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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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652 Reviews

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Reviews: 652
Hads: 1,864
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 221
Gots: 293 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 652 | Hads: 1,864
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Devin for the opportunity to sample this.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty interesting and intense, showcasing considerable marijuana, skunky aroma, grapefruit frind and wet hay. On the palate, this beer is very dry, with a bitter honey fruit profile. There is very little malt detectable, and frankly this IPA could probably use some. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied, with a long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, with the alcohol pretty much unnoticeable. Still, this beer comes across as a hop bomb with very little else to offer, and ultimately it just wasn't a beer I really loved.

Reminds me very much of the Grant's IPA I had many, many years ago. Interesting to sample, but just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received in my most recent trade with Kbeals... Kevin is out of control... I think he might be in cahootz with a FedEx lady... I don't know... but the box was amazing.

Only wanted a beer or two tonight.. but I figure I better have a third while finishing boxing up some brews .... this is poured into my Delirium goblet.

Rocky 1" white head.. dies back atop a slightly hazed lite amber brew....

Citrus rind .. lite caramel malts.. some nice biscuit maltiness.. a bit of diacetyl..

Flavor has more diacetyl than I was hoping for... a bit buttery... big bitterness at the front with some mild maltiness throughout.. tons of citrus hops really scream American .. some floral hops shine too .. nice body and carbonation..

The buttery aspect is too pronounced in my palate... I've been told that I have a pretty low tolerance.. but I am getting it a bit heavy.

Kevin is an Uber Trader!! Thanks homeboy.... the love will never be lost.


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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and citrus (grapefruit). Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a dryness and the bitterness level is rather high. Tastes of strong floral hops, pale hops, yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, a good appearance and aroma, but the dryness hurts the feel a little.

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My aunt and uncle from Midland, Michigan know I like Shorts so they always have some waiting for me whenever we meet up for family events. My dad recently saw my uncle and brought back a mixed six pack. No way, it was quite the surprise! This beer pours a nice honey gold in color with nice clarity and a two finger soapy white head. The aromas are of fresh and crisp citrusy, fruity, and piney hops with a mild sweet caramel malt backbone. It's somewhat floral. The flavors presented consist of crisp, piney, citrusy, and dry hops with a honey like sweetness. It's a nice mix but it's giving me some pretty hardcore cotton mouth and drying out my palate. Overall this is a fine beer but with the heat, I could've used something that made my mouth water, not dried out my palate.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: Beautiful golden sunset. Hazy orange-amber that's a thing of real beauty. A good pour yields a fluffy 1.5 finger head with great retention and top notch lacing.

S: (Not too tropical) Juice, though what really shines through here is a piney resin that clings to the nostrils.

T: Christ, it's like sucking on a pine cone. Extremely sappy. I can't think of another IPA quite this sticky. My tounge feels like it's been stabbed by pine needles. As I let it sit and open a bit, there's a mild fruitiness that comes through, and in the end there's a pretty decent layer of malt that tries to hold this unbalanced beer together.

M: Really nice - creamy, rich and dense. Yet it's also easy to get your mouth around and enjoy without fatigue.

O: Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious was a long time want, and I'm glad to have finally ticked it. Having said that, this wasn't a favorite of mine, as there's a real lack of balance in flavor. With a bit more touch, this could be fantastic. As it stands though, I wouldn't go out of my way to grab a pint.

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Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a hazy dark golden amber/orange color with burnt orange hues and a thin foamy white head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Citrusy floral hop aroma with hints of earthy pine needle, tropical frut, orange peel and caramel malt. Hits of pineapple and grapefruit counter the earthy hop notes and the malt presence is faint.

Full bodied for the style with a more prominent malt backbone than expected, balancig out the bitterness frm the hops. Dry earhy pine bitterness up front is countered by a sweet citrus presence with hints of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and lemon. The malt is a bit more prominent than I prefer but t doesn't take away from the hop character too much. Slightly creamy and very quaffable with a dry finish.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from mjd83goblue. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" beige head above the clear amber brew. Head falls slowly, with sticking lace. Aroma is juicy citrus hops. Taste is sweet for a peek, and then the juicy fruit takes over, and carries on towards the close, with bitterness coming to the party near the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. Happy to have enjoyed me some Shorts...

