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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

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Photo of youngleo
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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 boomer31
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 8-22. Taken from notes

A - Gold with a sticky white head

S - The first thing my wife said was 'it smells like grapefruit' and I wouldn't agree more. I got some mango hops too...all fruity hops here

T - Dry, grassy and piney. Where did the fruits go? Hey whatever, the taste is bitter and chewy. What a great IPA

M - Dry and medium carbonation. The hops really keep your tongue begging for water or more or this beer.

D - I really like this beer. Not over the top high in ABV but very hoppy. Two of my favorite IPAs are Masala Mama and Furious and this one is right up there.

Well done Shorts. I think this was at it's peak of freshness because the hops really smack you in the face. I got a chance to try some new beers that I can't get here in MN and am very pleased with this offering.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep golden orange…fairly transparent, there is some bubble action in the middle…whitish head about a finger width formed, a thin layer hung around…(3.75/5)

Smell: A tempered earthy hops, like a damp, dark forest in the fall…some breadiness…also some citrus hops, I am getting faint orange whiffs…very earthy and grounded…(3.75/5)

Taste: A hop explosion initially…rich, robust earthy hops dominate early and linger throughout…bready, robust toasted malts present themselves in the middle phase, really only adding more flavor and robustness…it’s a full flavored brew, that’s for sure…the finish ends way milder, I really get the piney/earthy and a bit of citrus hops flavor…the robust toasted malt flavor lingers into the after taste combining with earthy bitterness to leave a strong flavor well after I swallow…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body…robust, chewy feel…nice carbonation for such a full flavored beer, it shows a softer side to this ale…finishes a bit wet and tart…(4/5)

Overall: This is a solid brew…the hops is strong, earthy and robust…I realize I’ve used “robust” about 8 times in this review and that really is the best word to describe it…it’s like a swift kick to the chin this ale…the hops is surprisingly balanced by the malt which is why it’s so full flavored...i think one or two of these in a night would do me fine...(3.75/5)

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Photo of GoldenChild
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a glass. $10.19 in Gaylord MI, Bottled on date 03/10/11 So its a couple of months old.

A- Nice. Golden color with a nice white fluffy head that almost overflowed the glass, but didnt end up leaving even after the last swallow was gone.

S- Huge. Lots of hops, lots of citrus.

T- Tons of hops citrus and pine that stick with you for a very lingering hoppy bitter finish.

M- Very big but really nice to drink. One of my favorites in the category.

O- This is a super beer i remember the first time that i ever drank it around 3 years ago it took me about 2 weeks to finish the 6 pack. Now i could drink all of them in one night.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, hazy golden orange color with a light head that doesn't stick around. Wow, the aroma is awesome. Tons of hops dominate the nose with all the bitter sweetness you can handle and then just a little bit of malts. This brew starts of with some outstanding malt that are a bit sweet then here comes the hops. That bitter sweetness from the nose shows up at the end and finishes into a nice dry bitter end. This is just an over the top brew that was done very well. I've only been able to try a couple of Short's offerings but this seems to be the reoccurring theme. Very good, very enjoyable.

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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 sgoodship
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buddy gave me some of these on a camping trip in Michigan - thanks John!

A: Orange marmalade with a slight haze. Small off white dissipated almost immediately to a thin ring and was gone by a third of the glass.

S: Nice, fresh citrus hop. There is a touch of sweetness and breadiness from malt but bitterness shows through.

T: It starts with a refreshing citrus and moves swiftly into an aggressive piney hop bite. Some sweetness from caramel malt and fruitiness sneaks in but it is quickly dominated by the orange peel and piney aftertaste. The finish is dry - makes you want more.

M: Light side of medium body. Medium carbonation adds fuel to the bite on the palate.

D: This is a great IPA and I'd be happy to drink it at any time. If I am nit picking, I'd say that the pine dominance is not my favorite aspect of IPA's. Nice one Short's - I'd like to try more of your offerings.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Ben, Thanks!

Pours a murky golden brownish color with about a finger of white head that fades quickly but leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is some dank and piney hops with hints of orange rind in the background. A pleasant aroma, but somewhat unique for an IPA.

Taste is some piney hops with bits of caramel in the background. Not quite as interesting as the aroma would suggest.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. It's drinkable, but doesn't stand out above other IPA's like Two Hearted. I'd like to try it fresh on tap though.

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Photo of decadance
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange-red hue with about an inch of head which laces nicely.

