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
Reviews:
715
Ratings:
2,201
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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230
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436
For Trade:
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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1+ finger off white head settled to a very thin layer, nice lacing all around, slightly hazy gold with amber hues, impressive 4.5
S – citrus, dry grasses, toasty with a bit of tropical fruit sweetness 3.5
T – Bready with an herbal hop bitterness, grapefruit zest, mild pine, decent malt balance with some caramel character, I’m personally not so fond of the hop profile 3.5
M – Moderate body, slightly sticky, nice smoothing small bubble carbonation 4
O – Hop profile/flavors that I tend to like is lacking but brew still has substantial hop bitterness. Looks and feels good, but I’ll skip buying this one again as the taste is not enough to my liking. 3.5

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Photo of cetherid
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip

A.

pours a nice dark golden color. a little hazy. A thick frothy offwhite head as well.

S.

huge hop smell. I'm getting a huge whiff of citrus fruits with a little pine in there. A great smelling beer.

T.

A lot of bitterness. You get the bitterness from the hops straight up..the piny hops more so than the citrusy hops. Then some of the maltiness in there that cuts a little bit of that bitterness. IMO, this beer is very similar to Alpha King but more bitter.

M.

medium bodied. a good amount of carbonation. The bitterness can linger about bit and leave a little dry taste in the mouth.

D.

decent, but hard to find in Indiana. I picked this up in Grand Rapids. I would definitely try again, but I'd rather get some Alpha King as it's not as bitter, easier to find and one of my go to session beers.

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Photo of jrhottle
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I need to review these whilst drinking them so I can remember all the details....

I definitely loved the bitterness-to-citrus ratio. Meaning hoppy and bitter, and spot on as an American IPA. it is very "Michigan" - maybe from the hint of pine that comes through.... made me feel nostalgic drinking it locally though. Slightly hazy in color, and a hint of sweetness in the malt with a medium head coming from the bottle, thicker head from the tap.

Taking some of this back to Ohio for my brother-in-law. He told me to get it when the lady and I were in Michigan, and boy was I glad!

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Photo of endovelico
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small beige head on a beautiful hazy amber - orangey pour. No lacing, retention or apparent effervescence.

Smell: Medium high in intensity. Notes of lupulin dust, tangerine, fresh hop character at the front. Pineapple and other exotic notes on the back.

Taste: Medium high in intensity. At the front there's a yeast bitey, dried leaves like character. Back notes include ethanol followed by orange / tangerine play.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium low carbonation. Medium high bitterness. Long lasting astringent taste. ABV comes through a lot in the palate.

Overall: Decent complexity, questionable balance. Aroma is a stand out in this piece, but everything else is decent at worst. It's not one of the more sessionable IPA's I've had - mainly because of the aggressive bitterness on the tame body - but ironically feels very fresh to the palate.

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

Picked this up on a road trip to MI. Seems pretty fresh. It was a little steep for a sixer (11.50) but its pretty good overall. The only thing I've had from Short's Brew and it definitely makes a good impression on me.

Smell (4.00) - Big hop aroma right off the bat. Slight sweetness reminds me of honey. You can almost taste the bitterness in the smell. Maltiness is coming across as well.

Appearance (4.25) – From a 12oz to a Matilda glass. One finger lemony white head. Deep yet hazy golden yellow with tons of carbonation coming to the top. You can see slight amounts of sediment swirling around. Lacing is pretty nice overall.

Taste (4.00) – Huge hop crunch right on the front. Bitter grapefruit and lemon are prevalent but pine is definitely the main attraction. Bitterness lasts well into the finish where slight caramel notes make an appearance. I don't get a ton of malty complexion like advertised on the bottle.

Mouthfeel (4.00) – Bitterness and carbonation zonk the thirst out of you. If you swirl it in your mouth you can get a slight alcohol bite, but otherwise the alcohol is well hidden. The beer kind of lays in the back of the throat after the finish.

