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
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:
714
Ratings:
2,192
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
428
For Trade:
13
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Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture a slightly paler "Two-Hearted with some more brown in and you have Huma-Lupa-Licious. ( The comparisons to Two-hearted will continue because any IPA made in MI has that as its comparator.) Huge head on the pour from the growler and the slightly off-white head leaves sheets and ring of lace on the pint.
Aroma was citrus, pine trees, some hay, very pale malt.
Flavor was slight pale malt followed by some light toffee and a citrus and resiny finish.
Mouthfeel was modestly smooth and malty for a split second and the barrage and complex and strong, but not overpowering hop profiles take over. First wave of bittering seems more light and perfumy but this is followed quickly by a 2nd salvo of teeth-hurting, taste bud grinding, resin and gritty bitterness takes over. Really builds a crescendo of layered bitterness. More complex as I work through the growler. Very nice beer.
Drinkability is very high. Stands up strong to Two-Hearted. Different yet alike in some ways this beer is a classic. Definitely have to get back to Bellaire sometime soon.

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

A - Orange appearance with a creamy white head, settles to a film that covers the surface nicely. Very hazy, looks like it'll have promising hops.

S - Excellent, you are hit with a lot of hops the second you pop off the cap. That's really the main thing that you smell. They are very crisp and pronounced, definitely a grapefruit aroma.

T - Just the way I like it. The hops are predominant and last throughout the entire time and lingers nicely after the fact. The taste is slightly fruity but is still dominated by hop bitterness. The hops give this beer a rather dry aftertaste. Malt is virtually undetectable.

M - I like it. It goes in smooth but pretty light/medium feeling. The entire time that it's in your mouth you can feel the hops and it's a good feeling.

D - Some people may disagree and find this to have too bitter of an aftertaste. Personally, I can't think of a greater taste to perpetuate then the hops that Huma Lupa Licious leaves behind. I just want more!

As the people who rated this beer lower showed, it's not a beer for someone who is looking for an even beer that balances between hops and malts or offers extremely complex flavours. I personally find that to go even more in favour with this beer, the hop flavours are fantastic.

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Photo of natemort13
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a slightly hazy light burnt orange with a white head that has decent retention some puddling.

Aroma is biting piney hops with an underlying bready maltness. I also get some vegetal hops. Also some faint pineapple. Spicy hops. Guess it is complex.

Right off the bat more piney bitter bitter hops that fade into slight lemon zest. Big bready malt backing it up. Very peppery hops. Almost feels like I'm drinking pine sap. Verges on being to bitter but doesn't cross the line.

Mouthfeel is tingly from the hop bitterness and good carbonation. Medium bodied. huge bitter finish

Overall a very unique ipa. The hop character seems more suited for a dipa. Just a huge beer disguised as a plain old ipa. india pine ale. Great contrast to the typical citrus imperials/doubles

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-copper color. Has a thin, lacy head in brandy snifter. Some retention left in spots on the glass.

Has a hoppy and citrus aroma. Very pleasant and aromatic. Pine is also noticeable.

Huma has a delicious sweet and bitter taste. It has a tasty complexity to it. Huma has a strong hop presence. I taste pineapple, grapefruit,and orange. Black pepper gives it a certain spiciness.

Medium-bodied and decent carbonation. A great IPA that I have known for only a year now. A great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of Beerdanza
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

This is a beer for people who love the bitter bite of hops. There's a bit of malt and sweetness down low, but it can't compete with the bitterness.

If you like the hops to dominate your beer experience, and you're an IPA fan, I recommend this. It's one of my favorite beers for summer. It's on my exceptional beer list.

I'd go again.

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

Thanks to Kegatron for this bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with thick frothy off-white head into a shaker pint glass. Nice retention and some decent lacing cling. Smells of citrus, pine, caramel, and biscuit, definitely an IPA. Tastes of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, and pine up front, like someone shoved a whole slew of citrus fruit salad into your mouth all at once. What follows is some caramel sweetness and biscuit notes for balance before some earthy tones and a very bitter grassy finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Crisp and citrusy, fairly balanced but the grassy finish seems to linger a little too much for me. A great IPA nevertheless, definitely a hop lover's dream.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a clear medium amber tone while yielding a finger, finger and a half of foamy off-white head. decent retention and lacing all over the place. pretty much nails what my expectations are for the appearance of an IPA. fairly aromatic nose offers citric hops in abundance. secondary notes of pine and some florally characters with the hint of a sweet, malty backbone present in the background.

taste delivers on the nose, maybe even exceeds it. the citrus headlines the show with the pine and floral hoppiness and some biscuit-y malt rounding out the supporting cast. fairly bitter. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i'm digging this IPA a lot. very tasty. while i wouldn't necessarily throw it in with the best of the best, i could see it earning a spot in my regular rotation... if only short's distributed to the boston area.

