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

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Reviews: 640
Hads: 1,810
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 224
Gots: 258 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 640 | Hads: 1,810
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. (386 characters)

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. (956 characters)

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. (707 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a light tawny color. This beer is the same color as honey. A fluff-laden head appears from the pour and it slowly recedes. The lacing stripes the glass as the beer is slowly imbibed. The beer is a bit murky with a mellow amount of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S-A healthy amount of citrus (namely grapefruit) hops dominate the scent. The aroma is not the most gripping, but it is quite pleasurable. A light malt background creeps behind the hop smell, and adds some depth to the nose.

T-The taste is superior to the fragrance in my opinion. This beer has a pretty significant kick to it. Genuine hop flavors envelope the palate quickly. The flavor is strong but not intense...But after a entire bottle of this, the bitterness starts to kick your ass. The more I sip from this beer the more I can detect the subtle maltiness. The beer displays some balance, but overall it the hops are stressed (my type of beer).

M-Medium bodied and the carbonation is apparent but not too bold. The mouthfeel has enough body to compliment its great flavor, but its light enough to allow you to have a few bottles of it.

O/D-This beer sneaks up on me. At first I questioned if this one had enough pop to keep me interested. But the more and more I sip from it, the more I like it. After collecting my thoughts, I have realized that I really liked this beer. It is hop foward and flavorful. It displays the hop spectrum well too. Its also deceivingly powerful. This beer tastes like it should be an 8% abv brew. Its a perfect 6-pack beer. You can drink a few of them but they'll scorch your tongue. And you'll enjoy every second of it. Also, I love the beer's label. (1,663 characters)

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 (690 characters)

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! (669 characters)

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?" (1,074 characters)

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. (298 characters)

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. (320 characters)

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. (1,061 characters)

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. (841 characters)

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. (779 characters)

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. (579 characters)

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. (580 characters)

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.' (423 characters)

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

12oz bottle, courtesy of an in-person trade at DLD (Thanks!), into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Bright, slightly hazy pale orange body with a finger of dense off-white head. Great retention and lacing. Nice-looking IPA.

S: Hugely piney, sprucy hop nose. Slight caramel sweetness alongside the profoundly bitter, resinous hop attack. Quite nice, and rather distinctive. I like it.

T: Pine, pine, and more pine. Some floral and grapefruit pith flavors also show up, as well as a touch of sticky malt, but pine never really relents. Gigantically bitter finish - a bit harsh, but enjoyable nevertheless.

M: Slick medium body, fairly light (but creamy) carbonation.

O: Solid IPA. I tend to prefer the fruitier, citrusier side of things, but it's fun to have one's taste buds blasted with pine now and then. Well done, Shorts.

Cheers! (828 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a six at WFM P Street NW, DC

a: served in a piraat chalice, the beer is a medium orange-amber in color, sporting a thin layer of carbonation and light ring

s: the nose melds big citrus and pine pulp hops, heavy grapefruit, lightly toasted biscuity malt, and a pleasant caramel malt aroma that provides a light-moderate sweet note, slight esters and just a touch of alcohol

m: carbonation light to moderate, smooth, body on the lower end of medium

t: a base of biscuity pale malts and a grainy caramel sweetness - not too much though, and balanced as the style goes, big citrus pith and pine hop flavors and a huge resinous bitterness that powers through the finish, rustic and a little unrefined, but in an intriguing way

o: a very aromatic and flavorful ipa that doesn't betray just how hugely hopped it is until that monster bitterness hits in the finish, dig the grainy character as well, plenty of malt to even things out, like (946 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hiker58 for picking this up for me while on business in Michigan. This is my first Short's brew. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Huma-Lupa-Licious pours out a bright, amber copper color that was quite hazy. A hard pour resulted in a little better than a finger of thin white head. Head faded rather quickly into a thin white layer of foam atop the beer. Some random, spotty lace was left on the glass after each sip.

Smell: Nose is loaded with hops. Floral and herbal hops. Tons of grapefruit and orange peel, and plenty of thick pine. Nice thick, slightly grainy malt to back up the hops. Fresh cut grass also comes to mind. Faint yeasty background and no noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Again, loaded with hops. More citrus, mostly grapefruit with some orange zest. Also a strong resiny pine flavor. Some almost balancing malt that definitely takes a back seat to the massive hop profile. Somewhat spicy and peppery. Finishes dry with a strong herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice, somewhat thick mouthfeel is quite pleasing, definitely coats the palate. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, ballsy IPA in my opinion. Great job Short's! (1,247 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

891st Review on BA
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12 oz.

