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 | website

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:
705
Ratings:
2,158
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
19.65%
 
 
Wants:
238
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419
For Trade:
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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange, lots of bubbles and a two-finger head even with a slow pour
S: Fairly light with generic IPA hop/malt notes
T: Dry, dried malts, earth/green forward hops
M: Medium-bodied, dry
O: Not your typical citrus/pine IPA, more earthy & dry malts but still well-made & enjoyable

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

12 oz bottle.

Pours clear gold with an inch plus of fluffy white that settles to a thick coating of rocky froth. Ringed lacing with torn corners.

Mildly aromatic with traces of pine, grapefruit, and biscuity malt. Hints of tangerine and spruce resin follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Grapefruit pith, pine sap, and citrus oils start the palate. A solid, pressing bitterness steps forward along with a medium malt base and a bark-like earthiness.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, light malt, and bright, earthy grapefruit.

Definately dissapointed by the aromatics, but the palate steps it up nicely. Quaffable enough but lacking by todays high IPA standards.

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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 OPokhna
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the first time me drinking the Huma Lupa Licious. I picked a bottle up at Sicilianos in Grand Rapids, Michigan while making my own 6-pack. I have always preferred an IPA over about just anything. Although this is not on my best IPA list of 10, it is in the vicinity of about the 15th one.

A - A solid golden-orange color that has a quick dissipating head
S - A light citrus smell
T - A light taste of malt and a very strong hop presence is felt right away. Not enough to overwhelm but enough to know that there, the bitterness is very noticeable. This beer has double of some of my favorite IPA's
M - My tongue starts to tingle at first and then the taste of citrus comes in. A strong aftertaste of grapefruit remains in my mouth.
O - A very good IPA that holds its own to people who prefer the higher IBU rating. Not in the near future but I do see myself getting more of this beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, Medium amber, with a blush pink glow about it. The head is white, and consists mostly of larger bubbles.

S: Nice American hop aroma. Grass and Pine aroma in there.

T: Grass and pine shine through in the taste. It smacks you with a pine slap right away, followed by a slight caramel sweetness. The finish is pure bitter hops. The bitterness in this just lasts and lasts.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is laking just a bit. There is definitely an oily quality to this that really helps the hops linger on.

D: A good hoppy beer for when you need a bitter kick. Not perfect, but a very hoppy brew to satisfy your hop craving.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light brown with a haze similar to "The Liberator" making it have a dirty look. Head is a 1/2 inch and lacing is good and sticky. Smells of bittering hops yet has a nice balance to it. Taste isn't as great as expected but looking at the IBU's I can understand the assault. Mouth feel is medium and it really coats the mouth.

Overall I like my IPA's more balanced and even though this was more drinkable than "The Liberator" it still fell short for me and was palate numbing bitter. Will not get again.

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Photo of Strix
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden, minimal head, some lacing.

Smells nice, lots of piney hops.

Pine and grapefruit heavy in the taste, supported by a malty base.

Mouthfeel somewhat resinous. Medium carbonation.

Strong pine bite on this one; nice and flavorful.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden honey color with a small white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: The scent is very refreshing, it has some nice citrus notes to it with floral hop undertones.

T: The taste upfront is an explosion of bitters, the hoppy bitters are present throughout and well after. However, the citrus and the malts aren't really present at all. The bitters overpower pretty much all of the flavors that should be present.

M: Light/medium bodied with average carbonation. Very bitter feel throughout, a bit of a resin feel also.

D: I like the hop explosion present in this beer, but to me, the flavor stops there. The scent is so good and I was expecting a lot more out of this, not just major bitters. It's a good beer, but not a must have.

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

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a very small amount of filmy white foam, some floating shorts mounds of bubbles form a ring around the glass. the beer is mostly clear, dirty gold in color.

S - assertive whiff of biscuity, lightly sweetened malts. peaking in slowly are some citrus and wet grassy hops.

T - hops strike first here, taking an earthy, grass form. bitterness slowly builds up at the back of the tongue, all the while being balanced underneath again by crisp, biscuity malts.

M - medium bodied with carbonation slightly on the light (yet good) side. very oily throughout each sip, cut into sharply and turning into a lingering grassy, dry and bitter aftertaste.

D - another "eh" beer from Shorts. balanced, though a bit one sided in the hop profile. drinkable though, and does a decent enough job of curing that nightly hop craving.

