Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
710 Reviews
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:
710
Ratings:
2,180
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
19.65%
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
427
For Trade:
14
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 710 | Ratings: 2,180
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colors with a hint of light brown in it. Head was around 1/4". Very floral hop aroma, they went big on the bittering stage so much I think it crept into the nose.

Taste just amps bitterness up. Not all grapefruit, there is some pine and something else that gives it a little more levity, combined with not dripping it all over with crystal malt. They call it complex, perhaps there is something to that. There's a bitter burn to it for sure.

 456 characters

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

The color is a mandarin orange and copper with just a little haze. Nice two finger head that recedes to a nice film of foam and a little lacing stickage to the inside of my glass.

The aroma is a sweet orange peel with maybe a little caramelized brown sugar. This maybe the right mix of biscuity, toasted malts and heavy hops.

The taste starts sweet with toasted, dry biscuits and caramel. The hops bring add some wet grass, orange peel, and maple tree leaves. The finish is bitter and lasts long after you swallow.

The palate is cleansing nd clean with lots of citrus flavors hanging around after each sip. The IPA is well deserved of its acclaim.

 652 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter today, 7/12/2013. Thanks to Benish.

Aroma: Very piney, citrusy notes. Perhaps orange. Has a nice, seemingly sticky caramel sweetness that hangs in the nose. Very strong and pleasing nose.

Colour: Pours a hazy dark copper body with a 1cm white head that leaves a sticky lacing as the beer disappears down my gullet. Retention is solid, nothing special.

Flavour: Hoppy as hell. Very bitter pine complemented by a little bit of orange, nectarine flavour supplemented with a strong bit of caramel sweetness. It's a bit of a one-dimensional beer but this is what the name of the beer advertises.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, resinous and almost sticky. Aftertaste is a stinging piney bitterness that lingers quite a while and gets spread all over as I move my tongue around my mouth. Carbonation is good. Drinkable, slight hint of heat.

Overall: A very bitter piney IPA. Not the best IPA, but it is a very good one that is sure to satisfy any hophead's lupulin cravings. Very bitter and piney if that's up your alley.

 1,070 characters

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: grapefruit and pine hops

Taste: a small bready caramel start followed by a big dose of piney and citrus hops with caramel towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium body,sweet start with a big bitter body and bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall: This is the best mid-west ipa that I have had in a while. I like the mix of hops. Due to the dryness two is my max, but I would pick more up if it were more readily available around here.

 579 characters

Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery orange with a sticky, white cap. Chunky lacing and great head retention. Bright orange and tangerine aroma with a bit of a sharper grapefruit edge. Slightly powdery and piney. Solid hop bitterness turns a bit sharp towards the finish. Lots of pine resin and grapefruit pith. Fruity sweetness and a flash of caramel malts mid-palate provide just enough balance. Lingering bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with slight warmth, a bit dry with moderate carbonation. A great IPA, plenty of punch with lots of flavour.

 541 characters

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours an orange/amber color with a creamy off-white head that rose a full two fingers. Good retention and loads of lacing. This is a pretty beer.

White grapefruit and oranges up front with some toasted malt peeking through. Maybe a little more than I like, which detracts from the citrus goodness. Some notes of pine resin/oil round out the nose.

Pithy grapefruit and oranges burst onto the palate. The toasted malt lays much lower on the palate than in the nose, allowing the resinous, oily pine and citrus flavors to stand tall. There is an uppercut of bitterness that builds with each sip.

Medium body with perfect carbonation. Chewy, thick and oily all the while finding a way to be smooth and creamy. The build up of bitterness coats and really sticks to the gums.

I had somewhat high expectations for this beer and it did not disappoint. Quickly becoming one of my favorites in the style. This is on my short list to answer of the age old question: "If you could only have one IPA for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

 1,074 characters

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

Derek really took care of introducing me to Short's regular beers - thanks for another awesome extra!

A: Hazy because I couldn't wait for the sediment to settle out, this one is a gorgeous orange with a two-finger thick dense white head. Great retention, intricate spiderweb-like lacework.

S: Floral and citrus hops dominate the nose, with juicy oranges being predominant. Pretty darned big centennial aroma, I'd be surprised if Two Hearted wasn't the inspiration for this beer

T: Hop bitterness dominates to open things up with plenty of citrus bitterness with a moderate hop flavor to carry things through. Again, there's floral and citrus flavors on the palate. Malt is practically non-existent, this one finishes dry and pretty darned bitter

M: Light in body with soft carbonation, which only amplifies the perceived bitterness. Great finish, a touch too bitter, perhaps?

D: Enjoyable, but the balance between bittering and flavor hops is lacking, and this will keep me from drinking a whole sixer.

 1,007 characters

Photo of Viggo
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids.

