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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

1,438 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,438
Reviews: 625
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 199
Gots: 104 | 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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willjschmidt

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-21-2011 01:21:34 | More by willjschmidt
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atoulouk

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-30-2013 23:27:05 | More by atoulouk
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-16-2011 08:42:23 | More by ej285701
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Barely legible date on the bottle of 1/17/13. Here's hoping that's 'bottled on' and not 'enjoy by.'

Appearance: A nice bright orange and completely opaque. Poured a two finger marshmallowy off-white head that has dissipated some leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet sugary barley notes as well has a somewhat dank hop aroma. Like a mixture of pine and earth with citrus/grass buried underneath it all.

Taste: Starts with a building bitterness that has moments of high intensity (120+ IBUs is actually believable here). Mostly a grassy hop flavor that leaves something to be desired. The sweetness from the aroma is nowhere to be found in the taste which really lacks the balance to rein those hops in. That being said, it's really not bad. At 6.9% ABV there is definitely some malt involved in the making of this brew but it is very hard to detect under the massive dose of bitterness. Slightly dry finish and a quinine-like bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with average carbonation and good drinkability despite the hop coma it inflicts on your palate.

Final Thoughts: As a hop head I'm always looking for the most bitter and flavorful IPAs out there. Huma Lupa Licious delivers on the bitterness without a doubt. I wish I had a fresh bottle to find out if it has more hop flavor to give than the grassy character I experienced. Would I drink it again? I'm not seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 22:10:44 | More by JamesMN
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clay23

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-22-2013 03:14:36 | More by clay23
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Tracker83

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-09-2012 23:04:55 | More by Tracker83
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Bright orange pour. Smallish white head fades fairly quickly. Decent stickage.

Nice grapefruit/orange peel hoppy nose overpower the biscuity malt. Very pithy. I can tell this one's going to be pretty damn bitter. Bring it on.

Well, the malt character was faint in the nose, but it's essentially non-existent in the flavor. This bad boy is all hops, all the time. So, aside from the pith/peel from the grapefruit/orange, we've also got a big resinous finish. I'm no expert, but I have a hard time believing this is only 76 IBU. Regardless, it's good stuff. I'm not huge on overly bitter beers that lack flavor, but Huma-Lupa-Licious has plenty of tasty hop flavor to go along with the bracing bitterness.

Good bit of heft to the body. We're talking at least medium here, and I like that in my IPA's. The carbonation appears to be perfect. Hard to believe such a bitter beer could be so drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 02:21:29 | More by Gyle41386
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-16-2013 06:01:10 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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ethanmc12

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-27-2013 00:52:03 | More by ethanmc12
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-24-2013 18:15:53 | More by BEERschlitz
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tapman

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect cobweb lacing creates rocky mountains of foam over a hazy, bottle conditioned light rust body.

In the nose: fresh crushed mint and raw hops. Lightly sweetened oats and a fresh snapped pine tree branch. A little sweet plum in the back.

Taste: All that from the nose except toast the oatmeal and add a little soapiness.

Light, though not too crisp. A little chew, but not much.

A fantastic beer that I had first on tap at Foran's in Detroit.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:56:47 | More by tapman
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange color which is inviting to the eye, and a good tan head. Slight lacing down glass.

S: Aromas of citrus and floral burst to the nose.

T: Bitter and inviting floral hops with slightly citrus background.

M: Great medium body, nice carbonation level.

D: Very smooth and drinkable, great with some aged sharp cheddar and wheat crackers.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 05:16:33 | More by nukem5
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Tony412

A- Pours a nice, murky golden yellow into my DFH glass. A one finger bright white head that fades rather quickly and leaves a decent amount of lacing dripping down the glass.

S- Pineapple, sweet caramel malts, orange zest and honey are the first things I pick up. Some zesty notes of pine and sweet candied lemon peel come in after, along with some subtle notes of fermenting compost from the yeast.

