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:
232
Gots:
445
For Trade:
10
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Photo of Lillenk
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is nice. Golden color with a nice white head.

Smell was huge. Lots of hops, lots of citrus.

Taste was great. Tons of hops and citrus that stick with you for a very lingering hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was very big but really nice to drink. One of my favorites in the category.

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Photo of joepais
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyson thanks for sending this want along. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth o f white head that went to a thin lace that follows the body down the glass. The body is a wonderful is a clear peach in color.
Yes the hop aromas are incredible on this brew, Big piney, citric, and floral. The hop flavor is the same but with enough sweetness from the malts to keep it drinkable. It is to the hop side of being balanced. The feel in my mouth is exactly what I want in an IPA and the carbonation is crisp as well.
Easy enough to drink I could handle a few of these in a sitting. A good IPA all in all

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Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, deep golden orange under an inch of off-white head. Lovely pungent aroma of strong American hops. Rich, sweet malts try and fail to balance the hops. Really nicely done.

Big hop flavor fights off the malts long enough to scar the tongue; the hops are forward and strong but not overwhelming. Then , the sweeter elements of the malts tease the palate. Finishes long and slow.

Mouthfeel is medium rich but short of big and buttery; nicely present without being aggressive. Well balanced. Michigan has many good brewers working throughout the state. A trip from brewery to brewery would make a nice future trip.

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Photo of HopNuggets
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into Spigeleu glass.

A - Poured a hazy sunrise orange with a solid 2 finger snow white head that leaves a lacing down that glass that you could tie like a pair of shoelaces.

S - A nice balance of malt and hops that dance in your nose. Grapefruit forward with caramel and orange to follow with some toffee at the end. There's a bit of earthyness in the mix there as well.

T - This is one nice IPA. Tart grapefruit with sweet toffee malts balancing it out and a bitter punch in the end.

M - Bitter, dry IPA that leaves you wanting another sip. Medium carbonation that tickles your tongue, or that may be the bitterness but it's there well after the sip is downed.

O - Very nice dry, balanced IPA.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden amber with a white head that has very good lacing and retention. The smell is very strong in hops, mainly pine and citrus. The taste starts out with citrus (grapefruit and some orange) followed by some floral hops, a hint of sweet malts and finishes off with pine. The aftertaste has a strong pine taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and clings to the lips and tongue and leaves a semi-dry feeling making you want more to drink. Overall, this is an excellent IPA that hop lovers will love and one that I highly recommend.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.39/12 oz. bottle from Plum Market in Ann Arbor, MI

A: deep amber color, thin head
S: good balance between malt and hops, not OTT with hops
T: nice balance of hops and malt, I was concerned with the ultra high IBUs but the malt is perfect for this
M: malty up front with hop twang in back
O: good beer without being OTT with hops

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as much head as expected for a draft, but it could be the bartender's technique. What head is there quickly migrates to the edge, leaving a fine mist of bubbles on the surface. An orange-amber color, the brew has just a slight bit of haze -- enough to indicate its unfiltered manufacture.

Fresh hops defines the aroma. Unmistakable if you've ever stuck your nose in a bag of hop flowers.

The are followed up in the flavor. Fruity and feisty, like when you get a little squirt of grapefruit juice in your eye when peeling the skin off a grapefruit just picked from the grove. A real hop head's delight, the malts are hard to discern, but I'm sure they are in there somewhere beneath the overwhelming blast of bitterness from the hops. Subtle complexity from the grain bill adds an undercurrent of cereal flavors to provide some balance, and the draft carbonation smoothes things out a bit.

This beer would go well with a green olive and anchovy pizza, but would overpower foods with less pronounced flavors. Great for an IBU comparison tasting though.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip, bottled on 10/21/11

Hazy golden straw colored with a short lived head that dissipates into a ring of foam around the edges. A bit of lacing as it is drank down.

Grapefruit and lemon zest greet your nose with a touch of fresh cut grass. After the initial aroma, it moves into graham crackery sweetness with a touch of caramel and is then rounded out with a bit of citrus as well.

Opens with fresh cut grass and grapefruit zest on the tongue which lingers a bit. Behind that we have plenty of sweetness and even more of that citrus zest. Lemon, lime, tangerine are all represented and accounted for. Good stuff.

