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:
#3,000
Reviews:
729
Ratings:
2,258
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of 98green
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a golden with orange hues body which is slightly hazy. Excellent tropical fruit, grapefruit and candied pear citrus aroma. Hoppy flavors follow with more candied fruit with mild tart and citrus bitterness up front with fairly strong pine resin bitter finish. Malts are relatively bland and are mostly in the background. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not bad. The flavors are a bit disorganized in this one which disrupts its complexity.

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Photo of matt20102
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at refrigerator temperature from a bottle into a goblet glass. The beer poured with a dark golden colour and very little head. The aroma is of cascade hops- distinct but not overpowering. The flavor is primarily of grapefruitty hops but there is a ever present malty flavor. This strong malt would be overpowering in any other brew but it required to match the strong hop flavor- and it does this job well. Unlike many other American IPAs, Short's does a good job here of making one that is actually drinkable. The flavor is not terribly complex (cascade hops and malt) but this is a solid brew with good flavor and mouthfeel. Recommended.

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Photo of Joshhersh
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample class.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a mild off white head and a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Some sweet bready malt along with hops that are quite herbal.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Bready malt backbone is balanced with herbal hop bitterness. Not a very bitter IPA, the finish is somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This has a very different hop profile from most of the IPAs that I have had. It was a pleasant beer and I would have it again.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy copper in color when poured. The nose is very hop forward and the taste is super hoplicious. Their is a bite at the end afterwards I cannot put my finger on. Decent hoppy dank beer.

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Photo of Naugled
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice tight short off white head, light copper in color with slight haze

great fresh hop aroma, piney and resiny

good balance with all of the hop flavor, the late bitterness rapidly disappears. very piney, almost gin like

medium body

very drinkable, but the gin like profile would stop me after maybe two of these.

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Photo of livewire78
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber orange color. Brownish orange creamy head.

Smells like a pretty hop forward beer. Lots of citrus up front and maybe some pine in the rear. Smells pretty good but it doesn't burn up the nostrils like some IPA's.

Tastes OK. Citrusy grapefruit and some orangepeel in the forefront. I pick up a tiny and I mean tiny amount of cat pee. Maybe its just me. Not a bad taste by any means.

Feels pretty good. No alcohol burn in the end and it goes down with a nice abrupt finish.

This beer at least for me is NOT as good as the sum of its parts. It seems that every aspect is well crafted and well balanced. But all the parts don't mesh into a great beer. I'm not saying its bad at all but I won't seek it out ever again. Just a "meh" beer IMO.

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Photo of youngleo
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a nice two fingered head that was offwhite in color. Ale itself was brownish golden in color. Left some nice lacing with every swallow. Had that piney, hoppy, malt smell going on. Tastes of pine, hops, and malt. Had a little bit of bitter aftertaste that was stronger than I liked. Aftertaste hung around for a while. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was right. Overall I thought it was a good brew by Shorts. Id buy again.

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Photo of bb_hagen
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gra1164
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ngaron
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sonicdescent
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra, I wish I kept a log. Thanks to whoever that was.

Appears cloudy but bubbly in my Sam Adams Sensory glass. Not much in the way of head or retention. Apple cider look.

Smells very fruity. Excuse my smell sense, I haven't reviewed in a while so I can't get much more specific than that. It is an enticing smell.

Taste is a bit subdued compared to the smell, definitely some bitterness and a good taste, just a bit more mild than I would prefer.

Mouth is thin and bubbly, a good mix, though I have been shown a thicker IPA and it was damn good.

Another goodie from Shorts.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Eric for the hookup

Pours a dark amber with a quarter inch of a loose white head. There is almost no lacing, haze, or sediment. The nose is slightly hoppy with a lot of malty sweetness. The hops aren't particularly citrusy, more resiny and earthy. The beer drinks with major sweetness upfront followed by a dry residual bitterness. I like the sweetness, but they could have done a lot more with their hops. Once the beer warms the sweetness becomes more pronounced & helps to balance out the beer's intense bitterness.
I would probably pass on trying this beer in the future.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger+ of off white head. Amber/Orange color with a slight haze and a touch of visible carbonation.  A decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is a nice mix of fresh pine, fairly perfume like with a sense of toasted malt just below the assertive hop aroma.

Frankly a bit shocked this is only 7% abv. Drinks bigger and you can sense the alcohol. Resin/piney hop flavors dominate with an assertive bitterness to finish. The malt backbone makes its presence known but plays only a supporting role. The bitter aftertaste is quite aggresive.