Overall (4.00) – If you're a hop nut like myself and want a satisfying crunch, this one delivers. It leaves a bit to be desired in terms of complexity but is still very pleasing overall. The main thing with this beer is the heavy pine taste that lasts throughout. Satisfying and I'm glad I have a sixer to enjoy.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hop-Cat from my recent trip to Grand Rapids from notes.

A - pours a hazy orange with a small tight white head with great lacing and retention
S- Lovely hop presence with citrus and grassy undertones and the pale sweet malt coming through nicely
T - light, crisp, hoppy and floral with the malt rounding everything out nicely. Lots of caramel and citrus on the palate.
M - smooth going down with medium carbonation
D - Fantastic drinkability and I want to get some more here in Indiana. Please some to Indiana Shorts when you are up and bottling.

This is one of the best IPA's I've had. All around just a great beer.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's in MA! Short's in MA!

A golden honey color poured into a pint glass - this beer has a nice lumpy head that sticks around for a bit (and to the glass).

Big aroma, I could smell this before I...intentionally smelled it. Reminded me of NN. Big fruity hops and pine. A sip unleashes crisp and bitter aggressive hops with very little obvious malt but somehow it's there to tame the front of the sip. Dry resiny earth/pine finish. Perhaps I'll have another taste.

This is a lot of hops. I'm not sure I was ready for it. But after a few sips I can say it was a great brew and would compliment a meal extraordinarily.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours bright orange with a frothy white head. Nice hoppy pine resin aroma with some cereal malt. As the beer warms, some fruiteness becomes apparent. On the front of the palate, the flavor shows off the caramel and cereal malts, but on the middle and back of the palate, this beer belongs to the hops. The hops flavor begins fruity but ends with grapefruit bitterness as expected. The body fairly light with a somewhat thin texture. The carbonation is average, and the finish is super bitter and super long. This is a good IPA, but slightly out of balance.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark golden pale and smelled strongly of citrusy hops. The taste was definitely more hops and finished with a solid bitterness. The mouthfeel was solid, medium-high but not so much that it lessened its drinkability, which was pretty high. Not too bitter and not too much alcohol. Overall a very good IPA. Another solid turnout from yet another solid Michigan brewery!

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Photo of claminat420
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- poured a slight amber golden color. the slightest off white thick foamy head. medium lacing.

S- just hops. earthy and citrusy

T- just how it smells but with a caramel malt backup blended just right.

M- medium light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could try to drink a whole 6. on my 4th right now and feelin pretty good(abv).

Overall- this beer is how a michigan ipa should be made. this goes in the pack of bell's two hearted and dark horse's crooked tree even tho the crooked has more of a malt blend. if you're an ipa fan and like the bitterness you should totally try this brew.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes on 5/27/10.

A: Poured into a snifter, Huma has a lovely golden-amber hue. There is no head after a medium pour, which is weird, because I have had this many times before and I recall a usually buoyant and healthy froth on top of the beer. I won't mark it down for that, based on previous experience. Lacing is present, but not very sticky.

S: This is exactly what I would hope for from an American IPA. Big pine, floral, and citrus hops leap into my nose, supported by a strong pale/amber malt presence.

T: Yummy. An appropriate amount of hop bitterness endures throughout each sip and into the aftertaste, while a lovely grapefruit flavor is the dominant flavor. Some pine and resin taste is also present.

M: Medium bodied for an IPA with a coating quality in the beginning and middle of each sip, which is snatched away from the palate by the drying hop quality at the end.

D: I have always found this to be an immensely drinkable IPA. The balance between sweetness from the malt and citrus flavor and the bitter, acidic bite from the hops make me want to enjoy this beer time and time again. Salud, Short's!

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. From a six-pack. First shipment to reach PA from what I am told.

L - hazy golden amber color. Foamy head with some lacing down the glass. Foam gripping the glass when swirled around.

