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
Ratings:
2,225
Reviews:
724
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
445
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 2,225 |  Reviews: 724
Photo of hardysf
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ckeegan04
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyson for the chance to finally sample some Short's beer.

A - Clear dark orange in color with a two finger foamy off-white head. Head quickly fades and leaves a thin cap on the beer.

S - Tropical hop aroma dominates the nose. Lots of pineapple and maybe even a little papaya. Candied fruit sweetness strengthens in the nose as the beer warms.

T - Pure hops straight off the bat. Lots of tropical tastes mixed in with a hint of citrus fruits. Pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Just a hint of biscuity malt sweetness. I was expecting a little more malty sweetness due to the darker color, but this is all hops. Tasteful bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied with great drinkability. Carbonation is on the lower side. Alcohol is well masked and bitterness is present but not mouth wreking.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasty average ipa. Nothing special or different. Very refreshing, something you can drink more than just a few if you want too.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of Tbone2131
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Nice cloudy copper colored brew, with a thick off white head. The head retention is great. Near the end of the beer, there were some great sheets of lace covering the sides of the glass.

Bold citrus and pine hop aroma. A bit of caramel malt in the background, but make no mistake, this is one-sided.

Nice toasty, caramel malt flavor, followed by citrusy and piney flavors. Solid amount of bitterness, without being harsh. Lingering orange and peach flavor.

Good body. Very drinkable. Very solid.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had more than a few of pints at the brewpub and decided to bring a growler home for one obvious reason....its delicious!

Has a beautiful foamy head, lots of lacing and very good retention. A hazy yellowish orange color.

Smells of grapefruit, pine and a biscuity maltiness.

Tastes great, loads of hop bitterness, grapefruit, pine and some malt to back things up. I really did enjoy this IPA, very drinkable.

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, slight sweet malt, Euro malt, slight piney hops, alcohol, and citrus (grapefruit). Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a dryness and the bitterness level is rather high. Tastes of strong floral hops, slight piney hops, hint of citrus hops, alcohol, hint of yeast, slight sweet malt, and hint of earthy malt. Overall, a good appearance and aroma, the dryness hurts the feel, and good body.

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Photo of Reggie1014
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is a cloudy light brown golden color. Small amount of lacing left behind a thin head. Strong tiny carbonated bubbles continually rising. Smell is as it's named, very strong flower aroma. There is a slight skunky smell that I find very pleasing. Taste just as you would expect. Very floral feel with mild malt kick. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very easy to enjoy this beer if you are in the mood for a light crisp pale ale.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to newtonty to sharing this beer with me. 12 ounce brown bottle with a freshness chart, but not stamped correctly.

Pours a slightly cloudy, orangey to dark brass with a light tan, creamy ¾ inch head. Lacing is great, leaving thick webbing around the edges of my imperial pint. The remaining head settles to a 1/16 inch fizz on top.

Smells of pineapple, grapefruit and citrus hops. Light, caramel hops are in the nose, as well.

Medium to thick bodied and waxy on the tongue. Hops are scathing and assaulting on the tongue for the first few seconds - nice... After the rush of spicy, poignant hops, it mellows with a nice wave of semi-sweet malts.

Very drinkable, try this one!

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA here--pours a very pretty spun copper color with thick white head that laces nicely. Smell is largely citrus hops, but also some pine notes and caramel malt sneaks in there too. Taste has a strong kick of hop bitterness, with some big pine notes. Floral and citrus notes play a bit of a supporting role to the hop bill here. Nice pale and caramel malt too, though this one is definitely a hop monster when fresh. MF is medium bodied, dry on the finish, and a nice amount of carbonation keeps things moving. An easy drinking IPA, I might lump it in a group with Two-Hearted. Glad to try it!

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Photo of BEER88
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewjraab
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden Burnt Orange. 3 full fingers of smooth and foamy head. Nice lacing and retention rings as it goes down.

S - - nice fruity grapefruit smell.

T - Hoppy lupa licious! Delicious american IPA. Well done!

M - nice balance - smooth feel as it goes down.

O - I rate this one of my favorite american IPA's in Michigan. It is right up there with the best of them.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of teovaldi
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with an off-white 1 finger head leaving nice lacing.

Smells of a grapefruit and pine like hops with a slight sweetness.

