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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
90
outstanding

653 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 653
Hads: 1,886
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 223
Gots: 309 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Reviews: 653 | Hads: 1,886
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, hops,

taste: citrus, hops, dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice IPA from the guys that make other strange brews.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped 2 sixers last weekend in ann arbor.

love short's brew from my very limited exposure...enjoyed having this one on tap a few times over the weekend

appearance: poured into my tyranena pint, bright copper-amber body, a nice beige bubbly lace

smell: very nice aroma and very hoppy - fresh clean citrus, bright pine, touches of honey

taste: a very good IPA - would be a regular in my fridge if i could just get my hands on it. very sharp citrus hop stinger, pungent and very distinct grapefruit, bitter orange peel, sappy pine. This is a very high-end IPA from Short's

mouthfeel: a tongue twister, highly bitter

drinkability: nice - but your tongue is wrecked

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours an orange/amber color with a creamy off-white head that rose a full two fingers. Good retention and loads of lacing. This is a pretty beer.

White grapefruit and oranges up front with some toasted malt peeking through. Maybe a little more than I like, which detracts from the citrus goodness. Some notes of pine resin/oil round out the nose.

Pithy grapefruit and oranges burst onto the palate. The toasted malt lays much lower on the palate than in the nose, allowing the resinous, oily pine and citrus flavors to stand tall. There is an uppercut of bitterness that builds with each sip.

Medium body with perfect carbonation. Chewy, thick and oily all the while finding a way to be smooth and creamy. The build up of bitterness coats and really sticks to the gums.

I had somewhat high expectations for this beer and it did not disappoint. Quickly becoming one of my favorites in the style. This is on my short list to answer of the age old question: "If you could only have one IPA for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this Short's Brew!

A - Brilliantly clear golden honey yellow with little carbonation rising up. A tall pour releases a near-three-finger, cream-colored head. Very stable but became lumpy and dropped over time leaving thick gobs of lace in it's wake.

S - Deep earthy and grassy hops abound. Dry wood and grass-clipping leaf-pile with hints of grapefruit and resins. Honey and caramel malts in the background provide a nice malt base for the playground of hops.

T - Huma Lupa has some awesome harmonious balance. It's not a slap in the face with hops but it does bring the heat. Honey and sweet caramel malts give a solid, sweet structure for the hops which are all over the place. Lots of earthy notes of wood and grass-clipping piles with grapefruit citrus hints and resins.

M - The balance gives this beer a sweet but mildly bitter finish with a high dryness and lingering after-taste. Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, it has a smooth, rather soft texture to it.

D - As far as my palate goes, a rather mild IPA because of the balance, but one that's fairly drinkable in larger quantities. I could do a six-pack and enjoy every one. That's interesting too based on my distaste for mulch-like hops in beer. Well blended and brewed. Thankfully not infected! :P

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Photo of xnicknj
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to biglobo8971 for this extra

Pours a tepid, hazed burnt orange with literally no head, retention, or lacing. Odd.

Some starkly pine hops in the nose with bready toasted tones.

A surprising blast of hops up front with an avalanche of pine and citrusy resin. Lighter grapefruit and rind touches are apparent. Very bitter throughout, with a lightly malted backbone. Slight caramel touches with doughy malt. Finishes extremely bitter and long with a light touch of alcohol.

Decent medium body, solid carbonation, very dry and lasting feel on the palate. Drinks decent, although the lingering hop bitterness seems to never end (which can be a positive aspect). This was my first Short's beer and I'm curious to try more.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours two fingers of thick white head that lingers for a decent amount of time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass, the color is of a slightly redish copper color with a faint haze

S-pretty big hop nose of grapefruit, a little bit of citrus and floral aromas as well.

T-it starts out with a light taste of grapefruit and citrus and is immediately followed with a huge bitter hop taste with some pine in there as well

M-pretty smooth and medium bodied beer that is a little slick on the back of the throat and almost no carbonation

D-it has a big hop taste, which is awesome; but the big time bitterness towards the back make this something I wouldn't want to drink too many in a row

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong, hoppy and woody with a hint of grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thick, fluffy white head that sticks around a bit and leaves some nice lacing. Flavor is hoppy, woody and fairly bitter with an undertone of sour citrus that is more orange than grapefruit. Fizzy, fairly zingy texture leaves a hoppy and tingly finish with just a little bitterness.