Soft and medium body with low carbonation.

Great citrusy hop notes with a touch of malt sweetness. I love the citrusy IPAs so there is no question why this is scoring a little high with me. Seek this out if like those citrusy, west coast style IPAs.

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Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with mikesgroove, thank you for the opportunity Mike, split this and the pale with my dad tonight, both were poured into pint glasses

A-Golden orange color that was vibrant, 3/4 inch soapy white head, decent retention, lacing all the way through
S-Pine and floral hops, also some citrus too, mild caramel grapefruit, lemon, orange, and medicinal aromas
T-Bitter hops at first that are mostly pine, a smidge of caramel in the middle but still some dryness, more bitterness in the finish with a slightly lemony feel that is more along the lines of grapefruit, dryness continues through the aftertaste, never sweetens though, warms up nicely and hops remain in charge, like the bitterness in this beer
M-Dry, bitter, and slightly citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied for an IPA with moderate carbonation, taste lasts a good amount of time
D-Could drink a few bottles of this, a little over six percent and cannot taste a thing of alcohol, light and refreshing, not overly dry while preventing the malt from being sweet or overly chewy

Honestly one of the better Short's beers I have had and certainly the least hyped out of the ones I have tasted, rivals a lot of my favorite IPAs here on the west coast in ways, would like to drink again, recommended

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW ON 12/11/11.

Bottle sent to me by jshonert.

Wow, it was great to get to re-visit this one, because this time around, I got a much different experience! This one wasn't nearly as sugary or syrupy on the nose or taste as the last one I tried. This is actually very aggressively hopped, with some nice peppery, bitter notes on the finish. Shorts can be very inconsistent with their bottled offerings and this one is no exception. The beer I just drank was fantastic!

Sent to me by lewis1rg in an awesome Shorts/Kuhnhenn monster box. Thanks Ryan!

A: Poured a mildly hazy golding color, with a solid 1/2 finger or so head which probably would have been even more if I had poured it harder. This was a good bit of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S: Tons of pine notes and candy sugar. Orange, grapefruit, and other assorted fruits were also present on the nose.

T: Bitter as hell, and with a citrus character that didn't really taste that fresh. This was definitely not a balanced mutha and I would best describe this as a "pine bomb." Very bitter drying finish.

M: The carbonation level was good, but not enough to cut through the soapy bitter elements. I actually wish this were a bit less bitter and more fruity.

O: After hearing lots of great press on this one, I felt majorly let down. When I'm back in Michigan, I'll make sure I seek this one out at one of the more prestigious craft beer drinking establishments. I'm sure this one will be there and I've got a hunch that, when extremely fresh, this one would be killer on tap.

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Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a brownish-copper in the glass with a good-sized head. The aroma is that of citrus and pine. The taste is delicious. Grapefruit, pine and hops are definetely present, but are backed up nicely by the malt. It seems to have a very complex malt character, which is nice for an IPA to balance against the hops. Not as complex as Town Hall's Mama Masala, but still outstanding.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave (d0b) for throwing one of these my way. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - One and a half fingers of blonde-white foam that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice but spotty lacing. Murky orange-gold color with some nice glow to it. Pretty standard looking IPA that could have used a little more volume.

S - Pretty potent - I could smell it a foot from the glass. Copious sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavors from the hops, but also a significant amount of caramel maltiness, which is surprisingly for such a fresh brew. There's also a little fresh-cut grass in there. Again, pretty good but unspectacular.

T - Bitter! Starts sweet enough, but morphs into a palate-busting hop monster. The first sensation is the sweet caramel and fruit flavors, but then it just hits you with hoppy bitterness and pine that sticks around long after you swallow. It's a mellower version of Kuhnhenn Extreme IPA in that sense.

M - Lots of active carbonation tingle - might be a bit to lively for me. Goes down pretty smooth and easy, and leaves a bit of cottonmouth to go with the residual oily hop resin.

D - This is pretty palate fatiguing but otherwise is pretty easy drinking for any lover of hops. ABV is hidden well, and carbonation isn't over the top.

