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

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2,252 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,909
Reviews:
729
Ratings:
2,252
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of awdturboiv
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Lauthaha
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug at around 50 degrees.

Appearance: Golden-amber, a touch on the dark side but still very translucent. Thick, two-finger head recedes to a shallow, yet stable foam on top of the beer. Moderate lacing on the edges of the glass, and good-looking carbonation.

Smell: Hops! Probably a good thing considering the beer is named after the scientific nomenclature for "hops." Light and bright, with flowery notes and a distinct orange and/or coriander feel to the nose. Beautiful.

Taste: The hops don't play around. Bittersweet in the best of ways. A slight "steak-off-the-grill" flavor to it. Gentle candy flavor near the end, and it finishes up nicely with a bite.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, it doesn't overwhelm the beer but it sticks around long enough to bring out some flavor. Goes down smooth with just a touch of hop notes left on the palate.

Drinkability: Another beer I could drink nightly. It makes me think of Indian or Thai food. Possibly a good year-rounder.

Solid good for this one. Not exactly right up my alley, but nothing negative to say about it. Great for lovers of IPAs and American IPAs.

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Photo of AHeaston8
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Franz4
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- a light copper with a 2 finger head that settles to a finger leaving lacing as it settles. Looks very nice.

S- strong hop citrus, pineapple, and a touch of pine very appealing, I can't wait to taste this.

T- heavy on the citrus flavor up front with the pine coming through in the back. Very nice, actually quite refreshing.

M- carbonation is moderate, aftertaste lingers for a bit, not a strong point of this beer. It's not bad in this area, just not memorable.

O- My first Short's brew, and a very nice one at that. A nice example of an IPA that's also very approachable, hoppy, but not extremely bitter.

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Photo of nrombes
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Bshaw22
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Paul_Apsley
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Leiting
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of chaz410
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from a good friend who went through Michigan.
The smell of this beer needs to be marketed as a cologne. It is amazing! This beer's bouquet is equal to that of notable IIPA's. It hints of pineapple, a little grapefruit, and a good amount of citrus that resembles tangerine. There's also a little pine in the nose.
Taste is smooth and full of malty crystal and two row along with a little caramel malt with soem subtle hop flavors. There's a gradual build of big piney hop bitterness at the swallow.
Very smooth moutfeel for an under 7 percent beer.
Love this beer!

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

Pours hazy, deep golden orange under an inch of off-white head. Lovely pungent aroma of strong American hops. Rich, sweet malts try and fail to balance the hops. Really nicely done.

Big hop flavor fights off the malts long enough to scar the tongue; the hops are forward and strong but not overwhelming. Then , the sweeter elements of the malts tease the palate. Finishes long and slow.

Mouthfeel is medium rich but short of big and buttery; nicely present without being aggressive. Well balanced. Michigan has many good brewers working throughout the state. A trip from brewery to brewery would make a nice future trip.

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Photo of mgroothuis
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of MattBreight
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Eric1Mess
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of fgilbert2
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of dudecandle
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Not sure if there's anything to criticize about the looks. Hazy golden-orange body with a huge off-white, creamy, sticky head, good lacing and great cap.

S: Highly complex. Orange peel and nuts, spices, light yeast, and butter right up front. Chocolate malts are also present. Amazingly rounded.

T: Peppery and citrusy, with some good floral hops coming through along with some earthy tones. Sweet chocolate is great as well.

M: Wonderfully creamy, lightly carbonated.

D: This is a perfect IPA. These are hops done right without using too many and getting into imperial territory. It's not the hoppiest, but is rather quite balanced. If may have to go to Michigan just to have some more.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Russian River glass, revealing two fingers of buttercreamy head over a hazy dark amber body. Awesome lacing. Smells soft, sweet and a little fruity with fresh peach, jasmine and other light floral hoppy notes. Very enticing smells.