S - spent grain, thick resin hops. Notes of peanut butter from the malt, citrus pine hop character.

T - malt up front, full of hops in the rest of the taste. Thick hop resin taste that coats the tongue.

F - Light in body. Easy to drink, a little boozy but more hop resin.

O - this is almost like it came out of some homebrewer's garage brewery. Shorts just made its way to Pennsylvania to try out distribution and I have been seeing more bars carrying their product. Very good IPA for fans of the style. I love the thick resiny hop character. Must try, Cheers!

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Photo of Longstaff
2.6/5  rDev -35.3%
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 coriswrasse
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into two snifter glasses. no bottle date. age can significantly affect the ratings on this style.

hazy with good clarity.

darker golden straw.

pine and resin on the tongue late, does not dry out very much.

mango/fruity/pine nose.

not enough significant head for this style.

outstanding taste overall, highly suggested.

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Photo of MDekker
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at HopCat in Grand Rapids. Came in a pint glass.

A: Good head, golden orange in color, mostly clear, and had good retention through the session.

S: Nice and flowery - an IPA all the way. Hops in the nose, of course, and notes of lemon and very fresh fruit.

T: All hops - maybe some malty notes in there but not much. The aftertaste lasts forever.

M: Dry, oily, thick, and perfect carbonation.

D: A totally pleasant experience. Not the greatest IPA of all time, but a good one for sure.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An extra from shaggy9356.

A: Pours a light golden color with a foamy white head. Very hazy looking. Decent carbonation.

S: Initially I get a lot of juicy citrus, namely grapefruit. Seems to have a decent stab at balance with some sweet malts in there. This smells hella bitter.

T: Grapefruit is the predominant flavor for sure. This seems like it starts with a good amount of bready malt and almost a rye flavor to it before the raw grapefruit bitterness takes hold. Its almost like there is no bitterness and it takes time to build and linger before you just get hit with the resinous aftertaste. The rye flavor spices things up nicely. Not sweet like the smell.

M: Medium body, highly carbonated. This resinous bitterness lingers for a while, a good while. This knocks it down a bit, I can deal with aftertaste but it has to stop sometime.

O: I like my IPAs to have a little more orangey-citrus balance and some other stuff going on but this was still a solid brew. This drinks really nice until the aftertaste sets in. My favorite Short's beer to date, probably because its not based on a meal.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

part of my many nights of shorts beers thanks to a generous BA.
pours a straw apricot color in my sam adams perfect pint. one finger head doesnt take long to dissipate, and leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass.
smells like some nice sweet grapefruity hops. based on the nose i instantly think sticky resin... i happen to be fond of this aspect, although in this application i wish it was just a little more in my face. still though, very pleasant.
taste and mouthfeel are right up there, the carbonation brings the bittering hops to life to instantly coat my mouth. it is almost brutally bitter, but i still enjoy it. the flavor profile of the hops take a back seat to the bitterness, and because of that, one beer would be enough... drinkability doesnt go much further than one. i do like the lingering bitterness even minutes after taking my last sip. pine, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors just need a little boost forward to make this a really nice brew.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA.

This one seemed like it was pretty fresh. It poured an unfiltered light orange/amber color.
lacing in carbonation, and a fresh smell of hops.

Lots of flavor in this one, so much going on. I got the taste of this grainy, almost dry taste, and then a sappy, grassy taste as well in the back end.

Overall a solid beer from Shorts, it makes me want to try other Shorts beers.

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Photo of shangwang
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

received this from stickman1220 in a recent trade - thanks Chris!

poured from bottle into Dogfish goblet, no date on the bottle.

Huma poured with a nice, frothy white head which dissipated quickly and left heavy lacing on the glass. The brew was an amber color, and hazy with little opacity. The first thing that stood out about this beer was the smell- very intense smells of piny hops and burnt wood- as far as the hoppy smell it was less floral and more earthy. Also hints of honey come through. The beer's taste smacked of bitter hops with almost no sweetness. The hops dominated the taste so much that it was hard to really get much else from it - they continually lingered through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky and medium in body.