Pours a lightly hazed copper golden orange, very nice, thick off white head forms, drops a nice ring around the glass, some real solid lace, very sticky, great retention. Smell is awesome, whole range of hop aromas, pine, floral, some grapefruit, after initial blast theres a very malty middle, caramel and biscuit, then sharp orange peel citrus acidity, very intense, beautiful stuff. Taste is similar, tons of resinous pine and grapefruit hop oils, really coating, nice malty backbone, biscuit and caramel, thick maltiness, more pine and grapefruit, floral, orange peel, very solid bitterness but perfectly balanced, insane good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, insanely smooth and drinkable. Perfectly balanced IPA, just great stuff.

 803 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Off amber appearance, great floral hop and dough feel.

Taste is quite bitter, quite well hopped. Better be after that logo. Good pine and mint feel. Malt stays back, like it should here. Seems much less bitter than 76 ibus once you get halfway through the bottle, not in a bad way. I'd seek this out and buy it again.

 318 characters

Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft in pint glass

Clear bright golden in color.nice lacing, but head fades. Big juicy hop aroma and flavor, mild amount of pale malt. Medium bodied, a bit sticky.

 169 characters

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

A- Golden amber with some yeast haze and a small white cap. Head retains decently and leaves a frothy cloud behind. A few streaks of lace.

S- Lots of hops. Pretty much a beastly mix of floral and citrus hops, like opening a bag for homebrew. Has a Fruity pebble feel with the bread and malt. Dank.

T- Big citrus and floral hops with a fresh hop and dank feel. Caramel malt and yeast bread.

MF- Silky smooth creamy light body. Bitterness is big but doesn't interfere with overall flavor.

DB- Very nice and probably fresh, dank bomb. Balanced when a lot of IPAs aren't nowadays.

 580 characters

Photo of jrallen34
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer is clearish muddy orange with a very whispy white head that is gone right away. Light lacing.

The aroma is medium displaying some nice balance of sweet grapefruits contracted with some pine hop notes.

The taste is little sweet on the front but dead then brings lots of flavor on the back with piney hops. This is a really nice smooth hop that makes it easy to drink.

 431 characters

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

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front (North Detroit area) last week. This was my first Short's beer. This had a nice hops presence in the aroma, but enough malt balance to keep it interesting. Actually similar to DFH 90 minute, I was happy with the depth of flavor, and the light body made it easy to pound. Recommended if you see it.

 336 characters

Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyson for sending this my way. Excited for my first taste of a brewery that I've heard plenty about but had yet to sample.

Enough chatter. Huma is IPA colored, plus a bit of cloud, without the floaties, just a bit more solid in its coloring. Nose is lovely sweet, which I like, but...the hops are definitely down the ladder.

So I like my IPAs bitter & Rottweiler, & this one doesn't quite fit the bill. The 'balance' that some are so fond of is here, but instead of being cloying & annoying as is so often the case, this one's very well done. The malts are sweet, but ever so slightly subservient enough, to complement the hop chomp rather than subvert it to the dark side.

Love the bitterness in the mouth, ain't that the way an IPA is supposed to be? Especially the finish. It's crisp & Sahara dry. I rec'd a few of these from Tyson & I could see downing a couple in an evening until my mouth goes numb enough to see the dentist without further ado.

Excellent beer. Unique enough that I'd be happy to find it in my glass any day of the week.

 1,061 characters

Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.74/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a translucent gold with yellow hues. There is a full two fingers of head that take forever to settle. Massive lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pine, malt, and a lot of vegetal funk. It smells like an old IPA. I even get a touch of onion in here. It's a bit off-putting.

T: This beer is sweet to start but then it turns to onion and old vegetation. It tastes muddy and funky. Honestly, this is pretty unpleasent. It sweetens back up in the finish and nothing lingers for too long.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and weird to start. It gets a bit nasty in the middle and finishes sweet again.

O: Not a fan of this at all. Either this is old, or it's just bad. There was way too much old vegetal taste for my liking.

 770 characters

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap.

Pours a clear and deep copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale and caramel malts with large amounts of herbal and pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hop presence is slightly more muted. Sticky caramel malt flavors lightened by moderate amounts of pale malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are equal amounts of herbal and pine hops. Midway through the sip the hop influence lightens up a bit and soft citrus flavors make a brief appearance. The citrus hops fade out near the end of the sip, allowing the malt and herbal hops to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this remains a nicely done IPA. The herbal notes were more prevalent in the tap version, perhaps the beer was younger and the freshness made them more pronounced. Either way, a solid beer that's worth a shot.

 1,102 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the recent shipment that hit Colorado. Dark orange, hazy, lots of lace and a short but thick foamy head. Smells like bitter hops and orange rinds. Taste is super bitter, palate ruining bitterness with hints of malt and citrus but mostly just fucking bitter. Not bad but I'd never reach for a second one.

 320 characters

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, hops,

taste: citrus, hops, dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice IPA from the guys that make other strange brews.