Tastes nice and bitter up front with a lingering nutty maltiness which accompanies the nutty hop aftertaste. Some mealy flavors at the end, nice citrus rind freshness at the beginning (though this bottle isn't perfectly fresh) and lots of both though not tongue-assaulting. Mouthfeel is a little dry and slightly creamy with a tongue-tickling carbonation. Medium-bodied. Decently drinkable, the flavors aren't perfectly integrated but they are delicious as they come.

Overall a very decent AIPA rendition. I would like to try it fresh and on tap.

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Photo of mbratt93
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spica66
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with excellent head formation and retention.

S: The aroma is of clean, crisp hops.

T: Hops, hops, hops. Not grapefruit, more like bitter pine.

M: Very smooth. Great carbonation.

D: Two was it. Those 65+ IBUs started to stack up on me.

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Photo of montageman
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass - on draught at the Berkley Front. Cloudy amber in color with lots of carbonation bubbles and no head, but that might be from the way it was poured. Smell is very floral with some citrus notes and a little bit of pine. Taste is very hoppy with a little grapefruit there, but there is nothing there to balance the hop bitterness, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel is crisp due to the carobonation - very nice for this type of beer. I could definitely drink more than one of these at a sitting, but I love the bitter taste, could be more of a chore for someone else. Recommended.

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Photo of kagent777
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Another6Pack for hooking me up with this one! 12 oz bottle with something printed on the label that I can't make out, might be a freshness date. Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange golden with a nice rocky white head that did not settle quickly. Leaves nice looking lacing.

Smell: Dank pine and citrus (grapefruit) that mask a toasted malt profile.

Taste: Wow that is a bitter IPA. The hops take front and center here. I actually would like a little more maltiness to back this one up. The pine/grassy hops totally are out of balance. If you were to balance this one out, it would be like any other beer, and balance is not what they were going for here. So I cannot fault the brewers at all.

Mouthfeel: A silky mouthfeel with carbonation on the higher side. The flavor coats the mouth thoroughly.

Drinkability: This is one I would like to have again, but I could only have one in a session because of the intense bitterness.

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Photo of jaybags
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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

A- A bit of a hazy golden/orange color. About a finger of white, creamy head. Really good lacing and decent head retention.

S- Very floral, a bit of a citrus bite to the edge, hoppy.

T- Very hoppy, a lot of grapefruit flavor comes through, piney, with a bit of a bitter finish at the end. Not overly bitter though, pretty well balanced. Extremely delicious IPA.

M- Pretty smooth, not overly carbonated. Light-medium body.

D- Pretty drinkable. I would definitely have drank another one of these, and I'm actually surprised I didn't. A definite recommendation for any IPA lover.

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Photo of mikecharley
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tyson for tossing this in as an extra in a recent trade. I barely had this beer 24 hours before I decided it was time.

Poured a cloudy, hazy light copper color. This beer is really cloudy, almost like a hefe. The small off white head retreats quickly into the brew. It leaves some decent lacing as I sip.

The smell is of piny hops, really strong and bitter. Not strong in a strong citrus, or piney way, just bitter strong. There are some pine and fruit notes in there, but they are really overpowered by the bitter.

The taste is of strong bittering hops, with really slight citrus. some pine in there as well. This is the taste of a really average IPA, In my opinion.

The Feel is pretty good, nice carb.

Overall, this is a beer I wouldn't say is bad, but I was very underwhelmed by my first Shorts Brew.

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Photo of eberkman
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy honey-gold bordering on orange with a rich, rocky one-finger cream-colored head that displays excellent retention, leaving a pretty network of lacing on the inside of the glass. Big hoppy nose -- good citrus presence, but primarily piney, resiny and floral notes. Big citrusy and piney hops on the tongue. Significant malt backbone gives this good balance in the middle, giving way to a peanut skin flavor, ultimately moving to a bitter lingering finish that almost borders on the astringent but fortunately stops just short. Oily mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Perhaps a little bit big and intense to session, but very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of Boverhof3
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,252 ratings
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