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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
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1,642 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,642
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 214
Gots: 160 | FT: 6
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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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy coppery and orange-brownish color. I get a nice half inch of thick fluffy head. The foam starts to lace immediately as it begins to dissipate. As I drink, rings of foam are left on the back of the glass, with spotty foam spots on the front.

Smell is largely of floral hops, but I can smell some piney and citrus hop notes in there too. I can make out the sweet malt backbone, and the hop bitterness.

The taste is far less bitter than I expected. Just like the bottle says, this beer is a theme park of malts and hops swirling around in your mouth. The malts mix very nicely with the hops, mainly sweet with the hop flavor. Touches of caramel infuse in the mouth towards the end.

Sitcky malt sweetness sticks with you. The beer is pretty fizzy, with a medium texture. I think the laser etching in the bottom of my Duvel tulip helps retain some of the carbonation. The beer is really balanced, with a lot of character.

NittanyBeerFan, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of bishopdc0
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found the beer in a small store on a work trip to Empire MI. In true fashion I looked for the most local beer with the best label/name. Off course this was an easy choice, especially given the selection.

The beer pours a golden but mostly amber color, it is transparent and and the head forms immediately. As it dissipate the head clings the edge of the glass and remain.

The aroma is pungent and fresh, earthy and grassy hops fill my nose, at this point I am very happy with my choice.

The taste is very nice, very well rounded, or what I like to consider well rounded for an American IPA. The malts are sweet but not noticeable after the hops come in. The taste is caramel with some biscuit, but the pine and grass hop flavor takes over. The bitterness is prominent which may keep some from drinking another, but not me.

Overall a great beer and my first introduction to Shorts. As I was staying in town for 11 days I will search out more.

bishopdc0, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very hazy orange with a frothy white two finger head that has decent retention and leaving light lace. On the nose there is a huge dose of pine resin after a swirl that really comes out after some agitation. Perhaps the most resinous IPA I've yet had, with the usual citric suspects hanging deeper in the mix. In the mouth the resin and orange ride atop a dry biscuit malt, with the pine flavor being absolutely gigantic, almost too big, but not quite. Later on in a long finish the orange burns through the resin a bit and leaves a nice combination of the two to linger on for a while. I like this beer a good deal, as the nose is pretty unreal and the flavor is just this side of too much.

EricCioe, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Envelopes
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Envelopes, May 21, 2013
Photo of BcOneSeven
4/5  rDev -1.5%

BcOneSeven, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of robertjskelton
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

robertjskelton, May 28, 2014
Photo of Pellinore1
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kdub87 for sending this bottle.

Pours light orange into a pint glass, with just a touch of haze, and produces two fingers of fluffy white head.

Bright, citrus hops, and just a hint of bread. This smells very nice, clean and direct.

The flavor, like the smell, is all about the hops. This beer opens bitter, has some bitterness in the middle, and finishes the same. Enough malt shines through to assure that it's there, but only just.

Medium bodied with some pleasant carbonation, this is nice on the tongue and quite drinkable.

Pellinore1, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of clay23
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

clay23, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of beachbum1975
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to newtonty to sharing this beer with me. 12 ounce brown bottle with a freshness chart, but not stamped correctly.

Pours a slightly cloudy, orangey to dark brass with a light tan, creamy ¾ inch head. Lacing is great, leaving thick webbing around the edges of my imperial pint. The remaining head settles to a 1/16 inch fizz on top.

Smells of pineapple, grapefruit and citrus hops. Light, caramel hops are in the nose, as well.

Medium to thick bodied and waxy on the tongue. Hops are scathing and assaulting on the tongue for the first few seconds - nice... After the rush of spicy, poignant hops, it mellows with a nice wave of semi-sweet malts.

Very drinkable, try this one!

beachbum1975, May 02, 2009
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.

lochef81, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Ohiovania
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Ohiovania, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of kegger22
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huma Lupa is an amber color with a moderate white head that dissipates to a collar. The aroma is grapefruit citrus. The taste is like licking the grapefruit skin, very bitter. If there is malt in there, I can't find it. The feel is medium bodied with sufficient carbonation. drinkability is good.

I'm fine with the bitterness, it's good, but there are a lot of better beers. And, to be honest, I like my beer a little more balanced (i.e. sweeter).

kegger22, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of mpenning13
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

mpenning13, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of hopswap1
4/5  rDev -1.5%

hopswap1, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev -1.5%

dipso123, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of kirkse
5/5  rDev +23.2%

kirkse, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of mikey711
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Nickwin who was a very good trader

A: Slightly cloudy and the color of caramel in a twix bar. It had a nice half inch thick head with big bubbles solid lacing.

S: Very nice citrus aroma with a mild amount of sweetness.

T: Very piney tasting. Good sweetness but I was definitely surprised by the amount of pine notes.

M: The pines do do linger quite a bit leaving a bitter feel. It does have some creaminess with a note that is a bit harsh.

D: I could have a few of these for sure but something but something about it makes it not my favorite

mikey711, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: From a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks again to Franz4 for coordination of the chain of beer mule-ing that brought this beer to my lips.

A- Pours a hazy, light amber/copper. Pours with ~3 fingers of light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Tons of sticky lacing left behind...

S- A solid grapefruit and pine hop pop. As the head fades and the hop rush fades, a light caramel sweetness comes through.

T- Quite a bit of pine resin and citrus peel hopiness provide a strong bitterness right upfront...a bit of biscuity/caramel malt sweetness sneaks in to help provide some balance.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium-to-slightly thin feel. Just a touch thinner than I would prefer here.

O- Very good. A pleasing IPA that really comes through with great aroma and a nice flavor.

Future outlook: Not readily available to me, but one that I'd enjoy again were I to come across it.

DoctorDog, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Schmuckles
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Schmuckles, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of stoutman
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THIS BEER IS HUGE!!! LOVE IT! Tons of Hops, so beware if that’s not your bag. Lots going on with the variety of hops used along with the pine and citrus, so it kicks you in the teeth and makes you think at the same time. Tastes great in the bottle but if you see it on tap jump on it. One great beer.

stoutman, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GbVDave for this one. 12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy gold with a ton of carbonation. Three fingers of fluffy white head. Pretty fragrant with citrus from hops and some caramel malt. Piney hops dominate the flavor, almost to the point of tasting a little green. Medium bodied. Drying finish from the hops. I got some yeast in there, so it had some yeasty twang.

homebrewhawk, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. My aggressive pour yielded a thick, 2 finger, lemony whipped head. The foam had great retention time and left tons of lace behind. The body is a hazy, burnt orange color with golden highlights.

The nose finds lots of hops. Lemon zest, yeasty bread, malts and grapefruit.

The flavor is similar to the nose. Starts out with a malty sweetness but the hops soon take over and crawl under your tongue. The bitter hop bite grows more intense toward the finish.

Medium mouth feel, a little slick and well carbonated.

This is a refreshing, drinkable beer. I would buy this one again.

mgbickel, May 28, 2010
Photo of Rons35
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Rons35, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA here--pours a very pretty spun copper color with thick white head that laces nicely. Smell is largely citrus hops, but also some pine notes and caramel malt sneaks in there too. Taste has a strong kick of hop bitterness, with some big pine notes. Floral and citrus notes play a bit of a supporting role to the hop bill here. Nice pale and caramel malt too, though this one is definitely a hop monster when fresh. MF is medium bodied, dry on the finish, and a nice amount of carbonation keeps things moving. An easy drinking IPA, I might lump it in a group with Two-Hearted. Glad to try it!

LordAdmNelson, Apr 30, 2010
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.

Franziskaner, Dec 30, 2013
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,642 ratings.