Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale
Short's Brewing Company

Huma Lupa Licious India Pale AleHuma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #384
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,297
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,334
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Short's Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
Huma Lupa Licious India Pale AleHuma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale
Notes: 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.

70 IBU
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3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz pull-tab can nabbed at a beer store in Northeastern Colorado as part of a sixer. Blue label with green label art and lime green text.

7.7% ABV. "India Pale Ale." 70 IBU.

APPEARANCE: Orange-caramel body colour. ~1-2cm off-white head.

AROMA: Pine, 2-row, orange peel, fruit rind/rindy bitterness, orange marmalade, some bready yeast.

TASTE: Matches the aroma. I don't love the hop profile and it's a bit imbalanced (too sweet up front and too bitter on the back end) but it's enjoyable for what it is despite its flaws.

TEXTURE: Dry on the finish. Unrefreshing as a result. Coarse throughout. Well-carbonated. Medium-bodied.

OVERALL: I'd like to try this fresh on-draught. I don't love its orange marmalade sweetness coupled with its restrained pine, but I bet it's much better fresh given the beer's high reputation. Definitely one I'll try again, but my impression from this can isn't strong.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

From a 12 oz can. Very underwhelming for me, I had been wanting to try this for a couple years. Maybe I got a bad batch of cans. The taste just did not do it for me. Nothing screamed flavorful ipa to me. Very malty and very bready and the bitterness just seemed to show up in the wrong way. Other than that, the look was dark amber throughout with about an inch and a half of head (head retention seemed to last forever). The mouth feel had that great medium body ipa feel, lovely. I just feel some things were off with the taste!

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SAUbrewcrew from Michigan, Apr 19, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle courtesy of Whyteboar. My 1st from Short's, a brewery I've long wanted to try beers from. Bottled on December 17, 2019 per the stamp on the neck, which was visible only once the bottle was empty. Come on, guys, put it on the label where we can see it and potentially avoid it if it's too old to give your brewery credit! This is why I hesitate to send Breakside IPAs to people despite them being great when fresh.//End rant.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a fairly hazy, dark shade of amber, with a decent sized beige head. Decent lace.

Not a particularly dominant nose, but that may be due to age, plus the fact that it's almost certainly going to be a more Midwest approach to the style, which tends to be maltier, mellower and more sessionable in my experience than the West Coast hop bombs I often ingest. Mildly citrusy and piney, with a little bit of herbal bitterness and some bready malt notes.

More assertive in the taste than in the smell, but it's not a flavor bomb. Again, this could be in part due to age. Seems like it could be a good sessioner, if not for the 7.7% abv. I'd almost classify it at a DIPA for that reason alone. There's no trace of that rather high abv in the taste, which, like the nose, emphasises mildly citrusy notes, along with a grassy herbal hop note about midway through. Fairly large malt backbone to this, as I expected, when compared to a west coast IPA that dates back as far as this one does.

Medium bodied, with an oily, resiny mouthfeel.

A bit past it's prime, but not debilitatingly so. I wouldn't call it spectacular, but it's a nice Midwest IPA that I'd happily drink several of in a bar in northern Michigan that I could walk from rather than drive. Thanks, Craig!

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woemad from Washington, Mar 30, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rating from notes. Consumed February 2014. "A bad ass, tasty hop bomb that's just a pleasure to drink. Definitely one of the best IPAs from the Midwest. More please."

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cratez from Ontario (Canada), Jan 26, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single picked up at Trader Joe’s in Kalamazoo, MI.
Pours a clear deep golden pushing to copper colour with 2 fingers creamy off white head with nice lacing.
Aroma initially piney hoppy on the head but then a straight up mango bomb of sweetness, orange notes.
Tastes of caramel malt, citrus, mango, grapefruit pith and building piney bitterness.
Full bodied beer with a sticky bitter sweetness and lingering bitter pine that sits on the palate long past any liquid in the glass.
Great classic west coast IPA.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Nov 20, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can.
Canned 09/21/2019.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a bright golden-copper body with sticky lacing. Nose of pine and citrus. Taste mirrors nose with the pine taking over right through the finish of pine bitterness. Nice feel and overall, a definite taste bud scraper and would have another. Cheers to this Michigan brewery on a solid IPA and my first ever offering from them!

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bobv from Vermont, Nov 10, 2019
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2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber colour with one finger of head. Smell is primarily hoppy, with a little bit of citrus. Taste is mostly the same, with the hop burst coming more to the forefront. Gets easier to drink with each sip, but there aren't really any new flavours coming through even after giving it time to warm up. Maybe a touch of spicy. This beer feels like only a portion of what it could be, i might just not be jiving with this particular take on an IPA.

