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:
IPA - American
Ranked #415
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,526
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
758
Ratings:
2,340
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Short's Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Year-round
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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: 758 | Ratings: 2,340 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by nickadams2:
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nickadams2 from New York

4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_ Pale golden color with a small sticky bone white head that quickly dissipates leaving a small ring. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Bitter,earthy hops,citrus,pale malt.

T_Bitter hops upfront rounded out by bisquity malt. Nice sharp flavor with hints of citrus and pine.

M_Full bodied feel that sticks to your lips.

D_Very.

May 23, 2010
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Gold amber, moderate frothy head, with lacing like an ancient castle's worth of cobwebs.

Smells like raw broccoli, body odor, and pine. As it warms, it even starts to smell like cooked peas with salt and pepper.

Tastes like asparagus covered in resin.

This sucker is very bitter. I can see this satisfying an elite few who have survived many generations of consuming poisonous plants. I, however, find this to be a very disturbingly off-putting beer.

Apr 14, 2016
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" is printed on the label, so we come at this beer guessing that we are in store for a flavorful beer. The 76 IBUs can tell part of that story.

Fast foaming action with three fingers of rocky head, no problem with retention either as the carbonation is a bit lively and keeps the lace sticking after each sip. Slight haze on this orangey amber-colored brew, but a bit of haze is to be expected. Big pungent hop aroma of citric rind (which leans towards grapefruit), pine and evergreen and tobacco. All the way in the back is a layer of maltiness in the nose. Upfront crispness takes control of the palate as the onslaught of hoppiness begins. Bitterness is up there, no fooling around with those 76 IBUs. Sharpness to start then more of pungent citric rind and then herbal. Maltiness never really punches through hard but there are layers within that bring forth a toasted biscuit flavor. A tad dry with a long hop finish, perhaps a bit salty.

Hop damn it! This is a no holds barred American IPA. Without a doubt we did get our fix of hops. Forget the East Coast / West Coast hop battles, you better recognize the hoppiness in the Great Lakes region.

Jul 07, 2010
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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.44/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Honey golden, 2 fingers.

Lots of tropical hop, albeit maybe a bit spoilt. Some odd sweetness, and cracker, banana.

Quite a bit of herb and spoIiled tropical hop. Tough biscuit and cracker malts. Hard to finish.

A bit thin on the feel. Mild carbonation.

Not a good ipa. Yick.

Jan 05, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

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.

Jan 25, 2018
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aforbes10 from Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to kkulacki for this bottle. He's always good for some Michigan beer love. Pours a cloudy brown/orange with a half inch egg-white head and clumpy lacing. Smells of clementines, hint of lemon, alcohol and sweet malt. Bitterness is the name of the game here at first...dry and intense. After my palate copes with it i get more of a flowery, jasmine-like flavor with some citric acid. Sweet pale malt base comes through later but doesn't quite support the hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Just too bitter, almost one-dimensionally so. I can appreciate the flavor underneath being good, but the bitterness kills it for me.

Apr 19, 2009
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homebrew311 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dbc5 for sending me this one.

A: pours a slightly hazy gold, bright white dense head, some lacing

S: nose starts with big time pine/resinous character, loads of bittering hops followed by grapefruit and mango, a little bit of orange on the finish

T: the taste starts of with a touch of caramel malt and is followed by in your face bitterness, the bitterness is strong and last through the finish, finish is a bit dry

MF: high carbonation, smooth body

O: my last few experiences with Short's have been a little rocky, but this one is quite nice. Huge assertive hop profile.

Oct 26, 2011
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dougofthefuture from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of four 12 oz Short's bottles I found in Chicago recently while in town. I was very lucky.

A - Pours a cloudy, glow-in-the-dark orange with a one finger head.

S - Bright, fresh, piney hops - very little malt presence.

T&M - This is the most impressive of the Short's lineup that I've had so far. Very nice blast of fresh, dry hop flavor on top of a light body. Carbonation fits well, and there is a lot more taste than I would expect from a normal IPA. Borders on unbalanced, but a hop-lover will enjoy the showcase.

D - Often as intensity of flavor increases, drinkability suffers. Not the case here. I am enjoying this one and wishing I had another.

Apr 27, 2010
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Giggy from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BAM!

If you are a hop lover, this beer has to be on the top of your list.

A: Clear copper beer with an off-white head

S: Fresh evergreens and grapefruits

T: Sweet caramel and yeasty breads, bitter hops, and dry malts

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, zing on the tastebuds

D: Flavor wants you to drink more but they are filling

Feb 18, 2011
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blazinworm from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Mar 14, 2014
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SWChi from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Nov 17, 2014
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TrojanRB from California

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 19, 2015
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Calie from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

Sep 07, 2014
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Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 10, 2016
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drh88 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 20, 2017
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jwinship83 from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle picked up during a weekend trip through michigan. drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass

A- this one pours out a darkish hazy golden colored body with a small layer of bright white head on it. the head lasts for a long time and leaves rings of lacing behind.

S- faint caramel and toffee malts and a huge rush of hops. very piny and citrusy.