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Photo of dipso123
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle
L: hazy, nice fine head - if short lived, a bit of lacing but not much
S: surprisingly there is little aroma considering the amount of hops it must have taken to get to 140 IBUs
T: all grapefruit and not very complex - some pith, a lot of zest and no juice
F: finish is more harsh that I would prefer
O: Not bad but not worth making a trip for.

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

A- A bright copper body with licks of green at the edges bubbles energetically under a solid finger of clean white head. Good lacing and reasonable head retention stick around the rims of the glass.

S- Lots of herbal hop flower up front with some mild citric sweetness and a bit of earthiness followed by light alcoholic tones.

T- Soft citric sweetness greets the palate and segues into a refreshingly sharp bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit or lemon rind. Bold and just barely saccharinr, a strong and earthy bitterness hangs on the tongue for quite some time, a welcome quality from such a hop bomb.

M- Just enough carbonation to carry the flavors and support the lengthy aftertaste, and even a bit of good chewiness. Right on for the style.

O- A very full-flavored and full-bodied IPA from a brewery I had previously only associated with dessert beers. Definitely recommended for hop heads who don't like their IPAs strong and not too sweet.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Wow thats a strong punch of hops in the mouth. HELLO! Ok, so... pours very nice hazy golden with a nice off white head that settles to a skim on the surface of the beer thru out. Sticky lacing also very nice. Smells of strong Hops and a Citrus/pine combination. Taste is defintly a bit heavy for me, bitter. Yet still I keep drinking, getn into IPAs little by little. But this ones a strong sucker WoW. If u like strong hops and tasty beer, go get you one of these bad boys!
CHEERS!

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

Bottle courtesy of Milos, thanks buddy! Pours a hazy shade of peach, with a thin ring of white foam. The aroma here is all hops. The dry hopping has done wonders here. Lots of pine and spruce, like being in a boreal forest, some biscuit, quite floral, loads of spice too. Flavour is one dimensional and I love it. Hops, hops, hops. Pine and grapefruit, peppery floral flavours too. A bit of tropical fruit sweetness towards the end. Dry and hoppy finish. Excellent stuff. Thanks Milos!

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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 Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 6/13/12

Many thanks to beesy for sharing this and several beers he acquired from Michigan.

This is a cloudy beer, which casts a deep appearance through the golden orange colored beer. An aggressive pour resulted in but a finger's worth of foam. Patchy, soapy retention and lace.

Ripe notes of lemon and orange peel take hold of the aroma, backed by piney hops and oily notions. A faint herbal presence seems a bit at odds with the lemon. Tangerine juiciness as the beer opens up. Clean cracker and a hint of sugar cookie make up the malt side of things.

The flavor is titled toward piney hop crackle, at least up front. Some zesty citric tidings are in there, too. The middle finds modest sweet biscuit and a hint of dusty yeast way in the back. The finish turns very dry and bitter; it's like grapefruit bitterness, without grapefruit flavor.

The feel is in medium territory with ample, pointed carbonation that accents the snappiness of the hops. There is a resinous feel, too. Lingering residuals are fairly brief.

Overall impression: Aside from whatever that herbal twinge is, I rather like this one. I picked up a six pack several years ago, but I don't remember much about it. I'm happy to have a chance to give it a proper shake.

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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 FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

891st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

12 oz.

Couldnt find bottle date

Thanks to Spdyfire83 for this.

App- A good hazy orange with some soft yellow floating downwards. On a 1/2 in head that was off white was there with only a small amount of cling.

Smell- Fairly balanced amount of malt and citrus. A little bitter on the nose with with some dampness behind it.

Taste- Wow. This is a small bottle but has some huge flavors with it. A lot of bitter behind this one and a bit dry on the flavor. Only a fraction of the citrus from the nose comes on the profile.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation that is a bit dry with a nice big bitter flavor.

Drink- This is not as bitter as some of the other American IPA's but still has a strong presence behind it. A nice beer but this profile is not for me.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Golden orange with one finger of rocky beige head.

S - Caramel, toffee, and lots of resinous pine hop aroma. Candied orange peel in the background.

T - Faint malt flavor with an assault of piney and pithy hop flavor and aggressive bitterness. Totally out of balance, but compelling all the same. Finishes very dry.

M - Feels very light in the mouth; gets to be a bit abrasive.

D - Very harsh hops make this a one-and-done deal. Would drink again on another occasion, though.

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

Mid-range color for an IPA, and a decent head. The aroma is very much a forest, with a ton of grass and pine. The taste is very similar, as the grass really takes over and the carbonation gives it a very refreshing mouthfeel. This is a great IPA, and is very drinkable and flavorful. As it warmed, it began to show more fruit as well.

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

Resin, fresh cut grass, pine, and floral hops dominate the aroma. There's a moderate biscuity malt presence, and citrus comes out late.

Flavor is earthy and reminiscent of Amarillo hops. The finish is fairly bitter. Herbal notes run throughout, with a tinge of grapefruit. Pine becomes dominant as it warms. Bready malt supports nicely.

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Photo of Brez07
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes a few months old. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Slightly cloudy pour. Rusty orange color. Leaves a 1 finger white head. The glass is covered with nice lined lacing throughout

S: Most hops in the nose. Citrus, including pineapple and orange. Not intense by any means, but a good aroma. There is a bit of pine mixed in. No trace of malt

T: Definitely a lot of pine bitterness. The fruit is not as prevalent in flavor, but does come out a little bit. Malt is present here, with a good balancing profile of sweet bread

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation for the style. Lingering bitterness that I believe would be too much after more than a few of these

D: Decent hoppy IPA. Big bitterness with a complimentary citrus sweetness. Would like to see it a little more balanced. Would revisit in the future

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

Picked up a 6 pack in Ann Arbor this past weekend.
Numbers on the bottle read: 4121168102114, what ever that means. I just hope its fresh.

A- About medium in color for an IPA. Quite cloudy. I ranges from pale gold in the highlights to a burnt orange in the thick parts of the glass. Sticky, average sized head sticks around heartily and leaves rings of lace.

S- Certainly smells fresh. Lots of candy like citrus hops. Its very tropical and "midwestern". I love this style of IPA the most. Pineapple, mango, flowers, pollen, pine. It smells like there is cascade in here. The malt bill doesnt do a whole lot to the smell.

T- Pretty strongly hopped and quite bitter but the malts kick in and let you know this isnt an Imperial. Mostly bitter and piney hops. Its quite bitter throughout. This isnt necessarily what I am looking for in this beer at this time. I would like to see more fruits and a bit of a toning down on the bitterness.

M- Decent mouthfeel but maybe a touch too watery. Its really just nothing special in the feel.

D- The intense bitterness is hurting the drinkability right now. The lower ABV should allow this beer to be really drinkable but the bitterness is kinda wrecking it for me right now. This is a beer you have to be in the mood for.

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Photo of brewskis
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange color with almost no head. Leaves a thin ring of lacing with moderate carbonation. Smells of citrus fruits like grapefruit and tangerine, some dankness to it, some pine, an herbal spiciness, light carmel and bread. Taste starts with lots of grapefruit, little tangerine, some pine, and grass. The middle bring a tiny amount of malt characteristics to somewhat balance it. Light carmel and some grain. Then it finishes very resinous with notes of pine, grapefruit rind, maybe blood orange, light carmel. Pretty spicy finish actually with a lingering bitterness. High medium body with a very oily and creamy texture. I’m a hophead, so I’m really glad I got to try this. It was not as fresh as I would like, but it is still a really solid ipa. If I lived in Michigan, I would definitely have this more often.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Ben, Thanks!

Pours a murky golden brownish color with about a finger of white head that fades quickly but leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is some dank and piney hops with hints of orange rind in the background. A pleasant aroma, but somewhat unique for an IPA.

Taste is some piney hops with bits of caramel in the background. Not quite as interesting as the aroma would suggest.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. It's drinkable, but doesn't stand out above other IPA's like Two Hearted. I'd like to try it fresh on tap though.

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Photo of king75
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber with an inch of rocky foamy head looks awesome.

S- Can smell hops, pine and citrus

T- Definitely more citrus than hops coming through. A light bit of pine in the taste, but very a lot of citrus with faded hops.

M-Smooth at the front bitter at the end

D- Could drink several of these without complaint.

Notes: Not the most impressive IPA I have ever tasted. However, I have a feeling that this one may have been old although it is impossible to tell with no freshness date.

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