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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 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 BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was one of my favorites back in Michigan, but recently tried a bottle again and was left much less impressed. Not sure if it was an old bottle or what. Pours a copper color with big fluffy white head. Aroma is a nearly pure pine and malt extract aroma, with some caramel mixed in. Flavor follows with a huge bitter up from (140 IBU after all), but fades into a malty sweetness on the way down that almost reminds me of malt extract (most recent bottle--not what I remember from before). Medium high carbonation with big slick resinous mouthfeel. One of my previous favorites, I'm now mixed on this and need to try it again. The rating is currently an average of these two experiences.

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Photo of Durge
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Michigan specimen poured cold into the pint glass, yet another Ohoove "import", shows a cloudy orange-golden amber hue with a decent off-white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is a great piny and citrus blend with nutbread throughout, smooth but evidencing good bitterness. The taste brings out lots of bitter pine, peppered with lively carbonation in a beautiful, near full bodied brew. I get hints of earthy rye and light lemon. This stuff just disappears into the old gullet, very drinkable if you crave the bitter hops as you should! I loved it and could see this being a showstopper beer for a backyard get together as much as about any other occasion that a drinkable tasty brew is appreciated.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the first brews I ever had from Short's. Nice, golden color with a thin white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the way down. Putting your nose in the glass is like smelling a forest - lots of hops, resin, and some pine smells here, not too much citrus, but it is definitely there. The beer tastes just like it smells - full on hops and bitterness right from the get-go. Lots of floral flavors jump out, not much malt, but the bitterness is never "unbalanced". The citrus actually comes out quite a bit more on the palate than it does in the nose, making for a nice counter-point to the bitterness of the hops. Plenty of carbonation gives a nice mouthfeel and crispness, however, it's still pretty sticky on the palate in the finish.

Very good IPA with plenty of hoppy tones and flavors, sure to please any hop head. Although I feel there are many IPA's that are superior, I would definitely have this one again. Solid brew from Shorts.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Super thanks to gnemesis for the amazing box of Short's he sent my way!!!

a - poured the 12oz'er into my capt lawrence tasting tulip. classic transparent honey copper with a white foamy bubbly head that hung around for a while.

s - sweetened hops. the malts really chill out the hops on this and hop profile is relatively tame. i actually dig this over the in your face knock you down hopping. citirically sweet.

t - what wasn't there hopwise in the nose is certainly in the flavor. really nice. hoppy flavor dominates at first, ends with a soft piney bitterness. earthy grapefruit with a gentle sweetening in the middle. quite good and quite balanced.

m/d - medium bodied with a cooling oh so subtle bitter aftertaste. kind of filling. this is a really nice ipa. i'd put it against any of the well known and talked about ipas out there.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a 5 ounce sample mug

A- Pour a very hazy golden color with 1 finger of head and descent lacing.

S- Grapefruit and pine stick out first with a little bit of maltyness in the background.

T- Tastes pretty damn bitter, with grapefruit and pine leading the way, after taste is just straight bitter, i would call this a hop bomb.

M- Just the way and IPA should be, very true to the style.

D- Because of how bitter this beer is the drink-ability is very low, i could only have one of these before i am over with the bitterness, ruins your palate for anything u drink after it.

Overall this is not a bad ipa, it was just way too bitter for me, its seems that if the flavors arent blended together the best and the bitterness just takes over the whole beer. Don't think i would every buy this again but there's plenty other shorts brews i will be getting instead.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to enelson for including this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured hazy yellow-orange with a massive four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers worth very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle bitter hop, and grapefruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and grapefruit. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nicely balanced and tasty IPA. Had a very nice flavor and aroma to it. This one went down quite easily with my dinner. This one is totally worth seeking out and trying. Nice job Short's!

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to jbck109 for sending me this.

