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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 | website

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:
700
Ratings:
2,127
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
19.4%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
413
For Trade:
15
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Reviews: 700 | Ratings: 2,127
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The malt backbone is very prominent in this IPA. Enough so that the ale has a sweet, slick mouthfeel, and it leaves sticky lacings throughout the glass. I would almost think they brewed it with honey. It's hop profile is very present as well. Pungent, earthy, piney, bitter hops. It's a unique IPA. It's not like the rest of 'em. And I like that about it. It's more malt-forward than I was expecting it to be, but it still has all the hops I want.

Very solid offering from a very underrated brewery!

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a regular pint glass and a small amount of foam was to be head. The beer was tasty but a little bitter. Not sure I could drink more than one of these bitter bad boys. Bitter bitter bitter.

I'd drink it again. Did I say it was bitter?

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Photo of PhilsPils
2.06/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very chill-hazed gold. The aroma seemed fine with pine notes and citrus. Then the first taste revealed this "whang" that I will not be able to properly identify but it definitely isn't nice. I think of dirty mop water or even sewer gas. Rotting vegetables, perhaps. It's bitter for sure but I could take that if it was clean-tasting. Drain pour for sure. This will be my last Short's. Too many misses for the few hits.

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Photo of ZAP
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First impression is a toffee like maltiness....that fades quickly and is hard to find again as the onlslaught of hops hits...140 IBU's and this one feels like it. Pine, unsweetened grapefruit on the flavor...pine and tobacco on the aroma...

A no holds barred IPA loaded with bitterness. Too sharp for my tastes but some will really enjoy the edge to this.

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Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light copper color with a finger of head. The nose is more malty than hoppy. The malt bill remains potent in the flavor profile but the hop bitterness asserts itself nicely on the finish.

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Photo of jancona
2.39/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This was a big disappointment for me. The nose is rotten mint with hints of malt - unfortunately the taste follows: an odd mix of mint, celery, and malt. Feel is on the thin side. I tried two different bottles to see if I just got a bad one - nope. Not for me.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic IPA. The hops showcase one of the most earthy and floral sweet smelling and tasting IPAs I've had to date. Some bitterness in the finish but not enough to make it too much. Was a really nice welcome change in taste for an IPA. Definitely will try to find Shorts again if I'm out of state.

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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 MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head with decent retention.

Smell: An earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus and grass. Citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy hop scent of grass and pine. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and juicy hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and grass. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine along with some vegetal notes. Backing malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with some yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good IPA. Nice mix of juicy citrus and grassy hop flavor.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Church Key during Savior Week. Poured into a small snifter.

Huma Lupa is Stones Enjoy By without the huge aroma. Very good. Very drinkable. 4.25

A – Pours a clear golden with a minimal head (I was in a bar so could be the pour, won't subtract on the score). 4

S - Sweetness and aroma that matches the taste. 4.25

T - Nicely hoped. Resinous, grapefruit rind, a bit of grassy. 4.25

MF - Medium body with a dry finish. 4.25

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Photo of Kardillamo
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's good, don't get me wrong, but I feel like this is one of those IPAs that takes the spirit of bitterness in beer and just takes it too far. It's got flavor and body, and its gorgeous, but the hops dominate in an uncomfortable way. It's a good beer, but that really gets my goat and its a trend in American beer I don't appreciate.

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Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orangish yellow in color with a thick, hazy, murky appearance. Poured with a short, sopy, bright white foam with decent retention. Medium high hop aromas: light floral, lemon rind, mint and vegetable. Medium bodied with light, creamy medium carbonation. Light warming sensation near the fiinish. Medium high hop herbal and mint hop flavors with floral notes. High hop bitterness powers through the middle to the end. Finished dryly with lingering herbal hop bitterness. This was bottled in February and had a heavy vegetal aroma and flavor when samples in March. A few months have helped temper the vegetal character, but it is still present. The herbal minty character provides a fresh flavor, but the bitterness is a touch high and out of balance for me.

