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:
718
Ratings:
2,210
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
437
For Trade:
11
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Photo of spartanfan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured from a 12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a white head that has left behind solid lacing.

S: Loads of citrus hops mostly grapefruit and orange. Sweet malt becomes stronger as the beer warms. Great strong nose with no

T: Tastes of pine and citrus mingle with a bready, malty sweetness; a familiar taste of yeast is also present. Strong bitter aftertaste.

M: This beer has a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth with a bit of bite from the carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, but the lingering bitterness is almost too much... almost

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Photo of airohead2001
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one for a long time. Courtesy of glazeman.

A - Great looking IPA. Light burnt orange with a one finger head with little retention. Good lacing, particularly for a single IPA.

S - Citrus hops - oranges, lemon, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Pretty average tasting beer in my opinion. Oranges and apricots up front with a slight malt backbone. The malts are a little bit sugary, almost medicinal. Finishes quite bitter followed by a hint of nuttiness. The nutty finish became a bit more pronounced as the beer warmed. Letting this one warm up a bit is a good idea.

M - Decent mouthfeel - typical for an IPA. Good carbonation. Pretty thin, not too sticky.

D - Very drinkable beer. Not a whole lot of complexity going on with the smell or the taste. All in all, this is your typical IPA. But that being said, a typical IPA is better than what most people have in their mugs, so this is a beer I would try again if it's available. However, I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to seek it out.

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Photo of imagineiii
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint tumbler. fizzes quite a bit. head is big and fluffy. hazy amber. impressive retention.

smell is piney and peppery. rye grains and honey from the malts. rather underwhelming, however.

taste is wonderfully bitter. malty breads and caramel are balanced by acidic, biting hops at the back of the palate. finishes very dry.

mouthfeel is light and effervescent. carbonation is rather odd for the style; too much.

not the most drinkable IPA Ive ever had at 6.5%.

not my style of IPA, but a great try for hopheads.

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Photo of srv33
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour, little foam, decent lacing. Smells just like hopslam, what I would expect from a hop heavy beer like this. Taste was in a way similar to hopslam, though less balanced, though more bitter despite feeling as if it wasn't anymore hop heavy. Bitter aftertaste. Enjoyable though, as it is $5 cheaper than hopslam in my area. Don't have too much more to say about this beer other than its a solid, yet bitter, hop monster of a beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a bright amber hue, with a small amount of head that quickly dissipates. Great lacing on the side of the glass though.

Smell is strong, and dominated by pine and earth notes. Some sweetness as well.

Taste is very bitter, with the hop flavors (mostly pine, but some citrus as well) right at the center of it all. But there is a definitely some corresponding sweetness from the malts. I'm not 100% convinced this is an ideal balance, but if you love hops this beer is perfect.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, with lots of carbonation. The bitterness lingers.

Overall a solid IPA. The hop flavors are subtle, and less dominant than Founders Centennial IPA. But as the name and artwork suggest, the hop bitterness is the main attraction.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a regular pint glass and a small amount of foam was to be head. The beer was tasty but a little bitter. Not sure I could drink more than one of these bitter bad boys. Bitter bitter bitter.

I'd drink it again. Did I say it was bitter?

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Photo of jhoban19
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, enjoyed with a bowl of home-made mac & cheese (sharp cheddar and gruyere).

A: wonderfully bright copper color, just over a finger of head (more due to a less than proper pour on my part). head didn't last terribly long, minor lace present throughout the entire pint.

S: hops, hops and more hops- and that's how I like 'em! the hops really smack you in the face with a good amount of pine and citrus. about half way through I swear a caught a hint of bread dough, but just a subtle one.

T: as much hops in the taste as in the aroma. get that smooth hop taste for about a second or two and a malty delight kicks in, followed by a bitterness at the back of the tongue that lingers long after you've set the glass down and continues to tingle until the next sip.

M: smooth and satisfying. well carbonated, but not overly so. as mentioned above, a pleasant tingle on the back of the tongue lingers until the next sip.

D: incredibly drinkable if you like 'em hoppy. definitely a favorite of mine. goes down easy, but not really a session beer. the hops really take control of the palate so any more than a couple will be a waste- save the next one for another time when you have a fresh slate and can really enjoy it.

edit: poured a second one immediately following the beer reviewed above- gave it a proper pour and got a full 2 finger head. still doesn't last terribly long but the lacing is stronger. same hoppy goodness though!

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Photo of PhilsPils
2.06/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very chill-hazed gold. The aroma seemed fine with pine notes and citrus. Then the first taste revealed this "whang" that I will not be able to properly identify but it definitely isn't nice. I think of dirty mop water or even sewer gas. Rotting vegetables, perhaps. It's bitter for sure but I could take that if it was clean-tasting. Drain pour for sure. This will be my last Short's. Too many misses for the few hits.

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Photo of clint1019
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great example of what an IPA should be.

A - Deep Gold in color with a 1 finger bubbly white head on it that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S - The hops are very fragrant in this beer. They range from piney to grassy to grapefruity.