S - Lotsa hops. but hints of grapefruit and other assorted citrus

T - This beer is about the bitter. It is assertive to say the least. it however, remains balance with some lighter citrus in the front and back ends.

M - Ends dry, but has the right about of carbonation.

D - I had two, wanted more. It is tasty, and balanced well with the spicy tuna I had.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" - Label
12oz bottle is poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. The beer pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow with an orange hue. A large head erupts after the initial pour and without much haste dissipates. After the head retracts, a moderate amount of lacing is left in its wake which dries and stays on the glass for the duration of my beers existence.

The nose is quite pleasant, consisting of an array of hop varietals. Piney, bitter notes blend with tropical fruits, citrus and musty earthy notes.

The taste seems a bit more one sided as far as the hops are concerned. The bitterness seems to override any fruit or citrus notes. The saving grace of this beer is the well rounded malt bill that helps keep the hops balanced. The hops seems to be a little muted in the taste leading me to think this isn't as fresh as I would like it to be.

It is well carbonated and medium bodied. The finish is quite bitter and very dry and leaves me wanting more which I suppose is a good thing. The freshness thing does urk me. I really wish breweries would date, at the very least, their IPA's...

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears veiled gold with some wisps of suspended particulates (probably yeast) floating a couple of inches below the surface. A vigorous pour gets you two fingers of luxurious, slightly rocky head that sticks around for a long time, generating some attractive latticework for the rest of glass.

Smells yummy: A whiff of sharp pine with some lemon and peach present but in more of a west coast proportion.

Tastes as it smells: definitely more of a west-coast experience. This one is pine forward with just enough lemon zest and grapefruit to keep things from being too out of balance. Some malt sweetness comes in at the end to compete with -- and eventually lose to -- the intense bitter end that seems to continue unabated until your next sip compounds the issue. This would stand up to many a DIPA and, in the IPA sphere, comfortably fits into the "ringer" category next to Furious and Torpedo. Those looking for a hop fiesta will be most pleased.

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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 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 backfat
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my buddy andy for bringing this lovely beauty back from Michigan.
pours a hazed sunburnt orange with a fizzy off white one finger and great lace. smells of grapefruit hops and that's about it. it's nice, just kind of one dimensional. bold pine flavors with bitterness throughout. ends with a tropical mango tartness that is very pleasant, and a creamy mouthfeel. very resinous, i would love to have another.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a murky golden color with minimal head. The nose has a nice citrus aroma. It is not overwhelming. The taste is somewhat mellow on the hops at first, then the bite of the hops kicks in. Delicious, and I do enjoy the greater distribution of Shorts.

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Photo of association330
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with a label that boasts an image of a hop flower and the statement "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth".

A - Pours a rich, cloudy golden color, similar to a half-aged apple cider. A pinky of creamy off-white head fades to a bubbly cap with sticky lacing.

S - Intensely hoppy, with grapefruit rind the dominant aroma here. Some pine sap comes through as well, with a balancing note of caramel malt. Overall it's fresh, floral, and spicy.

T - Hops, hops, and more hops. Some juicy sourness. The resinous pine flavor really comes through here, with the grapefruit rind more in the background, and almost no balancing malt presence, which I find unfortunate. I'm not looking for a lot, just a little, and the brew suffers from a lack of it. Nice dry, bitter finish. Just the slightest touch of alcohol at the back of the throat.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and refreshing, not filling.

D - A hophead's dream brew. This one seems to be all about the hops, with very little malt balance. I love hops, but I personally feel the drinkability is affected by the lack of a subtle, balancing malt backbone.

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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 DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No Date on the bottle

A - Pours out dark golden with a haze accompanied by a slight white head that dissipated rather fast.

S - There is a earthy, grassy hops with a nice strong biscuit, hay, woody, nutty malt presence. This bottle could be old but am unsure with no date but the hops are really not present here.

T - The taste more powerful then the nose with malts then hops to follow. It has a strong bitter bite with floral, grassy, earthy, nutty, and biscuit notes. Definitely hoped forward, and does not leave your palate un-harmed. Slight alcohol in the back and perhaps some saltiness, as the hops die off.

M - Medium bodied and soft with a good amount of carbonation to keep the bitter bite moving. On the dry side and leaves mouth wanting more. Bitterness bites into your taste buds here so watch out.

O - A nice local IPA that is relatively easy to find with a good price. Its one of shorts better beers in my opinion. Has a very bitter bite for you hop heads and will not leave you disappointed, and one I turn to when I want a hop bomb. Not the best tasting beer but it has a Bite to remember, Cheers!