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Photo of Smk54
2.59/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I do not like to give bad reviews. Poured from 12oz bottle into a goblet. Medium Amber color with decent head and lacing. Moderate bread and mild citrus notes. Mixed malt and hop flavors. Very unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Too much malt for an IPA. Not a beer I can recommend.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Applebee’s just north of Grand Rapids
Server didn’t know anything about the beer except it was from Shorts, was named Humpalicious, and was supposed to be hoppy
Served in a 20 oz weizen glass, fortunately not frosted
Aroma – weak citrus, dies out
Head chopped at the bar, what remained was < two cm, off white, creamy with rocks
Lacing excellent – wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor – basically begins bitter without much flavor, ends bitter with an aromatic chemical aftertaste
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Overall, not very appealing. Ended up leaving about six ounces that I couldn’t force down. Is it a bad beer? Don’t know how fresh it was since they sell mostly BMC stuff. I’ll try it again when I can get it at a known freshness level. For now:

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.25

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Photo of MikeWard
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. bottled on 2/5/16, so 3 months old. kudos on the clear freshness dating.

all over the place with the look on this one. body is a hazy practically murky orange yellow. decent size white head which shrinks somewhat but maintains a solid 1/4 inch covering. lacing is excellent.

not getting much on the nose except a slight dankness.

however, the taste on this one is top notch. great hop bite on the tongue despite being 3 months on. and a strong pepper taste in the back of the mouth. cant detect any citrusy flavors at all, which is quite refreshing.

mouth is a solid medium, with a slightly sour finish.

overall, a really enjoyable style ipa. sorry i only picked up a single, looking forward to next time.

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Photo of HoneyLamb
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got my first sixer at Meijer's in Stevensville, Michigan on 5/3/16 on sale for $8.49. Drank the first one that night. Very solid India Pale Ale. Could be considered an excellent daily drinker if I could it for that price every time.

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Photo of martinpfal
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Color good and cloudy light Amber. Smell of, get this....peanuts and dress grass. Taste hits you in the hoppy section of your tongue. A hop-explosion to the maxx. Very well crafted. Not over powering or under whelming. Shorts has piqued my interest.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lovely. Orange body, some haze. A off-white pillow of a head. Persistent. Great lacing.

S - Pine, stone fruit, a bit dank. Hop and more hop.

T - Smacks you in the face with dank, bitter hop notes. Hints of the pine, fruit, and pleasure, a bit of creaminess in the middle, but the close blows things out with a strong uppercut.

M - Sticky crunch open, dry and building back. Punishing.

O - Super hop American IPA, with huge and bold flavors. There are great notes here, but the close is brutal. Nothing is surprising, and it hits the marks you'd expect. But oh my is this one a wrecker.

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Photo of buck0seven
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Love this. This is not a citrus bomb. Instead is dank and delicious with hint of black pepper. Hop bitter hangs on for a good bit. This beer will stand up to any meal you throw at it.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just discovered Short's and so glad I did. Second beer I have really enjoyed from them (ControversiALE). Pours a bit cloudy, golden. Nose is grassy, fresh cut, and sweet bread dough. Taste very balanced and grassy -- similar to Daisy Cutter but rounder, fuller. Mouthfeel excellent blend of carbonation and smooth. Happy to drink in summer or colder months. Good stuff!

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Photo of jmasher85
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2 for 2 from this brewery - first, Space Rock was surprisingly fantastic, at least in it's smell, though the taste fell short (no pun intended). This one is more balanced in its qualities: overall, very good, though not quite legendary. Something about that sweet bready flavor and deep, piney malt with some grapefruit and vegetable flavors just blends together into something eminently drinkable and easy to love. It's Shorts season - bring on the fine weather!

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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 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 Sabtos
2.23/5  rDev -44.5%
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.

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Photo of PhilDaBrewer
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

IPA of the bitterest variety. No dry hopping detected - just bitterness and bready malt. I don't understand the high praise as I literally get none of the hop forwardness expected from top-tier American IPAs. As for the qualities noone really cares about: Appearance and mouthfeel: Wet and yellow. Nailed it!

Alas, I'll finish this and place this bottled disappointment behind me.

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