Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale AleShort's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by arizcards on 06-13-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
715
Ratings:
2,201
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
436
For Trade:
12
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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow with some haze
S: Pine, resin, grapefruit, orange peel, light caramel malt, pineapple, candied fruit
T: Medium bitter, grapefruit pith, pine, resin, bitter orange, very light tropical, sweet pineapple

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured into a white wine glass, pours a hazy dark copper with a white head that lasts a good length. Nice lacing and head but color is a bit to hazy and dark for my liking.

S- great nose! Pine, Citrus, grapefruit, orange, malt, lots of hops yum.

T- resinous, pine, earthy, grapefruit, bitter, and biscuit. not a rolling bitterness though, just kind of appears from nowhere at the end. Start is week middle is weak end is great.

M- medium body, nice carbonation,

O- this beer has a killer nose, one of the best but its color and flavor are a bit off for me, I would enjoy this fresh as opposed to part of their GABF temporary distribution in Denver. Good beer, but not world class by any means.

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Photo of Jennz906
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy, golden brown or a dirty orange/gold.
S- citrusy and maybe a slight caramel
T- Completely follows the aroma, has a bittersweet taste kinda fruity and a very strong aftertaste. Quite Lingering
M- Crisp, medium carbonation, easy downfall with strong after feel.
*My overall is defiantly a thumbs up! well suited for different occasion (for the people who enjoy higher IBU) -very good IPA.
overall a good beer, I definitely enjoyed it!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - I don't know if I can contain a whole theme park in my mouth... thanks to Roke87 for the cross-continent trade.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden orange colour, with one beefy finger of creamy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a decent forest profile of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitterly fragrant citrus and pine hops, and dry, dusty, cracker grain. The taste is bitter pine and citrus rind hops, and musty, crackery malt. Only a slight warming is perceptible, given the ABV. The carbonation is moderate, and sprightly, the body light, and surprisingly quite smooth. It finishes fairly clean, the bitter citrus/grass hops muscling out the weaker grain representation.

A good, hoppy IPA, with what I'm beginning to see as a Midwest hop profile trend (at least to samples shipped way out West) - less grapefruit, more grassy, herbal, but bitter all the same. Enjoyable, and very drinkable, obfuscated alcohol aside.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good IPA. On the lighter side, but heavy on the malt, you can tell this one is made with experienced and living hands. Nothing stands out to put it in the exceptional category, but very well done. A heartfelt thumbs up!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 02/23/2016 printed on the bottleneck. My first beer from Short's Brewing Company, excited to finally see these appearing in Illinois.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A rich golden orange body, aptly carbonated, with some nice light sediment floating in the glass. Two fingers of thick frothy soapy white head with good staying power, leaves good fluffy lacing on the glass. Looks very nice per the style.

S - An earthy, herbal, grassy nose. Subtle notes of skunk, pine, grass, and lemon zest. Not a terribly piney / resinous / hop forward aroma, especially for a moderately high abv IPA, but it smells good, fresh, and appealing.

T - Taste is a few notches up from the nose: piney, resinous, & bitter. Has some West Coast style IPA attributes to it, especially with the big bitterness. Juicy, piney, bitter, & resinous, with lots of hoppy goodness.

M - Feel is juicy, smooth, easy-drinking. Dry, piney, & resinous hops on the palate. Very big bitterness on this one, but very drinkable.

Overall, a nice introduction to Short's Brewing for me. I look forward to trying many more beers from this brewery.

Short's Brew Huma Lupa Licious -----4/5.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange, lots of bubbles and a two-finger head even with a slow pour
S: Fairly light with generic IPA hop/malt notes
T: Dry, dried malts, earth/green forward hops
M: Medium-bodied, dry
O: Not your typical citrus/pine IPA, more earthy & dry malts but still well-made & enjoyable

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours clear gold with an inch plus of fluffy white that settles to a thick coating of rocky froth. Ringed lacing with torn corners.

Mildly aromatic with traces of pine, grapefruit, and biscuity malt. Hints of tangerine and spruce resin follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Grapefruit pith, pine sap, and citrus oils start the palate. A solid, pressing bitterness steps forward along with a medium malt base and a bark-like earthiness.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, light malt, and bright, earthy grapefruit.

Definately dissapointed by the aromatics, but the palate steps it up nicely. Quaffable enough but lacking by todays high IPA standards.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a murky golden color with minimal head. The nose has a nice citrus aroma. It is not overwhelming. The taste is somewhat mellow on the hops at first, then the bite of the hops kicks in. Delicious, and I do enjoy the greater distribution of Shorts.