(originally reviewed: 02-01-2012)

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Photo of UnionMade
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aside from the finger's worth of foam atop this beer, it looks like a glass full of unfiltered clover honey. Bright orange, glowing with haziness. Great head retention, and lots of lace leaving rings down the glass.
Smells fiercely hoppy. I can smell it from where it's sitting on the patio table in front of me. Sweet malt is there, but the hops dominate with a lemony zest. Fruity and pungent.
The flavor opens rather sweet for a split second, then the hops overtake the palate "like an unstoppable rebel force". Fruity and floral in it's bitterness, lemon and orange peel with a bit of pine. Big bodied and greasy with all the hop oils. The malt keeps the bitterness from getting too out of control with a simple, candied sweetness. Complexity is mostly derived from the hops, the malt seems to be there in an essential, unseen role, like the black-clad ringside cameraman capturing a fight. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste for a long, long time. I tend to like over the top IPAs like this, so I'm sure my six pack will go quickly. This one's a real palate blaster. I imagine it would be hard to taste most other brews after a bottle of this.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.
thanks to abanton for the opportunity.

pours a clear medium amber tone while yielding a finger, finger and a half of foamy off-white head. decent retention and lacing all over the place. pretty much nails what my expectations are for the appearance of an IPA.

fairly aromatic nose offers citric hops in abundance. secondary notes of pine and some florally characters with the hint of a sweet, malty backbone present in the background.

taste delivers on the nose, maybe even exceeds it. the citrus headlines the show with the pine and floral hoppiness and some biscuit-y malt rounding out the supporting case. fairly bitter. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i'm digging this IPA a lot. very tasty. while i wouldn't necessarily put it up with the best of the best, i could see it earning a spot in my regular rotation... if only short's distributed to the boston area.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to eyebrews for lugging a case of this nectar down to DLD! Jack, you are the salt of the earth!

Pours a hazy copper with a thick, white head. It leaves a fair amount of stickiness as you continue to enjoy this delicious IPA. Smell is filled with different kinds of hops:, floral, citrus, pine -- and there is some malt present -- a nice biscuity malt.

A lot of citrus as you work your way through this. It is a touch bitter on the outset, but it balances out as you do. I get hints of caramel here to... just so much at work.

This is easily one of my favorite IPAs. It's so fresh, which no doubt helps its cause, but I'm sold.

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Photo of sweett3k
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yes MICHIGAN does kick arse on all brews that are hoppy. Short's brew is another awesome beer from Michigan where the best beers are brewed in the WORLD. This IPA is awesome not as good as Hopslam but pretty close. Taste like if I was licking the floors of heaven. One of the best IPAs I have tasted. Delicious!

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Photo of BBP
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- translucent burnt orange, almost a bit brown. Decent head with fair carbonation.

S- Grapefruit, pine, and hops stand out and are quite potent. Slight malt, but definitive hop aromas.

T- Hops barrage your tongue upon first contact. Leaves a great bitter aftertaste. The malt is very underpowered, but plays enough of a part to keep it from going over the edge. Leaves a ton of bitterness for an IPA, and it probably has enough hoppiness of a DIPA. I'm finding it more addictive each time I have it. Many to most other IPA's fall in the shadow of this one in regards to hops.

M- Slightly thinner than average and a bit too much carbonation.Leaves a slightly dry and sticky finish.

D- Easy to down, and a prime example of a hoppy IPA if there ever was one. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste which I quite enjoy, but was a little overwhelming the first time I tried it. I never go to Michigan for beer without picking this up. On top of all the hoppiness, it's fairly economic as well. 11-12$ for a 6pk.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into two snifter glasses. no bottle date. age can significantly affect the ratings on this style.

hazy with good clarity.

darker golden straw.

pine and resin on the tongue late, does not dry out very much.

mango/fruity/pine nose.

not enough significant head for this style.

outstanding taste overall, highly suggested.

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

Recieved on a recent trade from rhoadsrage. Pours a crimson amber with a foamy fluffy head that leaves nice thick lace on the glass. Smell has a candy like hop quality to it. I can detect citrus in the nose but also pear like quality. Taste is a hopcoaster with big upfront pine taste and sweet nectar on the sides of your toungue, overall hop finish towards the end. This one fine crafted IPA hoppy and to the point.

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

Picked up a growler on my first visit to HopCat in GR. Worth the trip and the purchase. This is a great example of why I love IPAs.

A-Golden amber/copper color, fairly transparent. Heavy head on a hard pour in to a mug fit for a bomber. Lacing from top to bottom.