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: grapefruit and pine hops

Taste: a small bready caramel start followed by a big dose of piney and citrus hops with caramel towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium body,sweet start with a big bitter body and bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall: This is the best mid-west ipa that I have had in a while. I like the mix of hops. Due to the dryness two is my max, but I would pick more up if it were more readily available around here.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the first brews I ever had from Short's. Nice, golden color with a thin white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the way down. Putting your nose in the glass is like smelling a forest - lots of hops, resin, and some pine smells here, not too much citrus, but it is definitely there. The beer tastes just like it smells - full on hops and bitterness right from the get-go. Lots of floral flavors jump out, not much malt, but the bitterness is never "unbalanced". The citrus actually comes out quite a bit more on the palate than it does in the nose, making for a nice counter-point to the bitterness of the hops. Plenty of carbonation gives a nice mouthfeel and crispness, however, it's still pretty sticky on the palate in the finish.

Very good IPA with plenty of hoppy tones and flavors, sure to please any hop head. Although I feel there are many IPA's that are superior, I would definitely have this one again. Solid brew from Shorts.

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Photo of Durge
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Michigan specimen poured cold into the pint glass, yet another Ohoove "import", shows a cloudy orange-golden amber hue with a decent off-white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is a great piny and citrus blend with nutbread throughout, smooth but evidencing good bitterness. The taste brings out lots of bitter pine, peppered with lively carbonation in a beautiful, near full bodied brew. I get hints of earthy rye and light lemon. This stuff just disappears into the old gullet, very drinkable if you crave the bitter hops as you should! I loved it and could see this being a showstopper beer for a backyard get together as much as about any other occasion that a drinkable tasty brew is appreciated.

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyson for sending this my way. Excited for my first taste of a brewery that I've heard plenty about but had yet to sample.

Enough chatter. Huma is IPA colored, plus a bit of cloud, without the floaties, just a bit more solid in its coloring. Nose is lovely sweet, which I like, but...the hops are definitely down the ladder.

So I like my IPAs bitter & Rottweiler, & this one doesn't quite fit the bill. The 'balance' that some are so fond of is here, but instead of being cloying & annoying as is so often the case, this one's very well done. The malts are sweet, but ever so slightly subservient enough, to complement the hop chomp rather than subvert it to the dark side.

Love the bitterness in the mouth, ain't that the way an IPA is supposed to be? Especially the finish. It's crisp & Sahara dry. I rec'd a few of these from Tyson & I could see downing a couple in an evening until my mouth goes numb enough to see the dentist without further ado.

Excellent beer. Unique enough that I'd be happy to find it in my glass any day of the week.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber with some yeast haze and a small white cap. Head retains decently and leaves a frothy cloud behind. A few streaks of lace.

S- Lots of hops. Pretty much a beastly mix of floral and citrus hops, like opening a bag for homebrew. Has a Fruity pebble feel with the bread and malt. Dank.

T- Big citrus and floral hops with a fresh hop and dank feel. Caramel malt and yeast bread.

MF- Silky smooth creamy light body. Bitterness is big but doesn't interfere with overall flavor.

DB- Very nice and probably fresh, dank bomb. Balanced when a lot of IPAs aren't nowadays.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the recent shipment that hit Colorado. Dark orange, hazy, lots of lace and a short but thick foamy head. Smells like bitter hops and orange rinds. Taste is super bitter, palate ruining bitterness with hints of malt and citrus but mostly just fucking bitter. Not bad but I'd never reach for a second one.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft in pint glass

Clear bright golden in color.nice lacing, but head fades. Big juicy hop aroma and flavor, mild amount of pale malt. Medium bodied, a bit sticky.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to enelson for including this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured hazy yellow-orange with a massive four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers worth very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle bitter hop, and grapefruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and grapefruit. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nicely balanced and tasty IPA. Had a very nice flavor and aroma to it. This one went down quite easily with my dinner. This one is totally worth seeking out and trying. Nice job Short's!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, citrus grapefruit like hops. In the taste, pine hop like dryness, and a grapefruity citrus undertone of sweetness. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, pine like hop aftertaste. Nice big hops, somewhat balanced, very nice.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.74/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a translucent gold with yellow hues. There is a full two fingers of head that take forever to settle. Massive lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pine, malt, and a lot of vegetal funk. It smells like an old IPA. I even get a touch of onion in here. It's a bit off-putting.

T: This beer is sweet to start but then it turns to onion and old vegetation. It tastes muddy and funky. Honestly, this is pretty unpleasent. It sweetens back up in the finish and nothing lingers for too long.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and weird to start. It gets a bit nasty in the middle and finishes sweet again.

O: Not a fan of this at all. Either this is old, or it's just bad. There was way too much old vegetal taste for my liking.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Detroit airport.