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Photo of OPokhna
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the first time me drinking the Huma Lupa Licious. I picked a bottle up at Sicilianos in Grand Rapids, Michigan while making my own 6-pack. I have always preferred an IPA over about just anything. Although this is not on my best IPA list of 10, it is in the vicinity of about the 15th one.

A - A solid golden-orange color that has a quick dissipating head
S - A light citrus smell
T - A light taste of malt and a very strong hop presence is felt right away. Not enough to overwhelm but enough to know that there, the bitterness is very noticeable. This beer has double of some of my favorite IPA's
M - My tongue starts to tingle at first and then the taste of citrus comes in. A strong aftertaste of grapefruit remains in my mouth.
O - A very good IPA that holds its own to people who prefer the higher IBU rating. Not in the near future but I do see myself getting more of this beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, Medium amber, with a blush pink glow about it. The head is white, and consists mostly of larger bubbles.

S: Nice American hop aroma. Grass and Pine aroma in there.

T: Grass and pine shine through in the taste. It smacks you with a pine slap right away, followed by a slight caramel sweetness. The finish is pure bitter hops. The bitterness in this just lasts and lasts.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is laking just a bit. There is definitely an oily quality to this that really helps the hops linger on.

D: A good hoppy beer for when you need a bitter kick. Not perfect, but a very hoppy brew to satisfy your hop craving.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light brown with a haze similar to "The Liberator" making it have a dirty look. Head is a 1/2 inch and lacing is good and sticky. Smells of bittering hops yet has a nice balance to it. Taste isn't as great as expected but looking at the IBU's I can understand the assault. Mouth feel is medium and it really coats the mouth.

Overall I like my IPA's more balanced and even though this was more drinkable than "The Liberator" it still fell short for me and was palate numbing bitter. Will not get again.

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Photo of Strix
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden, minimal head, some lacing.

Smells nice, lots of piney hops.

Pine and grapefruit heavy in the taste, supported by a malty base.

Mouthfeel somewhat resinous. Medium carbonation.

Strong pine bite on this one; nice and flavorful.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden honey color with a small white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: The scent is very refreshing, it has some nice citrus notes to it with floral hop undertones.

T: The taste upfront is an explosion of bitters, the hoppy bitters are present throughout and well after. However, the citrus and the malts aren't really present at all. The bitters overpower pretty much all of the flavors that should be present.

M: Light/medium bodied with average carbonation. Very bitter feel throughout, a bit of a resin feel also.

D: I like the hop explosion present in this beer, but to me, the flavor stops there. The scent is so good and I was expecting a lot more out of this, not just major bitters. It's a good beer, but not a must have.

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Photo of Stigs
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a very small amount of filmy white foam, some floating shorts mounds of bubbles form a ring around the glass. the beer is mostly clear, dirty gold in color.

S - assertive whiff of biscuity, lightly sweetened malts. peaking in slowly are some citrus and wet grassy hops.

T - hops strike first here, taking an earthy, grass form. bitterness slowly builds up at the back of the tongue, all the while being balanced underneath again by crisp, biscuity malts.

M - medium bodied with carbonation slightly on the light (yet good) side. very oily throughout each sip, cut into sharply and turning into a lingering grassy, dry and bitter aftertaste.

D - another "eh" beer from Shorts. balanced, though a bit one sided in the hop profile. drinkable though, and does a decent enough job of curing that nightly hop craving.

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Photo of dipso123
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle
L: hazy, nice fine head - if short lived, a bit of lacing but not much
S: surprisingly there is little aroma considering the amount of hops it must have taken to get to 140 IBUs
T: all grapefruit and not very complex - some pith, a lot of zest and no juice
F: finish is more harsh that I would prefer
O: Not bad but not worth making a trip for.

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Photo of gigaknight
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A bright copper body with licks of green at the edges bubbles energetically under a solid finger of clean white head. Good lacing and reasonable head retention stick around the rims of the glass.

S- Lots of herbal hop flower up front with some mild citric sweetness and a bit of earthiness followed by light alcoholic tones.

T- Soft citric sweetness greets the palate and segues into a refreshingly sharp bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit or lemon rind. Bold and just barely saccharinr, a strong and earthy bitterness hangs on the tongue for quite some time, a welcome quality from such a hop bomb.