Cheers,
The CPJ

 266 characters

Photo of ZAP
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First impression is a toffee like maltiness....that fades quickly and is hard to find again as the onlslaught of hops hits...140 IBU's and this one feels like it. Pine, unsweetened grapefruit on the flavor...pine and tobacco on the aroma...

A no holds barred IPA loaded with bitterness. Too sharp for my tastes but some will really enjoy the edge to this.

 360 characters

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

12oz bottle, scooped 2 sixers last weekend in ann arbor.

love short's brew from my very limited exposure...enjoyed having this one on tap a few times over the weekend

appearance: poured into my tyranena pint, bright copper-amber body, a nice beige bubbly lace

smell: very nice aroma and very hoppy - fresh clean citrus, bright pine, touches of honey

taste: a very good IPA - would be a regular in my fridge if i could just get my hands on it. very sharp citrus hop stinger, pungent and very distinct grapefruit, bitter orange peel, sappy pine. This is a very high-end IPA from Short's

mouthfeel: a tongue twister, highly bitter

drinkability: nice - but your tongue is wrecked

 681 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this Short's Brew!

A - Brilliantly clear golden honey yellow with little carbonation rising up. A tall pour releases a near-three-finger, cream-colored head. Very stable but became lumpy and dropped over time leaving thick gobs of lace in it's wake.

S - Deep earthy and grassy hops abound. Dry wood and grass-clipping leaf-pile with hints of grapefruit and resins. Honey and caramel malts in the background provide a nice malt base for the playground of hops.

T - Huma Lupa has some awesome harmonious balance. It's not a slap in the face with hops but it does bring the heat. Honey and sweet caramel malts give a solid, sweet structure for the hops which are all over the place. Lots of earthy notes of wood and grass-clipping piles with grapefruit citrus hints and resins.

M - The balance gives this beer a sweet but mildly bitter finish with a high dryness and lingering after-taste. Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, it has a smooth, rather soft texture to it.

D - As far as my palate goes, a rather mild IPA because of the balance, but one that's fairly drinkable in larger quantities. I could do a six-pack and enjoy every one. That's interesting too based on my distaste for mulch-like hops in beer. Well blended and brewed. Thankfully not infected! :P

 1,348 characters

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

At the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours murky goldenrod with a finger of white foam that leaves lacy trails. Straight oily orangey sticky hop nose - whoa!
Grain sweetness, a bit of apricot, sponge cake and orange jam for malts, then Seville orange and resin hops bring the pain. Hint of toasty sweetness to finish, then a wave of IBUs like chewed aspirin on the comeback. Medium, chewy, soft.

Malts are complex though not prominent, but the IBUs are there and how. Could it use more hop flavor? Maybe.

A gentle punisher.

 522 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was one of my favorites back in Michigan, but recently tried a bottle again and was left much less impressed. Not sure if it was an old bottle or what. Pours a copper color with big fluffy white head. Aroma is a nearly pure pine and malt extract aroma, with some caramel mixed in. Flavor follows with a huge bitter up from (140 IBU after all), but fades into a malty sweetness on the way down that almost reminds me of malt extract (most recent bottle--not what I remember from before). Medium high carbonation with big slick resinous mouthfeel. One of my previous favorites, I'm now mixed on this and need to try it again. The rating is currently an average of these two experiences.

 689 characters

Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Super thanks to gnemesis for the amazing box of Short's he sent my way!!!

a - poured the 12oz'er into my capt lawrence tasting tulip. classic transparent honey copper with a white foamy bubbly head that hung around for a while.

s - sweetened hops. the malts really chill out the hops on this and hop profile is relatively tame. i actually dig this over the in your face knock you down hopping. citirically sweet.

t - what wasn't there hopwise in the nose is certainly in the flavor. really nice. hoppy flavor dominates at first, ends with a soft piney bitterness. earthy grapefruit with a gentle sweetening in the middle. quite good and quite balanced.

m/d - medium bodied with a cooling oh so subtle bitter aftertaste. kind of filling. this is a really nice ipa. i'd put it against any of the well known and talked about ipas out there.

 841 characters

Photo of xnicknj
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to biglobo8971 for this extra

Pours a tepid, hazed burnt orange with literally no head, retention, or lacing. Odd.

Some starkly pine hops in the nose with bready toasted tones.

A surprising blast of hops up front with an avalanche of pine and citrusy resin. Lighter grapefruit and rind touches are apparent. Very bitter throughout, with a lightly malted backbone. Slight caramel touches with doughy malt. Finishes extremely bitter and long with a light touch of alcohol.

Decent medium body, solid carbonation, very dry and lasting feel on the palate. Drinks decent, although the lingering hop bitterness seems to never end (which can be a positive aspect). This was my first Short's beer and I'm curious to try more.

 767 characters

Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,180 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe