches with doughy malt. Finishes extremely bitter and long with a light touch of alcohol.

Decent medium body, solid carbonation, very dry and lasting feel on the palate. Drinks decent, although the lingering hop bitterness seems to never end (which can be a positive aspect). This was my first Short's beer and I'm curious to try more.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 07:01:18 | More by xnicknj
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JayQue

Virginia

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

Good IPA!!! Thanks to TMoney2591 for putting this one in a trade. Pours a light copper color with a good size white head. THe large head fades fast but the covering on the top of the glass remains throughout. Good sheets of lacing as well.

Piney hops are prominent in the nose. Good aroma. Taste is very good. Piney and citrus hops up front. Some moderating caramel malt in the middle and a hops bite at the end. Very good!!!!

Mouthfeel is a hair thin but crisp with just the right hops bitterness.

This is an impressive IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:22:14 | More by JayQue
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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