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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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1,733 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,733
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 226
Gots: 223 | FT: 7
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #3.

Blind Beer #8 of 12 thanks to mtunnell.

12 oz bottle poured into my unlabeled tulip.

Beautiful translucent dark golden yellow with a mountain of eggshell frothy head. As it recedes, craters become abundant, though it takes minutes.

The first thing on the nose was pine and lemon. But those aromatics quickly yield to some more subtle lemon notes, and a hint of funk. Part of me wants to say saison, but it's lacking some of the yeast notes I'd expect. There is a tiny bit of spice in there along the lines of coriander or a dash of nutmeg. This doesn't seem added, but rather a yeast byproduct. The nose is making me think some type of IPA, or maybe a belgo-IPA. As it warms, I get a bit more pine, garlic and onion. Definitely some crazy hop action going on here.

Time to dive in...Very little up front. Maybe some light funkiness, but there is virtually no sweetness in this beer. As it lingers on the tongue, i start to pick up a little lemon before swallowing. Then, oh, man, does that bitterness hit! This is in no way a balanced beer! That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the IBUs are way high for this residual sweetness. I have to dive in for more to see if I pick up anything besides bitter...There is definitely some phenolic notes lingering after the finish. I can't stop trying to get it off my tongue. Man this beer is dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharp carbonation hitting the sides of the tongue like it's being squeezed by a vice with spikes. Wow...No oiliness. Just plain dry finish.

Overall, this is a very complex beer. Very clean and somewhat one dimensional. It's not in balance, yet I can't seem to help diving in for more just seconds later. Though my tongue is going to need days to recuperate, it's still strangely drinkable.

I still think this is some sort of big double IPA now, however, there's some sort of twist that I can't figure out. Maybe it's a 100 IBU saison or something. The color is too pale for most IIPAs I've had so I'm at a loss here. I'd still say something along the lines of a devil dancer or the like (but not due to bottle shape). I'm positive i've never had this beer before, though.

Time for the reveal: Short's Huma Lupa Licious!

Sweet! Never thought I'd get to try this bad boy. Tastes super fresh! Thanks, Matt.

Anyway, time for the rating (as a single IPA!): 5.0/4.0/3.5/3.5/4.0

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BostonHops
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a clear medium amber tone while yielding a finger, finger and a half of foamy off-white head. decent retention and lacing all over the place. pretty much nails what my expectations are for the appearance of an IPA. fairly aromatic nose offers citric hops in abundance. secondary notes of pine and some florally characters with the hint of a sweet, malty backbone present in the background.

taste delivers on the nose, maybe even exceeds it. the citrus headlines the show with the pine and floral hoppiness and some biscuit-y malt rounding out the supporting cast. fairly bitter. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i'm digging this IPA a lot. very tasty. while i wouldn't necessarily throw it in with the best of the best, i could see it earning a spot in my regular rotation... if only short's distributed to the boston area.

(originally reviewed: 02-01-2012)

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.3/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. No bottling dates.

Bright, golden body with a one-finger, off-white head. Settles to a patchy cover with some lacing on the glass.

Sweet aromas of brown sugar and honeysuckle, with some pine resin in the background. Some citrus as well.

Light lemon and spice up front. Cracker malts with lots of carbonation combine for a dry mouthfeel. Biting hop bitterness with lots of astringency. It completely dries the mouth out, leaving a lingering metallic and medicinal taste.

The finish is pretty nasty tasting. There is way too much astringent bitterness here, with no balance. Not a well made IPA.

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3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A - Hazy light copper orange with a 1.5 finger white head. Minimal retention and a few spots of lacing.

S - Bitter pine hops with floral and earthy hops. Hints of citrus can be found, but they take a back seat to the pine. I get some light bready malt.

T - Starts off with a punch of oily, piney, bitter hops. Buried under all those hops are notes of citrus, earthy, and light bready malts. Finish is, surprise, bitter.

M - Slick and oily with a medium body. Carbonation is light. Bitter lingers for some time on teh palate.

O - A bitter, piney, hopped up IPA. Good, but not unique.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Medium amber color with a two finger white head.

S-Sweet tropical fruits - pineapple, and mango with spicy pine, grapefruit, and some caramel malt.

T-Sweet grapefruit and pineapple, caramel malt, and finishes with a dry, bitter pine note.

M-Really smooth; medium bodied and very low carbonation.

D-This is a pretty solid beer that goes down easy. The mouthfeel really contributes to how easy drinking this one is.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft in Detroit airport.

A: Golden honey yellow with two finger white head and average lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of honey.

T: Bitter hops mixed with some citrus and malt sweetness.

M: Medium body leaving some oily hop resin. Crisp dry finish.

O: Very good IPA, very much hop forward. I'm not sure this was the freshest keg, and would like to find a good fresh bottle.

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