T- the taste is equally as unbalanced as the smell. a little bit of sweet caramel and toffee malts upfront, and then a barrage of hops. lots of citrus and pine resin. grapefruit. some earthy notes as well.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. very bitter and leaves the mouth feeling dry. no complaints here.

D- a great IPA and something id love to have on my local shelves. more please, this one is great

Aug 10, 2009
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ChrisPro from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #3.

Blind Beer #8 of 12 thanks to mtunnell.

12 oz bottle poured into my unlabeled tulip.

Beautiful translucent dark golden yellow with a mountain of eggshell frothy head. As it recedes, craters become abundant, though it takes minutes.

The first thing on the nose was pine and lemon. But those aromatics quickly yield to some more subtle lemon notes, and a hint of funk. Part of me wants to say saison, but it's lacking some of the yeast notes I'd expect. There is a tiny bit of spice in there along the lines of coriander or a dash of nutmeg. This doesn't seem added, but rather a yeast byproduct. The nose is making me think some type of IPA, or maybe a belgo-IPA. As it warms, I get a bit more pine, garlic and onion. Definitely some crazy hop action going on here.

Time to dive in...Very little up front. Maybe some light funkiness, but there is virtually no sweetness in this beer. As it lingers on the tongue, i start to pick up a little lemon before swallowing. Then, oh, man, does that bitterness hit! This is in no way a balanced beer! That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the IBUs are way high for this residual sweetness. I have to dive in for more to see if I pick up anything besides bitter...There is definitely some phenolic notes lingering after the finish. I can't stop trying to get it off my tongue. Man this beer is dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharp carbonation hitting the sides of the tongue like it's being squeezed by a vice with spikes. Wow...No oiliness. Just plain dry finish.

Overall, this is a very complex beer. Very clean and somewhat one dimensional. It's not in balance, yet I can't seem to help diving in for more just seconds later. Though my tongue is going to need days to recuperate, it's still strangely drinkable.

I still think this is some sort of big double IPA now, however, there's some sort of twist that I can't figure out. Maybe it's a 100 IBU saison or something. The color is too pale for most IIPAs I've had so I'm at a loss here. I'd still say something along the lines of a devil dancer or the like (but not due to bottle shape). I'm positive i've never had this beer before, though.

Time for the reveal: Short's Huma Lupa Licious!

Sweet! Never thought I'd get to try this bad boy. Tastes super fresh! Thanks, Matt.

Anyway, time for the rating (as a single IPA!): 5.0/4.0/3.5/3.5/4.0

Dec 22, 2010
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pmarlowe from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20%

Jan 08, 2014
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. Thanks to makdeco for picking this one up for me.

A- Pours a nice hazy orange golden brown with a very thin layer of white bubbly head that quickly recedes to leave almost no head. Slightly below average carbonation.

S- Not as hoppy as some IPAs but still a decent amount. Pleasant tropical fruity aromas of oranges, grapefruit, mangoes, lemons, pine, and some light caramel malts in the background. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Bitter hops, oranges, mangoes, pineapple, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits. Finishes with a lightly bitter, lightly spiced, citrusy juice flavor. Decently well balanced.

M- Nice carbonation, juicy, easy to drink.

O- This beer was a nice IPA that was easy to drink. Had nice mixed tropical fruits in the aroma and taste. I thought there was a tiny bit of a plasticy artificial quality to it, which is why I couldn't rate it higher. It wasn't anything that made the taste that bad. Overall this is my first beer from Short's and I'm impressed. I look forward to drinking this again and trying some of their other beers.

Aug 16, 2012
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richj1970 from Alabama

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft in Detroit airport.

A: Golden honey yellow with two finger white head and average lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of honey.

T: Bitter hops mixed with some citrus and malt sweetness.

M: Medium body leaving some oily hop resin. Crisp dry finish.

O: Very good IPA, very much hop forward. I'm not sure this was the freshest keg, and would like to find a good fresh bottle.

Jun 13, 2014
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Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Oct 24, 2014
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Andrew182 from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +17%

Aug 08, 2014
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THoffner from Illinois

1.72/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Apr 13, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Short's winner! This lovely AIPA does it all.

It's a thick yellow with a fine but pronounced head. The aroma is a thick hops and malt smell. Any thick would be stanky.

The taste is a bitter malt flavor. Big on both hops and malts, this is a lot of flavor for the price!

Shorts has shown me that they are a quality brewer.

Apr 03, 2016
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Haybeerman from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange color; light, even haze. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention to a half finger. Decanted lazily. Laced the glass in thin rings top to bottom.

S: Variety of hop aromas; grapefruit, pine, earth and lemon rind. Biscuity and bready malt; more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Hop forward taste consistent with the nose. Resiny but not sticky in the middle. Finish is sharply bitter that evens-out in a delicate balance (not to say its balanced as its still very hop-forward).

M: Medium-to-full body. Moderate carbonation. Lightly resinous and dry.

O: Cornucopia of hop character, but some malt character peeks through.

Sep 28, 2011
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