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
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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
Ranking:
#3,044
Reviews:
730
Ratings:
2,264
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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230
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Photo of JamesMN
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Barely legible date on the bottle of 1/17/13. Here's hoping that's 'bottled on' and not 'enjoy by.'

Appearance: A nice bright orange and completely opaque. Poured a two finger marshmallowy off-white head that has dissipated some leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet sugary barley notes as well has a somewhat dank hop aroma. Like a mixture of pine and earth with citrus/grass buried underneath it all.

Taste: Starts with a building bitterness that has moments of high intensity (120+ IBUs is actually believable here). Mostly a grassy hop flavor that leaves something to be desired. The sweetness from the aroma is nowhere to be found in the taste which really lacks the balance to rein those hops in. That being said, it's really not bad. At 6.9% ABV there is definitely some malt involved in the making of this brew but it is very hard to detect under the massive dose of bitterness. Slightly dry finish and a quinine-like bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with average carbonation and good drinkability despite the hop coma it inflicts on your palate.

Final Thoughts: As a hop head I'm always looking for the most bitter and flavorful IPAs out there. Huma Lupa Licious delivers on the bitterness without a doubt. I wish I had a fresh bottle to find out if it has more hop flavor to give than the grassy character I experienced. Would I drink it again? I'm not seeking it out.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Eddyfunt
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breakingbland
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of csparace
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a road trip to MI. Seems pretty fresh. It was a little steep for a sixer (11.50) but its pretty good overall. The only thing I've had from Short's Brew and it definitely makes a good impression on me.

Smell (4.00) - Big hop aroma right off the bat. Slight sweetness reminds me of honey. You can almost taste the bitterness in the smell. Maltiness is coming across as well.

Appearance (4.25) – From a 12oz to a Matilda glass. One finger lemony white head. Deep yet hazy golden yellow with tons of carbonation coming to the top. You can see slight amounts of sediment swirling around. Lacing is pretty nice overall.

Taste (4.00) – Huge hop crunch right on the front. Bitter grapefruit and lemon are prevalent but pine is definitely the main attraction. Bitterness lasts well into the finish where slight caramel notes make an appearance. I don't get a ton of malty complexion like advertised on the bottle.

Mouthfeel (4.00) – Bitterness and carbonation zonk the thirst out of you. If you swirl it in your mouth you can get a slight alcohol bite, but otherwise the alcohol is well hidden. The beer kind of lays in the back of the throat after the finish.

Overall (4.00) – If you're a hop nut like myself and want a satisfying crunch, this one delivers. It leaves a bit to be desired in terms of complexity but is still very pleasing overall. The main thing with this beer is the heavy pine taste that lasts throughout. Satisfying and I'm glad I have a sixer to enjoy.

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Photo of CMUbrew
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from Fall 2012

A: Amber in color, quite cloudy from accidentally pouring in the bottle sediment. Fairly creamy looking white head on top. Lacing is quite good.

S: Some pine and maybe some buiscuty malts in there. Not much else going on.

T: This is a beer taste experience quite unlike anything else ive had before. Not in a good way either. Upfront, i basically get no taste. Like the beer is using some sort of cloaking device to pass over my tongue and get down my throat without leaving any delicious hop goodness behind. All that is left for my dumbfounded taste buds is an aftertaste flavor decoy consisting of raw IBUs and some resin.

M: Not that great. Fairly thin and sort of bubbly

O: One of my biggest beer disappointments to date. From this bottle I cannot understand its high rating. I love hop bitterness, but there must be good flavors to accompany that. Perhaps the sediment through the whole beer out of whack, but I feel like there really wasn't enough of it to accomplish that. A let down overall.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a modest head and settles to a thick ring with some inconsequencial minute bubbles in the center. Leaves ring lace after each sip. Mild haze on the golden color.

Mild starting aroma. Shows good balance.

The flavor is surprizingly bitter given the smell. Highly carbonated with a strong white pepper swallow. The body is as one might expect for an IPA. Long lingering bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a stein.

A-Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a slice of creamy white head that quickly fades.

S-Melon and sweet caramel, light roast biscuit, faint hops and floral notes.

T-Taste does not follow smell. You are hit with fresh hops followed by citrus zest, biscuit roast and very light caramel sugary sweet. The after taste is all bitter hops so beware to those among us who are not hop heads.

M-Light to medium body with smooth resinous feel and lightly carbonated.

O-Very solid IPA. It stays true to its name and gives you a very hoppy experience without any other overwhelming flavor distracting the palate. I definitely recommend to fans of IPAs.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of sjones5045
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first glance and smell I was not impressed and was waiting for a dud. Looks like a dark apple juice with some suds and there really isn't much of a hoppy smell upfront. The taste is a whole different story though. It took a few sips to get a grasp on exactly what this beer wants to be. Not all that hoppy but definately enough there to know its an IPA. Full disclosure I'm not a hop head so if someone really likes hoppy beers this will not be it. But there is a decent malty taste that hits you as the hops taste starts to peek. Interesting beer. Not great but definitely a very drinkable beer that is worth picking up if you can get it.

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Photo of Treebs
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at HopCat. Served in a nonic pint.

A: Pours a solid orange color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a solid ring that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: A little melon and fruity berry on the nose. Some caramel malt sweetness with a hint of biscuit.

T: The taste is like the nose, but a tad sweeter. Candied melon with fresh picked strawberry. Some light grass with some caramel sweetness and a biscuity malty.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Easily drinkable with a sweet fruit finish.

O: Really easy drinkable with a solid balance of flavors. Definitely the best Short's beer I've ever had.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-04-05 in Warsaw, IN

A - Moderately hazy golden-orange with a 1.5-finger offwhite head and good lacing.

S - Crushed hop buds, floral, orange, light malt.

T - Hop forward orange zest bitterness, which mellows momentarily for some orange flesh, lightly roasted grain, pine and a smidgen of caramel before the bitterness comes roaring back; refusing to let go as the sugars and other flavors dry away. A hop bomb for sure.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Very prickly, resinous.

O - Quite enjoyable. Reminded me a bit of a Fat Head's Head Hunter although this is not as dank by any means. A nice surprise while travelling in the midwest. Will have this again.

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,264 ratings