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

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Ratings: 1,722
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 224
Gots: 213 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of robgage
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MiScusi
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to heliosphann for this extra! 12oz bottle, no freshness info.

A- Golden with a hint of orange, giving it that glowing appearance, slightly hazy.

S- beautiful citrus- mango, grapefruit. Reminds me a bit of Blind Pig.

T- I generally like as little sweetness in my IPA's as possible, but this one is just really lacking in that category. It's like bitter hops are coming through, with some flavor of their own, like bitter citrus oil, but there's hardly any sweetness in the body to be detected, and for me that means it's very low. Kind of a harsh hoppiness to it overall.

M- very dry. Too dry. Body isn't bad in terms of weight, but there's just no malt flavor in there. Almost the exact opposite of what I would expect from a brewery on that side of the country.

Photo of harsley
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light orange body, transparent, small off white head, good retention.

S - Piney and citrusy hops. Some fruity notes in the back.

T - Fairly bitter up front, good grapefruit hop character. Dry. A very good tasting IPA.

M - A bit dry, perhaps a touch thin, but not a bad body.

O (D) - The only thing that is really interesting is the taste, which is good, because thats the point. Good tasting IPA, but nothing special, really.

Photo of mrmanning
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Milos, thanks buddy! Pours a hazy shade of peach, with a thin ring of white foam. The aroma here is all hops. The dry hopping has done wonders here. Lots of pine and spruce, like being in a boreal forest, some biscuit, quite floral, loads of spice too. Flavour is one dimensional and I love it. Hops, hops, hops. Pine and grapefruit, peppery floral flavours too. A bit of tropical fruit sweetness towards the end. Dry and hoppy finish. Excellent stuff. Thanks Milos!

Photo of mcdsports
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Review from notes when we were so lucky to receive a shipment of Short's for GABF 2011 :)

Poured from bottle to pint glass. The beer pours a golden amber orange color that is mostly translucent though slightly hazy. Nice 2 finger white head with good retention and lacing throughout. The aroma is earthy hops: pint, herbs, along with a mild citrus character. Backbone of grainy malt also prevalent. The flavor brings a gush of hops: pine, grapefruit, mint, pineapple, nice. Medium bitterness. The biscuit malt flavor provides a pleasant background. Finishes a bit dry. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a good beer. Really enjoy the hop character! Nice solid American IPA!

Photo of Franziskaner
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber hued with fantastic clarity. I get just a slight bit of head that covers most of the top of this beer. Intense tropical to citrus hop aroma. Perhaps a touch of orange soda in the nose?! That is an odd but hop forward flavor. I get the citrus hop bitterness with a strong light malt backbone,but the flavors seem to clash somehow. Texture is moderately carbonated and the bitterness pricks your tongue.

Photo of jshusc
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dcguitar
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tpauer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rodlavers
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, no visible bottling date, but there is a code on the bottom that I am unable to discern. My buddy just brought this back from MI, so I am assuming, one way or the other, that it's relatively fresh. Pours a really bright and hazy creamsicle orange with an equally bright white head. Head disappears pretty quickly, to almost nothing on the surface, but the lacing on the glass is decent, lots of little bubbles and interesting looking webbing.

Smells almost tart, with loads of malt and citrus up front, almost too much malt for my liking, but still good. It's super effing hoppy, for sure. I get a bit of sweetness as it warms up a bit. There's also some natural grassy/wheat aromas that become noticeable after a few minutes of warming up.

Taste is similar, very hoppy, very crisp, tart even, with malt dominating. Pine plays a small role, but overall I get a really hoppy pulpy malt/citrus flavor. I also get similar natural flavors of grass and wheat as well here. It's good, for sure.

Feels very crisp, but resinous as well. It's sharp and carbonated, biting and lingering. Basically what the label says: A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth, which is a bit overbearing, yet still enjoyable.

Overall this a very hoppy IPA with a huge malt presence. It's big, but at 6.something percent ABV, I could prob enjoy a few of these, but likely not much else.

Photo of lochef81
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is all about the bitter! If you like you ipas balanced or even malty at all...This is not your ale. I have trouble with many of Short ' s offerings but this is one that I greatly enjoy. The ale pours an orange golden color with a light white head that gives way to a nice lacing. The nose on this one is all hops; citrusy, piney, and bitter. The taste completely follows that aroma. Bitter from start to finish. At the same time it is light on the mouth and very fresh and refreshing. A great hop forward ipa. Would love to see what Short ' s could make of this as a double/imperial.

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Kadonny
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nanobrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jeonseh
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gopens44
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wyatt13
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SCZ
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of aorloski
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,722 ratings.