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:
2,158
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
19.65%
 
 
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238
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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LOOK: Pours a light copper color with a white soapy froth that retains very well. Good clarity and impressive lacing on the pint glass.
SMELL: Grapefruit is heavy on the nose. A hint of biscuit and herb and floral. Mainly grapefruit. Toasted malt.
TASTE: Earthy and piney upfront with a rooty hop profile. Lemon zest and herb dial in strongly. Green tea and citrus. Pale malt backing.
FEEL: Medium bodied feel, high carbonation, with a dry grapefruit bite.
OVERALL: A delicious IPA with big grapefruit notes. Solid brew all in all.

update 2016 : Malt comes through nutty, almost roasted and hop flavor was minimal. Tasted like the elements popped during boil.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from Hawks10, poured into a Monica while grilling, pretty excited for this.

Appearance is perfect as far as I'm concerned with a bright, rich clear copper body that has a massive creamy off white head that is supported by a constant stream of bubbles and never fades to less than a finger thick. Also leaves behind thick sheets of lacing. Aroma reeks of fresh hops, very earthy and citrus rind with strong caramel malt and grain notes as well. Flavor is very similar, with both over the top and bitter hops and an equally potent sweet and earthy malt backbone. Body is medium thick with soft, active carbonation. The beer is very bitter throughout, including the finish but the strong malt body provides nice balance producing a very drinkable, aggressively hopped IPA. I rarely get too excited about IPAs but this one is a standout for my tastes.

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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jacoby's in Detroit.

Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA has a super-duper classic look: toasty golden brown complexion, a thin and natural haziness, a trim head. Everything is far from shipshape, however; its foam splashes all over the glass and leaves drapes of lacing worthy of being hung in my living room.

Some varieties of hops impart such convincing and colourful fruit flavours that you'd swear you were drinking fruit juice; with this beer, however, it feels more like you're sucking on the bitter skin of the fruit (as oppose to chowing down on the sweet flesh). There's a lot of dry orange and grapefruit pith and the acidity of lemons. Plenty of tree resins too.

There is also - as the aroma made plainly apparent - a lot of caramelly malt to help counter those flavours. It completely relaxes the beer's ramped-up alpha-acids. The tastes of tree sap have a similar effect: their gooey, serum-y texture and pine-like notes combine with the lemony citrus oils to become a little bit 'soapy' but also a lot more agreeable.

The brewery must have figured out how to balance bitter and sweet right down to the hundredth decimal place; practitioners of piphilology may have found a new challenge. While caramel malt cruises through the aftertaste, flashbacks of hoppy resins are constant and vivid.

Huma-Lupa-Licious is a pretty fan-frickin-tastic IPA. Devout hopheads might consider it a little mellow while those still apprenticing in the alpha-acid arts are likely to find it a wee menacing, but there's more than enough resiny bitterness to please the former and just enough sweet maltiness to relieve the latter. An IPA suitable for everyone!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by gford217 at the Brick Store Pub. Thanks Grant! Pours golden with a short head but nice lacing. Smells a good bit on the lighter side, but with a nice whiff of pine when you do capture the aroma. Nice blast of pine in the taste followed by a light malt sweetness. Not very integrated, but balanced, and the pine is clean and pure. Long bitterness in the mouth on top of the medium body makes this quite tasty, but I wouldn't call it sessionable. Very nice, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Devin for the opportunity to sample this.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty interesting and intense, showcasing considerable marijuana, skunky aroma, grapefruit frind and wet hay. On the palate, this beer is very dry, with a bitter honey fruit profile. There is very little malt detectable, and frankly this IPA could probably use some. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied, with a long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, with the alcohol pretty much unnoticeable. Still, this beer comes across as a hop bomb with very little else to offer, and ultimately it just wasn't a beer I really loved.

Reminds me very much of the Grant's IPA I had many, many years ago. Interesting to sample, but just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazed light orange with a small white head that fades into a mild cap. Small scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of pine like hops, vanilla, citrus, and minerals.
Taste is of the aromas with some herbal flavors.
Mouthfeel is bitter, herbal, and sticky.

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Photo of Derek
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Deep golden colour; off-white head, little retention, hints of lace.

S: Grapefruit citrus with a little dark toffee.

T: Grapefruit juice, very light malt (bready). Alcohol is well-hidden by the hop flavour. Nice, but not a lot of depth/flavour. I think it could use some more bitterness.

M: Light to moderate carbonation. Very well attenuated, body is on the light side of moderate.

D: Quite quaffable! Alcohol could be trouble.

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

A - Poured a beautiful golden honey brown. It is extremely clear with a nice fluffy head that disappears quickly.

S - Pine, Grapefruit, with ample hop aroma.

T - Upfront palate busting bitterness. The finish is quite nice and lingers with pine and grapefruit notes.

M - Medium-bodied and refreshing

D - A very balanced IPA. The bitterness is not so astringent that the malt character is completely indistinguishable. The balance is the beer's undeniable lasting impression.

