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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IPA - American
Ranked #435
Ranked #5,118
4.06 | pDev: 11.08%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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
Reviews: 763 | Ratings: 2,348 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Peach63 from New York

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a 1 1/2 inch white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma is pine, citrus, floral.

Taste is pine citrus, earthy, resinous.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

A nice hoppy IPA.

Jun 16, 2021
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first from Shorts.
a) Lovely lacing and lasting head over my favorite copper colored, mildly hazed body.
s) Big malt bill with pine and fruit notes.
t) Follows smell, with the sweet and sharp see-saw I love in APA and IPA.
f) Great creamy, bittering quaff, low carb.
o) Original and laid back IPA almost in APA.

Jun 01, 2021
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Huma Lupa Licious, my first beer from Short's, poured from 12-oz. can, bottom stamped (apparently) canned on "12/15/2020," into nonic pint.

Pours amber-gold with clarity and 2 fingers of creamy off-white head, with excellent retention, leaving nice, thick lace down the glass. Some grassy hops to start, but primarily big and lasting aromas of sweet stone and tropical fruits, which overwhelm the caramel malt aromas that must be there. Begins crisp, setting up sweet stone and tropical fruits, and then big caramel malt, before a dry, bitter, and even noticeably alcoholic finish.

The old-fashioned midwestern IPA upgraded with modern fruity hop aromas and flavors.

May 03, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-clear deep amber can pour with a 2 cm cap of sticky foam.
The aroma is earthy-woody.
The flavor includes bready malt, orange marmalade, and grapefruit zest. The hop bitterness is moderate.
There is a lot of flavor. Earthy hop aspects persist in the finish.

Apr 11, 2021
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Taybeh from Minnesota

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

From a 12 oz bottle (2nd of a sixer picked up while skiing in the UP, bottled 6 weeks ago) into a La Fin du Monde tulip, looks great, moderately filtered amber with a nice 2 finger head that reduces to 1/2 finger with fantastic retention and lacing. Very nice almost aggressive hoppiness, but not overdone: grapefruit, fresh pine, maybe a little spice and grassy/mintiness is hanging out in there, too...the malts are substantial and may actually be as interesting as the hops - lots of fresh bread and biscuit (kind of reminiscent of an English ipa), faint juicy caramel,and something more...maybe its the yeast? Lively and solid bitterness, solid body but not too heavy, a little dry at the end, even though my tongue is coated with hoppy oiliness.

Idk. I’ve now had two ipas from Shorts in the past two months, and I’ve enjoyed them both quite a bit, even though they’re a little bit all over the place. Somehow, they work for me and kind of hit a sweet spot. Though in its details it is quite different, it kind of reminds me of Surly’s Furious, which I also love...a bit of an oddball that doesn’t fit into the WC/NE/EC divides...just kind of its own thing that is well balanced and still big and bold in very satisfying ways. Glad I’ve got four more in the fridge.

Feb 06, 2021
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this...

Right out of the can i was immediately impressed - dark orange to light gradient coloration, all of it topped off with a very creamy looking head that had good lacing down the glass. The smell was a nice balance of citrus intermingled with hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel was well carbonated, though astringent to my tongue, and the taste didn't separate itself from other IPAs. Mind you, it's good, just not special. Overall, I still highly rated it and I'm sure there are many on here that find this their go-to IPA.

Oct 17, 2020
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scream from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time on this one and while certainly decent it does not leave me with anything that I can say is great about it. Probably could use some more zing from the hops. Not bad, not special to me

Aug 25, 2020
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Fenris123 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review is for a 1/6 barrel keg I got from shorts. 100% Co2 @ 9 psi. Was tapped for 2 days. Keg temperature was 34F. Coupler, beerline and faucet were cleaned and sterilized. Filled 4 growlers for a weekend trip. Beer tasted wonderful 2 days after fill of growlers.

Jul 19, 2020
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KevinHill from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can pour into 16oz bar tumbler. Plenty of white froth, even lacing. Nice malty backbone. Strong hop bite on palate. Well balanced. Slight citra finish. No wimpy brew here. I'm big fan of bold, hoppy IPA'S. like Hopslam, Waldo's, and Dogfish. Nice!

Jul 14, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

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.


May 31, 2020
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SAUbrewcrew from Michigan

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!

Apr 19, 2020
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woemad from Washington

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!

Mar 30, 2020
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cratez from Canada (ON)

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."

Jan 26, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

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.

Nov 20, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

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!

Nov 10, 2019
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ScottishStoutMan from Indiana

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.

Oct 21, 2019
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MackT from Florida

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.

Oct 20, 2019
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Nass from Florida

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-

Sep 08, 2019
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babaracas from Florida

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.

Sep 05, 2019
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SilverSolver from Michigan

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!

Aug 24, 2019
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Hudsonvalleyman from New York

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!

Jul 11, 2019
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argock from Virginia

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.

Jul 07, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Apr 09, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

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.

Oct 31, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

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.

Oct 25, 2018
Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 2348 ratings