I'm into hoppy beers but this one was like a punch in the face - I didn't get much sweetness from it like some other reviewers did, and I would have liked a little more to balance the uber-bitterness. I can respect it for what it is, but not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A- pours a clear light orange with minimal head, lots of carbonation

S - lots of sweet citrus hops along with an undertone of chocolate that follows, confusing the heck out of me

T - loads of bitter hops initially, more bitter than the nose would suggest. Instead of chocolate, I get a nice malty backbone

M - fairly thin, good amount of carbonation, little alcohol to speak of

O - very good initial offering from Shorts for me. Would definitely have this one again

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Photo of weizenbob
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. A small trace of head rises to the top and dissipates in little time. Color is a cloudy bronze, not unlike apple cider.

The scent is reminiscent of citrus fruits, oranges and grapefruits to be exact. There is definitely a good hop presence in the aroma but it takes a back seat to the sweet smelling citrus.

There are a few flavors released in varying degrees at different times, all of them bitter. I expect an IPA to punch me in the face with hops and Huma Lupa Licious doesn't disappoint on that front. However, I prefer that a brew has some balance in the flavor, and this is where Huma Lupa feels like a one trick pony. The flavor hits slow at first with a malty feel but no real malt flavor to speak of. A grapefruit bite comes on slowly and reaches a minor apex only to be totally overwhelmed by hops, hops, HOPS! Yes, I'm drinking what appears to be crushed rose petals in liquid form. It finishes bitter, with notes of grapefruit peel and clings for dear life to the back of my throat. I feel like I just bit into a grapefruit, peel and all. It has hops in spades, but that seems to be where it stops. More of a malty balance would be desired.

Despite the taste, this feels awesome in my mouth. It's thick and smooth and malty with just a touch of carbonation to provide some effervescence and enhancing the bite of the bitter flavors. It's hands-down the best feeling IPA I've had in my mouth.

The drinkability of Huma Lupa Licious has its pros and cons. A plus is that the 6.6% abv is virtually undetectable amidst the rich hoppy flavor and smooth mouthfeel. A big con is that these are just too bitter to want to drink one after another. It would be more appropriate to drink one of these to add an exclamation point to the end of a session. You'd really have to appreciate hops to session this on its own.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle says 01/09/13. It pours amber with a little orange glow and a little lacy white head. There is balance in the aroma between sweet malt, caramel and biscut, and soft pine, a little earthiness, and rich grapefruit hops. The balance is excellent between the the rich malt and the acidic hops. A big burst of bitterness rounded out by a fairly tick mouthfeel and a lingering taste of grapefruit and almost copper bitterness. This is really one of the nicest bitternesses I've had on an IPA in a while! I quite like this one for the balance of the malts, the bitterness, and the acidity. It's not going to knock you out with aroma hops like some IPAs might, but there is something nice to be said about a rich bitterness and a great malt character.

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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 ottovon
2.87/5  rDev -28.6%
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 Verecund
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

September 24, 2011. Bottled August 25, 2011. Thanks to splax23 for this.

Pours an almost-amber with a nice one and a half finger cloudy head.

Very nice nose of grapefruit, light citrus, pine, and some grassy bitterness. Pretty well-rounded; I don't know why, but I didn't expect this to be as aromatic as it was. The bready backbone helps display the hop profile.

A bit of a letdown after the nose: medium grapefruit and citrus bitterness, but the sweet maltiness peeks through more strongly, cutting through the bitterness. I would not have guessed this had 140 IBUs. Tastes "young" for some reason, despite the disappointing display of hops.

Not my favorite hop profile, but one of the better Short's beers I've had, especially the nose right after the pour. I wouldn't seek this out, but it's a decent showing.

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