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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
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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:
#2,934
Reviews:
729
Ratings:
2,257
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
229
Gots:
459
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 2,257 |  Reviews: 729
Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 6/13/12

Many thanks to beesy for sharing this and several beers he acquired from Michigan.

This is a cloudy beer, which casts a deep appearance through the golden orange colored beer. An aggressive pour resulted in but a finger's worth of foam. Patchy, soapy retention and lace.

Ripe notes of lemon and orange peel take hold of the aroma, backed by piney hops and oily notions. A faint herbal presence seems a bit at odds with the lemon. Tangerine juiciness as the beer opens up. Clean cracker and a hint of sugar cookie make up the malt side of things.

The flavor is titled toward piney hop crackle, at least up front. Some zesty citric tidings are in there, too. The middle finds modest sweet biscuit and a hint of dusty yeast way in the back. The finish turns very dry and bitter; it's like grapefruit bitterness, without grapefruit flavor.

The feel is in medium territory with ample, pointed carbonation that accents the snappiness of the hops. There is a resinous feel, too. Lingering residuals are fairly brief.

Overall impression: Aside from whatever that herbal twinge is, I rather like this one. I picked up a six pack several years ago, but I don't remember much about it. I'm happy to have a chance to give it a proper shake.

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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 alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped at a store when I was in MI yesterday...quite suprised...and happy!!

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice darker amber hue brew that gave off a quater inch off white head that faded pretty fast. Left little lacing on the sides of the glass. Clear for the most part.

S- Oh this is an IPA for sure. Nice floral/fruit hop smell (grapefruit and citrus). It smells kind of sweet for sure and I like it. Little malt backbone that barely comes through all the hops.

T- Nice bitter hops right off the bat. The grapefruit flavor kicks in high gear leading to a citrus and caramel malt ending. Nice piney aftertaste. Balance to the hops for sure but the malts kind of complement it.

M- This is a medium mouthfeel for sure. The hop oils cover your tounge with a nice bitter taste that stays for a while. Good carbonation with the beer bouncing over the palate leaving what seems to be the start of a hop garden on the tounge.

D- I am glad I found a sixer of this beer. And even more glad that my roommate is out on the town. I don't want to give any of these up! Very drinkable...almost too drinkable.

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Photo of Shawner
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garuda
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Foran's in Detroit.

A - A golden ale with a huge, creamy head and lots of lacing.

S - Lots of floral hops.

T - Fruity and floral hops with loads of flavor and a nice citrusy bitterness. The hops certainly dominate this one.

M - A good consistency with a low carbonation that lets the hop flavors run wild.

D - I got this on a recommendation by the bartender and I loved it. It's just my kind of beer.

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Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Grapefruit and some mango, some pine harshness.

L: Hazy burnt orange, off-white head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Grapefruit bitterness with some clean maltiness. A semi-harsh grassiness present. Medium high citrus bitterness with a strong hoppy resin finish. Some pine needles persists throughout.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

A very strong, hoppy IPA. Enamel melting, super bitter, but still quite good. A man's man IPA. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a pint glass well chilled and allowed to hit a nice drinking temp.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a very pleasing clear honey coppery coloration. The head is white and resolves to a ring of foam. Spiderwebbing of lace mark the beers rapid passage from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is hop infused. Grapefruit and grapefruit zest, nice pine aromas combine well with the grapefruit. A bit of mango, pineapple and tobacco whaft about. Very nicely done.

Taste: The hop flavors are pretty bold for an APA. Pine resin dominates my palate nice combination of citrus flavors. Long lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel The body of the beer is light and refreshing. The hops are a bit oily but add to the beers mouthfeel and overall experience.

Overall: This is a very pleasing and satisfying APA. The hops and the oily sensation to the hops make this beer feel just like a DIPA. This is very well executed and what I have come to expect from Shorts.

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Photo of MaximumYuks
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of benloho
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kodt
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of NEhophead
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Full copper in color beneath a dense, frothy, bright white head that clings to the tumbler with an unwillingness to recede. Cascading walls of lacing with good strength.

Fresh, bright pine and spruce aromas with just a touch of oily, hop resin. Peach, pear, and green apple tart fruit aromas.

Stiff, pine and spruce hop flavors from the onset that carry the the majority of the taste through the aftertaste. For an IPA, rather dry; not much in terms of the typical resin-filled flavors and mouthfeel. The citrus fruit present in the aromatics are nearly absent in the taste. Toasted biscuity malt base that holds its own against the pine-filled hops onslaught.

Medium bodied; stiff, dry, and a touch filmy.

In all honesty, a bit one-dimensional in terms of the hop flavor profile. Good, but it fell a bit short of its reputation.

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Photo of BeersAndBears
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Stillyman11
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of adamette
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,257 ratings
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