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Photo of Derek
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Deep golden colour; off-white head, little retention, hints of lace.

S: Grapefruit citrus with a little dark toffee.

T: Grapefruit juice, very light malt (bready). Alcohol is well-hidden by the hop flavour. Nice, but not a lot of depth/flavour. I think it could use some more bitterness.

M: Light to moderate carbonation. Very well attenuated, body is on the light side of moderate.

D: Quite quaffable! Alcohol could be trouble.

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Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery orange with a sticky, white cap. Chunky lacing and great head retention. Bright orange and tangerine aroma with a bit of a sharper grapefruit edge. Slightly powdery and piney. Solid hop bitterness turns a bit sharp towards the finish. Lots of pine resin and grapefruit pith. Fruity sweetness and a flash of caramel malts mid-palate provide just enough balance. Lingering bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with slight warmth, a bit dry with moderate carbonation. A great IPA, plenty of punch with lots of flavour.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange color; light, even haze. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention to a half finger. Decanted lazily. Laced the glass in thin rings top to bottom.

S: Variety of hop aromas; grapefruit, pine, earth and lemon rind. Biscuity and bready malt; more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Hop forward taste consistent with the nose. Resiny but not sticky in the middle. Finish is sharply bitter that evens-out in a delicate balance (not to say its balanced as its still very hop-forward).

M: Medium-to-full body. Moderate carbonation. Lightly resinous and dry.

O: Cornucopia of hop character, but some malt character peeks through.

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Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's a few weeks back and finally cracked into it. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A very nice crystal clear amber colour with a nice almost dense one finger head that very, very slowly faded leaving a nice white blanket and good side lacing.

S - Nice IPA aromas here. Some light malts but mostly nice bitter pine hops. Some light grapefruit notes but mostly the assertive pine.

T - Much like the nose this starts with a little sweet malts but ends with nice bitter pine resin.

M - Very nice mouthfeel here. Medium carbonation keeps this nice and crisp with a dry, bitter finish.

O - Solid IPA here. I think the ABV is a little too present with this though in the taste and mouthfeel. Other than that I really dig this beer.

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Photo of Viggo
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids.

Pours a lightly hazed copper golden orange, very nice, thick off white head forms, drops a nice ring around the glass, some real solid lace, very sticky, great retention. Smell is awesome, whole range of hop aromas, pine, floral, some grapefruit, after initial blast theres a very malty middle, caramel and biscuit, then sharp orange peel citrus acidity, very intense, beautiful stuff. Taste is similar, tons of resinous pine and grapefruit hop oils, really coating, nice malty backbone, biscuit and caramel, thick maltiness, more pine and grapefruit, floral, orange peel, very solid bitterness but perfectly balanced, insane good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, insanely smooth and drinkable. Perfectly balanced IPA, just great stuff.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Off amber appearance, great floral hop and dough feel.

Taste is quite bitter, quite well hopped. Better be after that logo. Good pine and mint feel. Malt stays back, like it should here. Seems much less bitter than 76 ibus once you get halfway through the bottle, not in a bad way. I'd seek this out and buy it again.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on the patio at Legs Inn and the beer is every bit as good as the view. It’s all about the hops with citrusy resiny hop aromas lifting out of the glass as a hop hazed orange gold liquid rises under a thin white foam cap. Big malt holds together even bigger hops with a big citrus rind resiny herbal hop finish. Almost enough hops to enable you to walk without moving your feet.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with leafsj - thanks buddy!

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, pine

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with caramel. There is also quite a bit of bitter resiny pine and grapefruit peel and pith. It ends with a bitter hoppy malty aftertaste.

