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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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a murky golden color with minimal head. The nose has a nice citrus aroma. It is not overwhelming. The taste is somewhat mellow on the hops at first, then the bite of the hops kicks in. Delicious, and I do enjoy the greater distribution of Shorts.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head with decent retention.

Smell: An earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus and grass. Citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy hop scent of grass and pine. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and juicy hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and grass. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine along with some vegetal notes. Backing malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with some yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good IPA. Nice mix of juicy citrus and grassy hop flavor.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Church Key during Savior Week. Poured into a small snifter.

Huma Lupa is Stones Enjoy By without the huge aroma. Very good. Very drinkable. 4.25

A – Pours a clear golden with a minimal head (I was in a bar so could be the pour, won't subtract on the score). 4

S - Sweetness and aroma that matches the taste. 4.25

T - Nicely hoped. Resinous, grapefruit rind, a bit of grassy. 4.25

MF - Medium body with a dry finish. 4.25

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Photo of Kardillamo
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's good, don't get me wrong, but I feel like this is one of those IPAs that takes the spirit of bitterness in beer and just takes it too far. It's got flavor and body, and its gorgeous, but the hops dominate in an uncomfortable way. It's a good beer, but that really gets my goat and its a trend in American beer I don't appreciate.

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Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orangish yellow in color with a thick, hazy, murky appearance. Poured with a short, sopy, bright white foam with decent retention. Medium high hop aromas: light floral, lemon rind, mint and vegetable. Medium bodied with light, creamy medium carbonation. Light warming sensation near the fiinish. Medium high hop herbal and mint hop flavors with floral notes. High hop bitterness powers through the middle to the end. Finished dryly with lingering herbal hop bitterness. This was bottled in February and had a heavy vegetal aroma and flavor when samples in March. A few months have helped temper the vegetal character, but it is still present. The herbal minty character provides a fresh flavor, but the bitterness is a touch high and out of balance for me.

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Photo of Smk54
2.59/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I do not like to give bad reviews. Poured from 12oz bottle into a goblet. Medium Amber color with decent head and lacing. Moderate bread and mild citrus notes. Mixed malt and hop flavors. Very unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Too much malt for an IPA. Not a beer I can recommend.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Applebee’s just north of Grand Rapids
Server didn’t know anything about the beer except it was from Shorts, was named Humpalicious, and was supposed to be hoppy
Served in a 20 oz weizen glass, fortunately not frosted
Aroma – weak citrus, dies out
Head chopped at the bar, what remained was < two cm, off white, creamy with rocks
Lacing excellent – wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor – basically begins bitter without much flavor, ends bitter with an aromatic chemical aftertaste
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Overall, not very appealing. Ended up leaving about six ounces that I couldn’t force down. Is it a bad beer? Don’t know how fresh it was since they sell mostly BMC stuff. I’ll try it again when I can get it at a known freshness level. For now:

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.25

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Photo of MikeWard
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. bottled on 2/5/16, so 3 months old. kudos on the clear freshness dating.

all over the place with the look on this one. body is a hazy practically murky orange yellow. decent size white head which shrinks somewhat but maintains a solid 1/4 inch covering. lacing is excellent.

not getting much on the nose except a slight dankness.

however, the taste on this one is top notch. great hop bite on the tongue despite being 3 months on. and a strong pepper taste in the back of the mouth. cant detect any citrusy flavors at all, which is quite refreshing.

mouth is a solid medium, with a slightly sour finish.

overall, a really enjoyable style ipa. sorry i only picked up a single, looking forward to next time.

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

Got my first sixer at Meijer's in Stevensville, Michigan on 5/3/16 on sale for $8.49. Drank the first one that night. Very solid India Pale Ale. Could be considered an excellent daily drinker if I could it for that price every time.

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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 Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lovely. Orange body, some haze. A off-white pillow of a head. Persistent. Great lacing.

S - Pine, stone fruit, a bit dank. Hop and more hop.

T - Smacks you in the face with dank, bitter hop notes. Hints of the pine, fruit, and pleasure, a bit of creaminess in the middle, but the close blows things out with a strong uppercut.

M - Sticky crunch open, dry and building back. Punishing.

O - Super hop American IPA, with huge and bold flavors. There are great notes here, but the close is brutal. Nothing is surprising, and it hits the marks you'd expect. But oh my is this one a wrecker.

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Photo of buck0seven
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Love this. This is not a citrus bomb. Instead is dank and delicious with hint of black pepper. Hop bitter hangs on for a good bit. This beer will stand up to any meal you throw at it.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just discovered Short's and so glad I did. Second beer I have really enjoyed from them (ControversiALE). Pours a bit cloudy, golden. Nose is grassy, fresh cut, and sweet bread dough. Taste very balanced and grassy -- similar to Daisy Cutter but rounder, fuller. Mouthfeel excellent blend of carbonation and smooth. Happy to drink in summer or colder months. Good stuff!

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Photo of jmasher85
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2 for 2 from this brewery - first, Space Rock was surprisingly fantastic, at least in it's smell, though the taste fell short (no pun intended). This one is more balanced in its qualities: overall, very good, though not quite legendary. Something about that sweet bready flavor and deep, piney malt with some grapefruit and vegetable flavors just blends together into something eminently drinkable and easy to love. It's Shorts season - bring on the fine weather!