A touch sticky, hangs in your mouth and a resin or oil like coating on your tongue.

Decent. The sense of the raised abv is a bit too much for my liking.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great to see this bottled! Pours into my glass a somewhat hazy deep orange with a half inch of creamy white head on top that leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass. So far so good. Aromas smack upfront with a mix of piney, herbal and citric hop tones. Smooth caramel malt backbone that is sort of fruity as well. Quite a collusion of hops in the glass.

First sip is a wash of hop oils rushing across the palate. Pine, citrus and resin rolls across the tongue along with a biting bitterness that lasts all the way through. The malt has some caramel and light toast and it barley holds up to the brash hops in this brew. Slightly fruity throughout, it rolls down with more green hop cone accents and another kick of bitterness on the back of the palate that lingers.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good flow of carbonation. An easy drinking IPA...but you better love hops and bitterness before messing with this one! I can't really say it's balanced as the hops kick the malts ass here and the bitterness lingers on long after each sip. Quite tasty for a hophead and quite a bold IPA. I think it's a bit too bitter to session with.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #3.

Blind Beer #8 of 12 thanks to mtunnell.

12 oz bottle poured into my unlabeled tulip.

Beautiful translucent dark golden yellow with a mountain of eggshell frothy head. As it recedes, craters become abundant, though it takes minutes.

The first thing on the nose was pine and lemon. But those aromatics quickly yield to some more subtle lemon notes, and a hint of funk. Part of me wants to say saison, but it's lacking some of the yeast notes I'd expect. There is a tiny bit of spice in there along the lines of coriander or a dash of nutmeg. This doesn't seem added, but rather a yeast byproduct. The nose is making me think some type of IPA, or maybe a belgo-IPA. As it warms, I get a bit more pine, garlic and onion. Definitely some crazy hop action going on here.

Time to dive in...Very little up front. Maybe some light funkiness, but there is virtually no sweetness in this beer. As it lingers on the tongue, i start to pick up a little lemon before swallowing. Then, oh, man, does that bitterness hit! This is in no way a balanced beer! That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the IBUs are way high for this residual sweetness. I have to dive in for more to see if I pick up anything besides bitter...There is definitely some phenolic notes lingering after the finish. I can't stop trying to get it off my tongue. Man this beer is dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharp carbonation hitting the sides of the tongue like it's being squeezed by a vice with spikes. Wow...No oiliness. Just plain dry finish.

Overall, this is a very complex beer. Very clean and somewhat one dimensional. It's not in balance, yet I can't seem to help diving in for more just seconds later. Though my tongue is going to need days to recuperate, it's still strangely drinkable.

I still think this is some sort of big double IPA now, however, there's some sort of twist that I can't figure out. Maybe it's a 100 IBU saison or something. The color is too pale for most IIPAs I've had so I'm at a loss here. I'd still say something along the lines of a devil dancer or the like (but not due to bottle shape). I'm positive i've never had this beer before, though.

Time for the reveal: Short's Huma Lupa Licious!

Sweet! Never thought I'd get to try this bad boy. Tastes super fresh! Thanks, Matt.

Anyway, time for the rating (as a single IPA!): 5.0/4.0/3.5/3.5/4.0

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Photo of Winger911
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A hopped up kick to the moth. Very bitter, but full of flavor. If you love IPA's then give this beer a try. The hopiness/bitterness can be overpowering, one and done kind of beer. Love Shorts brewing company. blah blah vlah blah blah blah blah blah blah gsfnsfn

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Photo of Segnem5
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrob22278
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breakingbland
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chackman151
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of klikger
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island IPA tulip - thanks, Donerik!

A - Golden-orange, hardly any head, decent lacing

S - Grapefruit, floral hops, caramel, and oranges

T - Bitter citrus hops (and lots of them) --> oranges and a little malty sweetness --> more grapefruit and pine, with some metallic taste. The finish and aftertaste are very bitter and dry.

M - Low carbonation, medium-bodied

D - The combination of a ton of hops (positive) and the metallic finish and aftertaste (negative) give this good, not great drinkability.

This is a pretty good beer, but it could be great. I like Hangin' Franks substantially more than this due to its lack of metal in the flavor. I adore bitterness, but this particular profile is a little too metallic for me to wholeheartedly love.

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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 2,258 ratings
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