Pours bright and hazy with a nice retentive head. Smells balanced, lightly malt forward with some piney hop nodes. Nice, balanced old school ipa aroma. Tastes like it smells: basic, balanced, and nicely brewed. Grainy start, pine and grapefruit hop middle, medium bitter finish of barley and hops.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color, minimal white lacing but with a thick, billowing, white rocky head when first poured.

S - Flowery, pine, mild citrus and mint boquet. Has a little bit of a lemon soapiness in the aroma.

T - Has a massive amount of hop profile for a single IPA. Finishes with a massive amount of grapefruit bitterness with small floral flavoring that's every hop heads envy. Up front there's a pineapple bittersweetness present until halfway through where mild amounts of hop bittering take over. The caramel malt backbone is consistent throughout. After the swallow is where some brutally bittering grapefruit really takes over. The very bitter finish lies low until your tongue is ambushed withe bitterness!

It's an IPA worth checking out (if you can find it).

Drinkability and Mouthfeel are both very good. Sorry to be so vague in this category.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter today, 7/12/2013. Thanks to Benish.

Aroma: Very piney, citrusy notes. Perhaps orange. Has a nice, seemingly sticky caramel sweetness that hangs in the nose. Very strong and pleasing nose.

Colour: Pours a hazy dark copper body with a 1cm white head that leaves a sticky lacing as the beer disappears down my gullet. Retention is solid, nothing special.

Flavour: Hoppy as hell. Very bitter pine complemented by a little bit of orange, nectarine flavour supplemented with a strong bit of caramel sweetness. It's a bit of a one-dimensional beer but this is what the name of the beer advertises.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, resinous and almost sticky. Aftertaste is a stinging piney bitterness that lingers quite a while and gets spread all over as I move my tongue around my mouth. Carbonation is good. Drinkable, slight hint of heat.

Overall: A very bitter piney IPA. Not the best IPA, but it is a very good one that is sure to satisfy any hophead's lupulin cravings. Very bitter and piney if that's up your alley.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours murky goldenrod with a finger of white foam that leaves lacy trails. Straight oily orangey sticky hop nose - whoa!
Grain sweetness, a bit of apricot, sponge cake and orange jam for malts, then Seville orange and resin hops bring the pain. Hint of toasty sweetness to finish, then a wave of IBUs like chewed aspirin on the comeback. Medium, chewy, soft.

Malts are complex though not prominent, but the IBUs are there and how. Could it use more hop flavor? Maybe.

A gentle punisher.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Super thanks to gnemesis for the amazing box of Short's he sent my way!!!

a - poured the 12oz'er into my capt lawrence tasting tulip. classic transparent honey copper with a white foamy bubbly head that hung around for a while.

s - sweetened hops. the malts really chill out the hops on this and hop profile is relatively tame. i actually dig this over the in your face knock you down hopping. citirically sweet.

t - what wasn't there hopwise in the nose is certainly in the flavor. really nice. hoppy flavor dominates at first, ends with a soft piney bitterness. earthy grapefruit with a gentle sweetening in the middle. quite good and quite balanced.

m/d - medium bodied with a cooling oh so subtle bitter aftertaste. kind of filling. this is a really nice ipa. i'd put it against any of the well known and talked about ipas out there.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of HiAIPA poured into pint glass.

Pours a bright, almost irredescent, completely hazy orange with a fluffy and short-lived white head. It recedes to a ring quickly and leaves only a trace of lacing. The smell has a big resiny hop character but with some nice grapefruit and orange hints as well. The sweet malt base is in there as well but only as a compliment to the big hop aromas. Taste is earthy resin up front and a substantial malt backbone before giving way to a lingering citrus bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky with a bitterness that tickles the tongue throughout. This is another very good brew from the guys at Shorts, a well-balanced yet very hoppy IPA.

Thanks again to Jeff for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was one of my favorites back in Michigan, but recently tried a bottle again and was left much less impressed. Not sure if it was an old bottle or what. Pours a copper color with big fluffy white head. Aroma is a nearly pure pine and malt extract aroma, with some caramel mixed in. Flavor follows with a huge bitter up from (140 IBU after all), but fades into a malty sweetness on the way down that almost reminds me of malt extract (most recent bottle--not what I remember from before). Medium high carbonation with big slick resinous mouthfeel. One of my previous favorites, I'm now mixed on this and need to try it again. The rating is currently an average of these two experiences.

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Photo of illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle at March tasting in Santa Cruz. Pours dark gold with a lasting white head. Aroma is metallic, specifically ferrous, with some spicy piney hops. Astringent bitter taste, spicy herbal hops with a touch of mint, low on the citrus. Mild maltiness but the hops don't really shine much either. There's also a leathery tobacco-ish note. Doesn't come together quite right. May be a touch 'chronologically advanced.'

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Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.