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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The sum is greater than the parts. A 12oz. can W/O date, drink ASAP, I guess.
Pours a honey hued amber, nice head w/ good lacing. Aroma, citrusy, faint honey.
Taste is hopalicious, bitterness causes my tongue to dance, I think that my tastebuds were laughing. Mouthfeel, smooth at first, then the hops kick in, very sneaky. Aftertaste is one of a good memory of a beer I just tasted moments ago. Liked it.

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MackT from Florida, Oct 20, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There is no date on the can. The pour is similar to the look of clover honey in a shaker pint glass. It's not an aggressive IPA, it reminds me more of an east coast style rather than a danky west coast style. The malts are undoubtedly present here & a little bit of pine as well. This is quite a tasty IPA it almost has an iced tea type of vibe going on & there is a small amount of bitterness left on the palate. Cheers! A-

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Nass from Florida, Sep 08, 2019
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3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pulls a mostly clear dull amber with two fingers of sudsy offwhite foam, lace yes. Smell: caramel, dessert bread, whiff of cooked stone fruit, herbal and mildly dank hopping, dried grass. Taste: clean bitterness, grassy/herbal mainly with dried orange citrus, bready, honey. Medium bodied, creamy feel, a bit sugary and booze-adjacent finish. Kind of muddled, tastes beat up even though it's from a 5 week old can.

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babaracas from Florida, Sep 05, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Someone gave me a tip when I performed some work at her home, and it was accompanied by the instruction to buy some beer from this brewery. (It was practically in her backyard.) I dutifully did, and having previous had a bit of a fling with very hoppy beers, I thought I would give this a try.

The packaging artwork is 90% hops. The smell is 90% hops. The taste is 90% hops. The first sip of this (after nothing but cheap stuff for months) was VERY overwhelming.....but not in a bad way. I do like hops, and this delivers them in a huge way. I had previously underestimated the amount of hops that it was physically possible to cram into one bottle! On a whim, I poured a 12oz bottle of this in a quart mason jar with most of a 24oz Steel Reserve, just to see what the end result would be. The end result was still very hoppy, and also still very tasty. I probably could have put 2 or 3 Steels in with it before the cheapness of the Steel would have started to impinge on the perceptual quality of this beer.

My scores reflect the fact that in spite of being a little overwhelming at first in the enormity of its hoppiness, this is a truly fine beer. If you like extremely hoppy beer, you will like this. It has a pleasant body, a nice grain profile, and everything about it says quality and attention to detail. This is probably not where you should go if you're curious about hoppy beer and want to try it, but if you already love hoppy beer and want something amazing, get this!

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SilverSolver from Michigan, Aug 24, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat cloudy, pleasant amber color, notable spicy hop aroma; substantive, medium mouthfeel. Malt appropriately overpowered by hop bitterness (in a good way!), true to the APA style. VERY tasty!

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Photo of argock
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 4-16-19, served in a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Light hazy amber with healthy 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is of lemon bread with some lemon zest and medium caramel thrown in there.

Flavor is too caramel malt heavy for today’s style of more drinkable IPAs. The caramel bites carry through from beginning to end but do yield some pineapple and grapefruit character. Still, caramel is far too prominent for today’s IPAs.

Medium body with low carbonation but surprisingly dry finish.

Not bad but seems behind the times with today’s WCIPAs and NEIPAs due to hefty malt character.

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argock from Virginia, Jul 07, 2019
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3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Murky golden hue.

Frothy white head; strong lace.

Grass & orange nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Odd peanut & bitterness mix.

Old perhaps? Unique but not great.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Apr 09, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, no apparent freshness date. Thanks to my friend, Derek, for giving me a can to try - I think it's been about 8 years since I had this one last! Huge rocky ivory colored head slowly fades atop a slightly hazed copper colored ale. Pine and citrus nose with plenty of bready caramel malt. Pungent and dank citric and piney hops punish the palate with intense bitterness; heavy caramel malt backbone adds some sweetness; grapefruit, orange, and bread crust round out the bold flavors. Sticky & resinous medium body sticks to the palate creating bitterness that builds with each sip; semi-dry finish with pine and grapefruit zest lingering. Good just as I remember. If you like a bitter old school IPA with a hefty malt presence, this is worth a try.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Oct 31, 2018
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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden colored appearance with slight haze and a fluffy white head. Aroma of zesty hops, citrus fruit and lightly toasted malt. Similar flavor, adding moderate hop bitterness and a mild malty sweetness. Medium body with a pleasant feel and a lingering finish.