S-Very citrusy and floral. Combo of hops and alcohol stings the nostrils slightly. Well balanced.

T-Again, very well balanced. The bitterness of the hops does not overpower the full flavor of this beer. The citrus cools the palette nicely.

M-Sticky and good. Flavor sticks to all areas of the tongue and mouth, leaving a nice reminder of the beer.

D-Being an IPA lover, I would drink this all day, and yesterday I did. I only wish I had another growler to put back.

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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?"

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

A - Orange-red hue with about an inch of head which laces nicely.

S - Lotsa hops. but hints of grapefruit and other assorted citrus

T - This beer is about the bitter. It is assertive to say the least. it however, remains balance with some lighter citrus in the front and back ends.

M - Ends dry, but has the right about of carbonation.

D - I had two, wanted more. It is tasty, and balanced well with the spicy tuna I had.

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Photo of BellsFan
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this might be better than Two Hearted, and. coming from someone with the username BellsFan THAT'S A BIG DEAL.
A: looks like an IPA aught to. Sserved without much head but presented with a deep amber color.
S: more than good hop aroma!
T: tastes like I'm drinking hops
M: actually it's thinner than expected for 140 IBUs and it's well balanced with just enough malt but not too much for an IPA
O: I ordered another; enough said

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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 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 Roman5150
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle into pint glass

appearance: cloudy darker orange, 1 finger white head

smell: intense hops, very earthy weedy smell, highly floral

taste: very bitter, one of the more bitter beer i've ever had. It's a long lasting bitterness, very hoppy and earthiness to it, citrus and grapefruit come through in the end, any malt is easily masked by the bitterness. Lots of floral notes, tastes like a hint of honey is lost somewhere in there as well. If you love bitter high IBU beers like I do, you will love this. Alcohol not noticeable.

mouthfeel: pretty high carbonation, slightly thin feel

overall: A very bitter hop bomb, this offering from Short's packs a punch. To compare it to a more popular beer, it's more bitter than a Ruination, but with less pronounced citrus/grapefruit flavors. A great hoppy beer, one of the most bitter i've ever had, will buy again. Whatever you drink after this, you will not taste.

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Photo of nawicks
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deliciously crisp IPA that offers a lot of floral citrus notes. It's quite bitter and perhaps a little less malty than some of the sweeter IPA's. This really allows the different flavors of the hops to shine through.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Hazy brownish-orange color. One finger of fronty off-white head with average retention and plenty of lacing.

5.0 S: Lots of hoppy goodness going on here. Candied oranges, regular oranges, mandarin oranges, tons of oranges! Also minor grapefruit, pine, and pineapple. Malts are slightly bready, but remains in the background. Awesome nose with this one.

4.5 T: Medium, but aggressive, level of bitterness. The taste is almost the inverse of the nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit, while orange hangs out in the background. Malts are again in the background, but slightly more pronounced than in the nose. Bready and doughy, but not off-putting like in some IPAs. Touch of chewy yeastiness as well.

4.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is okay, but might be slightly too aggressive. Could also be a bit creamier, but good enough overall.

4.0 D: Tasty beer here. Great taste, awesome nose, and a good enough mouthfeel. Would buy this if Short's ever decided to distribute here.

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Photo of jampics2
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Tiffany's in K-Zoo when I took a road trip up to Michigan. Poured into my snifter with some vigor, and a surprising amount of yeast almost slipped past into the globe - not on my watch!

Looks GREAT! Bright orange with a white head that leaves a ton of lace. This is a perfect looking IPA!!

Smell is nice, some caramel and light toffee supports a ton of floral and piney hops. TONS of citrus, mainly grapefruit and orange.

Taste is wonderful - a great malt base that has just enough biscuity presence, then some kick-ass hops. Piney, earthy, citrus. Sweet start and bitter finish. Touch of lingering bitterness but pretty darn smooth.

Mouthfeel is great, I would love a touch less malt heaviness, but it's damn close to perfection.

Drinkable as all get-out. I LOVE this beer and I'm happy to be rating a Shorts beer highly after a few encounters with the infected batches from late last year. I think this is a great beer - wonderful work guys!

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden-amber color with a fizzy looking 1/4 inch head.
Very lovely lacing.

S - Big hops in the nose, mostly piney with some citrus backing it up. Lemon or orange zest comes to mind.

T - Bitter! This is an IPA that certainly doesn't skimp on the hops. Floral and not very heavy on the citrus. Simply amazing.

M - Very nice dry IPA finish.

O - This beer is unrelenting, and with dominate your palate if you'd just give it the chance.

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,192 ratings.
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