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good IPA. On the lighter side, but heavy on the malt, you can tell this one is made with experienced and living hands. Nothing stands out to put it in the exceptional category, but very well done. A heartfelt thumbs up!

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Photo of Reggie1014
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is a cloudy light brown golden color. Small amount of lacing left behind a thin head. Strong tiny carbonated bubbles continually rising. Smell is as it's named, very strong flower aroma. There is a slight skunky smell that I find very pleasing. Taste just as you would expect. Very floral feel with mild malt kick. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very easy to enjoy this beer if you are in the mood for a light crisp pale ale.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.23/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Gold amber, moderate frothy head, with lacing like an ancient castle's worth of cobwebs.

Smells like raw broccoli, body odor, and pine. As it warms, it even starts to smell like cooked peas with salt and pepper.

Tastes like asparagus covered in resin.

This sucker is very bitter. I can see this satisfying an elite few who have survived many generations of consuming poisonous plants. I, however, find this to be a very disturbingly off-putting beer.

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Photo of HansumFilly
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

IPA of the bitterest variety. No dry hopping detected - just bitterness and bready malt. I don't understand the high praise as I literally get none of the hop forwardness expected from top-tier American IPAs. As for the qualities noone really cares about: Appearance and mouthfeel: Wet and yellow. Nailed it!

Alas, I'll finish this and place this bottled disappointment behind me.

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

Another Short's winner! This lovely AIPA does it all.

It's a thick yellow with a fine but pronounced head. The aroma is a thick hops and malt smell. Any thick would be stanky.

The taste is a bitter malt flavor. Big on both hops and malts, this is a lot of flavor for the price!

Shorts has shown me that they are a quality brewer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 02/23/2016 printed on the bottleneck. My first beer from Short's Brewing Company, excited to finally see these appearing in Illinois.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A rich golden orange body, aptly carbonated, with some nice light sediment floating in the glass. Two fingers of thick frothy soapy white head with good staying power, leaves good fluffy lacing on the glass. Looks very nice per the style.

S - An earthy, herbal, grassy nose. Subtle notes of skunk, pine, grass, and lemon zest. Not a terribly piney / resinous / hop forward aroma, especially for a moderately high abv IPA, but it smells good, fresh, and appealing.

T - Taste is a few notches up from the nose: piney, resinous, & bitter. Has some West Coast style IPA attributes to it, especially with the big bitterness. Juicy, piney, bitter, & resinous, with lots of hoppy goodness.

M - Feel is juicy, smooth, easy-drinking. Dry, piney, & resinous hops on the palate. Very big bitterness on this one, but very drinkable.

Overall, a nice introduction to Short's Brewing for me. I look forward to trying many more beers from this brewery.

Short's Brew Huma Lupa Licious -----4/5.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/7 and just distrubuted to Ohio this week.

Fantastic looking beer. A clear, orange tinted gold. Huge Dawn dish soap head hangs on forever, and clings to the glass everywhere.

Aroma is nothing to write home about. Some pungent, spicey citrus hops, and a stale biscuity malt base.

The taste is much more impressive. Seemingly different levels of malt grains from biscuit/bready through pale, and caramel. Very distinct flavors an very needed because the hops are super assertive. Grapefruit, a bit of orange rind, but much more in the way of green pine. Very, very bitter, but sharp/clean then gone for the most part. I would guess this to be in the 100 IBU range.

Body flirts with the imperial category. Not real drying for what I would have guessed based on flavor.

An interesting and fairly unique balance of flavors. This beer is kind of Jeckyl and Hyde for me. Although it is nicely balanced, it seems to be all over the place. So are my scores. Not a typical American IPA, but a very good one.

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Photo of BB1313
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/7/16. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours golden with a subtle haze; small white head that fades leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are subtle with some floral notes. Hints of pine and citrus as well. Bready cracker malts are there too along with some subtle hints of caramel. The flavors are pretty bold. Lots of fresh pine needles along with some pine resin. Grapefruit is there along with some lemon and lime. Lots of fresh grass too. Very sharp and clean bitterness. It's pretty refreshing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very active carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice IPA. It isn't one of my new personal favorites, but it's enjoyable stuff and fun to drink.

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

Pours hazy gold, with a big fluffy white head. It has an earthy aroma with and equal amount of malt and hops. The taste is just as balanced and quite complex. I've had a lot of IPAs and this one definitely stands out as a little bit different. Super complex, malty with a nice resiny hop bite but one that doesn't overwhelm. I recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of Stevem68
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey colored light Amber. Aroma is resiny hops. Flavor is hoppy but a has a malty backbone. Pretty well balanced and overall this is a very solid beer.

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

A sticky, resinous, palate-wrecker of a beer. Glad I finally got to try this one. Nice balance of malt for the insane IBU. The only thing that was a little odd on his one was the malt. Left a sort of peanut buttery aftertaste - nutty and biscuity. Interesting, intense and earthy IPA. A hop head's dream. Worth seeking out, and I'll be buying a sixer in the near future.

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