It's a very good IPA for those in the mood for hoppy bitterness. Nice contrast to the other Michigan single IPAs, which are more tropical fruit-centric.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy copper color. Off-white fluffy head that a nice film of bubbles sitting on top of the beer once it disappeared. Left some sticky lacing on the glass.

Resiny smell of piney and earthy hops. Light malt aroma with a hint of lemongrass. Nothing incredibly complex in the nose, but very appealing.

Some sweet bready malts, but they're almost completely masked by the hops. Bitter citrus with pine and, well, more bitterness. The bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth.

Pretty creamy with a nice sharp finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Nice bitter IPA. Could use a tiny bit more malt to help back up the large amount of hops. Either way, a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of jtslankard
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of chicano4craft
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nappie for bringing me a sixer of this stuff.

Poured into tulip. A really clear copper with a consistent white, soapy head.

Nose has a big hop presence. Really citrusy with strong grapefruit. Malt smells slightly sweet.

Hops win out in the balance department. Nice citrus with a strong bitter finish. Malt backbone does enough to keep the hops from straying to far. I like when the hops are dominant so I find this to be quite drinkable. Good carbonation. Glad I was able to try this hop bomb. I've got to make it out to Michigan on the next beertrip.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ll just say right off the bat that this IPA is right up my alley.

It’s got a beautiful golden color and a fluffy head which laces-up quite nicely.

It smells floral & inviting, but never overpowering.

The taste is a well-balnced malt backbone with a gentle (but not shy) hop profile. It’s lingering bitterness cuts a light sweetness. It’s drinkable as HELL! I could easily finish off three without feeling like I got knocked-upside-the-head then gagged-on by a hop vine. It’s refreshing and always puts a smile on my face.

In addition, I think Shorts packaging is simple, honest and one of the best.

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Photo of mhelfers
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of adamette
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bartender mentioned that this is the HopCat Owner's favorite beer. I had heard of it before and it was a good thing to see that it was on tap at HopCat for my visit there two days ago. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Light brown yellow body with creamy head. 4.0

S Hops, sweet malt to the nose. Hops are not overwhelming in an unbalanced way. 4.0

T Hops predominate but there is a nice, sweet malt to balance them out. Hops taste lingered like you think that it might well into the aftertaste. Nicely made beer. I can see why someone who has tasted many great beers might find that this is one of their favorites. 4.5

M Full with malt, bitter hops. 4.0

D Good. I finished the pint without any problem. 4.0

Notes: a treat to find at HopCat, a world class Beer Advocate place.

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

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden red with a little fizzy white head. This is one of the most beautiful poured ipas. Its very cloudy.

Smell - it has a very DIPA smell. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. Pineapples and mangos hops included

Taste - it follows the nose. Man I would swear this was a DIPA. Strong citrus and the hops oh man so crisp, It leaves the mouth dry but begging for more. Nothing wrong here.

Mouthfeel - beautiful! !

Overall - it looked amazing and tasted amazing what else could you want.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku pint. Bottom of can says 08/16/16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Refreshing aroma of piney, herbal hops that also has a bit of citrus going on and some sweet cereal grain malt.

T- Great synthesis of flavor with the vegetal but still somewhat fruity hop flavor jiving with the sweetness of the malt all while being accentuated by the higher level of bitterness. The bitterness also provides some dryness to offset the sweetness of the malt. Lots of resinous quality and the bitterness stays solid throughout the entire drink.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- You can taste the 140 IBUs but it works within the construct of the flavor profile. Tasty stuff and something I would certainly recommend to someone looking for an IPA with a palate wrecking type of bitterness.

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

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

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 MarcatGSB
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Keweenaw Co-Op for $10.99/6 pack. Poured from bottle into swifter. Can not read black bottled on date.

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt Orange with copper hues. Pours a lively half finger white head. Prominent sticky lacing ensues.

Smell: Bright floral hop aroma. Initial blast of yeast, providing great body to citrus, pipe smoke, and earthy spruce.

Taste: This beer has some real crunchy feel, finished by sugary tangerine. Strong hop presence. Really fantastic. Enough malt bill to hold up to this hop bomb. It's tasty.

Mouth: Good carbonation lends support for the dryness. Puckering hops in this bottle.

Drink and overall: very drinkable. Great overall beer. Fortunate to have access to this guy. Can stand up to some other great MI IPAs.

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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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