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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
Ranking:
#2,913
Reviews:
729
Ratings:
2,252
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Grapefruit and some mango, some pine harshness.

L: Hazy burnt orange, off-white head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Grapefruit bitterness with some clean maltiness. A semi-harsh grassiness present. Medium high citrus bitterness with a strong hoppy resin finish. Some pine needles persists throughout.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

A very strong, hoppy IPA. Enamel melting, super bitter, but still quite good. A man's man IPA. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of m2paulun
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a copper/orange color with a 1-inch fluffy head. There is good retention and lacing on the glass.

S - There is a strong hop aroma. Citrus hops are really present. I can pick out oranges the most.

T - Again strong citrus hops. Oranges and maybe pineapple are present. There is a little bit of pine as well. The caramel malts really compliment the hops.

M - Perfect carbonation for a medium/light bodied brew.

D - Great drinkability. Perfect for this 85 degree weather in Michigan.

This was my first beer from Short's and I am glad I live in Michigan because I will definitely be buying more.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped at a store when I was in MI yesterday...quite suprised...and happy!!

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice darker amber hue brew that gave off a quater inch off white head that faded pretty fast. Left little lacing on the sides of the glass. Clear for the most part.

S- Oh this is an IPA for sure. Nice floral/fruit hop smell (grapefruit and citrus). It smells kind of sweet for sure and I like it. Little malt backbone that barely comes through all the hops.

T- Nice bitter hops right off the bat. The grapefruit flavor kicks in high gear leading to a citrus and caramel malt ending. Nice piney aftertaste. Balance to the hops for sure but the malts kind of complement it.

M- This is a medium mouthfeel for sure. The hop oils cover your tounge with a nice bitter taste that stays for a while. Good carbonation with the beer bouncing over the palate leaving what seems to be the start of a hop garden on the tounge.

D- I am glad I found a sixer of this beer. And even more glad that my roommate is out on the town. I don't want to give any of these up! Very drinkable...almost too drinkable.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to kzoobrew for this great extra.

Appearance - Pours a amber color with just a hint of red. There is about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - A very pleasant grapefruit aroma at first which slowly fades to piney hops and floral. It finishes up with just a hint of caramel/malt sweetness.

Taste - A somewhat bitter grapefruit taste up front which is followed by a wave of floral/hoppy profile which eventually recedes into what almost tastes like bitter, roasted malt - I'm not picking up much of a "sweet" malt backbone here (which is not a bad thing). As such, the beer finishes a bit bitter. However, this drink is growing on me. It's been a while since I've had a massively hopped, more-so one sided beer and this one is doing the trick.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with lots of pleasant carbonation that prickles the tongue. Finishes quite dry.

Drinkability - Very much so. I am trying to take my time with this as I study because I know as soon as I begin to quaff this down, the quality of my studying will soon become a diminishing return. Taken as a whole, this is a great beer that gives you a kick in the pants when you are in the mood for a great, tasty, hoppy beer.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours courtesy of Viggo and an awesome trade. Cheers! Pours a slightly hazy golden color, a shade darker than your average apple juice. A finger of light caramel head that drops down to a film that leaves a sticky lacing down the glass.

Nose is pineapple, oranges, pine resin, almost a hint of spiciness - not much sweetness in the nose.

A burst of bitterness from the get go here. Bittering hops hit hard with a dash of grapefruit, pine resin and a light swirl of sweet caramel in there, some pale malts peeking through - all finished off with some more bittering hops and strong resin. Pretty straightforward hops attack with only a slight nod to balance. Slightly oily mouthfeel with a strong drying factor.

I love me some hops (and this brew is that) but if it's going to be a full-out hop assault I'm looking for a little more complexity in the hops, a little more liveliness - perhaps a little less focus on the pine. That said, while not world class, this is a fine, hoppy IPA and at 6.6% I wouldn't mind having a couple of these in an evening. Beats the crap out of all these lightly hopped English IPAs around here. Cheers for the great beer Eric!

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to an imperial pint

A: Poured a 2-finger white head, good lacing throughout and eventually reduced to a 1/4"crown. Orange amber that was slightly hazy.

S: Wonderfully complex floral and spiced hop aroma.

F: Clove-like hop spiciness with a lot of bittering hop presence. The bitterness lingers throughout the session, no doubt a result of the 76 IBU's. As the session progressed the flavor became caramel sweet and malty.

M: Creamy and crisp with a pleasant almost overwhelming lingering bitterness on the back of the palate. Carbonation is sufficient.

D: For me, this would be a short session beer. The strength and complexity of this beer make it best enjoyed on a limited term basis.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Copper filtered with tinge of haze, 4 fingers of off white yellowish head leaving a chunky lacing.


S: Caramel, orange candy, pine, toasted malty quality, slight medicinal.