Overall - A good dose of bitter hops but lacking in the fruity juiciness department. Still a great beer that I would drink again. Reminded me a bit of a Finest Kind IPA.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a mandarin orange and copper with just a little haze. Nice two finger head that recedes to a nice film of foam and a little lacing stickage to the inside of my glass.

The aroma is a sweet orange peel with maybe a little caramelized brown sugar. This maybe the right mix of biscuity, toasted malts and heavy hops.

The taste starts sweet with toasted, dry biscuits and caramel. The hops bring add some wet grass, orange peel, and maple tree leaves. The finish is bitter and lasts long after you swallow.

The palate is cleansing nd clean with lots of citrus flavors hanging around after each sip. The IPA is well deserved of its acclaim.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front (North Detroit area) last week. This was my first Short's beer. This had a nice hops presence in the aroma, but enough malt balance to keep it interesting. Actually similar to DFH 90 minute, I was happy with the depth of flavor, and the light body made it easy to pound. Recommended if you see it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light brown with a haze similar to "The Liberator" making it have a dirty look. Head is a 1/2 inch and lacing is good and sticky. Smells of bittering hops yet has a nice balance to it. Taste isn't as great as expected but looking at the IBU's I can understand the assault. Mouth feel is medium and it really coats the mouth.

Overall I like my IPA's more balanced and even though this was more drinkable than "The Liberator" it still fell short for me and was palate numbing bitter. Will not get again.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours a clear and deep copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale and caramel malts with large amounts of herbal and pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hop presence is slightly more muted. Sticky caramel malt flavors lightened by moderate amounts of pale malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are equal amounts of herbal and pine hops. Midway through the sip the hop influence lightens up a bit and soft citrus flavors make a brief appearance. The citrus hops fade out near the end of the sip, allowing the malt and herbal hops to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this remains a nicely done IPA. The herbal notes were more prevalent in the tap version, perhaps the beer was younger and the freshness made them more pronounced. Either way, a solid beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer is clearish muddy orange with a very whispy white head that is gone right away. Light lacing.

The aroma is medium displaying some nice balance of sweet grapefruits contracted with some pine hop notes.

The taste is little sweet on the front but dead then brings lots of flavor on the back with piney hops. This is a really nice smooth hop that makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Resin, fresh cut grass, pine, and floral hops dominate the aroma. There's a moderate biscuity malt presence, and citrus comes out late.

Flavor is earthy and reminiscent of Amarillo hops. The finish is fairly bitter. Herbal notes run throughout, with a tinge of grapefruit. Pine becomes dominant as it warms. Bready malt supports nicely.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a light tawny color. This beer is the same color as honey. A fluff-laden head appears from the pour and it slowly recedes. The lacing stripes the glass as the beer is slowly imbibed. The beer is a bit murky with a mellow amount of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S-A healthy amount of citrus (namely grapefruit) hops dominate the scent. The aroma is not the most gripping, but it is quite pleasurable. A light malt background creeps behind the hop smell, and adds some depth to the nose.

T-The taste is superior to the fragrance in my opinion. This beer has a pretty significant kick to it. Genuine hop flavors envelope the palate quickly. The flavor is strong but not intense...But after a entire bottle of this, the bitterness starts to kick your ass. The more I sip from this beer the more I can detect the subtle maltiness. The beer displays some balance, but overall it the hops are stressed (my type of beer).

M-Medium bodied and the carbonation is apparent but not too bold. The mouthfeel has enough body to compliment its great flavor, but its light enough to allow you to have a few bottles of it.

O/D-This beer sneaks up on me. At first I questioned if this one had enough pop to keep me interested. But the more and more I sip from it, the more I like it. After collecting my thoughts, I have realized that I really liked this beer. It is hop foward and flavorful. It displays the hop spectrum well too. Its also deceivingly powerful. This beer tastes like it should be an 8% abv brew. Its a perfect 6-pack beer. You can drink a few of them but they'll scorch your tongue. And you'll enjoy every second of it. Also, I love the beer's label.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, hops,

taste: citrus, hops, dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice IPA from the guys that make other strange brews.


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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.