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Thanks to Spdyfire83 for this.

App- A good hazy orange with some soft yellow floating downwards. On a 1/2 in head that was off white was there with only a small amount of cling.

Smell- Fairly balanced amount of malt and citrus. A little bitter on the nose with with some dampness behind it.

Taste- Wow. This is a small bottle but has some huge flavors with it. A lot of bitter behind this one and a bit dry on the flavor. Only a fraction of the citrus from the nose comes on the profile.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation that is a bit dry with a nice big bitter flavor.

Drink- This is not as bitter as some of the other American IPA's but still has a strong presence behind it. A nice beer but this profile is not for me. (809 characters)

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. (522 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a half finger head. Large bubbles become a fine lacing later on.

S: huge floral, citrus, pine, and bitter smell. Some sweet maltiness ensues.

T: the instant it hits my tongue I get malt, then it goes directly to bitterness, then citrus and pine, and finally it leaves a thin pale malt aftertaste with a hint of sweetness. Nope, it's not done. The bitterness and hops hang forever. Really lasting flavors.

M: initially carbonated, then smooths a bit with time in the mouth. Finishes crisp, but coats the tongue for a lasting tasteful finish.

O: excellent IPA. I'm an IPA person from Michigan, and I can't believe I never tried this before this year. Good thing I picked it up at Meijer's. (732 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to jbck109 for sending me this.

A: Pours a dark amber with about a finger width of oily tan head that quickly faded into a bubbly film and collar that left steaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells awesome! Huge notes of exotic fruits including mango, papaya and pineapple. Hints of juicy lemon and cantaloupe as well.
T: Follows the nose with the addition of some hints of caramel and toasted malt. Finish has an almost bubblegum-tangerine sweetness to it, kind of like Starbursts candy or sherbet. Aftertaste is citusy and bitter.
M: Very creamy carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Bitterness is ample but clean and pleasant.
D: Very good IPA. Super fruity and very bitter with a delicious aroma. One of the best I've had in a while. I would definitely seek this out if it were available locally. (868 characters)

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

Amber colored with a slight haze. One finger of head forms that settles to a thin cap. Large amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is a combination of caramel malt and citrus pith. Almost has a caramelized sugar base for the citrus hops to play off of. To me not the greatest combination but it does identify what you are going to taste.

The malt does not play a huge part in the flavor, just an underlying sweetness. Massive amounts of citrus pith and a little pine from the hops. Bitter without being palate destroying. Lingering citrus aftertaste.

Good base of a body. Enjoyable carbonation with a soft texture.

Cannot go wrong with fresh Huma-Lupa. The best of the Short's bottled beers. (703 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger+ of off white head. Amber/Orange color with a slight haze and a touch of visible carbonation.  A decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is a nice mix of fresh pine, fairly perfume like with a sense of toasted malt just below the assertive hop aroma.

Frankly a bit shocked this is only 7% abv. Drinks bigger and you can sense the alcohol. Resin/piney hop flavors dominate with an assertive bitterness to finish. The malt backbone makes its presence known but plays only a supporting role. The bitter aftertaste is quite aggresive.

A touch sticky, hangs in your mouth and a resin or oil like coating on your tongue.

Decent. The sense of the raised abv is a bit too much for my liking. (692 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for sending this want my way.

A: Pours lighter than I thought it would. A nice darker shade of yellow / lighter shade of orange. The head was nice and tall and a nice vibrant white color. Okay retention with lots of leggy lace all the way down the glass.

S: Release the hops! Pop the cap on this one and pure hop juice rushes from the bottle. Very grassy herbal hops mostly but there is a touch of citrus juice as well.

T: Taste is very floral with very strong fresh cut grass notes. Bitter grapefruit rind and some sweet caramel malt. The malt attempts to provide balance in this one, but it really has no chance against these hops. It really is a hop theme park in your mouth.

M: Actually drinks sort of light, zippy carbonation, with a real clinging bitterness.

D: Crazy good. It drinks fairly light, and the taste makes you take gulp after gulp. One I could drink six of no problem. One of the better beers I have had in awhile.

Short's has been hit or miss for me. They are always pushing the envelope which I love. This beer is a hit no doubt. Not just a hit, but a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth kind of hit.

This is goood! (1,184 characters)

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.