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:
2,238
Reviews:
727
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
449
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 2,238 |  Reviews: 727
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SickGnar
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +2.7%
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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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from mjd83goblue. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" beige head above the clear amber brew. Head falls slowly, with sticking lace. Aroma is juicy citrus hops. Taste is sweet for a peek, and then the juicy fruit takes over, and carries on towards the close, with bitterness coming to the party near the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. Happy to have enjoyed me some Shorts...

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Photo of Grodd87
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qua17
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a cloudy copper with an inch of head that dissipates quickly. Ambit of lacing on the top. Nice.

Smell: Hops and grapefruit are present on the nose.

Taste: if it were sweeter and had a higher ABV you think you were drinking an imperial IPA. Lots of west coast hops that last long past the swallow. Decent mouthfeel. This went down well with a couple of brauts.

Overall: i would have rated it higher if I liked hops more.

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Photo of moodyxc9
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zrab11
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber color with 2 finger white head

S- I get hints of maybe alittle grapefruit and def. some pineapple. The smell of hops is their with also some carmel notes

T- Big citrus flavor up front followed by some carmel sweetness and finishes with alittle hops

M-Medium Body with nice carbonation

D-OVerall i enjoyed this ipa. Had some grapefruit flavor in it which i usally don't like but the grapefruit was subtle. liked the amount of hop taste and would def. get this again.

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Photo of rleandrew
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of EricCioe
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very hazy orange with a frothy white two finger head that has decent retention and leaving light lace. On the nose there is a huge dose of pine resin after a swirl that really comes out after some agitation. Perhaps the most resinous IPA I've yet had, with the usual citric suspects hanging deeper in the mix. In the mouth the resin and orange ride atop a dry biscuit malt, with the pine flavor being absolutely gigantic, almost too big, but not quite. Later on in a long finish the orange burns through the resin a bit and leaves a nice combination of the two to linger on for a while. I like this beer a good deal, as the nose is pretty unreal and the flavor is just this side of too much.

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Photo of bamadog
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in a trade, and have to say that this really made me a believer in Short's beers! The Pandemonium Pale Ale was solid, but this was simply a great and straight forward bitter and citric IPA. I could drink this one all summer. Review is from notes taken on 3/6/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard orange/coppery color and starts with a nice one finger off-white head with good retention that slowly fades to a thin and full skim; body is fairly cloudy and shows moderate carbonation where you can see into it; a nice web of lacing is left behind.

Smell: Makes my mouth water! Wonderful citric and juicy hop smells (orange and a little bit of a grapefruit note in there as well) and there is a super-solid malty and sweet scent; overall, it's a pretty straightforward smelling beverage and I feel like I already know what it's going to taste like.

Taste: Pretty close in my taste assumption based upon the nose, but the massive hop presence is more rind-like and bitter as opposed to juicy like I thought it might be; the bitterness is pretty dominant, and the malty sweetness acts as a minimal counterbalance; slight presence of alcohol in the back.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and chewy body for an IPA; a pretty thick and dry coating is left all over the mouth; a nice drying effect is felt throughout the drink; carbonation is soft and smooth and allows the syrupy nature of the body to shine through.

Drinkability: A great IPA to be sure -- all the elements are great and true to the style; I could drink this all day as the bitterness is quite refreshing, but it does sit a tad heavy, so I may limit it to 2-3 in any given night, and that's provided that I actually had that kind of access to it (sadly, I don't).

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Photo of SykDoc
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A 1/4 inch almost white head forms and leaves a very nice lacing. It pours a nice clear amber color with no sediment and carbonation is visible.

The aroma is very good and is almost all hops with a nice mixture of pine and citrus. This is a somewhat earthy component.

The taste is quite bitter, as to be expected. There are the usual hoppy suspects of pine and grapefruit/citrus. There are some nice earthy notes that balance the flavor and a malty sweetness comes through as you drink the beer.

The mouthfeel is as noted above bitter which lingers at the end. The carbonation is appropriate and balances the hops making it fairly crisp and smooth.

Overall, this is a quite good beer. As the expected tastes and smells are there and represented well. The taste can be a bit overwhelming after a while, which is its biggest hindrance.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle care of timmi

An IPA named after hops themselves and text appears on the label that reads: "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth." Well, they certainly are setting the stage for big expectations.

Poured into a standard pint glass, it appears a clear orange color with a finger and a half of barely yellowish stained fluffy head. Decent retension and lacing appears all about the glass as the head fades. Aroma is a nice blend of malt sweetness that compliments the hops which are presented smelling floral, citrusy and slightly piney. Flavor of this beer does not disappoint. It has enough bitterness to push the IBU upper limit expected of an IPA but is not all bitterness, lots of flavors shine through from the hops. Medium feel with a moderate touch of carbonation. As it warms, some of the alcohol becomes more pronounced. The finish of this beer is somewhat oily with residual bitterness and malty sweetness left on the tongue.