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JimboBrews54 from Michigan, Oct 25, 2018
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Copper, apple juice color with a bright, white head. Slightly hazy, clouded appearance. Smell is primarily dank, with melon and fruit underlying. Taste is intensely dank/pine with strong notes of mature, or overripe citrus fruit, like white peach. It's almost cloying or too sweet and not bitter at all. The finish is likewise sweet and has hints of honey. Body is medium to light with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) Very middle of the road. Not bad but not great. Just kind of meh. Very dank and piney is probably the most memorable feature of this beer.

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4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from undated 12 oz. bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a hazy, golden-orange color with a half finger of foamy, bright-white head and lots of soapy lacing. Its smell is mostly sweet malt, caramel, pine needles, and fragrant hops. There is only a faint whiff of citrus. This IPA is one the sweet side with an opening of caramel malt followed by a strong dose of bitter, biting, Centennial, Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, and Palisade hops that leave a strongly bitter after taste. There's not a lot of thrills; just the malt and hops with notes of pine needles and just a hint of citrus rind. The flavors work well together. This ale has a medium body with a pleasant level of carbonation, and the 7.7% ABV gives it a nice pop. Overall, for Short's "flagship" IPA, Huma Lupa Licious is well-crafted and works at all levels. If you enjoy an IPA that lets the malt and hops battle it out for supremacy without trendy adjuncts, then you'll enjoy this!

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Aug 02, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Delicious IPA from a great local brewery, enjoyed on tap. Nice golden color with some fluffy white head that slowly dissipated, and some great lingering lacing. Smells of citrus hops and a little floral hops. Tastes of great citrus rind hops, less potent herbal and floral hops, and then some grain, biscuit and a great malt backbone. Very nice and smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel, great carbonation. Just a trace of bitterness on the aftertaste, very pleasant feel. Outstanding beer from a solid brewery.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Jul 19, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lightly hazed amber with a two finger creamy white head. The head leaves tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit rind and caramel malts.

T - The taste is orange peel, grapefruit, caramel malts and stong piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice soft finish.

O - A very solid west coat inspired ipa. Short's flagship beer for a reason. Very nice.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, May 15, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange gold color with a 2 finger dense bone-white head

The aroma is a pleasant blend of biscuit malt, caramel and citrus.

The taste is a strong yet balanced blend of caramel malt and citrus hops up front. Midway through it turns peppery as the moderately strong bitterness kicks in. It finishes with a smooth sweet malt flavor and a lingering bitterness.

The feel is very soft and smooth - like silk really - from the lupulin powder. It makes a big impact on the beer and I think augments well the flavor profile.

I have to admit that I am not a huge west coast IPA guy but this is a superbly well crafted beer and absolutely worth a try.

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digboy from New Hampshire, Jan 25, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/13/17

Amber color, clear, with a huge, sticky, foamy head and tons of lacing.

Pine and lemon hops for miles on the nose.

An enormous amount of bitter, hoppy pine with a small, sweet malt presence.

Medium mouthfeel and slightly high carbonation.

Overall a bit too much pine resin flavor for me but decent beer.

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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas, Nov 07, 2017
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3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled date of 07/03/17

Appearance - Pours slightly hazed and burnt golden in color with a rocky, off-white, near two-finger width head. great retention, resulting in a thin, consistent layer of suds on the surface and building to a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Citrus and floral hops with a big caramel malt undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange and floral hop flavor upfront and throughout. Caramel malt belly gives it a bit of a candied citrus taste. Backend gets bitter with a big pithy bite and some earthy wood character that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with slightly tingly carbonation. Kind of a bland texture with a dry finish.

Overall - Solid IPA but nothing particularly noteworthy. Certainly worth an occasional buy, especially if variety is limited at your place of purchase.

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TheSixthRing from California, Oct 07, 2017
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2.18/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Yuck. A very nasty, unpleasant beer that in no way is like any IPA you have ever experienced - which, as you may have deduced, is not a good thing in this case. Huma-whatever is an IPA that should never have been brought to market.

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Isoruku from Illinois, Aug 07, 2017
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3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color, quickly dissipating head on this beer. Smell isn't very pungent, like a lager with slight hop smell. The flavor is much more hoppy than the scent. Very crisp and butter, just lightly dank. Not much fruit, mostly pine flavor. I don't mind this beer, but I won't go out of my way for it. A nice lady at a store bought it for me after we talked about beer, so I'll cherish every drop. Overall, I just don't think I like shorts beer that much. I'm always open to have my mind changed though.

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Lahey from Michigan, Jul 29, 2017
Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 2334 ratings