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

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2,252 Ratings
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:
#2,910
Reviews:
729
Ratings:
2,252
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
457
Trade:
10
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Photo of CDubbs75
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Smk54
2.59/5  rDev -35.9%
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 Longstaff
2.6/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Took a chance on this during Short's recent dump and run tour of MA beer stores.

Very faint tropical hops with a little rotten cantalope and mushroom aroma. Lack of strong hop aroma followed through to the flavor and was left with just a substantial grassy/pithy bitterness. Good malt girth that lended some balance though. After letting warm up I can detect some phenolic weirdness in the background. Not sure if age or an oncoming infection of some sort is causing this to be bland and lifeless. Who knows, this could have been good if it was in good shape, but only worthy of sucking down fast to pad my alcoholic intake at this point. A reminder of why I hardly ever buy commercial bottled IPA's anymore.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.66/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Golden yellow with 2 fingers of loose white head. Light haze with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit, pine, candied orange, dank, damp, and earthy.

Taste
Grapefruit zest and dried pine needle. Light candy sugar and honey backbone. Earthy florals and onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, bitter, and dry as a bone.

Overall
Very traditional grapefruit and pine. Bitter and dry.

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Photo of Rihup
2.69/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.74/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a translucent gold with yellow hues. There is a full two fingers of head that take forever to settle. Massive lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pine, malt, and a lot of vegetal funk. It smells like an old IPA. I even get a touch of onion in here. It's a bit off-putting.

T: This beer is sweet to start but then it turns to onion and old vegetation. It tastes muddy and funky. Honestly, this is pretty unpleasent. It sweetens back up in the finish and nothing lingers for too long.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and weird to start. It gets a bit nasty in the middle and finishes sweet again.

O: Not a fan of this at all. Either this is old, or it's just bad. There was way too much old vegetal taste for my liking.

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Photo of mwbrady12
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Borgs
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of jaybags
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of sendsilk
2.76/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was really excited to try this beer as I always am with Shorts. Or as I like to call them, the brewery that makes some really weird-ass-hit-or-miss-push-the-envelope brews.

This one was a total miss for me. Seriously, nothing redeeming in it at all. I'm hoping I just got an old bottle because reading the recent reviews, this isn't the same shit I'm drinking. Even the PB&J which was extremely tart and sour, I could find some good qualities in it.

Time really makes quite a difference in an IPA to me. It can take a great beer and just add syrupy fecal notes to it. Hopefully I'll get another *fresh* bottle of this and re-review from that.

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Photo of Unofe
2.76/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of RobertColianni
2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Drazzamatazz
2.87/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice pale gold with a decent one finger fluffy white head.

S: Lots of pine and resin hop notes here. Nothing "fruity" here if that's what you are looking for but there is a very slight sweetness. Strong biscuit and slight caramel malt backbone.

T: Bitter astringent hops first and foremost. This is followed by a slight raw grain taste. I hate to say this, but there was some weird taste that I couldn't really put my finger on...I'm not sure if it was some weird interaction with the pizza I was eating but I got a funky somewhat fecal taste briefly. Then it finished very astringently, like crushed aspirin.

M: Creamy body with a nice medium carbonation. Finishes super dry though due to the strong astringent nature.

O: I can't really make out what is written on the label, I'm assuming its a date, but considering this just showed up in MA like two weeks back I'd hope its not that old. Either way, pretty decent nose on this one but I really didn't enjoy the taste or drying finish.

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Photo of LloydDobler
2.87/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a nice 2" chalk white collar of foam. Not much on the nose here, even with a heavy pour and a lot of head. Feint citrus, but that's about it. The taste was also underwhelming with bland flavor. Mid to low carbonation in this one. Just not my cup of tea, I guess. I was really looking forward to trying this and ended up disappointed.

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Photo of ottovon
2.87/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: pours out a hazy, straw yellow color with a white head that sits around for a while. there are strings of carbonation running up the glass.

S: smells of citrusy and piney hops. i gets hint of bread and light grain and some fruity esters maybe even some banana.

T: it has a clean hop taste. i get some citrus flavor, and piney hops. it finishes dry and bitter. i get a little soapy flavor (possibly from glass?)

M: it has a nice light mouthfeel.

D: the soapy flavor is throwing this off for me. i am hoping it is just the glass. ill have to retry this.

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Photo of greenmonstah
2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes from last night

A - Chill-haze laden amber-orange with a half finger white head. Retention is nice, head reduces to a small wisp but remains for a while. Mediocre lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and lemon, bitter citrus and floral hops. Something off about the hops, as if they've taken on a bit of a rotten characteristic.

T - Tastes sweet and bitter, but without much in the way of distinct flavors. Malty and bready, with a touch of caramel flavor and floral hop, but largely devoid of distinct flavors. Reminds me of Saranac IPA which I don't love. Hops seem to provide bitterness only, with very little flavor. Way too bitter and unbalanced.

M - Medium to light body, a little watery. Drying on the palate but wet on the tongue, a little odd. Not bad, but another letdown in an average-at-best beer.

O - Just not great. Looks and feels just OK. Aroma is average at best, and the taste is bland and far too bitter. Other brews with lots of hops balance the bitterness with flavors, to great effect. This beer is lacking. Glad I got to try it, thanks for the trade extra!

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Photo of phizzle
2.97/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CMUbrew
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from Fall 2012

A: Amber in color, quite cloudy from accidentally pouring in the bottle sediment. Fairly creamy looking white head on top. Lacing is quite good.

S: Some pine and maybe some buiscuty malts in there. Not much else going on.

T: This is a beer taste experience quite unlike anything else ive had before. Not in a good way either. Upfront, i basically get no taste. Like the beer is using some sort of cloaking device to pass over my tongue and get down my throat without leaving any delicious hop goodness behind. All that is left for my dumbfounded taste buds is an aftertaste flavor decoy consisting of raw IBUs and some resin.

M: Not that great. Fairly thin and sort of bubbly

O: One of my biggest beer disappointments to date. From this bottle I cannot understand its high rating. I love hop bitterness, but there must be good flavors to accompany that. Perhaps the sediment through the whole beer out of whack, but I feel like there really wasn't enough of it to accomplish that. A let down overall.

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Photo of MGoBlue93
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of David-Jones
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Trent
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of kynap55
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of nmarshall87
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like peas

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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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