Taste starts out very hoppy following the nose in flavor with a slightly sweet middle and a very bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very nice carbonation.

Drinkability is very high and quite sessionable.

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Photo of Eddyfunt
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Old Chicago in Okemos, MI

Amber in color, perhaps leaning toward orange; head was about 2 fingers or so but dissipated relatively quickly to a thin layer of bubbles and eventually to a ring. Left pretty good lacing most the way down the glass.

Mmmm.... HOPS! Hops are obviously first and foremost on the nose. Unlike some IPAs, this actually has a little complexity in that there is some citrus and grapefruit, some grassy notes, and some eathiness in there as well. Nice.

The first pull floods the mouth with bittering hoppiness, and then the beer sort of finds a bit of balance (almost) as it rolls around the tongue. There is clearly a pretty strong malty backbone here but there is such an assortment of hop flavors going on that you almost have to look for it. The weight in the mouth is quite good and matches well with the moderate carbonation. At the swallow, the first part of the finish is the mellow hop bitterness but it fades to more a dry bitter linger.

Overall, a very good IPA! Gotta love the name and gotta love the brew. If you are into hops, you will dig this brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

Pours golden with a white head. The aroma is pretty strong, with a mix of piney and resiny hops. The flavor is more of the same with some earthy flavors mixed in as well. There is a good amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Chris7482
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's in MA! Short's in MA!

A golden honey color poured into a pint glass - this beer has a nice lumpy head that sticks around for a bit (and to the glass).

Big aroma, I could smell this before I...intentionally smelled it. Reminded me of NN. Big fruity hops and pine. A sip unleashes crisp and bitter aggressive hops with very little obvious malt but somehow it's there to tame the front of the sip. Dry resiny earth/pine finish. Perhaps I'll have another taste.

This is a lot of hops. I'm not sure I was ready for it. But after a few sips I can say it was a great brew and would compliment a meal extraordinarily.

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Photo of Wgkutz
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SickGnar
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangey, dark robust golden (just barely verging toward warm & bright copper) with a faint haze. Smallish bone white head settles to a skim that stays and leaves decent lacing. Wonderful ballet of fine bubble with each tile of the glass.

S: Citrusy and fairly heavy on grapefruit rind. Some sugary pale malt with a light caramel hint cuts through the hop smack just a bit. Grapefruit sugar cookie! Nice! Only possible flaw is just a slight ghostly hint of diacetyl.

T: Now that is dank. It is not quite palate crushing, but moving in that direction. Resin, pine, and grapefruit rind - lots of grapefruit. Some brief fruitier & juicer citrus come through at points but quickly fall under the resin and rind steamroller that keeps going in a long lingering finish. The nose is reasonably balances, but the palate is firmly not. Doughy sugar cookie pale malts with minimal caramel notes play a supporting role only. Forcefully bitter start to finish with robustly characterful American hops really grab you and hang on, and on, and on.

M: Just a bit over medium body with CO2 perfectly matched. Some dextrins and some oily slickness (probably hop oils given the hefty aroma), but ultimately drying with some faint alcohol warmth. Starts to get a bit of a rough edge if it warms (could be from the hop palate beating).

D: Not much finesse or refinement here. Maybe a little bit in the nose, but you stop noticing that once you take a taste. But then I imagine that finesse was not what they were going for. Wonderful, almost brutal showcase of American hops. Danky resin and rind! Subtlety be damned! It is what it is and it is in your face.

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Photo of bwiechmann
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the Telephone Game BIF from abraxel as an extra- much thanks man.

Pours a beautiful orange with a nice head of... wow- the smell hits you before the head even fully forms, I'm gona enjoy this. Copious amounts of lacing make a pretty beer.

Smell is all hops. Sharp and caustic notes of citrus and pine hit you in unrelenting waves. I suppose there's a little bready malt backbone if you look for it.

In regards to taste this brew lulls you into a false sense of security with those bready malts mid-palette. Then, Bam, it mushroom stamps you with hops. Citrusy, piney, resinousy hops come again and again, sticking to the tongue and increasing in intensity with each sip. Wonderful.

Overall, an awesome brew made for the hophead in you. As far as IPAs go, this can stand toe to toe with the best of them. Thanks abraxel for giving me the opportunity to try this and for giving me two so I can get another fix!

Seek this one out- it's worth it.

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,225 ratings.
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