M- Just enough carbonation to carry the flavors and support the lengthy aftertaste, and even a bit of good chewiness. Right on for the style.

O- A very full-flavored and full-bodied IPA from a brewery I had previously only associated with dessert beers. Definitely recommended for hop heads who don't like their IPAs strong and not too sweet.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Wow thats a strong punch of hops in the mouth. HELLO! Ok, so... pours very nice hazy golden with a nice off white head that settles to a skim on the surface of the beer thru out. Sticky lacing also very nice. Smells of strong Hops and a Citrus/pine combination. Taste is defintly a bit heavy for me, bitter. Yet still I keep drinking, getn into IPAs little by little. But this ones a strong sucker WoW. If u like strong hops and tasty beer, go get you one of these bad boys!
CHEERS!

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Photo of mrmanning
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Milos, thanks buddy! Pours a hazy shade of peach, with a thin ring of white foam. The aroma here is all hops. The dry hopping has done wonders here. Lots of pine and spruce, like being in a boreal forest, some biscuit, quite floral, loads of spice too. Flavour is one dimensional and I love it. Hops, hops, hops. Pine and grapefruit, peppery floral flavours too. A bit of tropical fruit sweetness towards the end. Dry and hoppy finish. Excellent stuff. Thanks Milos!

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a semi hazy brownish gold color with a half inch of head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is floral with crackery malts and pine. A bit earthy. The taste is floral and herbal hops. Bitter pine towards the middle with bready, toasted malts and more pine bitterness at the finish. Floral aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel with some mild alcohol burn. Overall, a bitter IPA I'd have again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 6/13/12

Many thanks to beesy for sharing this and several beers he acquired from Michigan.

This is a cloudy beer, which casts a deep appearance through the golden orange colored beer. An aggressive pour resulted in but a finger's worth of foam. Patchy, soapy retention and lace.

Ripe notes of lemon and orange peel take hold of the aroma, backed by piney hops and oily notions. A faint herbal presence seems a bit at odds with the lemon. Tangerine juiciness as the beer opens up. Clean cracker and a hint of sugar cookie make up the malt side of things.

The flavor is titled toward piney hop crackle, at least up front. Some zesty citric tidings are in there, too. The middle finds modest sweet biscuit and a hint of dusty yeast way in the back. The finish turns very dry and bitter; it's like grapefruit bitterness, without grapefruit flavor.

The feel is in medium territory with ample, pointed carbonation that accents the snappiness of the hops. There is a resinous feel, too. Lingering residuals are fairly brief.

Overall impression: Aside from whatever that herbal twinge is, I rather like this one. I picked up a six pack several years ago, but I don't remember much about it. I'm happy to have a chance to give it a proper shake.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/7 and just distrubuted to Ohio this week.

Fantastic looking beer. A clear, orange tinted gold. Huge Dawn dish soap head hangs on forever, and clings to the glass everywhere.

Aroma is nothing to write home about. Some pungent, spicey citrus hops, and a stale biscuity malt base.

The taste is much more impressive. Seemingly different levels of malt grains from biscuit/bready through pale, and caramel. Very distinct flavors an very needed because the hops are super assertive. Grapefruit, a bit of orange rind, but much more in the way of green pine. Very, very bitter, but sharp/clean then gone for the most part. I would guess this to be in the 100 IBU range.

Body flirts with the imperial category. Not real drying for what I would have guessed based on flavor.

An interesting and fairly unique balance of flavors. This beer is kind of Jeckyl and Hyde for me. Although it is nicely balanced, it seems to be all over the place. So are my scores. Not a typical American IPA, but a very good one.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

891st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

12 oz.

Couldnt find bottle date

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.

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Photo of trbergman
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Golden orange with one finger of rocky beige head.

S - Caramel, toffee, and lots of resinous pine hop aroma. Candied orange peel in the background.

T - Faint malt flavor with an assault of piney and pithy hop flavor and aggressive bitterness. Totally out of balance, but compelling all the same. Finishes very dry.

M - Feels very light in the mouth; gets to be a bit abrasive.

D - Very harsh hops make this a one-and-done deal. Would drink again on another occasion, though.

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Photo of EROlsizzle
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid-range color for an IPA, and a decent head. The aroma is very much a forest, with a ton of grass and pine. The taste is very similar, as the grass really takes over and the carbonation gives it a very refreshing mouthfeel. This is a great IPA, and is very drinkable and flavorful. As it warmed, it began to show more fruit as well.

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,201 ratings.
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