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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Reviews: 718 | Ratings: 2,210
Photo of Makena_Johnson
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: hazy, arm-and-hammer-orange-mixed-with-sunflower-petal color, half-inch beige head, solid lacing

S: citrus, raw brown sugar, pine tar

T: Balanced! Bitterness on the back of the mouth reminiscent of good boot leather whiskey flavor. Sugary and thin on the front of the tongue. All of that in the best way. A favorite.

M: thick, hearty, satisfying

O: this wasn't brewed by wannabes, that's for sure. a perfectly balanced, yet unique, favorite

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

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on April 14, 2017. Lots of bitter hop aromas and flavors in this one. Feel is medium in body with a dry finish. If you like high IBU beers, I would recommend trying this.

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

This is for me another lucky stab at assembling the best... choose your variety 6 pack. Light carbonation/ golden color with medium lacing. Taste is a sweet and hoppy bitter yet smooth malt notes that make this an awesome brew! I wish I had more than one of these.......all gone now...almost.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light hazy gold. Medium, thick, white long lived head

Smells light tropical and citrus. Bready malt and light pine

Tastes citrus and bready malt. Finishes dry with a long bitter pine linger. Medium body with smooth medium carbonation

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.44/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Honey golden, 2 fingers.

Lots of tropical hop, albeit maybe a bit spoilt. Some odd sweetness, and cracker, banana.

Quite a bit of herb and spoIiled tropical hop. Tough biscuit and cracker malts. Hard to finish.

A bit thin on the feel. Mild carbonation.

Not a good ipa. Yick.

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Photo of MargotDarko
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tend to not like Short's. I find them a little too "out there" at times. This though is a super tasty bitter but balanced IPA. Smells so good and the taste mostly follows. The aftertaste is nice as well though a little overpowering. An appealing head formed and stuck around for a while in my tulip glass.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale | Short's Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a BBC pint glas, the head on this beer is three fingers thick and off-white, with spotty lacing, and an opaque medium-to darker gold body.

I smell an abundant smattering of juicy, citrus-y, and slightly pine-y hops set among an admittedly inviting malt complex.

Tastes like a refreshing, not-too-bitter version of the scent with a tremendous honey biscuit malt finish. Nice to have it the other way around. You know what I'm talkin' bout ;) Naw, but seriously this is one of the better balanced IPA's I've tasted in recent memory.

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale | Short's Brewing Company with a 4.5. A good choice in a myriad of IPA's.

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Photo of Jman69
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The taste is amazing not too hoppy but a Lil bite the color is a golden orange not alot of head at all the smell is very fruity an tangy I smell grapefruit an hops for a first time tasting it I have to say it's a very tasty beer :) :)

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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 Korbynlehr
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy copper in color when poured. The nose is very hop forward and the taste is super hoplicious. Their is a bite at the end afterwards I cannot put my finger on. Decent hoppy dank beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of pine, grapefruit. Taste is pine, resin, some citrus, a good malt balance, considerable bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a flavorful and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours semi cloudy orange with a small white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops, very nice. Tastes of nice grain with a sweet citrus and slightly earthy hops. Beer is light bodied and easily drinkable, dangerously so, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku pint. Bottom of can says 08/16/16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Refreshing aroma of piney, herbal hops that also has a bit of citrus going on and some sweet cereal grain malt.

T- Great synthesis of flavor with the vegetal but still somewhat fruity hop flavor jiving with the sweetness of the malt all while being accentuated by the higher level of bitterness. The bitterness also provides some dryness to offset the sweetness of the malt. Lots of resinous quality and the bitterness stays solid throughout the entire drink.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- You can taste the 140 IBUs but it works within the construct of the flavor profile. Tasty stuff and something I would certainly recommend to someone looking for an IPA with a palate wrecking type of bitterness.

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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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a semi hazy brownish gold color with a half inch of head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is floral with crackery malts and pine. A bit earthy. The taste is floral and herbal hops. Bitter pine towards the middle with bready, toasted malts and more pine bitterness at the finish. Floral aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel with some mild alcohol burn. Overall, a bitter IPA I'd have again.

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Photo of leantom
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know, I was beginning to sour on pale ales and IPAs. It's not that I don't like the styles; it's just that so many neophyte brewers have been putting out so many half-assed offerings that I'd just about given up. But Short's has restored my faith somewhat. Here goes:

A: Good. Very turbid, but the effervescence - both in the body and in the head - is good. Lacing is good, too.

S: Lots of pine mixed with lot of grapefruit. Also a fair amount of caramel malt. The malt serves as a good compliment to the hops. I like it a lot. Very good hop:malt ratio.

T: Fairly dank, but not overpowering. The beer is very well balanced between malt and hops. Can taste pine, grapefruit (more so in the taste than in the scent), and honeyed malt. Very well balanced.

F: Excellent. Thick and sticky.

O: A great American IPA. I guess I won't have to stick to Sierra Nevada and Firestone Walker after all.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-spiegelau ipa glass. A complex malt and hop theme in your mouth.

A: Oxidized orange, with a dense nature, has a frothy, peanut shell colored head of 0.5 inches. Good holding pattern, but provides a weak lacing display on vessel. Slow and steady rise of macro-bubbles.

S: Sugary grapefruit on the nose, with some pine support and sweet malt backing things up. Spicy tangerine and tropical fruit hops, with some dank herbaceous notes and tart orange. Raw citrus with an overall decent level of awareness.

T: The flavor had the support of sugary malt balanced by a tart grapefruit and dry orange offering. Tart tropical hop fruitiness, with dank herbaceous mention and pine hops. Floral grapefruit comes in mid-palate and provides a nice lingering effect on the finish of moderate bitterness. Dry flowery bite coats the tongue after each swallow.

M: Good crispness, some sticky malt and pine hop resins coat the tongue. Dry and bitter feel, mid range body weight.

O: The bitterness and enjoyment increases deeper into the drink demanding and keeping your attention to the last sip. Nice spectrum of hop flavors from tart tropical to your grapefruit-pine west coast influence. Sticky malt residue with a nice flavor upfront finishing with a big dry hop wallop. Easy outstanding mention.

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

My neighbor brought this to my moving party. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is bitter hop. The taste is English leaning...very bitter through. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of jp32
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The malt backbone is very prominent in this IPA. Enough so that the ale has a sweet, slick mouthfeel, and it leaves sticky lacings throughout the glass. I would almost think they brewed it with honey. It's hop profile is very present as well. Pungent, earthy, piney, bitter hops. It's a unique IPA. It's not like the rest of 'em. And I like that about it. It's more malt-forward than I was expecting it to be, but it still has all the hops I want.

Very solid offering from a very underrated brewery!

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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 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 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.

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Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light copper color with a finger of head. The nose is more malty than hoppy. The malt bill remains potent in the flavor profile but the hop bitterness asserts itself nicely on the finish.

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Photo of jancona
2.39/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This was a big disappointment for me. The nose is rotten mint with hints of malt - unfortunately the taste follows: an odd mix of mint, celery, and malt. Feel is on the thin side. I tried two different bottles to see if I just got a bad one - nope. Not for me.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic IPA. The hops showcase one of the most earthy and floral sweet smelling and tasting IPAs I've had to date. Some bitterness in the finish but not enough to make it too much. Was a really nice welcome change in taste for an IPA. Definitely will try to find Shorts again if I'm out of state.

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