A: Pours a dark amber with about a finger width of oily tan head that quickly faded into a bubbly film and collar that left steaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells awesome! Huge notes of exotic fruits including mango, papaya and pineapple. Hints of juicy lemon and cantaloupe as well.
T: Follows the nose with the addition of some hints of caramel and toasted malt. Finish has an almost bubblegum-tangerine sweetness to it, kind of like Starbursts candy or sherbet. Aftertaste is citusy and bitter.
M: Very creamy carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Bitterness is ample but clean and pleasant.
D: Very good IPA. Super fruity and very bitter with a delicious aroma. One of the best I've had in a while. I would definitely seek this out if it were available locally.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hiker58 for picking this up for me while on business in Michigan. This is my first Short's brew. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Huma-Lupa-Licious pours out a bright, amber copper color that was quite hazy. A hard pour resulted in a little better than a finger of thin white head. Head faded rather quickly into a thin white layer of foam atop the beer. Some random, spotty lace was left on the glass after each sip.

Smell: Nose is loaded with hops. Floral and herbal hops. Tons of grapefruit and orange peel, and plenty of thick pine. Nice thick, slightly grainy malt to back up the hops. Fresh cut grass also comes to mind. Faint yeasty background and no noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Again, loaded with hops. More citrus, mostly grapefruit with some orange zest. Also a strong resiny pine flavor. Some almost balancing malt that definitely takes a back seat to the massive hop profile. Somewhat spicy and peppery. Finishes dry with a strong herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice, somewhat thick mouthfeel is quite pleasing, definitely coats the palate. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, ballsy IPA in my opinion. Great job Short's!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, citrus grapefruit like hops. In the taste, pine hop like dryness, and a grapefruity citrus undertone of sweetness. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, pine like hop aftertaste. Nice big hops, somewhat balanced, very nice.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich IPA, long and with a complex bitter hop profile.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle . Dark green and blue label with an illustration of hops under brighter green typography. It has a semi-legible bottling date (051611?). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber pour with a fair 1" frothy head, good retention, good surface memory, and some lacing.

S - Soft and fresh hoppy nose, citric, caramel malt sweetness.

T - Rich IPA range, rather fresh, with an initial bitterness over a bready and malty caramel base. The bitterness turns assertive as it lingers in the palate and unfolds rich notes of hops, resin, light grapefruit, grassy and resinous again as it closes the flavor.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky with a nice closing bite.

O - Nice and long IPA, at first it seems a touch shy, then the bitterness emerges, and interestingly does not stop there providing a rich hoppy range over the assertiveness.

Notes: Nice surprise and glad to have tried a few fresh bottles of this one as a result of Savor. Pity that it likely won't make it again around here, but this is another fine thing to keep in mind should any regional travel to Michigan take place.

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored with a slight haze. One finger of head forms that settles to a thin cap. Large amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is a combination of caramel malt and citrus pith. Almost has a caramelized sugar base for the citrus hops to play off of. To me not the greatest combination but it does identify what you are going to taste.

The malt does not play a huge part in the flavor, just an underlying sweetness. Massive amounts of citrus pith and a little pine from the hops. Bitter without being palate destroying. Lingering citrus aftertaste.

Good base of a body. Enjoyable carbonation with a soft texture.

Cannot go wrong with fresh Huma-Lupa. The best of the Short's bottled beers.

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Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden amber pour, nice fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Super citrus hop aroma. I've had a couple of these at varying ages, and even several months old it's still super bold. The pine starts to show up once the beer has begun to warm.

T: Starts off citrus and quickly fades to a very very bitter pine aftertaste. Very little indication as to the malt other than just plain sweetness that tries (unsuccessfully) to balance this one out. Unbalanced but good for the hop lover.

M: Medium with decent carbonation. Bitterness mentioned above is almost stinging. Quite drying.

O: Overall a super hoppy IPA. Hard to believe this is just a regular IPA - I guess it's pretty borderline. Pretty unbalanced but if that is your kind of thing then you will love this. It's sorta like a light Ruination.

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Photo of n2185
3.09/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a slightly hazy honey color with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: loads of pineapple on the nose with notes of caramel malt, grapefruit, and orange. Nice.

T: unfortunately the flavor does not match the aroma. Bitter grapefruit rind and pine dominate with a dry finish that is overly bitter.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer could use a bit more carbonation.

O: unfortunately this beer does not taste as good as it smells. Still, it's an alright IPA.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of HiAIPA poured into pint glass.

