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
Ratings:
2,230
Reviews:
725
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
446
For Trade:
10
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Photo of benloho
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of albern
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you live outside the Great Lakes area, this beer may be a bit difficult to find. The brewer's website shows a map where the beer is distributed, and it is a fairly local beer. It helps to have friends who bring you beer samples of the local craft beers. The beer pours a slighly hazy orange amber color from a thick, slightly syrupy pour. There is a slight foamy white head, that doesn't retain long after, and a touch of lacing. The nose on the beer is the high point. This beer has a very enticing aroma. The estery hop oils really pop through, there are orange bursts from the hops, some nice florals, in the pine and grapefruit families, with some biscuity malts coming through underneath.

This IPA is a fine beer, but it lacks some of the estery and oily hop character present in the aroma. The hop is quite drying, very leafy and grainy, more bitter than bittering, and the nice florals just don't come through as one would have hoped. It is a good IPA, and there is a nice acerbic and biting grapefruit like mouth puckering tartness. The balance is a bit off, and the biscuity malts that should underlay this IPA are a touch thin. The 7% ABV is well hidden, with no residual throaty burn, nor an oily mouthfeel. This is a refreshing IPA, not perfect, a touch imbalanced, with I am sure a very substantial IBU rating. Worth getting that friend in the Great Lakes area to bring you a sample. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of neckbracesub
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Cresant
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was hazy and the color was yellow/butterscotch. The head was modest despite a vigorous pour. Creamy yellowish/tan that settles to a fine film.

The smell was sweet citrus and gritty organic leafiness. Pungent earthiness. Yummy.

The taste was slightly sweet and citrusy up front but finished with a nice biting bitterness. Green and drying. I have wanted to try this for a while and it does live up to the hype. Very well made and very drinkable. Classic AIPA.

The mouthfeel was medium to light in body. On the light side in the carbonation department.

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Photo of NJB145
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - Pours a glowing orange color with a 2 finger head that holds its ground and provides exceptional lacing.

S - Earthy grass, spicy grapefruit, dank herbal notes, sharp and peppery. Small hints of malt aroma.

T - Follows the nose with with juicy citrus, dank herbal, and sticky green hops. The hops are spicy and green showcasing solid bitterness. Light caramel malt shows up but the hops punish with a dry grassy bitterness. Finishes herbal and dry.

M - Medium carbonation and body, crisp and sharp feel, very dry finish.

The first beer from Short's and I have to say well done. This is a no holds bar full flavored IPA with copious amounts of bitterness. A dry crisp inish closes out very nice. Glad I got a chance to try this.

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Photo of ms11781
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a small, fluffy off-white head. Head reduces to a foamy off white cap and leaves great lacing on the glass.

Great hop aroma. Floral, citrus and piny hops are all here and are balanced nicely by some caramel malt. There is a lot going on in the nose in regards to hop character yet none stands out head and shoulders above the others. Slight floral aroma hits first and is quickly followed by a great citrus and tropical fruit combination. Pine comes on in the back end and there is a good dose of it too. There is a slight caramel malt that pulls it all together. Something tells me that there must be more than a "slight" amount of malt if it comes through amongst all these hops.

There is definitely a dank and resinous quality in the nose towards the end but it doesn't quite prepare you for the bitterness that is in the taste. Not much of the floral hops that were in the nose but there are some juicy tropical and citrus hops, orange, tangerine and pineapple come to mind. Starts off slightly bitter with some piny hops followed by the does of fruity hops before an enormously bitter, resiny finish. The bitterness sticks to the tongue and stays put while providing an aftertaste of orange rind.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dries out a bit with the lingering bitterness but it still very smooth nonetheless.

Great hop aromas and flavors. Definitely a beer that is light and interesting enough for multiple pints. The bitterness may make some want to move on after one or two but a very enjoyable beer regardless.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of captainbearcat
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of amalburg
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scxcrunner
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Updated 8/23/13

Another in the series of reviews of Michigan beers obtained on my recent visit to the state in June. I bought two bottles of this one and saved the second bottle for later in the summer.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle. Second one was into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a: Yummy translucent light amber. Finger wide head melted to an even surface foam and clingy ring.

s: Immediately on pouring, orange/tangerine notes even without sniffing close. Wow. The best-smelling IPA I've had yet. Second one was not nearly as strong, perhaps because the hops had been muted by eight weeks of aging.

t: Strong citrus hop bitterness quickly asserted itself and dominated. Powerful but too citrusy-bitter for my taste. Left a long lingering bitter aftertaste similar to and perhaps even stronger than unsweetened grapefruit juice. Second one was only moderate strength and the citrus was not nearly as evident.

m: Mouth-puckering bitterness overshadowed everything on the first occasion. Two months later, it was much easier drinking. Not what was intended perhaps, but definitely a better experience. OTOH I have had lots of different IPAs since my first Huma, and have gotten far more used to and even enamored of hop bombs than I was in June.

o: The second go-round was a much better experience than the first, a medium strength and more balanced bitterness which went well with my grilled burger and potato salad.

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Photo of harsley
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a hazy orange in color with a finger of head which left behind some sticky lacing all over the place. a piney, grapefruit malt heavy sweet scent. the flavor, much like the smell is malt heavy. i believe this is because it was sitting at my friend's house for a couple months. a nice earthy bitterness with a huge citrusy grapefruit punch. medium body with high carbonation, very sticky on the lips. overall, this is a SOLID beer. i'd love to try it fresh, but as is, it's a wonderful beer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-a deep golden with a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-Hops dominate the smell with pine, citrus, and grapefruit. A malt breadiness is well hidden behind the hops, but does sneak through

T-HUGE amount of hops, the bitterness seems to be masking any other taste. A light malt biscuit like taste comes out, but for the most part it is all bitter hops.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, very dry, bitter finish that lingers

Too bitter for me, the bitterness hides any other flavor which takes away the drinkability in my mind.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aside from the finger's worth of foam atop this beer, it looks like a glass full of unfiltered clover honey. Bright orange, glowing with haziness. Great head retention, and lots of lace leaving rings down the glass.
Smells fiercely hoppy. I can smell it from where it's sitting on the patio table in front of me. Sweet malt is there, but the hops dominate with a lemony zest. Fruity and pungent.
The flavor opens rather sweet for a split second, then the hops overtake the palate "like an unstoppable rebel force". Fruity and floral in it's bitterness, lemon and orange peel with a bit of pine. Big bodied and greasy with all the hop oils. The malt keeps the bitterness from getting too out of control with a simple, candied sweetness. Complexity is mostly derived from the hops, the malt seems to be there in an essential, unseen role, like the black-clad ringside cameraman capturing a fight. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste for a long, long time. I tend to like over the top IPAs like this, so I'm sure my six pack will go quickly. This one's a real palate blaster. I imagine it would be hard to taste most other brews after a bottle of this.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,230 ratings.
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