T - The taste is exceptional in this beer. The hops and the malt are very well balanced. It has a slightly sweet toffee-like malty flavor as well as a toasty malt flavor. This is accompanied by a stong hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Wow. What a great beer. Has a whallup of hop flavor and aroma, but it is balance well with the malt. I will definately be buying more of these. Now if only it didn't cost $14 a six pack.

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Photo of natemort13
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a slightly hazy light burnt orange with a white head that has decent retention some puddling.

Aroma is biting piney hops with an underlying bready maltness. I also get some vegetal hops. Also some faint pineapple. Spicy hops. Guess it is complex.

Right off the bat more piney bitter bitter hops that fade into slight lemon zest. Big bready malt backing it up. Very peppery hops. Almost feels like I'm drinking pine sap. Verges on being to bitter but doesn't cross the line.

Mouthfeel is tingly from the hop bitterness and good carbonation. Medium bodied. huge bitter finish

Overall a very unique ipa. The hop character seems more suited for a dipa. Just a huge beer disguised as a plain old ipa. india pine ale. Great contrast to the typical citrus imperials/doubles

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

A- Orange-amber, cloudy, with a small off white head that lingers.

S- Citrus-sweet hops, orange and grapefruit notes, maybe a small amount of a floral-pine hop scent hiding in the background.

T- Lots of hops, slightly piney at first but the orange-citrus hops take over for most of the taste. The finish is strong hop bitterness with little other flavor in the aftertaste. Hints of malt throughout the drinking but hops are always the dominate flavor with lots of bitterness for a normal IPA.

M- A little above what I would call medium body, low to moderate carbonation. Creamy feel with a relatively crisp finish.

D- Good sipping IPA. Not quite a session IPA with how intense the hop flavors are but that is how an IPA should be in my mind, if i want to drink good IPAs all night they have to change. Overall a great IPA with a lot of hoppiness but still doesn't challenge into a IIPA or DIPA category.

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Photo of livewire78
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Jesterr44
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought the bitterness was too harsh & unbalanced & the mouthfeel was not full enough for my liking when compared to some of the other fine IPAs I've enjoyed.

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

A-Pours a murky golden color with reddish hues and a smallish head and decent lacing on the glass.
S-Nice...no, very nice floral citrus aromas predominantly of grapefruit and tangerine, as well as piney hops.
T-The citrus aroma carries forward to the taste of sweetness up front followed by the bitter piney hops at the finish.
M-This beer has a moderate feel and mild to moderate carbonation.
D-Very drinkable and pleasant overall. Refreshing and crisp.

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Photo of goethean
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BA beereality.

Nice hop bouquet, although I've smelled some that were more complex, namely Samuel Smith IPA. The hop profile tastes a lot like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine, but the beer lacks the nice light caramel of Bigfoot. I have to say that this beer a bit on the hoppy side, and lacks the malty sweetness to balance the bitterness.

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Photo of martinpfal
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Color good and cloudy light Amber. Smell of, get this....peanuts and dress grass. Taste hits you in the hoppy section of your tongue. A hop-explosion to the maxx. Very well crafted. Not over powering or under whelming. Shorts has piqued my interest.

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Photo of ribby
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at Rose's, did not see the pour. The head faded to a thin lacy layer of white. Color is a nice light brown, almost clear. The aroma and taste are heavy on floral hops, as one might expect from an IPA, and they are very good hops, not overly bitter. There is enough malt to balance the hops. I have been impressed by other Short's, and this keeps the winning streak going.

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Photo of fvernon
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bottle-conditioned version from the brewery courtesy of camil1mj & tjohn2401... thanks guys!

chilled quickly out of the box and poured into a pint glass. pours a cloudy marigold with a little head that sticks around for a while. it almost looks like a wheat beer, but the aroma is all ipa - sweet floral hops with a bit of muted pine and a surprising wallop of wheat-y malt. the flavor is heavy on the malts - it's thick and sweet on the front end, with the bitterness of the hops coming in at the end. this is a surprising ipa in the same way that i'm surprised by gumballhead (or as the other side of a similar coin). it's an ipa that is thick and wheat-y with a good backbone of hops. confusing, but it works.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange appearance with a creamy white head, settles to a film that covers the surface nicely. Very hazy, looks like it'll have promising hops.

S - Excellent, you are hit with a lot of hops the second you pop off the cap. That's really the main thing that you smell. They are very crisp and pronounced, definitely a grapefruit aroma.

T - Just the way I like it. The hops are predominant and last throughout the entire time and lingers nicely after the fact. The taste is slightly fruity but is still dominated by hop bitterness. The hops give this beer a rather dry aftertaste. Malt is virtually undetectable.

M - I like it. It goes in smooth but pretty light/medium feeling. The entire time that it's in your mouth you can feel the hops and it's a good feeling.

D - Some people may disagree and find this to have too bitter of an aftertaste. Personally, I can't think of a greater taste to perpetuate then the hops that Huma Lupa Licious leaves behind. I just want more!

As the people who rated this beer lower showed, it's not a beer for someone who is looking for an even beer that balances between hops and malts or offers extremely complex flavours. I personally find that to go even more in favour with this beer, the hop flavours are fantastic.