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Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a hazy dark golden amber/orange color with burnt orange hues and a thin foamy white head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Citrusy floral hop aroma with hints of earthy pine needle, tropical frut, orange peel and caramel malt. Hits of pineapple and grapefruit counter the earthy hop notes and the malt presence is faint.

Full bodied for the style with a more prominent malt backbone than expected, balancig out the bitterness frm the hops. Dry earhy pine bitterness up front is countered by a sweet citrus presence with hints of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and lemon. The malt is a bit more prominent than I prefer but t doesn't take away from the hop character too much. Slightly creamy and very quaffable with a dry finish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-spiegelau ipa glass. A complex malt and hop theme in your mouth.

A: Oxidized orange, with a dense nature, has a frothy, peanut shell colored head of 0.5 inches. Good holding pattern, but provides a weak lacing display on vessel. Slow and steady rise of macro-bubbles.

S: Sugary grapefruit on the nose, with some pine support and sweet malt backing things up. Spicy tangerine and tropical fruit hops, with some dank herbaceous notes and tart orange. Raw citrus with an overall decent level of awareness.

T: The flavor had the support of sugary malt balanced by a tart grapefruit and dry orange offering. Tart tropical hop fruitiness, with dank herbaceous mention and pine hops. Floral grapefruit comes in mid-palate and provides a nice lingering effect on the finish of moderate bitterness. Dry flowery bite coats the tongue after each swallow.

M: Good crispness, some sticky malt and pine hop resins coat the tongue. Dry and bitter feel, mid range body weight.

O: The bitterness and enjoyment increases deeper into the drink demanding and keeping your attention to the last sip. Nice spectrum of hop flavors from tart tropical to your grapefruit-pine west coast influence. Sticky malt residue with a nice flavor upfront finishing with a big dry hop wallop. Easy outstanding mention.

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Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's a few weeks back and finally cracked into it. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A very nice crystal clear amber colour with a nice almost dense one finger head that very, very slowly faded leaving a nice white blanket and good side lacing.

S - Nice IPA aromas here. Some light malts but mostly nice bitter pine hops. Some light grapefruit notes but mostly the assertive pine.

T - Much like the nose this starts with a little sweet malts but ends with nice bitter pine resin.

M - Very nice mouthfeel here. Medium carbonation keeps this nice and crisp with a dry, bitter finish.

O - Solid IPA here. I think the ABV is a little too present with this though in the taste and mouthfeel. Other than that I really dig this beer.

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

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a glowing orange body with a slight hazy to it. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a thick creamy beige head that last for most of the beer.

S- This beer has a fresh pungent hop pellet aroma with a slight fishy quality to the huge punch of hops. There are some nice pineapple weed aromas that finish the sniff.

T- The big pungent green hops masks a slightly sweet pale malt flavor that pops through as the beer warms. The finish is a big green pungent bitterness that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish that enhances the already big hop bitterness.

D- This is a nice big IPA. Not a lot of depth just big and pungent. It did have a nice freshness to it.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: Beautiful golden sunset. Hazy orange-amber that's a thing of real beauty. A good pour yields a fluffy 1.5 finger head with great retention and top notch lacing.

S: (Not too tropical) Juice, though what really shines through here is a piney resin that clings to the nostrils.

T: Christ, it's like sucking on a pine cone. Extremely sappy. I can't think of another IPA quite this sticky. My tounge feels like it's been stabbed by pine needles. As I let it sit and open a bit, there's a mild fruitiness that comes through, and in the end there's a pretty decent layer of malt that tries to hold this unbalanced beer together.

M: Really nice - creamy, rich and dense. Yet it's also easy to get your mouth around and enjoy without fatigue.

O: Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious was a long time want, and I'm glad to have finally ticked it. Having said that, this wasn't a favorite of mine, as there's a real lack of balance in flavor. With a bit more touch, this could be fantastic. As it stands though, I wouldn't go out of my way to grab a pint.

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewpub in mid-July.

A: The IPA is an amber color, a few shades of orange away from being the bottle it was served from. The ale is fairly clear with a sturdy orange glow. Half a finger of head is precariously lacing around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is a hefty dose of hops, pine and citrusy in a resiny masterpiece. Citrus peel and a dash of pepper round out a beautiful nose.

T: Ahh, peppery hops. This one is not lacking in that department. The pine and orange peel are abundant, heavy-handed and domineering throughout. At least until the caramel malt rears it head. The breadiness is a great pairing with the hops, able to withstand the sheer brute force. The hops really stand out though, coating with a resinous finish.

M: The ale is dominated by spicy hops, of both citrus and pine origin. If you aren't into hops, move along, there's nothing to see here.

D: I am so glad that I picked up a six pack (to go with a growler...). The hoppiness, especially when fresh, is a great draw.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 2/26/2016. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is fantastic, at first whiff I get a lot of the citrusy hops, but I'm also picking up a dose of fresh grainy malt. The taste again is a balance more heavily on the hop side with the hops creating a lingering bitterness on top of a nice malt backbone that is balanced nicely with the hops. Overall, this is a really nice IPA that I enjoyed.