Very well balanced IPA overall. I don't really have any complaints. There is an ambiguous number code on the bottle which does not inform me how fresh or old this IPA is. Regardless, it was very enjoyable. Nicely done.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass. pours a little cloudy with a small head. The color is very orange. Smell is of citrus with a little bit of toasted malt. Taste is citrus up front, with a light pine touch. The toasted malt takes this one over as I get through the pint. Citrus has hints of lemon, grapefruit and something else I cannot put my finger on. The toasted malt taste is pretty strong after the first half of the glass. Very light and easy to drink with only a little aftertaste of the malt with a light amount of pine that does not last long.. Easier and a little smoother as it warmed in the glass. Decent IPA, I would like to try it on draft to see if more of the citrus flavor comes out in front of the toasted malt.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Tony412

A- Pours a nice, murky golden yellow into my DFH glass. A one finger bright white head that fades rather quickly and leaves a decent amount of lacing dripping down the glass.

S- Pineapple, sweet caramel malts, orange zest and honey are the first things I pick up. Some zesty notes of pine and sweet candied lemon peel come in after, along with some subtle notes of fermenting compost from the yeast.

T- Bitter orange zest, pineapple, pine sap, some sweet malts creep in along with some candied lemon and hints of yellow grapefruit. The yeast shines thru just enough.

M- A decent blend of bitter and sweet. The hoppy/piney bitterness hangs on and dominates though. The sweetness of the malt fades at first but comes back on the finish. Not as carbonated as some IPA's.

O- A really nice IPA! Very well balanced between citrus/pine/sugar and yeast. I wish I could get this near me in NY. Probably the best brew I've had from Short's so far. Easy to drink on a warm east coast spring day. Thank you Tony!

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Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden amber pour, nice fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Super citrus hop aroma. I've had a couple of these at varying ages, and even several months old it's still super bold. The pine starts to show up once the beer has begun to warm.

T: Starts off citrus and quickly fades to a very very bitter pine aftertaste. Very little indication as to the malt other than just plain sweetness that tries (unsuccessfully) to balance this one out. Unbalanced but good for the hop lover.

M: Medium with decent carbonation. Bitterness mentioned above is almost stinging. Quite drying.

O: Overall a super hoppy IPA. Hard to believe this is just a regular IPA - I guess it's pretty borderline. Pretty unbalanced but if that is your kind of thing then you will love this. It's sorta like a light Ruination.

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Photo of LoudRed
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Babbatron
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of HiAIPA poured into pint glass.

Pours a bright, almost irredescent, completely hazy orange with a fluffy and short-lived white head. It recedes to a ring quickly and leaves only a trace of lacing. The smell has a big resiny hop character but with some nice grapefruit and orange hints as well. The sweet malt base is in there as well but only as a compliment to the big hop aromas. Taste is earthy resin up front and a substantial malt backbone before giving way to a lingering citrus bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky with a bitterness that tickles the tongue throughout. This is another very good brew from the guys at Shorts, a well-balanced yet very hoppy IPA.

Thanks again to Jeff for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of VPSax
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice American IPA. Would be outstanding if the finish was not so dry. Pours a nice amber color, and provides a nice bitterness that you look for in an IPA. Worth checking out for sure...another great Michigan microbrew that can hang with the offerings from Bells and Founders.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug at around 50 degrees.

Appearance: Golden-amber, a touch on the dark side but still very translucent. Thick, two-finger head recedes to a shallow, yet stable foam on top of the beer. Moderate lacing on the edges of the glass, and good-looking carbonation.

Smell: Hops! Probably a good thing considering the beer is named after the scientific nomenclature for "hops." Light and bright, with flowery notes and a distinct orange and/or coriander feel to the nose. Beautiful.

Taste: The hops don't play around. Bittersweet in the best of ways. A slight "steak-off-the-grill" flavor to it. Gentle candy flavor near the end, and it finishes up nicely with a bite.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, it doesn't overwhelm the beer but it sticks around long enough to bring out some flavor. Goes down smooth with just a touch of hop notes left on the palate.

Drinkability: Another beer I could drink nightly. It makes me think of Indian or Thai food. Possibly a good year-rounder.

Solid good for this one. Not exactly right up my alley, but nothing negative to say about it. Great for lovers of IPAs and American IPAs.

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Photo of sirhc3034
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, hazy copper in color with a pleasant 1/2" of foamy off-white head Decent retention and lacing.
Aroma is full of bright citrus and lemon hops with lesser notes of pine and a floral sweetness.
Flavor is also "hop-centric" with just enough of a mildly sweet malt backbone to keep this one in balance (well, balanced for my tastes). Bright citrus hops. Bitter grapefruit finish. Medium in body with appropriate carbonation levels. A bit astringent on the tongue.
Overall, a good drinking, lively, hop centered IPA. So far, this is the best beer I have had from Short's.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy gold-amber with an off-white head.

Smells of bitter grapefruit citrus hops.

Taste follows the smell with a big blast of bitter grapefruit citrus hops. Nice toffee malt backbone. Finish is bitter with grapefruit, lemon, and earthy hop flavors.

Moderate body and slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is good--really solid IPA.

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 2,238 ratings.
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