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Photo of icetraxx
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Three finger head that dissipates to a very creamy one finger whilst leaving its mark. A bit darker than usual for the style, a rather copper amber color. Laces pretty well, what a nice looking IPA.

S: Could be more aromatic. Pine dominates, there is some "rank" here. Some citrus comes through.

T: Definitely wasn't expecting the kick in the pants from the DIPA like bitterness. A bit more bitter than HopSlam (or at least feels like it). There is a lot of "rank" flavor here, if you know what I mean. The hop's close cousin definitely paid a visit. There is a hint of malt on the finish, but the balancing seems to be a bit off with the beer favoring bitter. The finish isn't very clean with a lingering resin-like bitterness.
This is a bitter IPA rather than a floral IPA, I would say this one fails to be an American IPA and tastes a lot like a British IPA. The bitterness is dynamic and find myself quite happy with it now, but the hop florals just aren't here. I wish this had the strong and fresh hop presence of Short's Good Humans.

M: There is good carbonation that gives an illusion of good mouthfeel, yet it is masking the fact that this beer is rather watery.

D: I'm done, forever, after a single one. This is not an American IPA in my book. All the bitterness of a DIPA, without the hop flavor to back it up.

O: I am sipping this one due to the fact there is a bit more bitterness and a lot less flavor than I would of liked. There is nothing in this beer that is better than Bell's Two Hearted, appearance aside.

EDIT: 76 IBU? Why is this categorized as a regular IPA? Seriously? That is almost 10 more than HopSlam! Why have this beer, with all the bitterness, without enough fresh hop flavor to back it?

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured into a white wine glass, pours a hazy dark copper with a white head that lasts a good length. Nice lacing and head but color is a bit to hazy and dark for my liking.

S- great nose! Pine, Citrus, grapefruit, orange, malt, lots of hops yum.

T- resinous, pine, earthy, grapefruit, bitter, and biscuit. not a rolling bitterness though, just kind of appears from nowhere at the end. Start is week middle is weak end is great.

M- medium body, nice carbonation,

O- this beer has a killer nose, one of the best but its color and flavor are a bit off for me, I would enjoy this fresh as opposed to part of their GABF temporary distribution in Denver. Good beer, but not world class by any means.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another birthday BIF present! 12 oz. bottle (no freshness) into SN pint glass...

a quick four finger head of creamy off white bubbles...good lacing and retention. hazed yellow body with some orange highlights...

HOPS, HOPS, HOPS, HOPS, HOPS ALL OVER THE FLOOR!!

loads of hops in the nose, but it still seemed like it was holding something back...some good citrus and malt, but it seems slightly muted, a soft pepperiness and tangerine...

strong bitterness hits throughout with loads of pepper...a definite "hop bomb", some citrus notes can be found amongst the pepper and bitterness...

a bit low in carbonation, yet still oily as all get out...a chewy ipa

the most self proclaimed "hopped out" ipa i've had to date that remains drinkable...

not my favorite, as it is a bit unbalanced, but i'll be damned if it was good and made me very "hoppy"!

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Photo of Lillenk
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is nice. Golden color with a nice white head.

Smell was huge. Lots of hops, lots of citrus.

Taste was great. Tons of hops and citrus that stick with you for a very lingering hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was very big but really nice to drink. One of my favorites in the category.

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

Appearance- pours a very nice straw/golden color. Has a very light haze to it. Nice one finger head that dissipates quickly after the first few sips. Nice thin lacing head continues throughout.

Smell- strong notes of pine from the hops with a strong backbone of light Carmel malts.

Taste- light pine leading into big hops and biscuit, finishes with a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel- strong carbonation with a medium heavy body

Overall- with the amount of hops and malt in this beer I would blindly think it would be a double/imperial. I thought it was a great well done beer and def deserves a try. It's something I could go back to

- After 2 years of drinking craft beer regularly this is finally my first review! Cheers.

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Photo of ryantho00
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, wow, wow. What an unbelievable beer! This maybe my favorite IPA ever! This is simply great, especially as its not an imperial/double IPA. It has a deeper golden shade with some red and orange tones. Slightly hazy appearance, but pretty clean and crisp. I got a 2 finger that settled to a nice lace that stayed throughout the drink. Aromas of citrus, pineapple and grapefruit mostly, but I detect some blood orange and mango to. Holy hops! I get that fresh piney and deeper grass and herb overtones that give way to subtle breads malts in the background. The first sip gives way to a sharp explosion of hops and citrus, bitterness, pine, more hops, a more refined 'aged' hop flavor (maybe just the blend of hops they use created this taste for me), a subtle bitter sweetness balanced with the hops and citrus. I get some sweet maltiness of light toasted malts near the end, but a nice aftertaste of hops comes back to end the drink. Very very nice in my humble opinion. Hop-forward, similar to some of the Stone brews, very unique though, stands by itself as one of the best IPA's on the market. Definatly one of short's best brews. An absolute legend!

Cheers!!!!

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,210 ratings.
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