T: Flavour profile dances in the mouth. The malt quality reminds me of London Pride, lots of orange candy and pine, a bitterness that dances like sunshine through pine trees. Light sweetness, a little honey.


M: Medium body, little carbonation.


O: Excellent brew. Got this in Frankenmuth near the beginning of my trip in North America, drinking it the last day here, though the flavour profile still shines. New Hamburg, Aug 26th, 2014.

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Photo of wingnutter
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SiepJones
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light copper color. I wanted to say it was golden but it just wasn't that light. Fluffy head with good lacing on the sides. Aromas of fruity citrus with some pine and grass waft from my glass. Lemon flavors with an earthy finish. Slick body with slight carbonation and a dry earthy finish. This is a good IPA that is try to form as far as style goes. I could certainly drink a few of these.

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Photo of barleyPops
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Woodchopper. pours a cloudy orange/amber with a lasting frothy white head. aroma is a nice mix of pine and grapefruit. flavor is pleasantly bitter with loads of pine, orange and grapefruit zest and an interesting sweet caramel backbone. medium to full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. this is damn tasty! I need to find more.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, served on draft at HopCat in GR, MI.

Pours bronze/orange in color with good thick, rocky head. Smell is very hoppy but smells a little more like a West Coast IPA with a bit of a caramel malt backbone. Taste good and hoppy as expected with a bit of a citrus twist to it. Leaves a bitter, but pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel was great. Very smooth and unexpectedly light. Overall a good beer, recommended to me by the owner of HopCat and he knows his beer!

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Photo of crc1935
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chillin
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmore for a sixer of this brew (and plenty of others!!!)

Nice looking nearly opaque IPA. Bronze colored and slightly milky. Head is almost white and has wonderful retentin and leaves a thin sticky lace everywhere.

This is a damn fine smelling IPA. Citrusy hops first and foremost with piney aspects slicing through. Sweet peach and tangerine, with a hint of pineapple, newly mown grass with a caramel malty hint evening things out.

And it carries over to the mouth. Not the best IPA but one of the most solid drinkable I've had in a long long time. Mouth and nose are closely related. A great bittering hop on the finish leaves you puckering for another sip. Hop flavors are full ambitious and ready to be taken. Drinkability is high for this IPA as it is nearly perfectly balanced between malt and hop. Another one waiter?

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow/orange color w a nice two finger head. Good carbonation and lacing on this beer. Nose is that of malt, hops, grapefruit and maybe a little orange. Taste is good- almost really good. Very bitter, and continues to shred your taste buds the more it warms up. Very good example of the style. Feel is medium bodied, and definitely has a bite to it. Overall, this is definitely one to pick up if you can find it- I enjoyed it.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Charliedvrs for the bottle.

A bright orange color glows from the glass with some tan shades and a hint of tinted bronze. A whisp of firm white stuff stays on top at an inch with retention and stick, a good looker.

Smell is hop ridden and west Coast in nature, ah hell, this smells like a westy with all that tropic fruit. Alot of grapefruit, mango, with a sheet of biscuit malt under that. It smells like an IPA yo!

Yup, this one delivers with the lupa. Hop pellets in my mouth, Some C-Hop variety, probably some Chinook. Grapefruit, mango, some pineapple light, no earth, no mild hops, this is a westy, LOL. Tastes great.

Feel is a nice amount of stepped on medium with ample carb, the bitter linger sticks around but does not scorch the palate. I could and would drink a sixer of this. I may trade for more when I know this is uber fresh, a winner.

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Photo of prisdefer
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of instinct2
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop explosion up front, but is missing something on the back end.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had at slap shotz in Detroit airport.
A: incredible lacing, deep orange gold body color, carbonation, 2 finger foam head
S: citrus fruits and some pine
M: medium body with some sticky resin on tongue
T: citrus, grapefruit rind powerful up front with a slow fade to pine resin but not overpowering.
O: really great solid brew for hop heads, will drink again

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Photo of ESchweers
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrJuengling
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichD
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyson for sending this my way. Excited for my first taste of a brewery that I've heard plenty about but had yet to sample.

Enough chatter. Huma is IPA colored, plus a bit of cloud, without the floaties, just a bit more solid in its coloring. Nose is lovely sweet, which I like, but...the hops are definitely down the ladder.

So I like my IPAs bitter & Rottweiler, & this one doesn't quite fit the bill. The 'balance' that some are so fond of is here, but instead of being cloying & annoying as is so often the case, this one's very well done. The malts are sweet, but ever so slightly subservient enough, to complement the hop chomp rather than subvert it to the dark side.

Love the bitterness in the mouth, ain't that the way an IPA is supposed to be? Especially the finish. It's crisp & Sahara dry. I rec'd a few of these from Tyson & I could see downing a couple in an evening until my mouth goes numb enough to see the dentist without further ado.

Excellent beer. Unique enough that I'd be happy to find it in my glass any day of the week.

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,252 ratings
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