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

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

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Ratings: 1,718
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 224
Gots: 209 | 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:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to an imperial pint

A: Poured a 2-finger white head, good lacing throughout and eventually reduced to a 1/4"crown. Orange amber that was slightly hazy.

S: Wonderfully complex floral and spiced hop aroma.

F: Clove-like hop spiciness with a lot of bittering hop presence. The bitterness lingers throughout the session, no doubt a result of the 76 IBU's. As the session progressed the flavor became caramel sweet and malty.

M: Creamy and crisp with a pleasant almost overwhelming lingering bitterness on the back of the palate. Carbonation is sufficient.

D: For me, this would be a short session beer. The strength and complexity of this beer make it best enjoyed on a limited term basis.

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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.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Biggups to the Rhettroactive for this one!)

A: a sturdy clean white head splays out across the deep amber body. Thick lacing coats the edge of the glass, and the retention is O's firm that the silky smooth surface remains in place for the full experience. Expectations of superb carbonation and luxurious makes follow.

S: great interplay of deep malt and light, fresh hops from the get-go. The former offers up toast biscuity notes alongside thicker bready notes, while the latter provide super herbaceous notes of grass, pine, and layers of citrus to finish. Although the nose is awash with character, it remains modest in it's approach, and lulls you in gently rather than the bellowing commands so frequently found in other examples of this style.

T: Again, excellent collaboration between malt and hops result in a harmonious balancen of an almost Siamese nature. The malts express on the palate much of that which is displayed on the nose. However, the hops impart a waxy bitterness that goes beyond the usual resin resemblance to become akin to that found in green tea or - dare I say it - ear wax. Although this maybe a fetish for some, and despite the hop's commendable citric notes, this is not a flavor profile for my personal taste.

M: The carbonation certainly satisfies expectations set by its appearance: smooth, functional, well-integrated bubbles carry the bulk of this brew with elegant ease. The malts provide a pleasing weightiness to the body, and the relentless head imparts a velvety kiss upon its uptake.

O: I really want to sing this brew's praises - it ticks so many boxes, and yet the fact it falls almost flat on it's face when it comes to the most defining feature of an IPA - the hops - robs me of that opportunity. If only the Short's brewmasters had considered a more nuanced hop profile that didn't remind me of the "I'll eat anything" bets I made with my friends as a 7 year old, I'd be right back out there looking to scoop up every bottle I could find. Of course, if ear wax is your thing, then I say trade whatever you've got (baseball cards and all) to get your sticky little hands on bottle of this stuff.

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,718 ratings.