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
Ratings:
2,237
Reviews:
727
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
449
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 2,237 |  Reviews: 727
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub then again at Ashley's in Anne Arbour.Was good at both places, but superior grapefruit flavours at the brewpub. Cloudy grapefruit with a white head. Good hoppy aroma, very good bitterness. Served cold. Lots of lace. Creamy mouthfeel but still bitterness in the mouth.Good representation of style, and still unique.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a golden with orange hues body which is slightly hazy. Excellent tropical fruit, grapefruit and candied pear citrus aroma. Hoppy flavors follow with more candied fruit with mild tart and citrus bitterness up front with fairly strong pine resin bitter finish. Malts are relatively bland and are mostly in the background. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not bad. The flavors are a bit disorganized in this one which disrupts its complexity.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber orange with a pure white firm and thick head.

Nose is perfumed pineapple with a floral character and a light lemon maple character.

Mouthfeel is rich and with a creamy character but nice feeling and hop heavy bitter in the balance. (Which I view as a positive characteristic).

Flavors are big bold assertive bitter pine with some underlying hints of cooked honey and green herbs and spices.

Finish is all bitter pine and pine resin. A luscious feeling and tasting beer with lots of nice character.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 2 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Nice foamy rings of lace mark the drink down. Smell is of solid biscuit-like malt, pineapple and its juice, and citrus zest hops. Taste is of citrus zest hops up front with a nice malt flavor on the finish. There are also some tropical fruit flavors that show up in the taste. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. A decent level of carbonation but the beer seems a bit flat to me. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a slightly subdued smell that is actually very hop forward on the palate.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not as hoppy as the great american ipas are nowadays. pours a copper wheat color with an average whitish head. smells like stale bread, malty but not fresh. some nondiscript hops in there as well, but a weird balance. flavor is way too malty for an ipa in my opinion, completely drowning out any interesting hop flavors that might be present, instead just some bitterness at the end. i would feel better about calling this one an esb than an ipa, but thats just me. alcohol isnt readily tastable, but it feels stronger than it should. plenty of carbonation but just sort of awkward in the mouth and belly. i didnt care for this one and will not buy it again. im surprised this is reviewed so favorably on BA... its just so average and unbalanced

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Selling the beer with high praise, the brewery makes some big statements on their label. The focus on the hop flower yields the gripping citrusy bitterness of the cone with supple support.

Medium to dark gold in color, the beer boasts a mild hoppy haze and a frothy white head of great staying power and broken rings of lace as the beer fades. It's a fine looking IPA that doesn't steer from the visual path very much.

The forefront of hops is evident in the nose. Grapefruit, oranges, and fresh-cut grass allow for an citrus and herbal display that seduces the olfactory senses with sharpness and mouth whetting effect. A brief search for malts yeilds a light scent of baking bread and mild caramel.

The one-sided balance that the nose promises is met with taste. Hop flavor starts juicy and citrusy as the supple sweetness of malt gives the fruit flavors a plumper and juicier impression of taste. As the beer traverses over the middle palate, the sharpness of citrus grows, the malt sweetness recedes further, and the grassy herbal notes rise. A malty-dry finish of muddled grasses, pine resin, and citrus pith spearhead the throat-gripping bitterness that the label suggested.

Medium in body at first, the carbonation and crusty malt lift and the dryness of hops, alcohol, and malt memory deliver a quick and fleeting finish except for a lingering citrus bitterness that crispens heading into the next taste.

If I were a craft beer enthusiast of ten years ago, this would have likely been the showpiece for hopcentric beers, similar to Goose Island's IPA and Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin'. But in today's combative IPA world, this one may get lost in the shuffle.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - I don't know if I can contain a whole theme park in my mouth... thanks to Roke87 for the cross-continent trade.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden orange colour, with one beefy finger of creamy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a decent forest profile of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitterly fragrant citrus and pine hops, and dry, dusty, cracker grain. The taste is bitter pine and citrus rind hops, and musty, crackery malt. Only a slight warming is perceptible, given the ABV. The carbonation is moderate, and sprightly, the body light, and surprisingly quite smooth. It finishes fairly clean, the bitter citrus/grass hops muscling out the weaker grain representation.