T- Bitter orange zest, pineapple, pine sap, some sweet malts creep in along with some candied lemon and hints of yellow grapefruit. The yeast shines thru just enough.

M- A decent blend of bitter and sweet. The hoppy/piney bitterness hangs on and dominates though. The sweetness of the malt fades at first but comes back on the finish. Not as carbonated as some IPA's.

O- A really nice IPA! Very well balanced between citrus/pine/sugar and yeast. I wish I could get this near me in NY. Probably the best brew I've had from Short's so far. Easy to drink on a warm east coast spring day. Thank you Tony!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 19:21:07 | More by Thickfreakness
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gopens44

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-17-2012 23:59:41 | More by gopens44
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dipso123

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-27-2013 23:15:20 | More by dipso123
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ackeeper

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-22-2013 02:09:32 | More by ackeeper
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Mphis

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-13-2014 03:17:55 | More by Mphis
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Eastside151

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-02-2013 02:02:06 | More by Eastside151
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BDIMike

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great looking IPA. Burnt orange color with a bit of haze. A mild amount of carbonation creates a thin white head that laces throughout the drink.
Smell is great. All kinds of different hop smells: flowery, citrus, and dominant Earthy hops.
Taste has a lot going on. Very strong earthy and piney hops, but not much to balance it.
Mouthfeel is very sharp, not much smoothness or balance.
Drinkability is okay. A lot of really nice hop tastes, but not much more besides that going on. Could only drink about one of these before the hops start to hurt my mouth...

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 00:43:11 | More by BDIMike
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malty

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mid-April '09 bottling - super fresh!

Pours a slightly hazy gorgeous copper orange with a mixed array of small & large bubbles forming a dense off-white 1" head. Dripping rings and sheets of lace all the way down.

Smell is heavenly; spicy & sweet juicy hops. Some pineapple & apricots dweel within the floral hop fest, but at a level that is just right - nothing overly sweet in this nose. If hops sweated, I'm convinced this is what it would smell like.

Beautifuly orchestrated hop ensemble caresses and bathes my mouth & tonuge with sheer delight. Imagine a grapfruit rind dusted with a pinch of powdered sugar and a smidge of pine sap, because that's what I'm tasting here. The spiciness of the hops provide a deeper dimension of bitterness, making way for the malts to showcase their delicate foundation. The sweetness in the nose is cut in half in the flavor, but that's a good thing. A more rustic hop production, rather than a fruit cockail syrup is what Huma Lup is all about.

The mouthfeel is a solid medium body with the finest playful carbonation I've ever had in an American IPA. It's airy, silky and just a tad oily with a somewhat spicy and chalky bitter flavorful long fininsh.

Drinkability is perfect. This is a complex and a simple beer all in itself. Match is with spicy and or bbq food anytime. By itself is a treat too.

Overall a perfect Midwestern IPA that all other non-coastal IPAs should be judge by IMHO. I'm proud to have this brewery in my home state as I'd call this my favorite Michigan IPA. Fresh is KEY though.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 17:16:01 | More by malty
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got from FlanderNed, thanks! Look out...gusher! Served at fridge temp. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Allagash tall snifter. Pours a pale golden color with a gigantic white frothy head...which lasts a long time! Appearance is very hazy. Leaves great patchy/frothy lacing.

Aroma is pleasant...lots of citrus and hops. Picking up crisp fruit, grapefruit. Slightly malty aroma.

Flavor is very good! Light, crisp, and hoppy mouthfeel! The hops are semi sweet and bitter for a great transition. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Not boozy...lots of citrus and grapefruit like flavors. Overall, a very good and impressive IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 02:17:46 | More by ShadesOfGray
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-31-2014 01:44:17 | More by BeersAndBears
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rwilde

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-21-2012 23:54:10 | More by rwilde
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

04-04-2013 21:02:06 | More by Lurkerson
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DudMan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-03-2013 22:13:56 | More by DudMan
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
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