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:
2,137
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
19.4%
 
 
Wants:
237
Gots:
420
For Trade:
15
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Reviews: 705 | Ratings: 2,137
Photo of AirBob
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - About 1 finger of dense white head. Retention is so so - dissipates rather quickly to a collar with a thin foamy cap. Retention is excellent. Hazy, translucent golden-orange body.

S - Bready malt. Orange flesh and grapefruit. Underlying floral notes. Maybe a touch of pineapple.

T - Follows the nose. Very well balances. Sweet orange and grapefruit flesh, followed by a touch of bitter pine. A little more citrus and floral notes. A touch of pineapple. Solid, bready malt base throughout. Also, picking up on some mint and plenty of resin in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Lingering, bitter finish.

O - EBF drop in MA. Happend to pick up a sixer with a Nov. 2015 date and was pretty pissed. To my surprise, this held up incredibly well. Would love to try this fresh.

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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 GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange-gold coloring with a clingy, filmy, white head. Nose of orange and grapefruit, with a big follow of resinous, dank, cannibus, with highlights of pine and pepper. Flavors are resinous and citrus forward, heavy on orange and weed, with more grapefruit and melon notes developing. The body is smooth and dry, with a vinous and resinous lingering aftertaste. Dry, smooth finish. Good beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a line after 1 minute and 10 seconds. Honey orange in color. There is a mix of medium, small, and very small rising bubbles. All are high in quantity (leaves me wondering why the head isn't bigger. Lacing is thick, but moderate.
SMELL: Strong sweet bready malt aromas entangle with subtle piney and floral hop aromas. This smells nothing like an American IPA, but remains a great smell, none the less.
TASTE: Tastes nothing like the smell. Strong piney hop flavors enter initially and are immidieately followed by mild sweet bready malts. Mild floral hop flavors continue this flavor symphony along with a subtle hop bitterness as previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and full-bodied. Subtly carbonated and goes down smooth. Has a moderately dry finish.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Detroit airport.

Pours bright and hazy with a nice retentive head. Smells balanced, lightly malt forward with some piney hop nodes. Nice, balanced old school ipa aroma. Tastes like it smells: basic, balanced, and nicely brewed. Grainy start, pine and grapefruit hop middle, medium bitter finish of barley and hops.

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Photo of smbslt
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - golden with a creamy, meringue-like head. Enough lacing and carbonation to last the full pint.
S - bubble gum sweetness
T - Malty sweetness present but not overly complex. Juicy hops from front to back. Palate wrecking bitter finish is prolonged.
F - Medium body, works well with the taste
O - Very solid IPA with some interesting components.

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Photo of SFC21
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color. First whiff lets you know you are in for a hop bomb with big notes of pine sap and grapefruit. Super bitter flavor, with a lot more of the resins pine and grapefruit pith. Super dry finish with bitterness tht lingers forever. Well made beer but not for the faint of heart if you don't love bitter IPAs

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

Poured from bottle tulip. color is golden orange, with an aggressive pour yielding three fingers of fluffy head. Nice retention and lacing. Aroma is floral and tropical hoppy goodness. Taste is floral and tropical, sweet malt, and a bitter pine finish. The hops are crazy in this one, but the malt backbone is strong enough to carry them. The bitter bite one the end though, was a bit more than I could handle when I first tried Huma years ago. Now it's right up my alley.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My boss was nice enough to grab a couple bottles for me while in MI.
A - Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head.
S - Very strong, hoppy aroma.
T - The flavor is grassy and floral and somewhat bitter throughout.
M - A little sticky, medium mouth feel.
O - I'm liking it. A different IPA without any hint of citrus. A very good beer.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color and has a 2 finger bubbly eggshell white head. Leaves many hanging sheets of lacing. Smell is dank, floral, pine, earthy, grapefruit with some honey like sweetness from the malt. Taste is the same with the pine and floral tastes being the most dominant with a decent malt backing that holds up pretty well against the instense piney bitterness. Feel is medium and very resinous with good carbonation. Overall this beer is great and I wish it was available in my area.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft in pint glass

Clear bright golden in color.nice lacing, but head fades. Big juicy hop aroma and flavor, mild amount of pale malt. Medium bodied, a bit sticky.

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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 pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on the patio at Legs Inn and the beer is every bit as good as the view. It’s all about the hops with citrusy resiny hop aromas lifting out of the glass as a hop hazed orange gold liquid rises under a thin white foam cap. Big malt holds together even bigger hops with a big citrus rind resiny herbal hop finish. Almost enough hops to enable you to walk without moving your feet.

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Photo of LloydDobler
2.87/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a nice 2" chalk white collar of foam. Not much on the nose here, even with a heavy pour and a lot of head. Feint citrus, but that's about it. The taste was also underwhelming with bland flavor. Mid to low carbonation in this one. Just not my cup of tea, I guess. I was really looking forward to trying this and ended up disappointed.

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Photo of 666threesixes666
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!!!! Outstanding, I cannot believe that I found a year round beer that tops bells 2 hearted ale. they're out there but very few, and very far between. New go to beer. Definitely tops last years hopslams, maybe not the hopslams from the year before, but WOW... I'm absolutely pissed I got a single and not a 6 pack.

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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 EmGM
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: oragne-y gold color
Smell: very hoppy, touch of citrus notes
Taste: overwhelming hops (expected), slight pine taste
Aftertaste: hops stay with you, slightly sweet VERY slightly
Overall: not my favorite, but pretty ok for an IPA

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Photo of carolynschaf
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional IPA with strong pine, citrus, and light spice hop aroma and taste. Generous bittering hop additions and a medium body balance very well, if you can take the up-front hop blast.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't understand all the hoopla about this beer. It's good. But I've been down this hop oil road before with much better results. A Torpedo or Centennial is cheaper and better.

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

Had this on tap in the Detroit airport. Nice light Amber color with ok head, minimal retention, very light lacing. Aroma was a bit of an earthy skunky flavor and the flavor followed. Not bad but I am not sure how fresh my beer was. Had it a second time and enjoyed much better. First try was definitely old. Scores upgraded accordingly

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/29/2014. Pours hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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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 Vogie
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Bottled on 11/03/2014.

Pours a nice orange with 1 finger of soapy white head the dissipates leaving a thin ring around the edges. Wonderful aromas of juicy grapefruit, pineapple upside down cake, oranges, and shortbread. Taste is malty upfront almost cake like then finishes with a piney hop bitterness that lingers slightly. Light body with a hint of carbonation.

Overall a top notch brew. A staple IPA for hopheads. Its up there with some of the best IPA's the midwest has to offer.

Cheers!

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour at Stella’s in GR. The nose is pine and sticky resin. A hoppy hoppy IPA that veers into hopslam style territory in bitterness but with less sweetness and restraint. Truly a favorite for hopheads - definitely not a beer to take lightly. Good stuff from Shorts

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

9-13-14. Bottle. Water goblet.

A: pours a somewhat hazy golden amber. 1/4" frothy off-white head. Outstanding lacing. Small, visible effervescence. Decent retention, small thin cap.

S: Grapefruit; slightly tropical; slight sweetness.

T: Bitter arrival; lighter in body and taste than expected. Quite refreshing, surprisingly. Malty presence across mid-palate, but no sweetness. Tight, bitter finish.

M: Solidly mid weight. Good carbonation, not excessive.

O: Really excellent west-coast style IPA, in my book.

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.
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