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

Got this in the Telephone Game BIF from abraxel as an extra- much thanks man.

Pours a beautiful orange with a nice head of... wow- the smell hits you before the head even fully forms, I'm gona enjoy this. Copious amounts of lacing make a pretty beer.

Smell is all hops. Sharp and caustic notes of citrus and pine hit you in unrelenting waves. I suppose there's a little bready malt backbone if you look for it.

In regards to taste this brew lulls you into a false sense of security with those bready malts mid-palette. Then, Bam, it mushroom stamps you with hops. Citrusy, piney, resinousy hops come again and again, sticking to the tongue and increasing in intensity with each sip. Wonderful.

Overall, an awesome brew made for the hophead in you. As far as IPAs go, this can stand toe to toe with the best of them. Thanks abraxel for giving me the opportunity to try this and for giving me two so I can get another fix!

Seek this one out- it's worth it.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just discovered Short's and so glad I did. Second beer I have really enjoyed from them (ControversiALE). Pours a bit cloudy, golden. Nose is grassy, fresh cut, and sweet bread dough. Taste very balanced and grassy -- similar to Daisy Cutter but rounder, fuller. Mouthfeel excellent blend of carbonation and smooth. Happy to drink in summer or colder months. Good stuff!

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Photo of kasper
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a vibrant amber with yellow highlights; nice creamy banana cream-colored head that leaves some crazy lacing patterns on the glass.

S: Big aromas of sticky citrus: tangerines, oranges, hint of lemon and almost a tad soapy. Lots of sweet tropical flavored fruity malts underneath.

T: Big on the fruity malts, lots of orange citrus flavors going on, some soapiness, with a big, semi-dry bitter bite from the citrus hops.

M: Medium-heavy to heavy body, mild carbonation, bit sticky and syrupy.

D: The nose on this beer is fabulous, flavors are pretty good but don't standout from a list of other highly acclaimed and tasty IPAs. Bitterness helps mask the ABV very well but may be too much for some. Good beer all around.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice with a good cream white tint to the head. Mostly transparent and amber in color. A scattered sediment settlement at the bottom of the bottle (say that three times fast) is easy to pull up with a few shakes. Dashing down quickly the sediment cloud reaches three quarters of the way down the glass and floats there. Aside from the last quarter, the glass is now asemi-transparent amber cloud with only shadowed objects refracting through. A pretty bowl of lacing graphs down the sides of the glass.

Smells strong like hops and spice. Reaches the upper nasal cavities easily.

Taste has that metallic ting to it. A lasting after taste ripe with hoppy flavor. A very good blend of aroma and tastes that get better with warmth.

The feel is nice enough. not much of a burn for the spice.

Very drinkable. A great Northern Michigan IPA!


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Photo of FishPondManager
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GoldenChild for this. Poured into a tulip

A - pours a cloudy gold/amber with ample head. Two finger head fades to a nice frothy layer. Great lacing.

S - Citrus, grapefruit. A bit musty with a bitter note. Pretty standard for the style

T - Starts citrusy and bitter. A bit of sweetness is quickly dashed by some pine, biscuit, and earthiness. The bitter hops linger long after the taste.

M - Very nice. Coats the mouth with a creamy feel. Carbonation is a little higher than average and accentuates the earthy tones.

O - A good representation. A bit bitter on the balance, but very good. Hope to try again.

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Photo of Reneejane
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap, it was a deep ochre orange color with a white head. The aroma was very hoppy with a resiny character. The flavor was also hoppy but with a great deal of malt backbone. It had a sticky mouthfeel that was great in this beer. You could definitely sense the extra alcohol though. The beer didn't have a head that lasted, but that might have been the pour.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date. Received for the wife from abraxel. Cheers and thanks!

Served into a standard pint glass.

Has a near reddish yellow body, with a foamy cap and though it only reaches a solid finger of head, presents a nice smattering of lacing throughout.

Strong citrus fruit notes, a good malt base that comes off as a sweet candied orange zest.

Dang this baby is smooth. A moderate entrance, that comes off more malty than hoppy, but with a pleasant and well deserved kick of hops that crawls up the back of the tongue. Citrus, soft biscuit, some butter notes, all well played. Nice balance.

For what its worth, the beer is well made. Neither sticky, nor abrasive.

Dang good IPA. Wish we had this baby in Florida for sure. Gives Jai Alai a run for its money. Not saying its not "world class", just for a drinkable IPA, this one is hard to beat.

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