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

A: Orange color; light, even haze. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention to a half finger. Decanted lazily. Laced the glass in thin rings top to bottom.

S: Variety of hop aromas; grapefruit, pine, earth and lemon rind. Biscuity and bready malt; more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Hop forward taste consistent with the nose. Resiny but not sticky in the middle. Finish is sharply bitter that evens-out in a delicate balance (not to say its balanced as its still very hop-forward).

M: Medium-to-full body. Moderate carbonation. Lightly resinous and dry.

O: Cornucopia of hop character, but some malt character peeks through.

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

12oz bottle received in trade with leafsj - thanks buddy!

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, pine

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with caramel. There is also quite a bit of bitter resiny pine and grapefruit peel and pith. It ends with a bitter hoppy malty aftertaste.

Overall - A good dose of bitter hops but lacking in the fruity juiciness department. Still a great beer that I would drink again. Reminded me a bit of a Finest Kind IPA.

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

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from mjd83goblue. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" beige head above the clear amber brew. Head falls slowly, with sticking lace. Aroma is juicy citrus hops. Taste is sweet for a peek, and then the juicy fruit takes over, and carries on towards the close, with bitterness coming to the party near the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. Happy to have enjoyed me some Shorts...

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

A-Pours a light tawny color. This beer is the same color as honey. A fluff-laden head appears from the pour and it slowly recedes. The lacing stripes the glass as the beer is slowly imbibed. The beer is a bit murky with a mellow amount of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S-A healthy amount of citrus (namely grapefruit) hops dominate the scent. The aroma is not the most gripping, but it is quite pleasurable. A light malt background creeps behind the hop smell, and adds some depth to the nose.

T-The taste is superior to the fragrance in my opinion. This beer has a pretty significant kick to it. Genuine hop flavors envelope the palate quickly. The flavor is strong but not intense...But after a entire bottle of this, the bitterness starts to kick your ass. The more I sip from this beer the more I can detect the subtle maltiness. The beer displays some balance, but overall it the hops are stressed (my type of beer).

M-Medium bodied and the carbonation is apparent but not too bold. The mouthfeel has enough body to compliment its great flavor, but its light enough to allow you to have a few bottles of it.

O/D-This beer sneaks up on me. At first I questioned if this one had enough pop to keep me interested. But the more and more I sip from it, the more I like it. After collecting my thoughts, I have realized that I really liked this beer. It is hop foward and flavorful. It displays the hop spectrum well too. Its also deceivingly powerful. This beer tastes like it should be an 8% abv brew. Its a perfect 6-pack beer. You can drink a few of them but they'll scorch your tongue. And you'll enjoy every second of it. Also, I love the beer's label.

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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 DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light brown with a haze similar to "The Liberator" making it have a dirty look. Head is a 1/2 inch and lacing is good and sticky. Smells of bittering hops yet has a nice balance to it. Taste isn't as great as expected but looking at the IBU's I can understand the assault. Mouth feel is medium and it really coats the mouth.

Overall I like my IPA's more balanced and even though this was more drinkable than "The Liberator" it still fell short for me and was palate numbing bitter. Will not get again.

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

The color is a mandarin orange and copper with just a little haze. Nice two finger head that recedes to a nice film of foam and a little lacing stickage to the inside of my glass.

The aroma is a sweet orange peel with maybe a little caramelized brown sugar. This maybe the right mix of biscuity, toasted malts and heavy hops.

The taste starts sweet with toasted, dry biscuits and caramel. The hops bring add some wet grass, orange peel, and maple tree leaves. The finish is bitter and lasts long after you swallow.

The palate is cleansing nd clean with lots of citrus flavors hanging around after each sip. The IPA is well deserved of its acclaim.

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

Clear coppery orange with a sticky, white cap. Chunky lacing and great head retention. Bright orange and tangerine aroma with a bit of a sharper grapefruit edge. Slightly powdery and piney. Solid hop bitterness turns a bit sharp towards the finish. Lots of pine resin and grapefruit pith. Fruity sweetness and a flash of caramel malts mid-palate provide just enough balance. Lingering bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with slight warmth, a bit dry with moderate carbonation. A great IPA, plenty of punch with lots of flavour.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color, minimal white lacing but with a thick, billowing, white rocky head when first poured.

S - Flowery, pine, mild citrus and mint boquet. Has a little bit of a lemon soapiness in the aroma.

T - Has a massive amount of hop profile for a single IPA. Finishes with a massive amount of grapefruit bitterness with small floral flavoring that's every hop heads envy. Up front there's a pineapple bittersweetness present until halfway through where mild amounts of hop bittering take over. The caramel malt backbone is consistent throughout. After the swallow is where some brutally bittering grapefruit really takes over. The very bitter finish lies low until your tongue is ambushed withe bitterness!

It's an IPA worth checking out (if you can find it).

Drinkability and Mouthfeel are both very good. Sorry to be so vague in this category.

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