A good, hoppy IPA, with what I'm beginning to see as a Midwest hop profile trend (at least to samples shipped way out West) - less grapefruit, more grassy, herbal, but bitter all the same. Enjoyable, and very drinkable, obfuscated alcohol aside.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap label says July 3rd. Glowing orange, high clarity. Nice crown of thin, intricate lacing. About a finger of foam that maintains at least an unbroken skim on the surface.

Resiny, touch of alcohol, fruity citrus in the nose, orange if I had to pinpoint it. First whiff was pretty dank, but it seems to have mellowed in the last 5 minutes.

Big caramel malt flavor with candy orange slices, and bitter grapefruit pith in the aftertaste. More malt forward, but still a balanced IPA with the citrus I crave. Medium bodied, even feel that serves as a vehicle to showcase the hops and underlying lmalt flavors. Could have a couple in a sitting, but not a heavy session beer. Thanks to Jimmy Two Hands for this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky toffee color with plenty of yeast in suspension; the tightly packed head retains well and leaves quite a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Luscious grapefruit aroma but there is also a bit of biscuity malt

Taste: After the biscuity malt lays down the underpinnings, the grapefruit and pine take over and just build through mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors continue their ascendence but I still taste some of the sweet biscuity malt underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine IPA, but I would have expected no less from Shorts

Thanks, Tyson, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample class.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a mild off white head and a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Some sweet bready malt along with hops that are quite herbal.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Bready malt backbone is balanced with herbal hop bitterness. Not a very bitter IPA, the finish is somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This has a very different hop profile from most of the IPAs that I have had. It was a pleasant beer and I would have it again.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these from Tyson. Thanks.

Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale pours forth from the bottle with power and might, clear as the golden stream of Lapland, with a billowing head that reaches the monolithic peaks of Mt. Zeus.

The aroma is pretty good. West Coast style, very floral with a bit of tangerine and grapefruit. Subtle fruity sweetness and a hint of fresh herbs. Nice.

The taste spreads across my palate like a 4d6 area effect fireball, slaying taste buds as quickly as a level 9 wizard against a pack of giant rats. Palate evisceration is aided by an eternal parching dryness, as long and wide as the Desert of Desolation, and an herbal hop attack as powerful as an enraged Barbarian with an enchanted two-handed great axe. A pale whisper of citrus floods my mind with memories of days spent campaigning on the enchanted tropical realms of the Lendore Islands in the Solnor Ocean, feasting nightly on the sweet nectarful Lendorian fruit under the shimmering cerulean moonlight.

Solid mouthfeel. Crisp light body, bit of sweetness initially but ends dry and bitter. Would drink again.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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 mothman
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to iceicebaby for this one!

"A complex malt and hop them park in your mouth"
I guess I am ready for the ride!

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of off white head (slight orange hued). Decent retention with really nice lace. Color is a bright hazed pumpkin orange. I really like the color. 4.5

Aroma: Wow, the aroma is great. I am liking this a lot more than the west coast IPAs I have had lately. This one is so fruity and has a bouque of floral hops. Mangos and grapefruit dominate the nose. 4.5

Taste: There is a big caramel malt flavor here that I didn't pick up in the nose. The floral hops are well done here, however. Nice fruits in the background to really pull this ipa together. 4

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bitter. The bite isn't too hardcore which is nice. Medium bodied with a fairly good amount of carbonation. I would give this a 4.5, but it leaves a dry, hoppy aftertaste that I am not fond of. 4

Overall, I am really impressed with this beer. It is a great IPA and I wish I had access to this on a regular basis. All the elements of this beer fit so well together. My first Short's beer and I am impressed. 4.5

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

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