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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
outstanding

1,507 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 212
Gots: 130 | FT: 5
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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shivtim

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

This copper/cloudy/hazy brew sits lightly in a pint glass, with a big whiteish head that fades. Nose is beautiful citrusy hops, cascade, grapefruit notes. Taste is a bit more one-noted, but solid west coast hop taste, little alcohol. Slight floral hints. Mouthfeel is good; it feels like an IPA. Drinkability is quite high for an IPA, as this isn't a hop bomb, and it's also not boring. Nice balance.

01-08-2009 22:01:28 | More by shivtim
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Had on-tap at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, MI.

Appearance: A very hazy orange color. Lacing is very nice on this one.

Smell: Dominantly pine aromas, though there is some citrus in there as well. A pleasant IPA, but not the best smelling one I've had.

Taste/feel: Much like the smell -- a lot of the piney, earthy aromas come through in the taste, and there's very little citrus. The finish is also pretty intensely bitter, I found, and there's no real balance. There's some malt there, but this is an IPA for the hopheads, no doubt. The feel is probably the stand out, as it is very smooth, and quite creamy. I had this straight out of a fresh, just-put-in keg, so I feel like I had this beer as fresh as possible, basically.

Not my favorite IPA (just a bit too bitter and unbalanced for my liking), but I'd most definitely have it again, as it's an extremely solid Short's beer. One of their best year rounders, without a doubt.

02-09-2013 04:21:07 | More by Alextricity
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2011 18:56:01 | More by richbrew
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jroberts8811

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-23-2014 21:25:05 | More by jroberts8811
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Mersh

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-13-2013 00:30:59 | More by Mersh
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

11-15-2011 09:04:18 | More by ithinkimasofa
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nanobrew

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-14-2011 20:21:09 | More by nanobrew
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%

Bottle that I picked up while in Michigan for KBS day. Poured into my GI tulip

A - Light amber with hints of gold. The beer is clean looking and you can actually see your hand on the other side of the glass. An aggressive pour led to a big, pillowing, two finger head that quickly disappeared into a small amount of foam that sat on top of the beer. The body appears to be a bit thin.

S - Barely smell anything on this one. What I do smell smells like grapefruit and piney hops. However, really barely any nose at all here.

T - Well, this has much more flavor that you could tell from the nose. When you first take a sip, you get grapefruit. In the middle of the beer is where the more bitter, piney hops come in. There is a slight malt sweetness that helps counterbalance the hops and prevents it from being overly bitter. The finish initially is slightly sweet and crisp before piney, bitter resin flavors come in and linger on in the finish.

MF - Light body overall but has just enough carbonation to make this crisp and refreshing. The lighter body actually goes well with the flavors and makes this one that you could drink over and over again.

O - A solid offering from Short's that I could imagine ending up in my normal IPA rotation if I could find it easily. This could easily become one of those beers that you have around the house and drink at BBQ's or on a hot summer day. The main area that is lacking is the nose as to be frank there wasn't one.

04-08-2012 02:42:05 | More by jeonseh
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dstc

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a burnt orange color with a huge off-white head. Head falls very slow and stays. Big sticky lace.

Big hop nose backed by a nice malt character. Herbal, slightly flowery and lovely.

Very nice hop taste with a nice sweet malt taste in the background. Ends with a oily, medicinal taste and strong bitterness.

Rather full in mouth and fairly smooth.

Nicely done. Very good IPA.

01-18-2010 14:27:52 | More by dstc
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-14-2013 14:59:27 | More by aorloski
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

10-05-2013 17:19:04 | More by schmidtmattsays
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Gtreid

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured from a growler obtained at Short's brew pub on 7/30/08, into my brand new Short's Imperial Pint Glass.

A: Very cloudy, orangish green. The bartender explained that they were selling a "shitload" of the stuff lately, so that was why it had almost a green hue to it. Small amount of head that retained well and left great sticky lace.

A: Smelled of Big grass and citrus hops. Orange, grapefruit, and "hemp". There was a very distinct sweetness as well, maybe from honey?

T: Extrordinary! The hops are enormous, again, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and honey. The sweet malts balance this very nicely.

M&D: Medium body beer, nice level of carbonation, makes for a semi-creamy mouthfeel. As for the drinkability, I had planned to drink one or two glasses out of the growler with my grilled chicken that night, but I finished it before my brother-in-law could finish grilling. I can't wait for Joe Short to bottle this one. Just an outstanding IPA. Skal.

08-03-2008 19:22:10 | More by Gtreid
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 2-finger white frothy head. Really nice retention and good lacing. Clear with a good amount of carbonation.

S – This is a hop bomb for sure. A strong hop presence with grapefruit, orange, and mango aromas. There’s maybe a little bit of bready, caramel malt, but this belongs to the hops.

T – Starts off sweet with bready malt and citrus flavors and then almost instantaneously morphs into a bitter monster with a blast of grapefruit, orange, mango, and a little bit of pine hops. This is an intensely bitter IPA.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a very bitter and dry finish. Bitter grapefruit lingers for a great amount of time.

O – This is a deliciously bitter IPA. Short’s doesn’t lie when they say this has 140 IBU. This really tastes like a DIPA. I’m impressed that they packed so much bitterness into a single IPA. Due to the intensely bitter flavor that seems to build forever, the drinkability suffers a little, but this beer is so enjoyable that it’s probably better to sip on it anyway. Great beer from Short’s. I’ll be looking for more from them in the future.

09-29-2012 00:14:09 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Slay40

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-10-2013 18:58:58 | More by Slay40
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_morandi_

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-14-2014 21:22:21 | More by _morandi_
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craft_shannie

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

06-20-2014 19:20:12 | More by craft_shannie
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wyatt13

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2%

My dad picked this up on a recent trip through Michigan. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a light goldenrod with a creamy white head that is only about one finger tall. Really tiny bubbles give the head a certain creaminess, which promises abundant lacing. Cascades of carbonation form vertical columns. Great clarity.

S - The first whiff bombards the nose with indisputably dank hop aromas. A good bit of lemony citrus character also asserts itself. Some grassy or earthy smells like a Spring field after rainfall.

T - Green hoppiness abounds, ushering straight into some light bready qualities. An extended bitterness is left on the finish, but the bitterness is not off-putting at all. Rather, it encourages additional drinking.

M - Highly carbonated in the mouth and dries the mouth out.

O - Nothing mind-blowing, but a very solid IPA. This bottle seemed reasonably, but not incredibly, fresh so I can only imagine the dankness of a super fresh bottle. Very enjoyable and represents the name well.

04-03-2013 01:10:03 | More by wyatt13
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Roguer

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-10-2014 20:09:08 | More by Roguer
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

10-21-2009 04:15:26 | More by Mistofminn
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-23-2013 20:17:14 | More by Ncpogs
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azdback

Arizona

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-12-2013 07:03:47 | More by azdback
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midlifec

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-26-2013 21:13:30 | More by midlifec
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

09-08-2009 17:23:54 | More by Kadonny
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stephensinner

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-26-2014 04:00:36 | More by stephensinner
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-27-2013 11:22:28 | More by scxcrunner
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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