Pours a bright, almost irredescent, completely hazy orange with a fluffy and short-lived white head. It recedes to a ring quickly and leaves only a trace of lacing. The smell has a big resiny hop character but with some nice grapefruit and orange hints as well. The sweet malt base is in there as well but only as a compliment to the big hop aromas. Taste is earthy resin up front and a substantial malt backbone before giving way to a lingering citrus bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky with a bitterness that tickles the tongue throughout. This is another very good brew from the guys at Shorts, a well-balanced yet very hoppy IPA.

Thanks again to Jeff for the opportunity to try it.

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

Beer is orange golden in colour with a very small white head that fades quickly.

Nose contains tropical and citrus fruits- tangerine and orange. A bit of bready malt. Some pine. Nice scent.

Taste is quite bitter, with some tangerine and orange flavours. A good amount of pine. Actually has a bit of a spicy flavour to it. Some caramel. Finish in particular is very bitter.

Medium bodied, moderate to highly carbonated. Oily.

Overall, quite good.

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

12 ounce bottle at March tasting in Santa Cruz. Pours dark gold with a lasting white head. Aroma is metallic, specifically ferrous, with some spicy piney hops. Astringent bitter taste, spicy herbal hops with a touch of mint, low on the citrus. Mild maltiness but the hops don't really shine much either. There's also a leathery tobacco-ish note. Doesn't come together quite right. May be a touch 'chronologically advanced.'

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Photo of bubseymour
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic IPA. The hops showcase one of the most earthy and floral sweet smelling and tasting IPAs I've had to date. Some bitterness in the finish but not enough to make it too much. Was a really nice welcome change in taste for an IPA. Definitely will try to find Shorts again if I'm out of state.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

"A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" is printed on the label, so we come at this beer guessing that we are in store for a flavorful beer. The 76 IBUs can tell part of that story.

Fast foaming action with three fingers of rocky head, no problem with retention either as the carbonation is a bit lively and keeps the lace sticking after each sip. Slight haze on this orangey amber-colored brew, but a bit of haze is to be expected. Big pungent hop aroma of citric rind (which leans towards grapefruit), pine and evergreen and tobacco. All the way in the back is a layer of maltiness in the nose. Upfront crispness takes control of the palate as the onslaught of hoppiness begins. Bitterness is up there, no fooling around with those 76 IBUs. Sharpness to start then more of pungent citric rind and then herbal. Maltiness never really punches through hard but there are layers within that bring forth a toasted biscuit flavor. A tad dry with a long hop finish, perhaps a bit salty.

Hop damn it! This is a no holds barred American IPA. Without a doubt we did get our fix of hops. Forget the East Coast / West Coast hop battles, you better recognize the hoppiness in the Great Lakes region.

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Photo of birchstick
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden, clear yellow with a billowing white head that settles down to a nice thin layer that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S - smell is citrusy, fruity, hoppy. Nice.

T - opens up with juicy citrus flavors that move on to a caramel malt back bone. However the malts are pushed aside by a load of more grapefruit and citrus hops that with a little bit of piney bitterness to finish this one off. Very nice, bold IPA.

M - mouthfeel is watery, full, and smooth

D - overall, this is a really nice IPA. Big and bold with lots of citrusy hop flavors with a little bit of a malt bill that's keeps it from being an all out hop bomb. I will have to go pick up a sixer of this before I leave the state.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, courtesy of an in-person trade at DLD (Thanks!), into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Bright, slightly hazy pale orange body with a finger of dense off-white head. Great retention and lacing. Nice-looking IPA.

S: Hugely piney, sprucy hop nose. Slight caramel sweetness alongside the profoundly bitter, resinous hop attack. Quite nice, and rather distinctive. I like it.

T: Pine, pine, and more pine. Some floral and grapefruit pith flavors also show up, as well as a touch of sticky malt, but pine never really relents. Gigantically bitter finish - a bit harsh, but enjoyable nevertheless.

M: Slick medium body, fairly light (but creamy) carbonation.

O: Solid IPA. I tend to prefer the fruitier, citrusier side of things, but it's fun to have one's taste buds blasted with pine now and then. Well done, Shorts.


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